Computers

by Mike Masnick


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computers, minecraft, video games



Guy Building A Working (Yes, Working) Computer Inside A Video Game

from the mindblowing-minecraft dept

I have to admit that I haven't been all that familiar with Minecraft, the video game, though I keep hearing about it. We did recently write about how the game's developer, Markus Persson, has taken a very user friendly view towards "piracy," arguing that it's better to give people a reason to buy than worry about the people who will never buy. We got a number of comments from people who really liked the game, and now Karl Bode points us to a Kotaku story about a guy, who goes by the incredibly accurate username theinternetftw on YouTube, is literally building a computer within the game. Yes, a computer within the game. A working one. It's slow and limited, but as he says, "it's implemented in a video game, what do you want?"
So far, he's built a 16-bit arithmetic logic unit (ALU), and he's planning to build an entire computer around in. As Kotaku explains:
In this video he demonstrates a city-sized, fully-functional arithmetic logic unit, or ALU. The ALU is one of the fundamental building blocks of a central processing unit (CPU), responsible for performing arithmetic and logical operations.

Now that the ALU is complete, the creator plans to continue building the rest of the computer, starting with the memory. Once it's done he hopes to make the computer will run code based on the "Hack" machine described in the book The Elements of Computing Systems: Building a Modern Computer from First Principles.

Just in case you aren't clear here, the man is building a working computer inside a computer game using a textbook as his guide.

Suddenly, Minecraft has become even more interesting...

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  1. identicon
    Jose_X, 29 Sep 2010 @ 4:59pm

    Re: Re:

    The file format might be explained here http://www.minecraftwiki.net/wiki/Alpha_Level_Format , and this other linked page shows you some of the many ordinary items possible: http://www.minecraftwiki.net/wiki/Data_values

    So if this info is accurate, you can generate your own map world however you want without having to build anything up (or gain raw materials, etc), ie, avoid sweating the "manual" labor. Those that like programming, might find this as interesting or more so than the game. Certainly, it can allow you to build things you likely would never otherwise afford the time and energy to build the long way.

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