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Minecraft: "Bedazzled Jeggings"
Posted: Friday September 19th, 2014 by

When I first started hearing the rumors about Microsoft buying Minecraft developer Mojang something started to wither. Though it was only rumor at the time, there was this weird feeling that it would go through. A few days later we learned that Microsoft offered Notch $2.5 Billion for the company. So after the announcement that Moang had indeed been bought, we get a "goodbye" letter from Markus "Notch" Persson talking about his decision both to sell the company and to leave it as soon as the sale was final. [mpre]http://www.theverge.com/2014/9/15/6151941/minecraft-mojang-notch-goodbye-letter[/more] Notch says that he hasn't been part of the development of Minecraft for a while now and I believe that. He claims that public perception of him and his role at Mojang are skewed, and I believe that too. But when he closes the letter saying it's not about the money it's about his sanity? What the f@#k ever.

When the Humble Bundle was still about supporting indie developers and you could pay anything you wanted to get the bundled games, Notch was known to pay $10,000. It was a show of support to the indie developers from one of the most successful indie games ever made. And then when Notch found out that Facebook was buying Occulus Rift, he stopped development on the VR version of Minecraft. And now he sells Mojang to a big time publisher like Microsoft? If he says he didn't sell out for the money he's lying. Hell, for $2.5 Billion, I'd sell out too. I just wouldn't slather my actions with a thick coating of bullshit. And to say "well I haven't been working on the game", "I don't want to be a symbol", "if any of my future projects are a success I'll probably walk away from them", "it's not about the money it's about my sanity"... ughh. Could that feel any more grimy?

Well, I said my peace. I don't expect people to agree with me. I just want to respond to how reading Notch's letter made me feel.

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