(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – What began as a simple PC game eventually evolved into a sensation. Earlier this month, the popular title Minecraft became the best-selling arcade title for the Xbox 360 via the console’s Live platform. Now Minecraft appears to be upping its features through the addition of LAN support for the game’s multiplayer mode.
The addition of LAN gives users of the popular title the ability to turn the single player mode into something more.
“You can now use “/publish” to open your single-player game for LAN friends to join. This is still very much work in progress, so it lacks some necessary settings such as what game mode your friends will get, and if they should be able to use cheats or not,” commented Jen Bergensten of Mojang, the game developer behind Minecraft.
Meanwhile, a plethora of other changes were included in the snapshot. Among them were the texture pack folder button’s compatibility with MAC and making the Ender Chest work as an inventory that’s player specific instead of having it for the world in its entirety.
Minecraft had steadily gained popularity since its debut on the PC as an alpha version in 2009. Through its gameplay, users survive in a 3D world by gathering resources, constructing shelters and guarding against monsters.