Minecraft : The Unlikely Tale of Markus 'Notch' Persson and the Game That Changed Everything

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A completely unique and in-depth look at the creator of Minecraft, Markus "Notch" Persson, and his rise from unknown computer programmer to multi-millionaire international gaming 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."show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 258 pages
  • 134.62 x 180.34 x 22.86mm | 294.83g
  • Seven Stories Press,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1
  • 1609805372
  • 9781609805371
  • 122,101

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"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." -"Book Riot" "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." -Joel Levin, Teacher and one of the creators of MinecraftEdu "This book explores the man behind the game to a depth that you won't, and that you can't, find anywhere else. You'll feel like you're sitting down across from the real Markus "Notch" Persson as he tells you his most personal drives, ambitions and recollections. One man single-handedly created a hugely popular genre of interactive entertainment. This book recounts exactly how that happened in the most personal and complete way possible. 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." -Sethbling, YouTube vloggershow more

About Jennifer Hawkins

LINUS LARSSON and DANIEL GOLDBERG are two of Sweden s best-known writers on new technology and the internet. They have been published in the "Washington Post" and "American Computer World," among other places, and quoted by BBC News, the "New York Times," and the "Sydney Morning Herald." Their first book, "Swedish Hackers," was published in 2011 in Sweden."Minecraft," their bestselling English language debut, followed that same year."show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Three, Two, One . . .  Chapter 2 For Beginners Chapter 3 “Do You Want Me to Feel Sorry for You or Something?” Chapter 4 Games Worth Billions Chapter 5 “They Just Don’t Get It” Chapter 6 Macho Men With Big Guns Chapter 7 “This Is Way Too Much Fun. I Built a Bridge.”  Chapter 8 The Hedonic Hot Spot of the Brain  Chapter 9 “Yes, You Should Play This Game.” Chapter 10 The Squid Situation Chapter 11 A Dilemma Concerning House Cats  Chapter 12 Too Many for Two Pizzas Chapter 13 More than a Game Chapter 14 Becoming a LEGO  Chapter 15 “You Did It, Markus. You Really Did It.” Chapter 16 Back to the Boys’ Room Sources Ludography Thanksshow more

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