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Notch talks Minecraft development, piracey, and secrets

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Notch talks Minecraft development, piracey, and secrets

Post by igoDrMacro on Thu Mar 08, 2012 10:36 am

Markus Persson, aka Notch spoke with Chris Hecker at GDC. Notch shared some interesting Minecraft facts, development regrets, and a few thoughts on piracy.
Some interesting tidbits from the chat:

Minecraft on the Xbox 360 will take advantage of your friends list for multiplayer

While all the recipes have been discovered, Notch says there is still something secret in the game nobody has discovered yet

Before monsters had path-finding AI, wolves unexpectedly began eating sheep. This emergent behavior fit so well Notch kept it in.

Notch on a ditched female character model: “I tried making a girl model but it ended up being extremely sexist.” The blocky nature of Minecraft has made it difficult to create a decent-looking female character model

Notch believes you have unlimited chances to turn those who pirate games into paying customers. He also believes that the copying and distribution of pirated versions games doesn’t necessarily translate to “stolen money.” He says the risks anti-piracy practices present to internet freedom are not worth the potential gains

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