Minecraft’s terms and conditions to clarify meaning of “trolling”

Notch explains Mojang isn't preventing Minecraft trolling videos from being posted to YouTube.

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Mojang will change Minecraft’s terms and conditions to clarify the meaning of “trolling” after confusion about the term made one player think he had to remove his Minecraft videos from YouTube, Markus “Notch” Persson said on his website.

Minecraft player ZexyZek has a YouTube channel with over 700,000 subscribers. He makes a series of videos called Minecraft Trolling, where he’ll join a server or invite players to his server and annoy them, scare them, destroy their creations, and basically raise hell in a variety of creative but not very mean ways.

“Because we apparently have to have them, we have terms and conditions on how you can use Minecraft,” Notch said. “Someone at some point added the term “no trolling” to these terms. I assume this was done in good faith to prevent Minecraft being used to harass or bully people, but ‘trolling’ is a very problematic term.”

Apparently, ZexyZek noticed the rule and contacted Mojang to ask if trolling really wasn’t allowed. Since that’s what the rule says, the reply was “yes.” ZexyZek then made an emotional video where he explained to his fans he won’t be able to keep making Minecraft Trolling videos, which in turn led to Persson’s inbox getting “flooded with nasty emails.”

“Content creators like ZexyZek and all the community their fanbases create is the reason Minecraft is where it is,” Persson said. “I will ask the people in charge of the boring legal texts to clarify ‘trolling’ with better words. If they really did mean what was perceived, I will ask them to remove that line.”

Finally, Persson said that ZexyZek can continue his series as long as it’s not genuinely malicious.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer, and you can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg
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Discussion

81 comments
icdshadowbeast
icdshadowbeast

Before people hate they might want to actually watch the videos.  He always gives people their things back and rebuilds what he destroys, and he gives them REWARDS for getting trolled!  Not to mention I have not seen a single video where he has gone on another server and got operator to troll people.  Only does it on his server!  

diittosword
diittosword

If all the haters would just watch every single video from the start, they would realize some very important facts which separates him from a regular troller.

xDeadP00lx
xDeadP00lx

They seeeee me trollin', they haaaaaaaatin'.

delta5931
delta5931

Dude, this guy REALLY painted Mojang as the bad guy!

You should see the comments section, full of people calling for the destruction of Mojang.

EDIT: And he is just a bully! Seriously I don't believe in cyber bullying, but other people do, and what he does is not trolling; Its bullying.

delta5931
delta5931

Truly? The blame falls on the little kids for having servers and giving players Administrator powers over the server for "asking". 

Trust me, trolling would be ALOT lower if the servers were NOT made by little kids and NOT supported by groups like Enjiin. Its only the kids that are to blame here. On the server I'm OP on, we never have problems with trolls, because we are sense able.

greebe55
greebe55

youtube is the reason minecraft is so popular

blackothh
blackothh

Without watching the videos, he sounds like the exact definition of an annoying troll in which the world would be better without. I will have to see for myself later.

PetJel
PetJel

"where he’ll join a server or invite players to his server and annoy them, scare them, destroy their creations, and basically raise hell in a variety of creative but not very mean ways."

"destroy their creations"

 "not very mean"

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

His videos sound like a complete waste of time. I suppose it couldn't be worse than all the kitten videos on YouTube.

Asseen0nTV
Asseen0nTV

Trolling is when you're fishing from a moving boat because you're to drunk and lazy to use the reel, dummies.

WingChopMasta
WingChopMasta

I have never seen this kids 'trolling' videos, if they are all in good fun then they could be classified similar to those prank shows on TV which not malicious. 'Trolling' is a vague word to just plop down in a legal doc, especially since it is loose slag and because the internet basically butchered the entire meaning of pretty much every word in the english language we can't use simple words to describe something especially in a legal sense.


The fact that Youtube is pretty much MinecraftTube is annoying enough as it is. We don't need these people leaking their vial shit outside of that hole in the wall.

Shadow4020
Shadow4020

After watching a few of his videos I can say that I hope his kind of "trolling" is banned, because it's flat out harassment. He follows people around thinking of ways to kill them, destroys their creations, and generally makes it impossible for the person to have fun.This kid is just a jerk.

SpicaAntares
SpicaAntares

"Apparently, ZexyZek noticed the rule and contacted Mojang to ask if trolling really wasn’t allowed. Since that’s what the rule says, the reply was “yes.”

Aren't bosses always the same? To give back shitty answers without thinking, no problem. Then they suddenly realize the one they gave a shitty answer to has 700,000 subscribers... Oh my God!!! Let me help you, we will do our best, we will discuss, search for solutions!

Always the same. If you don't hold them by the balls they cant do things properly.

