Wu Hele has spent three years building a virtual version of his school. JINLING HIGH SCHOOL
It’s common to play video games as a way to relieve stress. We play games for fun, relaxation and even to kill time. However, one student has found a much more innovative way to use video games.
Wu Hele, 17, a Senior 3 student from Jinling High School, Nanjing, has been preparing a gift for his high school – a recreation of his beloved campus in the game Minecraft.
来自南京金陵中学17岁的高三学生吴何乐为学校准备了一份大礼 —— 在游戏《我的世界》中复制他心爱的校园。
It is a game that allows players to design landscapes and build structures in all different types of locations with various materials.
For Wu, recreating the campus was not a spur of the moment. During Wu’s first time visiting the campus, he found that it was perfect for replicating. “The layout of the school is regular, and buildings all had a symmetrical, aesthetic feeling, which is suitable for restoring with Minecraft,” he told Modern Express.
After his first visit to the campus, Wu decided to replicate it. However, this was not an action that could be undertaken in a day or swiftly improvised at will. During his three years in high school, Wu has effectively budgeted his time. After finishing his assignments, he always walked throughout the campus with a notebook. “I measured all the corners by eyeballing or counting footsteps. I also drew rough sketches. When I played the game, I would build the campus based on my sketches,” he told the Beijing Evening News.
Wu experienced several challenges as he recreated every detail of the campus. One of the most difficult challenges was building the semi-ellipsoidal gymnasium. At first, he didn’t know how to replicate the shape. Then, Wu learned the conic curve formula, which he applied to the building.
His hard work has paid off. Almost all of the scenery of Jinling High School has been replicated in the game. The gate, the teaching buildings, the unique corridor with the wisteria – every tree and flower has been accurately restored. The player can visit the classrooms, gyms and office buildings and view the detailed decorations inside. In addition, their school’s pet kitten can be seen wandering downstairs in the teaching building just like in real life.
功夫不负有心人。金陵中学的几乎每一处风景都被他还原了出来。大门、教学楼、紫藤长廊 —— 一草一木都精准还原。玩家能够前往教室、体育馆、办公楼，并且看到里面的装饰细节。此外，游戏中还能看到学校里的校猫在教学楼下散步，就和现实生活一样。
“I’m the first one who restored our campus in this way. I’ve cherished the three years I’ve spent here, and I have learned a lot during the whole process,” Wu told Nanjing Daily.