Microsoft Buys Minecraft
You know that saying, “No news is good news?” Well, I heard some news recently that, in my world, can’t possibly be good news. I heard that Microsoft bought Mojang, the company that owns, distributes and keeps delivering amazing updates to Minecraft.
If you aren’t in the Minecraft loop that little bit of info is probably meaningless to you.
If you, or someone you love, is a Minecraft-aholic however …..*ahem cough cough* Pebbles Stone….. and if you know anything about Microsoft products, that knowledge can only fill you with gloom for the soon-to-be-possible demise of a much-loved game.
Minecraft – Brought to You by Microsoft.
What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
Let’s face it. Has Microsoft ever actually improved anything? Remember how it butchered Windows XP by trying to replace it with a shiny newer model? Then wasn’t satisfied with doing it once, but over and over again, until finally pulling the plug on it in April 2014? Remember that?
Minecraft is an incredible game. Incredible in its simplicity. Incredible in its adaptability. Incredible in lending itself to being played creatively, and recoded, and tweaked, and developed, and modified, by anyone, anywhere. And incredible because it’s mostly free (under $30 US).
Have you ever thought of a Microsoft product in any of those terms?
When Microsoft gets its hands on a product it soon becomes a code-bloated leviathan, teeming with glitches, security holes and crashes that need to be constantly “patched” with “updates.” It also becomes a virus magnet. Which is nothing nearly as awesome as being a chick magnet.
Why, Notch? Why?
I don’t blame Microsoft for wanting to get in on a good thing. And according to minecraft.net/stats, owning Minecraft is a good thing. As of this writing:
17,250,927 people have bought the PC/Mac version.
In the last 24 hours, 12,076 people bought the game.
I don’t even really blame Minecraft’s creator and Mojang co-founder Markus “Notch” Persson. I’ve read that Notch hasn’t been happy with the notoriety he’s gained since Minecraft has become so wildly popular. He’s said that all he wants to be is a “nerdy computer programmer who likes to have opinions on Twitter.”
He probably won’t mind that he’ll be a tremendously wealthy nerdy computer programmer. Microsoft bought his company for $2.5 billion.
Who can blame him?
We’re Gonna Be Watching You, Microsoft
I will blame Microsoft, though, if they ruin Minecraft and make Pebbles cry. Because, remember I told you she’s a screamer?
And then, of course, there will be these guys to answer to, as well.
Footnote: Pebbles says, “LET’S SAVE MINECRAFT!! TOGETHER WE CAN DO IT!! WE’RE WATCHING YOU, MICROSOFT!!”
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