Minecraft: Pi Edition brings blocky construction to the Raspberry Pi
I had honestly thought that Minecraft was available on every conceivable device by the beginning of 2013, but clearly I had forgotten about the announcement of yet another rendition of the game made at Minecon last year.
On Monday, Mojang launched Minecraft: Pi Edition, a version of Minecraft specifically built to run on the Raspberry Pi mini-computer. Not only has the Raspberry Pi suddenly become extraordinarily affordable with the release of the Model A, Minecraft is also free for the single-board computer.
As a port of the Pocket Edition, this port will understandably lack many of the features of the PC edition of the game for the foreseeable future, but Mojang has different plans for the Pi Edition anyway.
According to Mojang, this version of its indie hit is as much a game as it is a learning tool for aspiring programmers. Mojang highlights the fact that “the Pi [can be used] to learn the fundamentals of programming on a miniscule budget,” and says that gamers will be “learning new skills through Minecraft.”
If you need help getting Minecraft running on your Raspberry, or just a link to the download, be sure to refer to Mojang’s official website for the Pi Edition.