Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus "Notch" Persson and the Game that Changed Everything
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Three years ago, 32-year-old Markus "Notch" Persson of Stockholm was an unknown and bored computer programmer. Today, he is a multi-millionaire international icon. Minecraft, the "virtual Lego" game Markus crafted in his free time, has become one of the most talked about activities since Tetris. Talked about by tens of millions of people, in fact. It is the story of unlikely success, fast money, and the power of digital technology to rattle an empire. And it is about creation, exclusion, and the feeling of not fitting in.Here Markus opens up for the first time about his life. About his old Lego-filled desk at school. About the first computer his father brought home one day. But 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.Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus "Notch" Persson and the Game that Changed Everything is a Cinderella story for the Internet age.

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Three years ago, 32-year-old Markus "Notch" Persson of Stockholm was an unknown and bored computer programmer. Today, he is a multi-millionaire international icon. Minecraft, the "virtual Lego" game Markus crafted in his free time, has become one of the most talked about activities since Tetris. Talked about by tens of millions of people, in fact. It is the story of unlikely success, fast money, and the power of digital technology to rattle an empire. And it is about creation, exclusion, and the feeling of not fitting in.

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Here Markus opens up for the first time about his life. About his old Lego-filled desk at school. About the first computer his father brought home one day. But 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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      • source: Slate
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        "You may find this book as addictive as Minecraft."

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      • source: Andrew Leonard, Salon
      • content: "At the core of the story of Minecraft is the lesson that success is possible, if you have a good idea and the passion and skill to pursue it. Minecraft is indeed an unlikely tale. That's what makes it so great, and that's why this little book will make a terrific holiday gift for the gamer in your life."
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      • source: TechCrunch
      • content: "Minecraft is a beautifully human story...it's well worth a read and offers, at the very least, inspiration, and at the very most, hope."
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      • source: Book Riot
      • content: "This book takes his story and gives you a closer look. You learn about the man behind the game. His childhood, his family, the growth of his company and the lives of the people who work there. It doesn't just give you the big enormous, glamour-filled cut scenes that you read about on the Internet. This book gives you the pixels, the details."
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      • source: Game Skinny
      • content: "Suspenseful, grounded, and startlingly relatable. I expected a book about Minecraft; what I got was a compelling story about personal struggle and accomplishment. A perfect gift for Minecraft players, parents of younger players, or anyone interested in indie games."
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      • source: The Stranger
      • content: "Pulls itself along with the narrative compulsion of a tech biography...outlines a cultural phenomenon in ways that even those who've missed out up 'til now can understand."
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      • source: Joel Levin, MinecraftEdu co-creator
      • content: "I have been following Minecraft closely for over three years, and yet this book consistently surprised me with new insights into the game's development. It focuses on the human story behind all those pixellated blocks. I have a new respect for Notch's accomplishments with Minecraft and for all the hard work that the Mojang'ers have devoted to making the game such a phenomenon. This book offers a fascinating and honest peek into the mind of the man who made Minecraft a reality."
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      • source: Sethbling, Minecraft video maker
      • content: "This book explores the man behind the game to a depth that you won't, and that you can't, find anywhere else. In this work, Markus "Notch" Persson has revealed everything about the events that led to an international super-phenomenon. The resulting story will fascinate and inspire."
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        November 25, 2013
        Goldberg and Larsson chronicle the rise of Swedish video game developer Markus Persson from a shy kid glued to his legendary status as creator of the immensely popular Minecraft. They trace Persson's career from Midasplayer where he met Jakob Porser, to Jalbum where he worked under CEO Carl Manneh, and later as they join together to form the company Mojang. The authors note the efforts of by all three men to keep Mojang grounded through its success, trying to "become a big company without becoming a big company." Persson is particularly well-known for his attentiveness to player feedback from within the Minecraft community using group forums and Twitter as modes of communication, while subsequently redefining "the traditional concepts of producer and consumer." The authors shed light on Minecraft's allure discussing the game's aesthetics, tactics, and major characters. Images of players submitted creations help to illuminate the appeal and leads way to the discussion of Mincraft fan culture involvingYoutube stars, who upload videos of their Minecraft personas, most notably Lydia Winters, who Majong later hired as "the company's public face." Analysis also touches on the psychology of video gaming and the unique phenomenon and billion dollar industry of Scandinavian tech from Goliaths like DICE to No More Sweden expo, a contest for independent game developers. Finally, the authors discuss Persson's surprising decision to quit Majong and hint at his potential future plans. Persson's story is moving and should prove inspirational for any creative entrepreneurs hoping to do things their own way.

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