MINECRAFT IS A computer game that allows you to build any computer world you like, by using virtual building blocks (see Figure 6-1). You can let your imagination run riot—there are no limits! The game was created by Markus Persson (who also goes by the gamer tag Notch). Players collect (or mine) blocks from the world around them, using nothing but a trusty axe, while avoiding monsters who might be set on eliminating them. You can learn more about Minecraft and register to play an online demo version at https://minecraft.net.
Minecraft Pi is pre-installed on the Raspbian operating system. You can run it by using the menu system and navigating to Games and selecting Minecraft Pi, as shown in Figure 6-2. It is similar to the Minecraft Pocket Edition. If your version of Raspbian does not include Minecraft Pi, if you are running an older version for example, you will need to follow these steps to download and install it onto your Raspberry Pi.