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Mojang lays down Raspberry Pi base with Minecraft preview

Building a path to young developers
Tue Nov 27 2012, 14:07

GAMES DEVELOPER Mojang has previewed its port of Minecraft to the Raspberry Pi.

The port of the Minecraft Pocket Edition release is new, very hot, and looking good.

Raspberry Pi Foundation volunteer Daniel Bates said it's a "preview of a very early version of Minecraft: Pi Edition". He explained, "It's a port of Pocket Edition and has been in development for less than a week, so please excuse any glitches. This demo was performed on a standard 256MB Raspberry Pi with no overclocking."

According to Mojang the developers are already seeing 40fps on a 256MB Raspberry Pi computer.

Bates continued, "The Pi Edition introduces the ability to use programming to influence the game world. I use Python in this video, but any language capable of communicating over the network would work."

There is no firm release date, but Bates suggested a quickish release. "You can't get it yet. The Mojang guys are hoping to release it before the end of the year, but no promises," he said.

In a blog post Bates added that the release will be free of charge, explaining that the foundation hopes that it will be another good way to get children into computing and excited about programming.

"We see this as a very exciting way of drawing children into programming. The game can be played with no programming at all. Then, basic programming can be used to place large numbers of blocks in particular patterns to speed up the building process," he said.

"The more creative programmer will only be limited by their imagination. Want to build a digital clock into the wall of your house which displays the real time? Easy. Want to get back at a friend who stole your precious diamonds? Remove the floor from underneath their feet and let them fall into a pit of lava. The possibilities are endless." µ


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