Build a computer… in Minecraft

By » Wed, March 28 2012
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Jacking into the lego Matrix. (img by *USB*)

Kids these days and their virtual Lego games. Why not just play with Lego? Now I know: because Minecraft bits won’t stab your bare feet and because you can do more than build an 80 foot golden cock and balls with the stuff you find in the game.

You can build a computer. Yep, in Minecraft, you can build a structure that performs computations, and can theoretically compile programs. Don’t believe me? This kid is well on his way:

I’m now going to go read the book and see if I can’t get my head around building a computer from first principles and the crap some local vagrant keeps leaving in my yard. Reading about how something works is one thing. Actually making a thing work is far cooler. Get your hands dirty (virtual or otherwise), and learn something while you’re at it.

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