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Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus 'Notch' Persson and the Game that Changed Everything [Kindle Edition]

Daniel Goldberg , Linus Larsson
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Just a few years ago, Markus Persson was a bored IT-developer in Stockholm. In the evenings, he toiled away on a labour of love: a game with a tiny but dedicated online following. It was called Minecraft and Markus released it to the world in early 2009. The game itself looks deceptively simple. It resembles a digital version of Lego – bricks stacked on top of each other, giving players a world where they build whatever structures their mind can conjure. A breath of fresh air compared to the industry giants’ shooter games. In the space of a few years, Minecraft has become one of the most astonishing success stories of the internet age, attracting millions of players and proving how a single great idea can topple empires in the digital, post-industrial world.



This is the story of the man behind the game. Here Markus opens up for the first time about his life. About his old Lego-filled desk at school, the first computer his father brought home one day and also about growing up in a family marked by drug abuse and conflict. But above all it is the story of the fine line between seeming misfit and creative madman, and the birth of a tech visionary.



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'The absorbing story of how an unknown and bored Swedish computer programmer invented the 'virtual lego game'; Minecraft in his spare time and became a multi-millionaire.' -- The Bookseller

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‘A Cinderella story for the digital age’ Observer

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5540 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Digital (23 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H8PHMDI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #289,433 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format:Paperback
The book, despite its brevity, is very insightful. I am surprised about how spot on it is. Somehow, in about 250 pages, the authors manage to give a biography of Markus’s life, an account of Minecraft’s rise to fame, and a discussion of its impact on the gaming world and beyond. Everything is carefully embedded in the context of the games industry which is changing towards a more open, diverse world.

I particularly liked how the authors consistently provide the context of Markus’s thoughts and actions. As Markus takes and leaves jobs in the Swedish games industry, the authors discuss its surprisingly large scope and some of its key developers (the Battlefield developers DICE, the social games giant king.com, and the Just Cause developers Avalanche, just to name a few). As Markus starts working on Minecraft, the importance of his open development and the role of his developer diary (devlog) on the TIGSource forum is discussed nicely. Once Minecraft is successful enough for Markus to fund his development independently, the emergence of indie games is motivated and explained very well. As Minecraft becomes bigger and bigger, Markus is offered a job by Valve, something of a knighthood in the games industry – the description of how he rejects it is one of the most memorable pieces of this book. Minecrafts influence reaches further and further, and a very interesting chapter is dedicated to how Minecraft is first recognised as a teaching tool (MinecraftEDU).

Overall, this book is highly relevant to Minecraft fans, lovers of the indie games world and fans of games in general. I hope that the authors will make sure the book stays relevant by keeping it updated – since the book has been published, a number of things have changed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Fans 4 Feb. 2015
By Z-Lo
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Great book, was a present and the recipient was very pleased with it.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  72 reviews
39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read for Minecraft lovers, indie enthusiasts, and anyone who loves to see the good guy win. 7 Nov. 2013
By Amy White - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A great read for Minecraft lovers, indie enthusiasts, and anyone who loves to see the good guy win.

If you're looking for a perfect gift for a kid that loves Minecraft, there's a lot to recommend this book. It's short enough to not feel overwhelming but not too short to tell the whole story. The writing is smart without being daunting. Depending on their reading level, anyone ages 7 and up could potentially read this on their own.

There are a very, very few places where the subject matter strays into territory you might be uncomfortable with... (full review available at GameSkinny)
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Notch is the man. 21 Nov. 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is how you get your minecraft crazy kid to read a book. My son loves this game and he is now engrossed in this book. The bonus is now he knows what big words like protagonist means. Two thumbs up!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring! 27 Dec. 2013
By Diana - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Book was released just in time for my 9 yr. old's autobiography presentation. He loves the game, Minecraft. I was so intrigued and inspired by Markus's story. Loved it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars 10 year old and husband really enjoyed this book. 19 Jan. 2014
By Angela Villa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I recommend this book to any Minecraft lover. It's an easy read and my 10 year old & husband found the book very interesting.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Minecraft Parents 10 Nov. 2013
By Shelby Coleman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I bought this book at Minecon 2013 in Orlando and read it on the plane ride home. It is a really great little book about a very interesting subject. I especially recommend it to parents of Minecrafters.
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