Heads up to anyone doing such projects. It's amazing.
All in all it was quite profitable; several of those things have come in useful for my day job since then. Of course it didn't much improve your game design skills, as I was just copying another game.
I never finished it, and looking around most of these copies are in a similar state. I'm proud of what I achieved and each problem I overcame but I can't even claim mine competes with the original or even the best clones out there. It's fairly easy to reason why most of these clones were never finished. It's a huge amount of work and the goal has already been reached by someone else. So motivation after the initial "oh hey I built something a little like Minecraft" is hard to find.
These sorts of project serve 3 purposes:
- inspire others to try something similar ( hopefully for the same reasons )
- improve your own abilities
- show appreciation to the developers of Minecraft
As for why this project is "hacker news worthy" I expect it's just because it looks more polished than most. But as I said above, most of the value of the project is to the developer, not anyone else.
Doesn't seem massively newsworthy to me.
But no, they didn't contact me or anything. There was a thread on it, let me dig it up...
> Having to open an additional app to play a game is sometimes too tiring
Really? This is the motivation?
I can understand just the will to reimplement minecraft for the sake of it, as a challenge, to learn something, etc. but to not double click "another" application sounds really naive.