Minecraft by Daniel Goldberg


A completely unique and in-depth look at the creator of Minecraft, Markus "Notch" Persson, and his rise from unknown computer programmer to multi-millionaire international gaming icon. Minecraft, the "virtual Lego" game Markus crafted in his free time, has become one of the most talked about activities since Tetris. Talked about by tens of millions of people, in fact. It is the story of unlikely success, fast money, and the power of digital tec...

Details Minecraft

Release DateOct 17th, 2013
PublisherSeven Stories Press
GenreNonfiction, Biography, Business, Sports and Games, Games, Video Games, Science, Technology

Reviews Minecraft

  • Andrew
    First of all, Minecraft is one of the most popular game on PC, but it is nothing like how I'm going to explain you about the book. It is not about all the info on the game, but its about its creator. Markus Persson is the owner of the game, a simple game that soon turn out to be super fun, also the maker is already known as a celebrity because of this. Some of you might still not know him but for those of you that plays Minecraft might know his g...
  • Jeremy
    Unlike probably most of the readers of this book: I don't play Minecraft or know anything about gaming culture, and my wife brought this book home for me (she's a librarian so I get that a lot) so I could understand my 7-year-old Hank, who is a Minecraft obsessive. I don't think she thought I would actually read the book. But I did, and it's a really likable biography of the game of Minecraft and its founder, Magnus Persson. The prose (evidently ...
  • Geo
    As seems to be my usual method, I will provide the usual disclaimers up front. I am a raving minecraft fanboy, a gamer and in particular, a big fan of indie games. So this book could have been printed on dried shit and written in piss ink and I probably still would give it at least 3 stars.The writers are reasonably well known in gaming circles, and and especially in Scandanavia, so the writing itself is quite good. They can easily claim to be ex...
  • Paul
    Markus Persson is the man behind one of the biggest independent games in history, Minecraft.Better known as Notch to his numerous fans, he has always has a fascination with programming and spend hours of his youth in front of a screen. After school he managed to get a job as a programmer but found that it was too restrictive and with him and another dreamt of having their own company to do the games that they wanted.The germ of an idea cam from a...
  • Andrew
    A fun book about a fun company founded by fun guys.This is a modern morality tale about pursuing pure dreams amidst the commercial imperatives of the gaming industry. It's a quick, slim read that chronicles the rise of Minecraft from hobby to hegemon. These behind-the-scenes business profiles are interesting because they reveal the often mundane reasons for choices made and the accidents that result in success. The only reason I gave this three s...
  • Emelie
    Now I want to give Minecraft a go...!
  • Vicky Hunt
    Good read. A relatively quick account of how Markus developed the game. In the book, his struggles and successes are described, along with important people being introduced from his 'real life.' The author covers basic dates to flesh out a timeline of notable events in the gaming world to place this monumental game in context, and the reader is sure to learn quite a bit about Notch.
  • Claire
    I received Minecraft as part of a Goodreads giveaway.To give you an idea of how video game-illiterate I am, I initially confused Minecraft for Minesweeper. My knowledge extends to the Mario franchise and that's about it. That's why I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It's a quick read, both in terms of length and narrative style. Beginning with Persson's childhood fascination with Legos, progressing through his early career in the ga...
  • Noah
    My first biography-about-a-video-game-developer. If this is par for the course I'm glad to just play nine (to take the golf metaphor one step further) and skip any other gamer bio's. Kind of simply written, like a fluff newspaper piece that got a long feature spot. Nonetheless, I find the game really intriguing, and that made the read worth it for me - and it also made me want to get into the game (and games in general) more, which is cool. Some ...
  • Jessica
    Interesting book about the story behind Minecraft but contained very little information about the actual game. If you expect to find a deeper understanding for the code or mechanics behind the game you're in for a disappointment - you will read a lot more about Notch's family and lifesituation than the computer-part. But it at least gave a glimps of gaming history and a sneak-peak into the world behind computergames here in Sweden.
  • Mark
    A fascinating look at the creator and creation of the Minecraft phenomenon. Reading this book allowed me a much deeper, more appreciative insight into just why and how my son (among millions of others) could find Minecraft so ultimately captivating.
  • Torkel
    Interesting book on one of the best games ever made.
  • Ivan Hipolito
    The book describes the creator of minecraft Markus/Notch and how the game minecraft. That he made and how much hard work it was to make this specific game now. The author of this book is Daniel Goldberg and Linus Larsson made the book on September 1, 2012, and it is still being read to this day The characters are markus a bunch of workers, co workers elin, jakob and etc. The gerene is Biography. A major plot point is when notch made the game mine...
