Minecraft is Released For Free on $35 Pocket-Sized Raspberry Pi Mini PC: [FREE DOWNLOAD]

By Jesse Lent | February 12, 2013 10:20 AM EST

Minecraft, the popular videogame that allows users to learn basic programming through the ability to alter the game's code has been released as a free download for the $35 Raspberry Pi mini computer.

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Minecraft is a game that allows players to place blocks to build just about anything.

Yet what is most exciting about the new version for the inexpensive Raspberry Pi, according to the game's makers, is the ability for users to break open the game's back end and learn programming by creating their own world.

"You can start by building structures in the traditional Minecraft way, but once you've got to grips with the in-game features, there's opportunity to break open the code and use programming language to manipulate things in the game world," said a message on the the Minecraft website. "You'll be learning new skills through Minecraft."

The Raspberry Pi is a personal computer that is roughly the size of a credit card. Created by nonprofit organization the Raspberry Pi Foundation, the computer has been hailed as a way to bring internet access and computer skills to impoverished and underprivileged people across the globe.

The Raspberry Pi Mini PC first went into mass production in 2011.

Eben Upton of the University of Cambridge's Computer laboratory designed the first prototype of the $35 computer in 2006, when he and his colleagues noticed a decline in programming knowledge among students applying to the school's computer science program, compared to the more technologically adventurous previous generations.

"We felt that we could try to do something about the situation where computers had become so expensive and arcane that programming experimentation on them had to be forbidden by parents; and to find a platform that, like those old home computers, could boot into a programming environment," reads a statement on the Raspberry Pi Foundation website.

Minesweeper has become a much better game because of innovations its users have made according to the game's website.

"At first, people built structures to protect against nocturnal monsters, but as the game grew players worked together to create wonderful, imaginative things," a message on the main page reads. "It can also be about adventuring with friends or watching the sun rise over a blocky ocean. It's pretty. Brave players battle terrible things in The Nether, which is more scary than pretty. You can also visit a land of mushrooms if it sounds more like your cup of tea."


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