As you may have noticed, I've been really into the invention of the computer lately. So this basically made my morning: The evocatively named SgtGodswordBerserker has created a scientific graphic calculator entirely inside the game Minecraft, and can use it graph and solve equations!
For those of you who are not super-nerds, Minecraft is a massive and massively popular 'sandbox' game, developed by a Swedish programmer, Markus Persson, in which players wander around in a huge compuer-generated world and build things. In one mode, "Survival," you play as a sort of computer-world pioneer: the goal is to chop enough wood, gather enough food, and build a secure shelter before nightfall, when evil skeletons (and other evil creatures) attack you, like so (warning: some stress-induced profanity):
Then there's the "creative" mode, in which players can just mess around, building things, like Notre Dame, The Reichstag, Fallingwater, or the Starship Enterprise (built to scale). It's in this creative mode that Mr. Godsword Berserker has constructed his own graphing calculator. It's not his first massive project: you can check out his enormous analog clock, working scanner/photocopier, and functioning speedometer here.
They're pretty amazing creations, and they drive home an obvious-but-still-amazing fact: Everything your computer does is, on some level, physical. Computers can seem disembodied and magical -- but all that magic comes out of a bunch of on/off switches! As many commenters on YouTube have noted: It's only a matter of time until someone builds a computer in Minecraft which is capable of running Minecraft.
Bonus: More great Minecraft creations, including the Taj Mahal ("Even Shah Jahan couldn’t have imagined this would happen").
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