Busy, busy week for Notch this Minecraft Monday. From virtual and boxy trophies to outright slander n’ libel with some Yogscast brew-ha-ha. Let’s take a look at what went down!
As Notch has praised the awesome that is Quake 3 in the past via his tweets, it comes as no surprise that the man is a fan of shooters. Team Fortress 2 popped up a few times recently and I even posted the video of his match with Valve and other internet celebs a few weeks ago. Since then, Valve suddenly gave Notch his very own hat to use in-game!
Basically it is a cardboard box decorated with colored bits of cardboard boxes. With a hat. It looks clunky, angry, and awesome, but also makes me warp back to Aqua Teen’s Boxxy Brown:
There’s a minor bit of language in there a minute or so in, so a slight NSFW warning.
To further emphasize the importance of the hat, they gave it possibly the longest detail text of any item in Team Fortress 2:
Welcome to a secret society so exclusive it makes the Illuminati look like a Costco. How exclusive? You are the only member. This is the only item of its kind in all of existence. So don’t craft it, Miney
Tongue-in-cheek with the ‘don’t craft it, Miney’ of course relating to Minecraft, but also because you *can* craft in TF2. Just… when you do, the item breaks into bare components. And I don’t think cardboard is really a major aspect to more than a handful of items.
Oy, this one is a doozy and a half. Short version of it is, allegedly, Notch got wasted during the after-party of Minecon and started trashing Yogscast quite badly. Which lead to Yog’s site getting DDOS’d several days making their website inaccessible and… yeah. Bad stuffs.
Yogscast ended up posting a detailed play-by-play here, stating they not only had to pay for their own airfare but that Notch sold the video rights to IGN without their consent. Their podcast of the event was going to be property of IGN. And they weren’t going to be paid for attending, either. Shortly after Notch tweeted a picture of a brand new watch he got for $5,000. Bad timing? Bad taste? Eh, just plain ol’ bad I say.
After that long post by Yog that they had to post on reddit because their site was more or less taken down by the DDOS attack, Notch responded with only “Fair enough.” Those two words exploded the comment section, possibly converting any that were still on Notch’s side by his cryptic and nearly shrugging statement. Yog put in a lot of time and effort that went unrewarded minus meeting many fans, who quickly turned against them by the ranting of Notch. That very ranting hurt the Yog’s crew pretty deeply. After making their statement available, Notch merely dismissed it with “Fair enough.” and that was that.
Stranger still is that just hours prior they held a pretty lengthy interview where the three were carrying on like long-time friends.
Strange indeed. Hope this gets worked out soon, as Notch is pretty much getting some nasty PR beatings while his game is getting glowing reviews.
I heard a tad about this here and there, but would not have really known much about this bit if it were not for bud of the blog, Banhammer’s post. Give ‘em a look-see!
Hope your week goes a bit smoother than Notch’s, everyone! Happy crafting, and see you never Minecraft Monday!