Notch's New Subscription Space Game Is To The Power Of C

Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson has revealed that he is working on a new subscription game, but he won't say how the name is pronounced or what the title means.

The website of the game, titled Ox10c, says that the game is set in space and, like Minecraft, will likely receive an early release so that players can have a hand in shaping it. Notch wrote that a a price has not been determined but there will likely be a monthly subscription fee.

Notch provided some background information on the game on the website:

"In a parallel universe where the space race never ended, space travel was gaining popularity amongst corporations and rich individuals.

In 1988, a brand new deep sleep cell was released, compatible with all popular 16 bit computers. Unfortunately, it used big endian, whereas the DCPU-16 specifications called for little endian. This led to a severe bug in the included drivers, causing a requested sleep of 0x0000 0000 0000 0001 years to last for 0x0001 0000 0000 0000 years.

It's now the year 281 474 976 712 644 AD, and the first lost people are starting to wake up to a universe on the brink of extinction, with all remote galaxies forever lost to red shift, star formation long since ended, and massive black holes dominating the galaxy."

For a run-down on game features Notch has planned, visit Ox10c.


    That plot makes no sense. At all.

    So there was a typo in deep sleep cells. Fine. SURELY SOMEONE WOULD FREAKING NOTICE! The people in these cells (it said it was compatible with popular computers, so lots of NORMAL people would buy it) would be noticed! Everyone would be like, wtf, where is everyone!

    And sif not have an external shutdown switch. I call bullshit on this plot, it's too stupid to be true.

      Also, how the fuck are these computers still running after millions of years? These things were made in 1988, where are they getting their power from? 100 years, maybe they have a giant battery. But millions?

      Holy crap is this stupid.

        You sound very angry.

          I picked up on that subtlety as well.

            Our powers of observation are astounding!

              Gritty police drama style TV series, 1970's style.

              Deep, raspy voice over: "Bubble-T, editor. Zap, random commentator. Together they are.....KOTAKU OBSERVATION SQUAD!"

              Cue whammy guitar and synth music.

                Awesome... can I be your cool, streetwise informant? I'll grow an afro if necessary. Or even if it's not necessary.

            It's possible that their angry meter uses Big Endian logic and they accidentally put their angry value in as a little endian value, hence they are now super angry instead of relatively sedate. I hear these kinds of mistakes can happen, especially during the late 80's.

          I really enjoy Tracey's comments on these posts.

        Haha, very true, but I don't think the plot matters, it's just a device to get the universe set up in a way that will bring out the gameplay Notch wants.

        I think the real crazy part of this is Notch expecting people to pay a monthly fee. He's going to have to replicate or even better the Minecraft phenomenon to be able to ask that of customers. If there were no upfront costs, and the fee was only 5 dollars per month or so, I would give it a go, but with games like Guild Wars 2 coming out sans subscription, it will be a hard sell.

          So how do games like GW2 make money, is just purely from sales, I don't get it haha?

        I thought the idea of a world where there were no curved edges was pretty stupid as well, but then I remembered its a game and proceeded to have fun, protip buddy.

        One of the problems with the Internet is that its just impossible to tell if someone is taking the piss, or if they mean exactly what their saying.

        If it is the former, you saw have basically won trolling. This is awesome.

    Red Dwarf, the video game
    and maybe my calculations are off but... doesn't 0×0000 0000 0000 0001 = 0 = 0×0001 0000 0000 0000 ?

      I assume that it is supposed be to the power of x.

        Then it should be written 0^0000 0000 0000 0001

        The game will probably just be spaceminecraft. Drill into whole planets to get resources to build bigger ships/space stations. But with large servers of people.
        EVE, but with simple graphics

          He's using a pretty standard Hexadecimal notation, the 0x before the number means the following digits are in hexadecimal. It comes from the C programming language.

      In computer terminology (particularly programming) starting a number with 0x denotes it as hexadecimal (a * symbol is used for multiplication).
      0x0001 0000 0000 0000 hex = 281,474,976,710,656 decimal
      +1988 = 281,474,976,712,644

        Thanks for the clarification. I thought it might have been some intentional error for the sake of humour, or something...

    Hmmm I don't know. That overly jargon riddled backstory seems to be either a joke (running on from April Fools) or just not very good.

      Yeah I think Notch is just creating an amusingly faulty backstory, as the backstory probably doesn't really matter with this game.

      That and trolling, of which is obviously working.

    Story aside, I'm interested with his move to a subscription based game model.

    Does that mean this will be an MMO hosted on Mojang servers? What sort of infrastructure are they building to support a monthly recurring billing cycle? Are they bringing on extra staff purely to provide MMO-level support and management?

    Being a programmer (and it being a game about programming) the name makes sense in a sort of weird logic way.
    The facts:
    0x10 is 16 in hex - The number of bits in the processor.
    c is 12 in hex - the number of zeroes in the miscalculated years value.
    c is in superscript, denoting a magnitude when combined with '10'.

    Therefore, the title indicates the number of bits in the machine and the 1 0000 0000 0000 years that passed because of the mistake. I am going to now pronounce it as Oxloc. I'm looking forward to this game if it's real, it sounds like my favourite parts from Solar Winds and Robot Odyssey combined.

      Well in physics c is most famously the speed of light (in E=mc squared) so I guess that given it's about space travel that may be more appropriate?

      As a programmer as well, the most baffling thing about the story is why anyone would store a number of years as a 64-bit integer type. A lot of programmers in the 80's didn't even imagine their code surving to the year 2000. Giving us the y2k bug. The guy who wrote this code decided that, no, the 65k years afforded by the native 16-bits wasn't nearly enough, and his code *might* still be running in the year 4 billion so 32-bits wouldn't do either and bumped it all the way to 64-bit.

    Anything that gives me what sounds like an updated 'Wing Commander Privateer' is fine by me. :)

      Ageed - it does sound a little like Elite, Privateer or a multiplayer X. Much more up my alley than Minecraft.

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