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Minecraft Plus Physics Is Smashing

Introversion's Chris Delay revealed yesterday the project he's been working at the Cambridge Friendship Club, a weekly gathering of local indie developers. It is, in a nutshell, Delay's own (voxel-powered) quick'n'dirty take on the Minecraft engine, and then when Delay had gotten it into a workable state he realised he could add rigid body physics (using open-source physics library Bullet) relatively easily. You'll find the end result below- a video showing what is essentially Minecraft with physics. Go take a look, and thanks to RPS reader "Kieron Gillen" for sending this one in.

Delay closes with this thought- "Wouldn't it be awesome to play an FPS or a wargame with this kind of totally destructible environment?"

Yes. Yes, it would. A superhero-based dueling game was exactly where my head went on seeing the video- missed laser blasts ripping the tops off of apartment blocks, throws sending your opponent crashing through several buildings, all that. You could even do craters! The mind boggles.

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Quinns was one of the first writers to join Rock Paper Shotgun after its founding in 2007, and he stayed with the site until 2011 (though he carried on writing freelance articles well beyond that). These days, you can find him talking about tabletop board games over on Shut Up And Sit Down, or doing proper grown-up journalism with the folks at People Make Games.

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