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Posted by Chris Scott Barr on Apr 4, 2012

Notch Announces 0x10c, The Real Mars Effect Game

Notch had some good fun with his Mars Effect announcement on Sunday, but we were all a little surprised to find that he was only partially joking. The game will be called 0x10c, and the official site has just gone live. It looks a lot like what we saw for Mars Effect, but there are new bits added in.

The story puts you further into the future than I think anyone could possibly imagine. You’ll be playing the role of someone who was put into stasis, and thanks to a computer glitch, stayed there a few trillion years longer than expected. However, the story isn’t what really makes this game look so interesting.

One of the silliest parts of the original announcement was that the in-game computer would be a fully-functioning emulated 16 bit CPU. However, when you look at the kinds of things that people have created in Minecraft, it doesn’t seem so far-fetched that you could write programs within a game. Can you imagine player-created software being a traded commodity? Some of the documentation on the CPU has already been published, so you can start boning up on the system now.

So what’s up with the strange name? It actually translates to 281,474,976,710,656, which is exactly how many years your character has been sleeping. We’ll keep you posted on the game as more details become available.

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