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Microsoft removes references to game creator Notch in latest Minecraft update

By midian182 · 11 replies
Mar 28, 2019
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  1. 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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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,374   +3,769

    Oh so typical Microsoft .... if you're not part of the fold your an outsider and that's where you end up!
    tkabou likes this.
  3. Lew Zealand

    Lew Zealand TS Guru Posts: 658   +548

    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.
    Evernessince likes this.
  4. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 3,983   +3,471

    Did you read his tweets? They are pretty bad and wouldn't be acceptable in pretty much any setting.
    Puiu likes this.
  5. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,766   +1,160

    I'm now convinced that he doesn't read anything but his comments.
    Puiu likes this.
  6. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TS Evangelist Posts: 785   +170

    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.
    Morris Minor likes this.
  7. Lounds

    Lounds TS Addict Posts: 192   +114

    Just more like to be a victim of poverty and crime. Cuba is safer than the USA.
  8. Tantor

    Tantor TS Enthusiast Posts: 43   +59

    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.
    arrowflash likes this.
  9. dogofwars

    dogofwars TS Addict Posts: 179   +72

    Nah just by some guy on the street.
  10. dogofwars

    dogofwars TS Addict Posts: 179   +72

  11. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 3,983   +3,471

    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.
    Lew Zealand likes this.
  12. urbanman2004

    urbanman2004 TS Booster Posts: 99   +30

    At least we know Microsoft's got our back ;)

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