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Cartoon: Windows Minecraft Edition

Our cartoonist discloses the truth behind Microsoft's acquisition of Minecraft developer Mojang.

Brian Moore is a cartoonist and illustrator. His first brush with the world of IT was a very part-time gig applying software patches on a TRS-80 Model III. The patches were about four lines long and arrived in the mail, typed on letterhead. He has since moved on to computers ... View Full Bio

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10/7/2014 | 3:03:49 PM
Re: Missed opportunity indeed

@Whoopty    Thanks for the background on Minecraft, how these things come to be is always intriguing.  As usual MS at least 15 yrs behind the times when it comes to things like this.  

MS will never recoup the cost for sure, but this is a company that has more money then most can imagine.

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10/7/2014 | 2:59:42 PM
Round Out the Portfolio

Mojang: MS latest effort to become "Toys R- Us" ?

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10/6/2014 | 11:30:29 AM
Missed opportunity indeed
Minecraft was the case of a missed opportunity by many people and companies and a complete lucky break for the developer, Markus Persson.

The original idea for the game was developed by Zachtronics Industries' Zachary Barth and called Infiniminer, but after the source code leaked he stopped developing it. Persson picked up the idea and ran with it, making Minecraft. 

Lego should have made the game years ago, but I imagine like many older manufacturers it was worried about cutting into its real-world brick selling business. Microsoft missed the boat with Minecraft too by buying too late. Its only hope lies in it releasing a sequel somewhere down the line, which won't have the same heart as this version. 

Most of the people who were going to buy Minecraft have done so already. There is no way Microsoft will make back that $2.5 billion. 
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