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Verizon Creates Minecraft Mod To Let Players Video Chat On an In-Game Smartphone 36

Deathspawner writes: There's never a lack of stuff to be impressed by in Minecraft, but rarely does that impressive stuff involve a corporation. Recently, Verizon teamed up with some prolific Minecraft streamers to design a mod that takes interactivity to a new level. After building an in-game smartphone and cellular tower, the gamer is not only able to browse the Web on the device, but also video call, all in a humorously low resolution. Verizon has created a GitHub page to explain how the magic is done.
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Verizon Creates Minecraft Mod To Let Players Video Chat On an In-Game Smartphone

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    Will version be charging for the in game calls per minute or by monthly bandwidth? How many emeralds?

  • by UnknownSoldier ( 67820 ) on Monday December 07, 2015 @04:00PM (#51075393)

    ... when a boring phone company tries to tap into something that was once a fad.

    > ... until recently it was impossible to order a pizza from Minecraft. In fact, you couldnâ(TM)t make a phone call, send a text message or browse the web from the game even if you built a phone.

    Around here we call that security and/or separations of concerns. The _last_ thing you want is some bug to be exploited by hackers that can have a negative impact on your finances.

    /sarcasm Because the "first" thing I want from Verizon is being able to order a pizza from when I'm playing Minecraft on a phone. Gee, how about less price gouging, better cell coverage, better call quality, ending the shenanigans of deploying fiber, a straightforward billing statement without hidden feeds, better customer service, of the million other things [] you could actually do to treat and respect your customers better. Nah, who would want that when "Dude, we can order a pizza from within Minecraft!"

    Fucking morons.

  • Just because something can be done doesn't mean it should be done. This mod fit's that old saying perfectly.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Just because something can be done doesn't mean it should be done. This mod fit's that old saying perfectly.

      The Minecraft ecosystem is the antithesis of that old saying. If it can be done, it will be done in Minecraft.

      Do, or do not. There is no "should".

  • Defending my lawn! (Score:4, Interesting)

    by fuzzyfuzzyfungus ( 1223518 ) on Monday December 07, 2015 @04:24PM (#51075627) Journal
    I realize that this probably makes me a horrible person, whose shriveled soul is incapable of joy, and who was obviously never a child; but exactly how much external infrastructure are you allowed to use before "In Minecraft!" is no longer true in any meaningful sense?

    The various redstone logic arrangements, while obviously perverse and inefficient, do implement various computational widgets "in minecraft". As best I can tell from reading the project documentation, this exercise uses an external helper program to do all the heavy lifting(digesting web pages and incoming video into an array of textures to be applied to blocks, implementing the MMS for the 'selfie' feature), with the only involvement from Minecraft being a large rectangular array of blocks that the external helper program re-textures to produce something similar to a framebuffer(it's not quite the same, since each block displays a multi-pixel texture, rather than acting as a single pixel).

    You certainly couldn't do this with just any game(at least not as easily; if you have access to the game's memory, you can probably scribble on its textures; but doing that without bringing the whole mess down in a screaming heap is easier said than done); but that arguably makes it less interesting: Minecraft's support for external modification of server state is relatively robust, so there really isn't much that you can't do, if you are willing to do most of the work in an external program and then use Minecraft as a needlessly perverse frontend. Am I just a joyless asshole? A generation too old for this 'minecraft' stuff? Insufficiently impressed by a Verizion marketing exercise?
  • ZOMG another attack vector the NSA will have to monitor! We need to ban this, for the children!!!
  • by netsavior ( 627338 ) on Monday December 07, 2015 @04:54PM (#51075951)
    My 6 year-old has said the phrase "you can have internet IN MINECRAFT" about 100 times so far today. At least this commercial is mildly interesting.
  • Minecraft worlds can get quite large, as well as the data that goes through them.

  • That github page has an embedded youtube of the guy demoing. When the video is over the youtube related video blocks appear, like always.

    The first one is "Verizon wireless can suck it!" and they go on from there.

    I just really think that is funny.

Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing. -- Wernher von Braun