Minecraft documentary premiering on Xbox Live

Film chronicling Markus "Notch" Persson's rise to fame to debut Saturday, December 22 free for Gold subscribers.

Minecraft: The Story of Mojang will premiere Saturday, December 22 on Xbox Live. The documentary from 2Player Productions will be available for Xbox Live Gold subscribers in the U.S., UK, Ireland, Belgium, Portugal, Austria, France, Finland, and Sweden.

As for the film itself, Minecraft: The Story of Mojang follows Notch and documents the challenges he faced during the company's first year of existence. It addresses the massive success of Minecraft, and also features insight from journalists and industry professionals.

The documentary began its life as a Kickstarter project in February 2011 and surpassed its $150,000 target, raking in a total of $210,297 when it closed in March of that year.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Hey_Jay
Hey_Jay

Free Minecraft content? I like all those words.

Ultra_Taco
Ultra_Taco

There should be a Feedbackula episode on Minecraft, or more specifically, Notch.

tgwolf
tgwolf

The only thing I will miss about not seeing this is the fleeting hope that that picture which looks like a grave plot is a sort of epitaph or memorial to that disappointingly-monotonous game...Otherwise, thank you for putting it on XBL, NOT any consequential consoles like Playstation or Wii!

drswank
drswank

In the meantime...Suda 51 (a true interesting game maker) lacks his own doc? Shame.

drswank
drswank

Don't his 50,000 twitter fans (as they say during the loading screens) already know this story?

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

He just keeps on patting his own back, doesn't he?

 

Flint247
Flint247

I might see this. It is interesting how Minecraft got so popular.

StinkySkunkGirl
StinkySkunkGirl

Sweet. Poison for the mind is always good. How about we all quit our jobs, sit in a circle, hold hands, and listen as Notch tells us his life story around a bonfire? Perhaps then, we can transcend to the next stage of humanity by living vicariously through Notch, until we have all ascended to the perfection that is Notch-hood.

 

Oh, and after we as an entire race ascend to Notch-hood, I think we should all start paying more attention to Notch. I'm not sure Notch is getting enough attention yet. He should probably shut down the account servers for Minecraft and create a $70 (That's the alpha price, by the way) sequel called Notchcraft. It will feature over 10,000 hours of spoken dialog from Notch, and at least 100,000 hours of dialog pertaining to Notch from other people.

 

Thank you again, Makuch. If I wasn't made privy to Notch's life story debuting on Xbox Live, I would have had no reason to wake up today, and my day would have been worthless. Thanks to the good word of Notch, all of us in the gaming community at large now have meaning to our lives. We are not worthy.

SolidTy
SolidTy

Film chronicling Markus "Notch" Persson's rise to fame...

 

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Holy mother of god, FINALLY! This guy's journey and life story needs to be added to the Bible at some point. Apparently, he's our savior for the modern man, and thank god to all of us for having Notch around!

 

Dude made a hit game, so what?!

mrsniper83
mrsniper83

As much as I love minecraft, this guy is starting to turn into a kardashian of the video game industry....

WCK619
WCK619

A documentary about a once in a million fluke?

King9999
King9999

As a game developer, I'm interested in this movie.  Stuff like this should be inspiring to me and other indies. 

u1tradt
u1tradt

I'm actually really interested in watching this. I would like to see what they're doing behind the scenes at Mohjang for sure. Notch's success is akin to winning the lottery but how he developed Mohjang and what their aims and strategies are interests me a great deal.

obsequies
obsequies

video is free for anybody who wants to wait an extra hour since the original is finished 

707107
707107

 @Landsharkk 1st: Notch isn't in charge of this, its just about him.

2nd: it was a kickstarter( though he could have backed it I'll give you that).

3rd: minecraft is a good game, it is highly modable, you can make your own adventure maps and texture packs for it essentially making a different game(espacally if you use a mod).

Besides he isn't even in charge of minecraft anymore now that he is working on 0x10c.

So give him a break, he's a game programer,he makes games for YOU.

 

Overlord93
Overlord93

 @StinkySkunkGirl 

This counter culture against him is getting obnoxious and frankly pathetic. Millions of people play and enjoy the game, and pledged money that this documentary would be made, is that really such a hard thing for you to deal with?

I can see that's it's seen as 'cool' to slate popular opinions or trends, but people post this crap on every single article even related to minecraft, and go to a noticeable effort to do so. This is a video games site, they are going to report on such a successful game. get over it.

You don't want to watch the documentary? Don't. But personally I'd much rather hear the story on the conception of one of the biggest indie games of all time than watch a documentary on a man with an elephant face.

 

Sefrix
Sefrix moderator

 @WCK619 lol sounds pretty common of a subject for coumentaries but I certainly agree with you. I have been completely unimpressed by anything else mojang.

Ultra_Taco
Ultra_Taco

 @drswank  Did you not hear what Overlord said?

 

Here is a quote: "You don't want to watch the documentary? Don't. But personally I'd much rather hear the story on the conception of one of the biggest indie games of all time than watch a documentary on a man with an elephant face."

Sefrix
Sefrix moderator

 @dkdk999  Scrolls looks very bland and is completely unoriginal, they were a part of Cobalt and that looked like a flash game more than anything. 0x10c we haven't seen, but considering how lackluster Scrolls is I don't have high expectations. It seems Mojang was a one hit wonder.