Minecraft is one of the most popular games in the world, being used a lot for fun, education and various activities. Since the first version in 2009, the game has evolved with hundreds of additions and new features, but the basis created by its inventor remains today.
How it all began
As already said, the game was released in 2009. The creator of Minecraft is Swedish programmer and designer Markus “Notch” Persson, who took just six days to create everything from scratch. The project started on May 10th, and on May 16th, he already made the project available on forums.
The game idea is not all original and has its guides to mechanics and other concepts. The main one is infiniminer, a mining game that Notch loved. At first glance, the game is very reminiscent of the popular block game.
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In addition to this game, other inspirations for the game designer were Dwarf Fortress, Dungeon Keeper and RollerCoaster Tycoon. The simulators and their management functions were mixed with RPG elements and provided a way for Notch to lay the foundation for everything we know today.
Before earning the name of Minecraft, something that can be translated as “mine and build”, the first name of the game was very straight to the point: “Cave Game”. With a name of “Cave Game”, it was easy to imagine what the title was about.
However, the name underwent a new change and was renamed “Minecraft: Order of the Stone”, something with a very medieval air. Fortunately, the name has been shortened and we are left with the concise Minecraft.
the following years
After all these “creative changes” and a series of tweaks and improvements, in 2011 the game got out of the forums limitation and was released to everyone, starting its growing popularity with content creators and fans all over the world.
In 2014, Notch posted on his personal Twitter profile that he wanted to sell his stake in Mojang and its great Minecraft. So Microsoft seized the opportunity and bought the company for $2.5 billion.
Anyone want to buy my share of Mojang so I can move on with my life? Getting hate for trying to do the right thing is not my gig.
— Notch (@notch) June 17, 2014
Anyone want to buy my share of Mojang so I can get on with my life? Suffering attacks of rage for trying to do the right thing is not my job.
With the money in hand and practically retired, the programmer still bought a gigantic mansion in Beverly Hills, in the luxurious region of California, USA, valued at 185 million. Still, in 2015, he said on his networks that he wasn’t enjoying the billionaire life very much.
Even with a memorable work, Notch was always involved in several controversies on the internet. The most striking cases were between 2016 and 2017, when he used Twitter a lot to attack LGBTQIA+ women and people.
The publications always involved trivialization of the demonstrations for rights, slurs and other sexist, transphobic and racist offenses. In addition, the programmer also shared several conspiracy theories involving allegations of pedophilia and child trafficking by the US Democratic Party.
With so many problems, Microsoft started to avoid maintaining the association of the game’s image with Markus Persson, so the creator was not invited to the 10th birthday party of Minecraft, in 2019, as its position was against the values of inclusion and equality preached by the company managed by Satya Nadella.
In June 2021, he even said that his creation was “a little dead”.
(If it’s still alive to you, that’s cool! Rocket Arena 3 is still alive to me)
— Notch (@notch) June 22, 2021
I’m not the one who speaks ill of the dead, but yes, Minecraft is a little dead. (If it’s still alive for you, great! Rocket Arena 3 is still alive for me).
Interestingly, in the same year, the game peaked at 140 million players, with the platform selling over 1 billion mods (which generated around US$350 million in revenue) and content from Minecraft hit 1 trillion views on the platform. All of this shows that the game is more alive than ever.