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Minecraft is heading for the Raspberry Pi

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Mon Nov 26 2012, 10:48

HOBBYIST COMPUTER the Raspberry Pi will be getting the hobbyists' dream game Minecraft soon.

Minecraft lets you build up worlds, and has been embraced on every gaming system it has arrived on. It is a good match for the Raspberry Pi, but so far has not been available on it.

So long to so far though, as the Minecraft team has pushed the game towards the Raspberry Pi and soon you will be able to see the results of their hard work. According to the people at the Raspberry Pi Foundation, it's been a long time coming for some users.

"There's a question that we've been asked almost every day by someone or other - does the Raspberry Pi run Minecraft? It does now - and you'll be able to download and play it yourself very soon," said the foundation's Liz Upton.

"We sent a bunch of boards out to Notch and the guys at Mojang in Stockholm a little while back, and they've produced a port of Minecraft: Pocket Edition which they're calling Minecraft: Pi Edition. It'll carry a revised feature set and support for several programming languages, so you can code direct into Minecraft before you start playing."

According to the guys from Mojang this won't be a cutdown release, and as with the Raspberry Pi itself, the Raspberry Pi version of Minecraft will be a gateway to a world of new possibilities.

"The possibilities are massive. You could organise the cheapest LAN party of all time, or use the Pi to learn the fundamentals of programming on a minuscule budget," said the Mojang team. "It's like hacking your way into Minecraft and modifying the game world with code."

Minecraft for the Raspberry Pi will be released soon, and when it is released it will be a free download. µ


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