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Minecraft Introduction

So I mentioned Minecraft in my previous post and then decided for those who aren’t really sure what Minecraft is might be interested in seeing a brief view of what it is really about. So I filmed the first few minutes of gameplay that should put it in perspective. Enjoy.

 

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Mojang Finally Hiring

Mojang is the company that develops the free form sandbox building game Minecraft that is entirely coded in Java, and also happens to be one of my favorite games ever. The main developer goes by the name Notch and is well known for having basically developed this game on his own for the past 3 years. It spent a good amount of that time in a beta form where you could purchase it and have access to the game for whenever it was “released”. Minecraft’s main beauty lies in the developer community that has taken the game into its own hands with the ability to mod the game, it currently enjoys one of the most active modding communities in the world.

Unfortunately, Notch never actually came out with an API specifically for modding so it mainly involved developers painfully going through code and adding to Notch’s existing code. So any time a new version of the game was released it basically broke the game for all users that had created these elaborate worlds and had to patch it all over again.

Since Minecraft has enjoyed immense success since its release I’m imagining they finally have the funds ┬áto put into development and Mojang has finally decided to hire more developers. Among the first group of new hires is a development crew called Bukkit, they are well known in the community for having developed an alternate version of server code that is technically more stable, uses less resources, and had a built in modding API. It seems their passion has finally paid off as they will now be getting paid for their work! Needless to say I am looking forward to a stable API to hopefully be making my owns tweaks to the game. Post apocalyptia here I come, mmm brainsssss….