Jan 18, 2016 04:34 AM EST
Minecraft, one of the bestselling video games of all time, has mods that lets players use computer programs like a Word processor and even run a computer inside the video game. Now, a mod allows BASIC interpreter to run inside the game.
Minecraft is an open-world sandbox game released by a Swedish video game developer, Mojang. Mojang was then bought out by Microsoft for a whopping 2.4 Billion US Dollars. The game allows varieties of mods that extend the gameplay and functions of the game. Aside from in-game complex structures, there had been mods that goes beyond the video games vanilla capabilities like a 16-bit computer inside the game and a working Word processor using in-game structures.
Modder Sethbling is able to create an actual working BASIC interpreter inside the game. As of this writing, the BASIC interpreter can also carry basic functions, though, it is still very impressive to run a programming language inside of a video game.
BASIC was famous in the 1970s and 1980s because of microcomputers. These microcomputers include BASIC. BASIC then was easy to learn. In the 1980s, almost all the home computers had a ROM-resident BASIC interpreter. Apple II, PET 2001 and TRS-80 had BASIC as their primary language.
The Minecraft BASIC interpreter mod has an extremely large number of hand-written command blocks, possibly thousands in numbers. Players can use the on-screen keyboard and type commands in the program that appears as banners in an in-game structure that resembles a whiteboard. A custom menu is available in order to run the script created through the BASIC interpreter.
The BASIC interpreter is still slow and not flexible, but the fact that it runs and works inside the game is both scientific and creative marvel. The mod is available to download and can run in vanilla Minecraft, PC version.