Jimmy and Sean disagree on whether or not it was wise of Microsoft to purchase Mojang for $2.5 billion
Welcome to Maximum’s inaugural Maximum Debate article, a new opinion column where two Maximum PC editors duke it out over a specific topic. This time around, Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang and Contributing Editor Sean Knight debate the merits of whether or not it was a good idea for Microsoft to purchase Minecraftdeveloper Mojang for $2.5 billion dollars.
In 1697 William Congreve coined the phrase, “Hell has no fury like a woman scorned”, though in 2012 its starting to look like “indie” might also be an acceptable substitution. The controversy surrounds EA’s use of the words “indie bundle” in their most recent Steam sale, and real indies have been lashing out at the company from every angle.
Steam has a lot of games. Like, all the games. Well, minus a couple from EA and – now that we think about it – indie ultra-sensation Minecraft. Pretty weird, right? We wish we could just chalk the whole thing up to coincidence and get back to constructing a scale replica of the second Death Star, but – as is typically the case with Death Stars – it's not quite so easy.
You can't knock Minecraft creator Notch for being unoriginal. First he, you know, created Minecraft, and now he's bringing BFGs to a word fight. That's right: he wants to end this whole “Scrolls” brouhaha by battling it out in Quake 3. Perhaps the most hilarious part of all, though? This is no laughing matter. On no uncertain terms, Notch has said that he's “serious” about this.
Well now, this is unpleasant. Bethesda, creator of games we really love, and Notch, creator of other games we really love, have gotten into a bit of a tiff. You know, the kind with lawyers and words like “trademark infringement.” Yes, that's right: Bethesda's serving papers over, well, a word referring to a rolled up piece of paper. So, what's hat-wearing wonder Notch have to say about all this?
BlizzCon, QuakeCon, Genghis Khan – what's next? As with all things, Notch has the answer. Coming soon to a Las Vegas near (or incredibly far away from) you: MineCon. It's a convention! About Minecraft! If you thought your meticulous cosplay of Minecraft's main character was a unique work of human ingenuity, prepare to be severly disappointed.