The Simpsons do a Minecraft couch gag, Notch doesn't know how to feel about it

Popular animated show riffs on hit indie game for its latest intro sequence; Markus Persson says, "It's weird to have all these things happen."

Last night's episode of The Simpsons featured a Minecraft-inspired couch gag, and creator of the indie worldwide phenomenon, Markus "Notch" Persson, doesn't know how to feel about it.

"I STILL feel a bit like it's just this small game I made at home. It's so weird to have all these things happen," Notch wrote on Twitter, adding a <3 to the end of the message. "I'm not sure how I feel about it," he said.

Minecraft comes from humble origins but has since become a worldwide hit with a huge commercial tail. There's even a movie based on the series coming from Warner Bros.

The Simpsons couch gag for "Simcraft" features block-style versions of the iconic animated family and their home town of Springfield. Bartender Moe even makes an appearance, showing up as a Creeper who ruins the party.

You can watch a clip of the opening couch gag on YouTube right now, while the full episode should be available on Fox's website later today.

Minecraft is far from the first piece of popular culture that The Simpsons has created a couch gag around. The show has also parodied other well-known franchises like Star Trek, James Bond, and Monty Python, among many others.

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62 comments
korvus
korvus

Minecraft live-action movie? Yep, that's just what we've been missing!

staticsnake87
staticsnake87

It's surprising how many people feel the need to defend Notch. Some serious losers in here.

sigmact
sigmact

lacked some ideas, the only fun thing is moe creeper

rarson
rarson

Notch can't figure out if he should be grateful by being recognized by a childhood favorite or massively pissed off by being copied by mass media. He doesn't know whether to be an irate, knee-jerk douchebag or a kiss-ass, suck-up douchebag.

Pewbert
Pewbert

Constantly being humble and amazed is getting a bit annoying. Just accept success like a boss now.

ethanm1834
ethanm1834

Sounds like he's a humble guy. No big deal.

Ahiru-San
Ahiru-San

he should step down a notch and enjoy life a little…


is he friends with Phil Fish?

leikeylosh
leikeylosh

A movie about Minecraft? Really?

SweetPandaLove
SweetPandaLove

This is because Notch is an arrogant douchecanoe.

archlvt
archlvt

Thanks Eddie once again for paraphrasing and making people look bad.

To all of those who can't read, Notch does not have a problem with the Simpsons intro.  The reason he "doesn't know how to feel" is because he's still in shock that Minecraft is as popular as it is.  He isn't paranoid, he isn't grabbing for royalties, he isn't causing problems.  He is clearly in favor of the Simpsons using his game for their intro.  He is just in shock that his game is big enough to be used on a show like this.

vadagar1
vadagar1

honored?

free advertising

more money

bloody Christ, people get rich and they turn into paranoid lunatics 

Kamina85
Kamina85

Wait, he's affected by this? Come on man, there are Minecraft merchandise in stores, cartoons referencing it should be expected by that point.

deth420
deth420

...I didnt think this show was even on anymore!

Lord_Python1049
Lord_Python1049

I would be honored like crazy. I would probably send the SImpson's writers a gift basket and a copy of my game

shadow580
shadow580

inb4 Notch hate train. Oh wait, I'm too late.

amaneuvering
amaneuvering

I get why he feels like that because it really is just a game with some blocks that just happened to capture people's imaginations. He didn't make some kind of masterpiece and my gut instinct tells me he probably couldn't repeat that kind of success if he tried. It's a fun little game but it's done so much better than anyone could have reasonably imagined.

godhand1942
godhand1942

Wow the hate here. It isn't Notch's fault that Eddie takes his tweets and posts it as news. 

MegamanX97
MegamanX97

Notch cancels latest skin pack due to Simpsons using Minecraft skins on Simpson characters.

:(

john_matrix_007
john_matrix_007

The Simpsons referencing something popular in a desperate attempt to appear relevant? No way!

vader501st
vader501st

Notch should just shut up already. Minecraft is overrated, and that's putting it mildly.

Jallakebab
Jallakebab

prefer South Park. They had an episode featuring minecraft as well.

LokiHero
LokiHero

@rarson  

What a wonderful, happy world you live in.

I'm sure Notch is completely incapable of feeling wonderment at the fact something he created has achieved such incredible acclaim and renown that something as high-profile and absolutely a part of the mass media as The Simpsons has given him some small honour.

Because that would be a good thing and feeling good things is for squares.

Zloth2
Zloth2

@Ahiru-San (Checks the Flag options)  Hey, where's the "bad pun" option!?

waterhornet
waterhornet

@archlvt  It's pretty apparent that nothing was misconstrued here.  People actually have to read the entire write-up first THEN comment.  But I see what you're getting at here.  Too many people aren't understanding what was said.  

cws3e
cws3e

@archlvt  didn't think he was from the way it read.  the context is in the very first sentence of the paragraph.  sounds to me like you are the paranoid one.

Llama345
Llama345

@vadagar1  What? Did you read his quote? He doesn't know how he feels because Minecraft is still his little boy that he plays play dough with and hasn't realized he has grown into this giant behemoth of a man. 

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

@amaneuvering He could create an expansion -not update- that adds space! Like 3D Starbound -where the mobs are diffrent because their alien mobs.

Ahiru-San
Ahiru-San

@gamerno66666  the first 5 years were a blast… the next 5 were ok… then I simply gave up watching it… and I've been there on day 1, so sad to see such a good show going down like this...

shadow580
shadow580

@gamerno66666  “Quality schmality! If I had a TV show, I’d run that sucker into the ground.” - Bart in 1992. 


Hehehe, it looks like they did just that.

Divisionbell
Divisionbell

You mean like the way they've always referenced pop culture over the years?

Llama345
Llama345

@vader501st  I honestly don't know how it is overrated. The game is exactly what you make it. I like the game, I don't mind mining a bunch of stuff, because it reminds me of grinding in RPGs. It is extremely rare for a game to attract hardcore gamers and Facebook gamers alike. 

rarson
rarson

@LokiHero  

Did you have a point, or were you just trying to be annoying? I'm just saying, it sounds like he's confused because he's not sure how to overreact to such a thing happening. Because that's what he always does, overreact like a giant douchebag.

That's not my unhappiness he displays, it's his.

Ahiru-San
Ahiru-San

@Anigmar @archlvt  I'm surprised that it has no mention of the Xbox One flaws whatsoever in here...

staticsnake87
staticsnake87

@Divisionbell  Well, to be fair, it feels like they put more effort into their couch gags nowadays than the actual show. I seriously see news more often on Simpsons couch gags than on anything else the show does

john_matrix_007
john_matrix_007

@Divisionbell  

The references were more witty, clever and subtle in the old days and are still funny today. Now the writers just blatantly copy something popular so they can get mentioned on reddit.

There are even two other lazy references in this very episode: The "PlayStadium 4" (I bet they stayed up all night thinking that name up) and Osmos, a game that came out five years ago.

john_matrix_007
john_matrix_007

@Llama345 @john_matrix_007 

No, it's not the same. Simpsons references used to have jokes attached to them. Now they just do references that remind people of things and don't bother making the references funny.


I suggest reading the Dead Homers Society website. They point out how much the show has changed from its peak years.

Llama345
Llama345

@john_matrix_007  Or... Or... it is still the same as it has been but other shows have changed how you view their comedy.