Man I remember when I saw red ore I made a joke about how it would only be a matter of time before someone pulled a dwarf fortress and built an ingame computer, glad this guy proved me right.
Man makes working computer in Minecraft. I shit self.
Of course the ALU design comes from a book. It's a freaking ALU - there are only so many variations on a theme and they only differ bitwise for the most part - and he mentions a book in the video describing the ALU itself. That's not the point. The point is that he applies highly complex digital circuit design and programming principles from one context and takes them to another whilst also making it scalable and eventually even properly programmable. That takes a level of intelligence which is far to the right of the bell curve and it shows a level of application and work ethic which is beyond the norm. That's why he got a serious job offer from a person who runs a company who has already done work for other companies. People who aren't bogged down in jealousy can recognise talent when they see it.
How can you possibly know what the future holds for any person or company? You can't, so kindly get back in your box and stop pretending to be an expert psychologist, programmer, game developer and recent industry analyst.
How do you know it's a serious job offer? It's fairly easy to tell the quality of the work when you have as large a sample as the flash game makers. Why should my insights be discredited just because you lack any? I don't claim to be an expert in all those fields, I'm just competent enough to understand something about the way game companies work. Either way it seems like an exploitative practice and not a 'serious' offer. They wanted to get some attention to their site / company. For all they know they're hiring someone who's got terrible personality issues and doesn't actually understand anything he's doing.
Actually looking at their full portfolio I think they're better than I initially judged. They've gotten some pretty high level commissions. Namely Cartoon Network and Barbie. Chalk it up to me not reading every single thing they did.
I don't understand anything about computers so I have no idea how this actually works, but it is a pretty massive thing, that's for sure.
I also have no idea what Minecraft really is like and what limitations it has, so I don't know just how impressed I should be.
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