Microsoft has just released a tutorial that uses "Minecraft" to teach kids the basics of computer programming, according to Engadget. The tutorial replaces the standard action on point and clicking to smash through the landscape, and forces players to string together code-like commands such as "turn right" and "destroy block."
"Minecraft" was released in 2009 and is a sandbox game that lets players create their own worlds and share them so that others can explore them, according to CNET.
"A core part of our mission to empower every person on the planet is equipping youth with computational thinking and problem-solving skills to succeed in an increasingly digital world," said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. "With Minecraft and Code.org, we aim to spark creativity in the next generation of innovators in a way that is natural, collaborative and fun."
The new focus on programming will be utilized in the "Hour of Code" event that is set to be hosted by Code.org with the help of Microsoft next month from December 7-13. The event is a part of Computer Science Education Week and marks the first time that Code.org will be leading it.