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The Yogsgate: Social Media & Professional Boundaries

Posted on 23 November 2011 by VinnieAve

Last week marked the official release of beloved indie game, Minecraft. To mark the occasion, developers, Mojang, held the first ever Minecon in Las Vegas. Since the cons end, I have read a few reviews from about the con, but surprising the biggest news story surrounding the con is about a falling out between the man behind Minecraft, Notch, and beloved YouTube stars, The Yogscast.

Not long after cons end, Notch took to Twitter, sharing some of his thoughts about the event, stating that he “learned who not to work with”, and apologized for “the behavior of the people we won’t work with any more”. Initially Notch did not name names, but it did not take long for him to admit that he was referring to… The Yogscast. Wait… what?!

If you don’t know who the Yogscast are, they are a team of Brits who make YouTube videos about video games. Their ongoing Minecraft series is a huge hit. The “face” of the Yogscast team is Simon and Lewis, two hilarious gents who actually do all the actual talking in the Minecraft videos, and occasionally Hannah, Lewis’ girlfriend, who also does videos sometimes. There are some behind the scenes folks, though, I admit, I don’t know a lick about them. Simon and Lewis are truly the stars of the Yogscast though, winning the hearts of viewers with their witty dialogue, sarcasm, and Simon’s funny voices – these guys are pretty lovable. Needless to say, fans were shocked to hear some of the things that Notch had to say about them.

At this point, I should mention that I am not here to take sides, though plenty of fans are already dividing themselves into two camps – Team Notch and Team Yogscast. Something obviously happened, and the Yogscast haven’t even had a chance to announce their side of the story yet (some of the team have been updating Twitter though, just to let fans know that a statement is coming, once they are less jetlagged). What I really find upsetting about this story is how it was handled by Notch.

Notch could be 100% right about the Yogscast, perhaps they are “divas” who “talk behind people’s backs” and “demand to be paid”, but why dump all this on Twitter? If you are trying to maintain a professional image by not working with people who “drop the f-bomb in front of kids” how is starting a war on Twitter much better? If Notch and Mojang do not like how the Yogscast conduct business and do not wish to work with them in the future, that is their right. As a businessman, Notch has a responsibility to conduct his business in a way which he see most fit, to maintain an image of professionalism, and to minimize sources which he deems bad for business. I can respect that. What I
can’t respect is the passive aggressive quips and subsequent mud-slinging against people who were in the middle of traveling home.

Bottom line here is that airing your dirty laundry on Twitter is the stuff of reality stars and high school kids, not business men and women in the GAMING industry! We are above this kind of behavior people (I say, somewhat hypocritically, as I insult reality stars and high school kids). There was no reason this needed to be taken to Twitter – this was a private business matter that could and should have been
resolved behind the scenes.

I am all for social media and love people able to share my thoughts and feelings with anyone who cares to read them at the drop of a hat (a fedora perhaps, wink wink), but perhaps it is becoming TOO easy. I don’t know if its right to turn this fiasco into debate on whether or not we are TOO social and TOO connected, but when we see business professionals calling colleagues “total dicks” to a feed full of fans, you can’t help but wonder if we need to take a step back and think a bit harder about where the line lies and how close we are to crossing it.

Oh, and for the record, I’m going Team Yogscast on this one. For now.

-JD

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Minecraft To Leave Beta? Hell Reporting Record Temperature Lows.

Posted on 30 September 2011 by DM

All jokes aside, it is true.  Minecraft has a release date.  It has been known for a while now, but I wanted to give some credit where credit is due.  On November 18, 2011 Minecraft will release to the adoring public, and really not be that much different at all.  It is true that the developers seem hell bent on cramming as much content as humanly possible out before then, but it is still going to be that game with blocks where you build things that may be destroyed by exploding green creepers. I, a lifelong lover of Legos, could not be more happy.  A month long code freeze will be implemented on October 18th, 2011 in order to work out any existing bugs.

This has been a serious triumph of indy game developers and it definitely deserves some major credit.  Minecraft has gone from a small alpha development to a full release date with over 3 million people purchasing the beta, a pocket edition for android (iOS is in development), and an upcoming Xbox 360 version with Kinect support.  Hopefully, this serves as a significant example of what can be accomplished on an indy level with the right idea and work ethic.  Congrats Notch and crew.

DM
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