Post by Steve Farrelly @ 01:11pm 29/02/12 | 8 Comments
Software Engineers should get a kick out of this, as Australian-designed bug-tracking software, JIRA, has been used as a basis for a Minecraft mod by an Atlassian engineer, based in Sydney.
The mod uses JIRA to essentially create an issue (like logging a "job ticket") where you, the player, want to actually remember to do something in the game-world later. So the idea is, in Minecraft's absolutely massive scope, there are invariably going to be things you want to do in places you can't do them yet, or maybe you just want to do them later, or leave notes for friends or the like. So setting up a reminder, and using the JIRA plugin created by Atlassian means you can revisit the reminder, perform the task, and resolve it, as a software engineer would a bug tracked by the same software.
It's a pretty simple idea, and one that seems like it should have already existed, but it's always cool coming across Aussie-made stuff like this, and transferring an application like this into a gameplay device is a stroke of genius.
You can read how the mod came about by clicking here (there's also a link to grab the mod in there), otherwise watch the YouTube video of the JIRA Minecraft integration embedded below.