Mash-up gold: Guy re-creates Star Wars via Minecraft

Watch first 15 minutes of A New Hope, but with blocky graphics

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In the category of "Well, why not?", we get this project - a guy is recreating the full movie of "Star Wars - A New Hope" (aka Episode IV, the original "Star Wars"), but done with graphics from the video game Minecraft.

The "ANewHopeMinecraft" channel on YouTube has posted the first promo for the film, a 15-minute version of the opening scene from the movie. According to the creator, "This project has been years in the making, some of the sets have taken up to 6 months just to build. No mods have been used, just custom textures and art."

At the moment, there's no soundtrack music or dialogue, based on copyright issues, but if you own the original Star Wars DVD you can synchronize the YouTube video with the soundtrack on a separate player to enjoy even more.

More videos and behind-the-scenes videos are available through the ParadiseDecay YouTube channel. Stay tuned for more updates - I hope he's able to finish the full film without too much difficulty (or maybe more people will come on board to help).

Keith Shaw rounds up the best in geek video in his ITworld.tv blog. Follow Keith on Twitter at @shawkeith. For the latest IT news, analysis and how-tos, follow ITworld on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

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