Minecraft and Chromebooks?
The question was asked this week about Chromebooks and running Minecraft. My initial and limited knowledge of Chromebooks and also limited knowledge of the technical side of minecraft resulted in an immediate response of this wouldn’t work. A few days after the question was asked my mind wandered back to the question, as I was curious and did want to know. What was driving my need to know is that many schools here in the USA are fitting themselves, or their students, out with Chromebooks. Chromebooks are being seen as an affordable option, which they are, but with that affordability come some limitations. Educators need to be aware of the limitations so that they can make informed decisions.
My quick hunt around the internet gave me the following information:
https://help.mojang.com/customer/portal/articles/920822-minecraft-on-chromebooks accessed 21 Nov 2014
Further investigation led to YouTube videos to help you ‘make’ Minecraft work on your Chromebook such as:
which is found at http://itechtriad.com/articles/2014/7/21/how-to-install-minecraft-on-a-chromebook accessed 21 Nov 2014
Things to be aware of if choosing to go down this path, according to the link above include:
These are few things you may want to remember when using this method.
- Your Downloads folder syncs between Chrome OS and Linux
- Your machine is in developer mode. 30 seconds will be added to the boot time if you don’t hit CTRL + D upon start up.
- Switching from Chrome OS to Linux (after starting the Crouton command) uses the shortcut CTRL + ALT + Right Arrow (F2) followed by CTRL + ALT + Refresh (F3)
- Switching from Linux to Chrome OS uses the shortcut CTRL + ALT + Left Arrow (F1)
- The battery life of your machine is half of what it is normally when running Crouton
- You need to power off the machine when in Chrome OS
- Sounds from Chrome OS will still play even when in Linux during a Crouton session
Other YouTube videos talked about using different Linux versions.
There are questions to consider in a school environment. Does this fit with the user agreement students accept if the chromebooks are owned by the school. What is the advice of the IT techies/department? Are you prepared to deal with troubleshooting? Do the benefits outweigh the potential issues that may arise, such as some time investment to start with and troubleshooting (be aware that some comments on the forums related to the videos highlight not all is smooth sailing)?