You know, Minecraft is a real experimentation and playground for anyone with a little creativity and a lot of time. Some Sammyuri posted a video last month showing his personal creation … an 8-bit microprocessor!
Sammyuri isn’t the first to create a microprocessor in Minecraft, but it’s probably the most complex CPU never performed in the game. He put seven months to build it and baptized it CHUNGUS 2 : Computation Humongous Unconventional Number and Graphics Unit. It’s a 8-bit processor with a frequency of 1 Hz and 256 bytes of RAM. Sure, it won’t run Red Dead Redemption II … or even Minecraft for that matter. But it is no less exceptional to be able to actually play video games in the game. To build it, he used ultimately quite simple elements of the game, but in a very complex construction: redstone, torches, repeaters, pistons, levers …
Once connected to a screen of 32 by 32 blocks, and to a giant controller on which you have to jump to activate each button, the microprocessor turns into a “computer”. Better, it becomes straightforward a console since Sammyuri even created cartridges ! In reality, these are programs, but he must have built them physically using trains. It’s more or less the same principle as when you install a game on a graphing calculator, moreover we can see in his video that he also uses his microprocessor to display function curves.
Sammyuri tempers expectations, however players who would like to recreate his microprocessor and hope to play Tetris like he does in his video:
I probably should have made this clearer in the video, but all displayed programs have been sped up by a factor of a hundred to a few thousand times in order to make them actually playable / watchable in real time. Whereas 1 Hz is clearly fast for a redstone processor, it’s nowhere near as fast as the video might suggest. Sorry if this has caused any confusion!
Even accelerated, his creation remains impressive. For more information on the technical characteristics of CHUNGUS 2, we invite you to read the description of Sammyuri’s video on YouTube.