Minecraft by Daniel Goldberg

Minecraft

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

TitleMinecraft
ISBN9781609805371
Author
Release DateOct 17th, 2013
PublisherSeven Stories Press
LanguageEnglish
GenreNonfiction, Biography, Business, Sports and Games, Games, Video Games, Science, Technology
Rating

Reviews Minecraft

  • Andrew
    2014-10-03
    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...
  • Geo
    2013-11-09
    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...
  • Jeremy
    2014-03-12
    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 ...
  • Paul
    2013-11-24
    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
    2013-11-10
    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
    2016-11-18
    Now I want to give Minecraft a go...!
  • Claire
    2013-10-14
    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
    2013-12-13
    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
    2014-08-01
    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
    2014-12-11
    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
    2013-05-25
    Interesting book on one of the best games ever made.
  • Brian Umholtz
    2018-04-08
    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 ...
  • Charles Brown
    2019-04-23
    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...
  • David
    2019-01-21
    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...
  • Rohit Vaidya
    2018-05-06
    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
    2018-02-12
    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...
  • Keith Nicholas
    2018-02-20
    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
    2018-09-30
    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!
  • Lake County Public Library
    2017-10-10
    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
  • Rafid
    2019-01-15
    Pretty good
  • Todd
    2017-10-24
    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.
  • Tim
    2019-03-17
    Very fluffed up with anecdotes that talk down to the reader. As boring as a story like this can be.
  • Ninja
    2018-11-04
    Entertaining and informative read of Notch, minecraft and the indie gaming scene
  • Matthew
    2017-11-13
    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
  • Stephen Fox
    2017-02-27
    Pretty good. Better to have the updated version (if there is one) going into what happened after the Microsoft Buyout
  • Tammy Mannarino
    2018-09-02
    Fascinating look inside the game development industry.
  • Krzysztof
    2017-03-16
    Very interesting, shows a side to Notch that I wasn't aware of and puts Minecraft in a very personal perspective, which I love. Behind every game there's a developer, and in case of Minecraft, I'm very happy that it was Notch who got his well-deserved fame and fortune.
  • Paul
    2018-07-26
    If you like Minecraft you will no doubt love this. To be honest I've never actually played it but I'm aware of its popularity and uniqueness which brought be to wanting to read more about it.It's only a three star review because frankly the history is (to me) not that interesting. The game was created. It became popular. That's about it really. No huge complex story behind the creation, not much company founder friction, no ups and downs, winners...
  • Kelsey Grissom
    2018-12-24
    I’m not a gamer, but I still found this a fun and engaging book about a game my kids love. Clearly written by major fans.
  • Ethan
    2014-10-09
    MinecraftBy: Ethan Michael Minecraft is an unusual game that is loved by millions.it was created by Markus Persson or “Notch”, a smart childish man that went against all mainstream stagiest in business and idea. Markus was born in Sweden. He lived in a small apartment with his mom, dad, and sister; He was a very smart but quiet person like Garrett. When he was about 10 his mom and dad got a divorce and his dad moved out. He moved far away and...