"Imagine if Minecraft was the trigger to get a new generation of kids programming?"
If you want to know what the social network of the future will look like, forget twitter, facebook & App.net. Look at MinecraftWalter thinks that the next big Social Network will be Minecraft. I think he might be on to something. Our kids either love playing it or watching their older siblings do so.
Walter Higgins (@walter) August 14, 2012
Over the weekend, it was announced that the Pocket Edition was being ported to the Raspberry Pi. I was excited but our eldest son pooh-poohed the news since he has tried Pocket on his Android phone and it doesn't compare to the full thing.
But then came the kicker: you'll be able to access it programatically in any language over a network connection! As they point out in the blogpost today:
The more creative programmer will only be limited by their imagination. Want to build a digital clock into the wall of your house which displays the real time? Easy. Want to get back at a friend who stole your precious diamonds? Remove the floor from underneath their feet and let them fall into a pit of lava. The possibilities are endless.httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuvSke6h7Lk
If the future is mobile, then is Pocket Minecraft on Raspberry Pi = the Tween replacement for Twitter?
This is a big deal. I can't wait to try it.
UPDATE 1: I just realised the GPIO pins on the RPi mean that it should be possible to connect haptic/gesture/wiimote/any interfaces to Minecraft. Or have people been doing that already on the PC version? I've just ordered a Makey Makey and you could have huge fun with that.