  • Brian Umholtz
    This is a nice book that gives insight to the creation of the worldwide phenomenon known as Minecraft. At the time of this review, there has been 6 years of time passed since this book was written, so unfortunately some of its content hasn't aged as well as expected. That being said, it's still a fun read for fans of Minecraft and its creator.The print is large enough that I was able to finish all ~240 pages in less than two days worth of casual ...
  • David
    This book is a slim biography of Markus Persson, obviously focused on the creation of Minecraft.It's hard to read all the authors' glowing admiration of Persson's accomplishments now that he's become a vocal advocate for misogyny. (They call him a genius.) But the book is a quick read and an interesting artifact of a time when 4chan was still young people's worst-kept secret from the mainstream.The book describes what a Let's Play is, briefly glo...
  • Charles Brown
    Daniel Goldberg and Linus Larson have written a true story of a man and his game that would change the world. The book follows the life of Markus and the problems that he runs into in the making of Minecraft. Markus is the creator of Minecraft, but he did not become as famous overnight. In order for Markus to have success for himself and his game, he has to put a lot of time into his game. This can be very difficult for Markus because he is still...
  • Lanica
    I bought this books for my 11 year old boys because they are really into Minecraft. They gave it back to me, saying they couldn't get into it. I'd never had them do that to me, so I started reading it to see what they were getting stuck on.Well, it's not really for kids. The cover made it seem that I would be able to hand it off to the little ones, but once I started reading I saw that it was written for an adult audience. Not in any 'inappropria...
  • Rohit Vaidya
    Really cruised through this one. Nicely written. Gives you a glimpse into the life of developer Marcus a.k.a Notch. The book dives into the life of Marcus his passion for programming and writing games. The book almost compelled me to checkout the Minecraft game. It's amazing how a game created a eco-system around it. It's almost gives you a rush of adrenaline when you go through parts where gamer's discover the game and deposits start pouring int...
  • Nancy
    I loved the original Minecraft. The game has gotten a bit over complicated for me now but I loved hearing how it came about. This little independent group that just wanted to create something they would enjoy playing and it just took off! Finding out Creepers were a glitch in an equation was even more fun to find out. This book is filled with trivia details about the game and how it has grown. You can also tell where the history of the group that...
  • Olivia Sell
    I liked the book. I found it interesting to read about Minecrafts founder Markus Perssons life that I did not know much about before reading the book. The facts and statistics about IT and the game industry were interesting to read about. This book is in my opinion not one of my favorites. It was on the other hand a great biography about Minecraft, Mojang and Markus. I wanted to learn more about it and I certainly did! I recommend reading this bo...
  • Keith Nicholas
    This was an interesting read, highly relateable to me as a programmer. It would have been nice if it was more up to date as a bunch of things happened after the book finishes. But the core of the interesting things were those early years just before and after the game became big. This is a pretty quick read, the writing style is average, but the information / first hand accounts makes it interesting.
  • Arya
    Very easy and quick read! Very captivating story of the guy behind Minecraft! I never really played this game growing up (I was more of a RuneScape kid), I just bought this for my cousin since he played it. But the story of "Notch" was very interesting!
  • Lee
    Provocatively asserts that software developers who can’t sit through the night in a dark room with their eyes glued to a screen will never be masters of their craft.It’s telling that the author has to explain that Jeff Bezos’ “two-pizza team” is 5-7 people because American pizzas are much bigger.
  • Stephen Fox
    Pretty good. Better to have the updated version (if there is one) going into what happened after the Microsoft Buyout
  • Lake County Public Library
    If you're a fan of minecraft this is a great read for you. Understanding how they made the game is amazing to read from the creator's point of view.-- Sean, Merrillville Branch
  • Todd
    It was okay, I learned more about Minecraft and the culture around it. I'll admit Minecraft isn't a game I've ever really got into, but it is really popular and left its mark on digital culture.
  • Matthew
    this book is a story of how Minecraft was designed. I liked it, it is different from other biographies. you can learn a lot about early video games
  • Ninja
    Entertaining and informative read of Notch, minecraft and the indie gaming scene
  • Rafid
    Pretty good
  • Tim
    Very fluffed up with anecdotes that talk down to the reader. As boring as a story like this can be.