Minecraft Creator Spends $46,300 on Rare Album

Markus "Notch" Persson pays a pretty penny for unreleased Aphex Twin LP.

An exceedingly rare vinyl copy of Aphex Twin's officially unreleased album Caustic Window was sold on auction site eBay this week for $46,300. The guy who bought it? That was Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson, a longtime fan of the musician.

Rolling Stone writes that Richard James, the man behind Aphex Twin, originally planned to release Caustic Window only to abandon it, but not before four copies were test-pressed. One such copy appeared earlier this year, and a group of fans launched a Kickstarter to raise money to buy and subsequently release the album as part of a one-time deal with James.

The Kickstarter campaign was a success, and copies of Caustic Window were sent to backers earlier this month. As for the auction vinyl copy itself, the $46,300 Persson spent to acquire it will be distributed between James and charity.

Minecraft is a global phenomenon that has sold many millions of copies to date. In a 2013 interview, Persson described the amount of money he's made from the game as a "sh** ton of money."

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Hells_rebelion
Hells_rebelion

So....Rich guy buys Album no one cares about for way too much money.  How is this different from most rich people?

gplayer5
gplayer5

Well that's what happens when you have more money than sense...  smh....

CommandoAgent
CommandoAgent

He could have found the songs on YoutTube and elsewhere, why would he waste that so much on a single album?

hystavito
hystavito

I'm just curious if it was a reasonable price in terms of other bids, or did Notch just go nuts and bid super high to ensure he would get it?  I know the bid would have to be raised to that level, but I'm wondering if other bids were legit, such as some other wealthy person who has mentioned that they also wanted it and were putting in similarly high competing bids.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Why?  They only had one good song; "Come to Daddy"

BrokenChaos666
BrokenChaos666

I know there are stupidly rich people and that my money is always going to these people when I buy something but it still upsets me when these people frivolously spend that money. At least part of it will be going to charity from this sale.


I'm more of a share the wealth type person. The amount of money CEO's and stuff make could support a lot of struggling families.

Senor_Kami
Senor_Kami

"They said I couldn't play football, I was too small/

They said I couldn't play basketball, I wasn't tall/

They said I couldn't play baseball at all/

And now every day of my life, I ball."


A fitting quote from Lil Wayne but it very much applies to Notch.


coop36
coop36

Seems like a waste of money, but I guess Im not a millionaire. At least some went to charity.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

Ah yes, the stupidity of wealth.  The song probably isn't even that good.

frozenuxx
frozenuxx

MAKE IT RAIN NOTCH! MAKE IT RAIN!

TwilightPhoenix
TwilightPhoenix

Also in today's headlines, Notch spends money eating out, paying his electric bill, and putting gas in his car.  More on these shocking stories tonight!

catsimboy
catsimboy

Breaking news: Rich video game guy spends his own money on mundane collectors item, more at 11.

steaminpotatoes
steaminpotatoes

Hopefully will see a new Perfect Dark or Banjo Kazooie soon then.

Ovirew
Ovirew

Ah well.  On one hand he spent a whole lotta money, like more than a lot of us make in a year.  On the other hand, part of it is going to charity.  How much idk, but part of it.


I do think it's funny that this same guy was acting like making money was a bad thing and he had to get rid of all of it.  Guess he meant one of the options for getting rid of it was spending some of it to get stuff.

retroboy333
retroboy333

Why is it any of our business what he purchases in his personal life? Just because he made a game that most of us adore he doesn't have to become a media whore gamespot. Leave him out of the news for nonsensical garbage like this please. Your above this. Well... you used to be...

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

Funny how each time you read one you summon a collection of experts on telling people how they should not expend the money they earned in a FAIR way giving gaming something that gives you hundreds of hours of fun.
People should not give a damn. Unless they are jealous for not being rich, that is :P

DarkLight748
DarkLight748

No one really cares, that idiot is a disgrace to the gaming industry.

High-Res
High-Res

Should have read: Dude that makes Minecraft threw away $46,000 Dollars like an arss.

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

Why is this news? It has literally nothing to do with games! He can do whatever absurd thing he wants with HIS money? Absurd!

pizzaman107
pizzaman107

A shitton of money?Hard to believe when the game has sold 30 **** MILLION COPIES!

theivanov
theivanov

 If he works and he makes a lot of money, he should be allowed to spend it on anything he wants to

Jjinne
Jjinne

Mind is officially blown. Puts into perspective what rich people do with their money. Hey Notch, I'm a hard working mother of two. Myself and my other half could have used that for a down payment for our first home, getting us out of the city and my youngest out of this crappy school system....achieving our dream and bringing happiness to all of us. We bust our humps scrimping and saving what will take a couple more years to get that money and you just plop it down on some frivolous thing. I hope your charity work is huge if you can afford to do things like that >.>. I'd like to see a new headline. ..." Game Designer helps hard working families". I never see any of that. It's a shame, too.

chrisall76
chrisall76

@gplayer5 It's a collector's item, no problem with him buying it if it's something he loves.

AzureBonds76
AzureBonds76

@spacecadet25  Richard James AKA Aphex Twin is a brilliant producer and maker of some beautiful ambient music. Anyways it's not that much different than paying 100k for a rare Elvis record or 40 bucks for a Kardashian tampon.

DrizztDark
DrizztDark

Why does it matter to you so much ? He is the creator of a highly successful game. Does it really bother you that much that a game site would post this?? and second the fact you took time out of your day to even comment shows you really do care about the subject content friend.

