Five years after it was sold to Microsoft Minecraft removes references to Notch, the man who originally created the game. His name still remains in the credits, but references to Notch in the main menu that previously read “Made by Notch!”, “The Work of Notch!”, and “110813” have been removed. For anyone who has followed Notch on social media, this won’t come as a surprise at all. He has turned out to be quite a controversial person when it comes to politics. In the past, he has tweeted support for a heterosexual pride day as well as having what was considered by many a white privilege meltdown. He’s also known for using the term feminist as an insult and has called a female game developer an fing c-word, just…with the proper words used. His bigoted views are a stark contrast from the very family friendly game that he created. Many of Minecraft’s very large audience is younger children.
The removal of the references was first noticed a Twitter user and then it was later confirmed by PC Gamer. So far, Microsoft hasn’t responded to press requests for comments. They came as part of a patch that added a status effect called Hero of the Village as well as an accessibility button on the title screen. They’ve replaced the references to Notch with “Don’t worry, be happy!” and “Go to the dentist.”
Removing Notch references from the main menu will make it less likely that new Minecraft players will learn about Notch. Having him in the credits is still entirely safe because let’s be honest, outside of Marvel movies no one actually sticks around for the credits. If we’re perfectly honest, it’s really surprising that this day hasn’t come sooner. Notch has been notorious on Twitter for the last couple of years.
Source: PC GamerRelated: Microsoft, Minecraft, News, Patch