One of the biggest indie game developers, Mojang, has brought Minecraft to the Raspberry Pi. The Raspberry Pi Foundation had sent some Pi boards to the developers to tinker with. The company used the boards to create a Pi version of Minecraft: Pocket Edition, named Minecraft: Pi Edition.
The Pi Edition has a new feature set and coding support. You can open up the code of the game and start tinkering, and the game has support for several programming languages.
Minecraft can now be played on the Raspberry Pi
“You could organise the cheapest LAN party of all time, or use the Pi to learn the fundamentals of programming on a minuscule budget. It's like hacking your way into Minecraft and modifying the game world with code, a bit like being Notch, Jeb, or Nathan, but arguably more fun and less stressful,” wrote Owen Hill, chief world officer of Mojang. The Pi Edition of the game will be completely free on the Raspberry Pi, according to Hill.
Back in October, the Raspberry Pi had begun shipping with an ugpraded RAM of 512MB. Eben Upton, founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation elaborates that the latest version of RPi has come after users suggested the launch of “a more expensive “Model C” version of Raspberry Pi with extra RAM”. He shares that such a suggestion would benefit those users who look at Pi as a general-purpose computer, with a host of large applications running at the same time, and would “enable some interesting embedded use cases (particularly using Java) which are slightly too heavyweight to fit comfortably in 256MB.”
However, Upton admits that they intend to keep the $35 price tag as their highest price point. Keeping this into perspective, the announcement pertaining to all Model B Raspberry Pis shipping with 512MB of RAM as standard came into being.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation announced revision 2.0 of their boards. The team behind the Pi explained in a post on its website that the second revision won’t feature anything major, such as a new processor or more memory, but will instead incorporate several changes based on the feedback the team has received since the original device was launched. The foundation states that revision 2.0 devices would be “filtering out over the next month as the last stocks of the revision 1.0 at each distributor and in each geography are exhausted”.
Revision 2.0 of the Raspberry Pi will feature a small change to the GPIO pin out to add ARM JTAG support and to present a different I2C peripheral from that which is used on the camera interface. We also get a reset circuit, which can be used by fitting an appropriate header to P6, as the team has not fitted the header in the standard build. Shorting P6 pin 1 to P6 pin 2 will cause the BCM2835 to reset.
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