High-Res
High-Res

@retroboy333 He brags about his Million + Followers and then posts it...he chose to make it public. He wanted a minimum of a million people to know what he spent on this album.

DrizztDark
DrizztDark

Obviously you did enough to comment on the subject matter lol

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@Warlord_Irochi  Except he charged $20 for it on Xbox Live, the first Arcade Game to make the leap to that price point.  And since it did well there then all the other arcade titles that came out after that cranked their prices up by $5, just b/c they can.  And Minecraft wasn't even a new game at that point.

So no, I don't think they did everything FAIR...

DrizztDark
DrizztDark

Wow. You are either in the age group of 12 to 16 at least I hope or a really sad adult. Look at your comment brother... This guy is way more successful then you will ever be...

Lhomity
Lhomity

@aajep  Why, when so many people like you are so eager to click and comment in these articles?

Lhomity
Lhomity

@Jjinne  I don't mean to be rude at all (even though I'm sure you may find this rude, and I can understand why, but I genuinely mean this in a very neutral, non-offensive manner), but... perhaps you and your other half could have pursued different career options, rather than children. 


It isn't fair to use your own financial position to try and guilt others into giving you handouts simply because they are in a better financial position than you are. You made the choices you made. That isn't anybody else's fault It certainly isn't Notch's fault that you and your other half chose to have children and wind up in a situation where you cannot afford a down payment for a house.


I wish you and your family all the best.


getupandboogie
getupandboogie

@Jjinne  "As for the auction vinyl copy itself, the $46,300 Persson spent to acquire it will be distributed between James and charity." plus he just donated 10 grand to doctors without borders on gamesdonequick...

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

@AzureBonds76  Yea and when your bank account has tens of millions in it... well,  he probably spent a smaller portion of his money than many of us gamers have in this recent Steam Sale!

MonocleOwl
MonocleOwl

@DrizztDark

Has it occurred to you that he commented on the subject matter not because he cares about it, but 'cause he cares about the content this site has started to cover?

Why are these "journalists" of a game site covering something benign as this purchase of an LP? It has nothing to do with what this site is about, and even if the person (Persson?) is someone who made a video game I see no reason why it should be covered by a gaming site.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@DrizztDark  This is something the wealthy do, it's called conspicuous consumption.  It shows their status.

Jjinne
Jjinne

@Lhomity @Jjinne Rude, yes. Your passive-aggressive insults to my family and our choices are ignorant as well as uninformed.  I love people that try to veil their put downs with wording like yours. Grow a pair. 

Why do we have so little money?  According to you it's because I had children I couldn't afford? That's awesome that you think you know everything about an absolute stranger. Was it career choice? No. We were doing quite well until my boss suddenly filed bankrupt, walked away with millions, and left my family with absolutely nothing.16 years of service meant nothing. All was lost. So you can take your assumptions and shove them up your ass.  Not every family out there struggling to get by is a pile of baby-popping welfare whores. I wasn't guilting anyone into giving me a damn thing. I never asked for anything.  I didn't blame Notch. I pointed out my own situation, which is the case for hundreds of thousands of families right now, who suddenly have nothing, watching absurdly rich people being showcased with their frivolous purchases and over the top lifestyles. They give very little to charity, and it's all a write-off anyhow, so really, it's not out of their pockets. Disgusts me completely. I have no hand-outs, support, or aid.  can still work, and we will get by. However, when I see this and people like you supporting it, it shows me how lopsided and broken this country is. I know many in my situation can't. You wish my family all the best? Please. Keep your fake niceties to yourself. 

DrizztDark
DrizztDark

No brother your jealous... End of story

Lhomity
Lhomity

@Jjinne @Lhomity  I don't begrudge you for reacting like that. But you have some strange assumptions of your own.


"absurdly rich people being showcased with their frivolous purchases and over the top lifestyles. They give very little to charity, and it's all a write-off anyhow, so really, it's not out of their pockets. Disgusts me completely."

In fact, many very wealthy people are not only major contributors to society, but also huge donators to charities. Yes, there are some that don't do much of anything, and they are usually the ones who get the most attention when they suddenly do minor things. True generosity often goes unappreciated (some seek no attention or appreciation anyway).


Again, I meant no harm; it was merely commentary based on the way you appear to look down upon people in wealth, as if they have done something wrong by being wealthy and/or successful. I don't care about Notch personally, and have never even played Minecraft. 

People are not selfish jerks  because they are rich or successful - there are plenty of selfish jerks who aren't rich, and plenty of rich people who aren't selfish and greedy jerks. Some of the worst people I've ever met haven't got much of anything (and in some cases, why they have nothing is self-explanatory). It's easy to sit back and talk about how wealthy people should do more for other people, but when people do become wealthy/successful, they often find a need to use what they have to enjoy life as much as they can, with whatever brings them joy, and to look after their own families and friends, as opposed to somebody else's. When you're in that situation, it seems like the most logical thing to do.


But since you left me with a life story, it's only fair I offer a portion of mine - my mother got pregnant at 16, popped me out at 17 and went on to have 4 kids total with 3 different fathers - none of whom ever paid a cent in child support - on welfare, in community housing, with a shopping budget that went to heroin and alcohol before it went to food. I had aunties who brought food, movies, and video games around for me and my sister. That's pretty much it. I've since devoted my life to living better than my parents in every aspect. Like you, I assure you, I work my butt off, and take good care of myself and what little biological family I have left. 

I don't resent poor people. I don't resent rich people. But I do resent people who resent other people for their wealth/success - for doing what most of us set out to do in life, knowing not all of us will ever get there. We should not hate people for simply being more fortunate than us