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Guy makes a Minecraft-playing computer in Minecraft

When Hans Lemurson completed his first working in-game computer for Minecraft, he was bothered by a comment that kept coming up on forums. People would write, “Hey, that's a pretty nice computer there, but can it run Minecraft?” Lemurson's newest creation proves that yes, it can play Minecraft - or at least it can run a rough 2D approximation of Minecraft. Take a look for yourself.

Lemurson admits that "it's not truly Minecraft, but it's about as close as you can come with redstone." The virtual machine allows a player to move an icon in four directions and create and destroy blocks. Switching between movement and block manipulation is controlled with a switch, and all actions are limited to 64 tiles on an 8-by-8 grid. It's a crude platformer, but the fact that it exists is incredible nonetheless.

It's not until the last few seconds of the video that Lemurson offers a glimpse into what's actually going on when a button is pressed - and the project is massive. Happily, he has created a second video that walks through how the computer works. We've posted it below. 

Sept 1, 2011

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Minecraft

19 comments

  • adhillA97 - February 7, 2012 10:20 a.m.

    IMPORTANT: READ WHOLE MESSAGE - NOT SPAM I'm not trying to be that guy, or take the piss, and I'm not saying your work is shit by a long way, but I think it could be better. I'm not trying to demean you, and granted I am a bit of a noob at redstone computing, but I'm not saying "go make it better with your own time cos I'm too much a lazy fag" because I was actually thinking of starting a project myself. the idea is to get a load of redstoneers who have individually made big breakthroughs in redstone engineering or built something of the sort that's really epic, as well as people who have good ideas for said project, and to begin mass developement on an official Minecraft in Minecraft project. I mean just look at some of the epic stuff built in MC recently. for example look at redstonewarrior's latest youtube vid,which showcases some of the stuff built by the Redstone Development Foundation, and the guy from the Voxel Box making an instant computer. i think it can be done, and if i sound like a complete loony then oh well i tried. but if you do think it sounds intriguing then let me know (via Steam would be best) cos i will need a lot of help to actually make a thing like this happen. and you know the best bit? there's probably some loony out there willing to pay people to do it. no promises of cash tho as i haven't found anyone yet, but people will likely want to donate. Sorry about the ridiculous long comment. hope i didn't bore you. adhillA97
  • JohnnyMaverik - September 6, 2011 10:29 a.m.

    10 years from now: "Eh, sorry, can't play any TF2 today, a creeper blew up my gaming rig."
  • jmcgrotty - September 2, 2011 3:32 a.m.

    I am amazed, and just have one question... Who is more pathetic? This dipwad who does this stuff or you people who watch him doing it? God, the future of this world (Earth, not Minecraft) is in serious jeopardy at this rate. OK, now go ahead and get it out of your system to say that I'm actually the most pathetic one for taking the time to watch the video(s) and post this 100% accurate summary.
  • mdiaz033 - September 2, 2011 8:28 a.m.

    i dont see the relation between the fate of the human race and this guy's minecraft creations. it's a hobby, hobbies have existed since the dawn of man (give or take a few years). it's not like this dude or the people watching him are world leaders or anything. relax dude. you clearly have issuses. #swag
  • stickyboot - September 2, 2011 1:22 a.m.

    http://xkcd.com/356/ Nerd sniping. This guy apparently has not read that comic. But whatever, very impressive. I wish I had infinite time to do things like this.
  • deadpool125 - September 1, 2011 10:01 p.m.

    Mineception!!!
  • deadpool125 - September 1, 2011 10 p.m.

    Mineception!!!!!!
  • DeltaForce - September 1, 2011 8:15 p.m.

    A game within a game? We must go deeper!
  • ShowMeYourKitties - September 1, 2011 5:46 p.m.

    I heard you like minecraft....
  • Plan10FromOuterSpace - September 1, 2011 5:32 p.m.

    This is why I want minecraft so so bad....
  • waffman11 - September 1, 2011 5:05 p.m.

    Holy piss. This guy deserves a freaking medal.
  • ZenPhoenix - September 1, 2011 4:05 p.m.

    Damn. No one's that creative in that game compared to this guy. Very, very well done.
  • Darth_Griffin - September 1, 2011 3:38 p.m.

    Oh my god and I thought my Submarine was epic. This is like whoaaaaaaaa
  • JoeMulvihill1 - September 1, 2011 3:30 p.m.

    i looked at the comments to see how quick an inception joke was posted. it was the first comment. the inception reference/joke was posted 4 minutes after the article was posted. so far 33%, or 50% after my comment, have mentioned inception in some way.
  • ParanoidAndroid - September 1, 2011 4:33 p.m.

    At least you didn't see an Xzibit/Yo Dawg meme. I guess one has superseded the other. Anyway this is most impressive. Godspeed crafters!
  • alaskatroll - September 1, 2011 6:32 p.m.

    whoa... a comment which is about comments about a comment. that's like... INCEPTION O_o
  • MyCoolWhiteLies - September 1, 2011 3:12 p.m.

    God, it's like looking into some infinite Escher drawing.
  • EHyundai - September 1, 2011 3:03 p.m.

    PAUL RYAN!!
  • IsaacShadow - September 1, 2011 2:26 p.m.

    Minecraftseption to the max.

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