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

As whiney as this news is, it's still better than all the lbgt/gender bender garbage we'll probably be slammed with later in the week.

RicanV
RicanV moderator moderator

Can't destroy another persons creation? Summon the internet!

Poodger
Poodger

That video was pathetic. That child should feel embarrassed.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

ZexyZek's crap SHOULD be banned.

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

Isn't trolling purposely provoking or annoying people with the soul intention of upsetting them? What am I missing?

neowarrior121
neowarrior121

"some people just like to see the world burn" and we would pay good money for that s!@t

repetitious
repetitious

so because he removed his videos, subs sent nasty emails? 

some ppl are just willing to bitch about everything but whats important.

kujel
kujel

Notch really is a decent guy :)

FULGOREY2K
FULGOREY2K

so this is the capital of the internet now

bfa1509
bfa1509

Minecraft is becoming a police state, the internet is next, everyone hide!!

Jacanuk
Jacanuk

how can anyone think that mojang can decide what they can and cannot do on their own server and put up on youtube? dont these kids have a bell ringing called common sense and logic?


Also why is this even news? but im sure Zek is enstatic that gamespot now gives him some nice PR and he can grow his subs.

xbr85
xbr85

@PetJel if that's not trolling, then there is no such thing as trolling.

Cyborg5989
Cyborg5989

@Shadow4020 There's already a solution implemented to this problem. It's called "passwording your server". I don't like being trolled either, but I think it's ridiculous to add this into the EULA and make it legally binding, especially in a freeform game such as Minecraft. 


This also sets a bad precedent for games in the future to start adding unpopular play styles as "banned" actions in the EULA. Imagine your next Battlefield / CoD game shipping with a clause preventing you from using rockets on infantry.

xbr85
xbr85

@Shadow4020 What a sh*thead, so I wonder what mojang perceives as trolling then, or maybe they just didn't have the balls to stand behind their rules when ZexyZeks retarded Minecraft followers started spamming them with a bunch of nasty hatemail.

JaiGuru
JaiGuru

@Shadow4020 Agreed. This article's claim that it's harmless fun is completely mischaracterized. This is harassment and then public exhibition of it. The fact that such a channel is popular tells you everything you need to know about the aspie minecraft community.

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

@Rayzakk  You loved him as Bender the Offender!  Now get ready to hate him as he threatens your sexuality as his new persona, The Gender Bender!


It's pretty sad the website is only allowed to post what you deem important, without getting crapped on...  it's easy enough to only read the stuff that's of interest to you and ignore the other stuff, you know, like you do every day when there aren't LGBT articles

DIGN
DIGN

@Rayzakk  Wait, you don't like those kind of articles? According to half of the GameSpot staff you're not a real gamer and oppressive!

aajep
aajep

@DamnILoveGames Generally just playing a prank to the gullible people making them believe something just to destroy it, the original definition has been twisted far too much.

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

@nl_skipper @Rayzakk It could also be said if you don't like what I said, then don't read it.  Grow an extra layer of skin and put on your big girl pantsu. 

JaiGuru
JaiGuru

@nl_skipper @RayzakkJust another version of "If you don't like it don't read it". Sorry, but poor information, and information that is damaging to culture needs to be addressed.

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

@aajep Then isn't what that zexy guy was doing i.e. 'annoy them, scare them, destroy their creations' even worse? Or is that the author trying to make what he's doing sound worse that it is?

Patohua1
Patohua1

@twisted_sith @repetitiousI think we can universally agree that troll videos getting taken down isn't a loss for anyone and therefore isn't important.

Dan11223344
Dan11223344

@Rayzakk  I like to remember the days you couldn't even swear on Gamespot let alone announce you are a bigot. I miss communist Gamespot.

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

@canuckbiker and funnier still you attempt to do the same only by attacking my intellect.  Congratulations, however mine is a common saying.  Yours is a plain attack.  Whatever makes you feel better in defending people's love of the LGBT community.  They're still disgusting and so are their supporters and I don't care if you don't like or think I'm insulting/immature.  I wasn't aware I was seeking your or the gay loving approval.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

The fact that you tried to insulted him with a feminine reference shows your mental maturity level. I'd place you around 9 years old.

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

@Gelugon_baat @Rayzakk Nah.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

Damaging to who's culture exactly? The only people this affronts are those too obsessed with what they deem as unnatural sex to see actual human beings that care for each other.

aajep
aajep

@DamnILoveGames @aajep What he is doing is harassment, I haven't seen what he is doing in his videos. But if he's doing what is described in the article, then yes it is even worse.

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

@twisted_sith @Patohua1@repetitious I'm sure they're all writhing in agony over the loss of a few mildly entertaining videos being gone... If that's more important to them than some of the other problems the world is currently facing, then their opinion should be null and void.