A replica of Denmark in Minecraft, which was reported here, has been vandalised with some areas blown up and flags of the United States created.
Only a small area was destroyed and the flags appeared near the starting point, which points to just attention seeking as opposed to a virtual liberation attempt. Other players have cleaned up the damage, replacing it with green grass and flowers.
Also, don't minecraft servers take up a lot of system resources? How much money was put into hosting this thing?
What some would see at cost, others [soylentnews.org] would consider investment [soylentnews.org].
Consequently, the Ministry of the Environment, which oversees the Danish Geodata Agency, has made the Minecraft map available to everyone and is encouraging schools to use it in their teaching.
If you choose to see it this way, organizing a "cloud" to be shared by many schools may be a better investment than asking each school to install their own server and pay for someone to maintain it
Granted, the implementation of server access control may be a bit naive (as in who would be a heartless vandal to disrupt a resource we are using in educating kids), but I still see nothing potentially wrong with the idea of running a central site.
Other players have cleaned up the damage, replacing it with green grass and flowers.
Even this incident seems to be useful for teaching some ethical/moral/pragmatic values - as in "you don't need waste your time in being a vengeful bastard if all it takes is to plant some flowers" (with a caveat [sourceforge.net] on what may happen if you choose the revenge path)