Notch's "weird creative block," and why 0x10c won't be as moddable as Minecraft

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0x10c is Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson's latest project: a multiplayer space sandbox which simulates ships down to an emulated 16 bit processor that runs player-written code. Designing computers in computers can apparently wear one out—in an interview with Polygon (opens in new tab) , Persson said 0x10c's alpha release is still a "ways off," and cited "some kind of weird creative block that's been going on for too long."

If he's still feeling that block, he says the game "is going to be put on ice" until it's fixed, but continued, "I'm very excited about the actual game. And it's not really fun yet—but it feels like it could be fun—because there's nothing to do in there yet."

He also talked more about building and coding within 0x10c, and according to the text of Polygon's article, he stated it won't even be close to as "innately moddable" as Minecraft. The reason is that modders won't be tinkering with the game's source, but with their ship's emulated computers.

"The idea within 0x10c was to have enough components going on so you can kind of—if you want to make, like a paintball mod, instead of doing that you just set up the components in your spaceship and just write the code inside the game," said Persson.

Polygon's interview (opens in new tab) covers many more topics, so have a look, and also check out our 0x10c interview (opens in new tab) with Notch from last year.

Tyler Wilde
Executive Editor

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.