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MSJ links to video game to attract students

DELHI, Ohio (Joe Webb) -- You don't have to drive to Delhi to get a good look at Mount Saint Joseph University any more.

Trevor Griffith and his nephew spent the last 7 months, 700 hours and more than 2-million digital blocks to build "Mt St Joseph University- A Minecraft World".

"When you first come into the game you actually start up in the quad," said Griffith.

From there, up to 30 users at a time can get on the school's new gaming server and surf the Mount. Your avatar can walk the halls, check out the stadium or actually climb onto the library roof. If you've got minecraft on your box, a link on the Mount's website gets you on their's.

"You can actually get on a game, interact with students in the world in real time and actually ask questions and have them interact in the world. Walk into buildings, walk around campus and get a feel for campus without actually stepping into our real world," said Griffith.

Sophomore Austin Moody said he wished it had been available when he was a senior at Elder. "It's absolutely incredible. It's amazing. It's dead on. Everything's absolutely beautiful in that world. It's really cool."

They're counting on the cool factor to attract potential students. Once they're on the site, they can chat with each other. The school is hoping it breaks down some barriers. It may not be as easy to talk to 3 other people face to face in the chapel, as it is to talk avatar to avatar in a virtual chapel.

"So we wanted to actually take that and engage with students inside the world and actually get our admission counselors in there for some information sessions and actually talk to the students. Get our faculty in there," said Griffith.

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