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7:30 PM on 09.09.2014

Report: Microsoft trying to buy Minecraft developer

Microsoft is in serious talks to purchase Minecraft developer Mojang, according to a WSJ report citing unnamed sources familiar with the situation. The supposed deal is said to be worth somewhere in the neighborhood...

Kyle MacGregor


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Mistwalker Announces Upcoming Terra Battle Concert

Terra Battle concert planning is now underway as the popular mobile-RPG surpasses 1 million downloads in less than a month. For more information on upcoming milestones and recently unlocked milestones, please visit Terra Battle's Download Starter.




10:00 PM on 06.25.2014

Turns out Notch bought an Aphex Twin album for $46,000

One of the more interesting Kickstarter projects in recent memory is the Caustic Window project, an effort to buy and then release copies of a fabled "lost" album from electronic maverick Aphex Twin. After being successfully...

Alasdair Duncan

10:50 AM on 06.09.2014

Minecraft creator Notch launches new game Cliffhorse

No doubt as a homage to various Bethesda games that have wonky horse physics, Minecraft creator Notch has launched a new game -- Cliffhorse. The game is in early access form, but it's free (you can donate if you want). I...

Chris Carter

6:15 PM on 04.28.2014

Notch's Drowning in Problems game gets too real too quick

Need a crushing reminder of the frailty and futility of life? Markus "Notch" Persson has your back. His web-based experience Drowning in Problems does a pretty fine job of making sure you don't forget. Watch as growing o...

Brett Makedonski

5:00 PM on 03.28.2014

Canceled Minecraft for Oculus Rift would've been free to help promote VR

I'll admit it: when I heard Markus "Notch" Persson had canceled Minecraft for Oculus Rift because Facebook acquired its creator Oculus VR and the social network company "creeps" him out, I was skeptical about how much work ha...

Jordan Devore

7:30 PM on 03.19.2014

Mojang still making buttloads of money from Minecraft

Buttload. It's totally a phrase.  Mojang, the makers of the runaway hit Minecraft, doubled their net income in 2013 according to The Wall Street Journal. They made $128 million last year, and revenue wise they saw 38% fr...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

8:00 AM on 02.03.2014

Minecraft surpasses 14 million copies sold on PC

Markus "Notch" Persson and Mojang are counting their millions, but that doesn't necessarily mean dollars in this instance. Well, indirectly it does. Notch revealed via Twitter recently that the PC version of Minecraft ha...

Brett Makedonski

4:15 PM on 12.10.2013

Notch accidentally interviewed at Valve, turned down job

Most people that are even remotely interested in the videogames industry would figuratively kill (maybe literally!) for a shot at interviewing at Valve, let alone securing a job there. Markus Persson, better known to the gami...

Brett Makedonski

11:30 AM on 11.11.2013

Watch the Minecraft documentary for free on YouTube

The documentary on Minecraft that 2 Player Productions released back in 2011 is now up in its entirety on YouTube. This is a full and official release of Minecraft: The Story of Mojang, and it's not some pirated garbage...

Joshua Derocher

1:00 PM on 08.19.2013

Notch drops 0x10c, wants to work on small games

[Update: Notch has shared his thoughts on 0x10c with a blog post. "Turns out, what I love doing is making games," he wrote. "Not hyping games or trying to sell a lot of copies. I just want to experiment and develop ...

Jordan Devore



Before Minecraft, Notch made a crappy Sonic fan game photo
Before Minecraft, Notch made a crappy Sonic fan game
by Tony Ponce

A great way to waste time is to Google any odd topic that happens to pop into your head and play a game of link tag until you strike pay dirt. My latest excursion led me to Sonic Racer 4K, a Java-based Sonic fan game. But what really caught my attention was the name of the developer: Markus Persson.

You know, the Minecraft guy.

After a little more digging, I discovered an old resume that he still hosts on the Mojang page, even though it's no longer directly linked anywhere on the site. Turns out Notch was a frequent participant in the Java 4K Programming Contest, which tasks entrants to create a Java game with a total file size less than 4K bytes. Sonic Racer 4K was a 2005 submissions, but he also made other 4K fan games, including MEGA4KMAN and Left 4K Dead.

I don't know how much of this is common knowledge, but it's certainly a big surprise to me. I like learning about what folks did before they were famous. As for the games themselves, they are impressive considering the constraints, even if they are kind of poopy. Test them out yourselves!

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Notch's new game screws with your head in the best way photo
Notch's new game screws with your head in the best way
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Notch's new game is called Drop, and it's a simple little speed typing game that you can play right in your browser. Well it starts off simple enough, but then things quickly change and you start to doubt your typing skills as you fail over and over again.

Basically, imagine Super Hexagon as a typing game. Notch says Terry Cavanagh's game was an inspiration for Drop, along with the ending of Fez, and his own ceiling. The time you have to type out letters decreases the longer you go, and missing a character increases speeds even more. How long can you last?

@Notch [Twitter, via Game Informer]

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5:00 PM on 04.16.2013

Minecraft book covers Notch and his story

Sweedish book Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus "Notch" Persson and the Game that Changed Everything, was written by journalists Linus Larsson and Daniel Goldberg, and has been translated by Jennifer Hawkins fo...

Dale North

4:00 AM on 03.02.2013

Watch Notch have his beard shaved

During this past week's Mojam event, designers from Mojang, Vlambeer, Wolfire Games and more participated in a 78-hour game design challenge. All of the games created were offered through Humble Bundle in exchange for a dona...

Conrad Zimmerman

2:45 PM on 02.13.2013

Minecraft creator Notch helped fund Age of Wonders 3

Did you see the new trailer and screenshots for Age of Wonders 3? The game is looking hot, let me tell you. And the fact that it's not relying on Kickstarter, just this once, is reassuring. Developer Triumph Studios was said ...

Jordan Devore

2:15 PM on 02.05.2013

Notch backs away from funding Psychonauts 2

The mere possibility of Minecraft creator Notch funding the development of a creatively rewarding yet financially risky game like Psychonauts 2 was wonderful to see play out online, even if the odds were against such an arran...

Jordan Devore