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Saturday, Nov 24, 2012

  

Minecraft for Raspberry Pi

The Mojang Website announces plans to port Minecraft to Raspberry Pi the inexpensive "credit card-sized" computer:

Soon you’ll be able to play and program with Minecraft on one of the snazzy little devices. Aron and Daniel have dedicated time to porting a version of Minecraft: Pocket Edition that comes with a revised feature set and support for multiple programming languages. We’re calling it Minecraft: Pi Edition, and it will be completely free to download.

The possibilities are massive. You could organise the cheapest LAN party of all time, or use the Pi to learn the fundamentals of programming on a miniscule 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.

Steam Autumn Sale Day Four

Steam News announces the lineup for day four of the Steam Autumn Sale. In addition to flash deals, today they are discounting Borderlands 2, F1 2012, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, Total War: SHOGUN 2, and Mark of the Ninja.

Op Ed

Cliffski's Blog - Kickstarting inequality.
Kickstarter is the absolute poster-child for inequality amongst gamers, based on income. Now I am definitely not a raging socialist, but I know a lot of gamers are, and I find it a bit weird that it doesn’t bug them that when these kickstarter games ship, not only will gamers with more money that them be swanning around with better outfits and weapons, (This already happens in F2P games), but some of the NPC’s will have the names of the ‘wealthy’ backers. Some will even have their digitized faces in the game. Elite is actually naming PLANETS after people who back the game with a lot of money.

Gamers say they hate in-game product placement and advertising. It compromises the game design for the sake of money. I agree. So why are we deciding that the best way to name our planets or design the appearance of our NPC’s is to put that part of game design up for auction? Why should gamers who are wealthy get more influence over a game that those who flip burgers for a living? The cold hard economic reality of the real world is bad enough without shoehorning it into games too.

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Out of the Blue

I'm back in the BlueTower after a bit of running around. My bro and I spent some time in the country at my dad's old house moving massive piles of wet leaves before winter sets in. And yes, it's as fun as it sounds, which is bad news for WalterEgo, because I had to abandon him due to having plans and wanted to finish next week, but he's trying to soldier on without me. Guess he wasn't willing to leave well enough alone.

R.I.P.: Larry Hagman, ‘Dallas’ Villain With a Sweetly Sinister Smile, Dies at 81.
R.I.P.: Brash boxer 'Macho' Camacho dies in Puerto Rico.

Leaving Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Bomb It 5.
Stories: Super Bowl XLVII- Ads of 2013.
With 35mm Film Dead, Will Classic Movies Ever Look the Same Again? Thanks scorcese.fan.
Science: Cartilage made using hybrid 3D printer.
Science budget cuts will threaten Europe's recovery, say research heads.
Media: Icy Hill Hero.
This dog knows how to shake it. Owner doesn't know how to hold it.
Cat In The Machine.
Auction: Beatles demo tape, rejected by Decca, resurfaces.
The Funnies: Brevity.
Follow-up: Nine arrests in Walmart protest, business still brisk. Thanks HARDOCP.
Black Friday 2012 Fights At Wal Mart Over Phones.



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