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Minecraft breaks through on Raspberry Pi

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Tue Feb 12 2013, 10:21
A new Minecraft release is out for the Raspberry Pi

GAMES DEVELOPER Mojang has released its port of Minecraft for the tiny Raspberry Pi computer.

The game has been making its way towards the hobbyist PC since late last year and finally broke through the surface last night.

Minecraft for the Raspberry Pi is a free download that is supported by a dedicated Mojang website and is available now.

Minecraft: Pi Edition runs on Raspbian "Wheezy" with XWindows. A beta version came out in December, but this updated release has a number of bug fixes and improvements that players will appreciate.

"Thanks to all at Mojang for all the work you've done on this, and greetings to those of you who are coming to the Raspberry Pi platform to play this new edition," said a blog post from the Raspberry Pi Foundation. "We're really happy to be able to welcome all you Minecrafters to the Pi family!"

The first version of the Minecraft port was released in November. Then it was the result of a week's worth of coding.

It should be a meeting of minds on the Raspberry Pi. The sub £30 computer is for people that like to tinker, build and create, and so is Minecraft. At the end of last year Mojang said that the Raspberry Pi build has this in mind.

"This new version is based on the Pocket Edition of Minecraft, which you may have seen running on mobile phones and tablets, but has one key difference: you can program it. All you have to do is set up a network connection to the running game, and then you can send text commands to control the world," said the Raspberry Pi Foundation's Liz Upton then.

"This makes is possible to program in any language which supports network connections, and you can access the game from any computer which is connected to the Pi." µ


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