Playing a bit like a computer version of Lego, Mojang's Minecraft
– the darling of the indie game movement – has been an impressive success story. It soared to mainstream popularity as intrepid players proudly showcased their elaborate creations online. Its similarity to Lego didn't go unnoticed by the toy giant, and in 2012 kids of all ages could enjoy the game AFK with a licensed brick set
. The problem is, you'd need an awful lot of bricks to recreate what you can make in the game (for example, check out this version of Game of Thrones' King's Landing
), so that's where Printcraft – and the magic of 3D printing – enters the picture.
A dedicated band of Minecraft
and Game of Thrones
enthusiasts has lovingly recreated the fictional King's Landing locale in incredible detail. The setting will be familiar to fans of George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire
fantasy novels and its TV adaptation, Game of Thrones
, as the capital of the Seven Kingdoms.
A Swedish school has made headlines, first at home and then abroad, by making super-popular build-em-up video game Minecraft
compulsory for students aged 13.
Minecraft developer Mojang has announced that a free edition of its open-world build-em-up is set for the Raspberry Pi.
Granted, granted, there may not be much cutting edge technology on display here, but it's a cynical technology enthusiast indeed that doesn't raise a wry smile when nerd-friendly worlds collide, and were worlds ever more nerd-friendly than those of Lego and Minecraft?