Microsoft removes references to game creator Notch in latest Minecraft update

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In addition to addressing bugs and implementing features, the new patch adds several quotes to the game’s splash screens, which show random messages. But it also removes all text relating to Notch, including “Made by Notch!”, “The Work Of Notch!”, and “110813!”—a reference to the date he was married.

Five years after the game's release, Microsoft acquired Mojang, the company Notch founded, for $2.5 billion in September 2014, giving the Redmond firm control over Minecraft.

Notch hasn’t been part of Minecraft since Microsoft took over, but his name remained on the splash screen messages. While no official reason has been given as to why it's been removed, this is likely related to his behavior on Twitter. Notch has made plenty of controversial statements on the site, which may have prompted Microsoft to remove his name as it doesn’t want to remind people of his association with the family-friendly game.

While Minecraft players will no longer see Notch’s name while it is loading, he is still listed as the game’s creator in the credits.

Notch himself has not directly responded to the move, though his Twitter account suggests he isn’t too concerned about Microsoft’s decision.

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Simple business decision. If someone not on your payroll is being publicly inflammatory and their name is associated with your product in any way, you remove that association.
 
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Xclusiveitalian

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I'm more disturbed how people glorify communism these days. Fascism and Communism are both equally dangerous. I'm lucky to have been born in America were I won't be killed by either.
 
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Lounds

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I'm more disturbed how people glorify communism these days. Fascism and Communism are both equally dangerous. I'm lucky to have been born in America were I won't be killed by either.
Just more like to be a victim of poverty and crime. Cuba is safer than the USA.
 

Tantor

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In one way I don't fault Microsoft. Notch uses a lot of 'foul language', a modern tendency we would be better off without.

But on the other hand, Notch is well within his rights to criticize Leftist ideology. He is not alone in his feelings. Many people find the modern emphasis on normalizing transgenderism, feminism, homosexuality, etc. to be extremely disturbing. Notch is just more outspoken and honest.

Transgenderism aside, I agree with his take on Communism. It is, without a doubt, the single most dangerous ideology ever created by the human mind.
 
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Evernessince

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I'm more disturbed how people glorify communism these days. Fascism and Communism are both equally dangerous. I'm lucky to have been born in America were I won't be killed by either.
The only time Communism has ever harmed anyone was when it was used at the hands of a dictator, much like Stalin and to a much lesser extent Maduro. The ideology itself does not inherently incite violence nor are all of it's ideas bad. Also keep in mind that there are many shades of Communism. You can enact capitalist economic policies while having communist social policies. China for example is labeled as communist country despite having a capitalist economy.

Fascism on the otherhand is forceful by nature and in all cases refers to a form of government which you most certainly do not want. There are no variations of Fascism that are good.
 
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