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    About Notch


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    Notch's Trophies

    The "You Made Mincraft" Award
    Awarded by lxd1
    on September 5, 2014
    Inspiring me to make games Award
    Awarded by NuclearChocolate
    on August 25, 2014
    Best programmer ever
    Awarded by lorniebear
    on January 5, 2014
    Best Insperation Ever Award
    Awarded by BillyTheCodingKid
    on December 15, 2013
    The Most Known Game Written in Java Award
    Awarded by Jared D
    on June 15, 2013
    For perhaps making the greatest indie game of all humanity + being one heck of a programmer
    Awarded by GhostID
    on May 7, 2013

    Notch's Archive

    Here, try this!

    Posted by
    Saturday, December 18th, 2010 12:21 pm

    As usual, I’m working in Java, and I make everything from scratch. I decided to go with a purely billboarded sprite based 3d engine this time, and I’m making some kind of dungeon crawler a la Dungeon Master or Eye of the Beholder. I’ve got much of the engine implemented, and it’s about time to start working on the actual game now.

    The plan is to build game areas, and add the required game features as I go along, so I won’t implement monsters until the map actually requires monsters.

    Click here to try the latest version. Use WASD + Q +E. There’s not much gameplay yet.

    I’m also streaming the entire thing live here. There’s no sound because I have a cold, but there is soothing music.

    I think I’ve decided what to do

    Posted by
    Thursday, December 16th, 2010 10:39 pm

    I want to make a first person dungeon crawler a la Eye of the Beholder. Of course, having said that, I’ve jinxed any chances of a suitable theme winning. Making an interesting tile based first person game about evolution might be an interesting challenge..

    tl;dr: vote elements!

    Totally doing this!

    Posted by
    Sunday, December 12th, 2010 1:55 am

    There’s a big release the Monday immediately after LD, but I care not! I will do this!

    We’ve also got a board game/ginger bread baking day planned with friends, but I still care not! Making games and eating junk takes precedence!

    I will be developing my game in Java, using Eclipse.
    For art, I will use Paint.net and quite possibly my wacom tablet thing + photoshop.
    For sound, sfxr, of course. DrPetter is a wonderful human being for that tool.

    I’ll record the entire thing using chronolapse, and stream it live on livestream.
    Socially, I’ll be tweeting and hanging out in the irc channel, and I’ll try to post something on here every now and then.
    Food will be fatty and salty, and there will be red bull.

    Good luck, everybody! I’ll see you next weekend!

    Metagun timelapse and post mortem

    Posted by
    Sunday, August 22nd, 2010 6:04 pm

    First of all, here’s the timelapse: Making Metagun timelapse

    This LD was timed extremely well for me, hitting one of the few free weekends I have these days.
    During the voting rounds, I hoped for Skyscrapers, so I could do a life-in-the-city simulation that I’ve been wanting to do for quite some time. Of course, it didn’t win, but instead the somewhat hard to work with “Enemies as Weapons” won. Because the theme gets announced at like 4 am my time, I was asleep when it got announced, but I managed to wake myself up at about 5 am to see what it was. I stayed up for a couple of hours, thinking about what kind of game I could make, but couldn’t think of anything interesting.

    So I got some more sleep. When I got up, I almost felt like giving up. There just wasn’t anything interesting I could do with the theme. But since I had promised people I’d livestream it, I eventually got online and started brainstorming. Not long thereafter, I got the idea of having a gun that shot other people who shot back at the player. I figured it’d make for an interesting platformer mechanic if you yourself were responsible for the dangers in the level.

    And strangely, after that, I never ran into any real problems. I implemented some basic physics and rendering framework, then added some graphics, and got started on level design pretty early. I added new features to the game as the levels demanded it, which both meant that new features would get introduced gradually, but also that I didn’t waste any time implementing stuff that never got used.
    I felt relatively finished with the game when there was about six hours left, so I spent a few hours just polishing it and adding some fluff features like an ingame credits list and such.

    I think I got a bit lucky this time around by finding an idea that fit my style pretty well, but I also felt some experience from old Ludum Dares help me guess how long certain features would take to implement.

    What went right:
    Almost everything went surprisingly well! I had a great flow this time.

    What could’ve been improved:
    As usual there is no music. But worse, the jumping still feels a bit off. I should’ve spent more time early on to really nail it.

    Metagun: COMPLETE!

    Posted by
    Sunday, August 22nd, 2010 3:40 pm


    I made it! It’s a bit difficult at times, but that’s what makes games fun, right?

    You can play it by clicking here.

    I’m looking forward to playing everything everyone has done, the screenshots I’ve seen sure look tasty! But first, sleep.

    Wow, you guys are making amazing things!

    Posted by
    Sunday, August 22nd, 2010 2:52 am

    I woke up after about eight hours of sleep, shuffled to my computer to get an early start, and checked the LD news stream. And it was full of awesome screenshots and even cooler, screenshots of games I saw yesterday, but they look much nicer now!

    You guys kick all kinds of ass!

    Metagun progress, time for sleep!

    Posted by
    Saturday, August 21st, 2010 5:01 pm


    I managed to get lots of stuff done for Metagun today, including the first mini boss fight and some basic level progression.

    And sfxr is the best program ever made.

    I’ve uploaded the latest version here, so you can play it:

    I will go get some sleep now, then tomorrow I will just focus on cramming in as many screens of content as I can, adding new features and blocks as I go. There’s some pretty interesting bullet hell mechanics going on that I will probably explore further, and I need to make the title screen for the game as well.. But I feel like I’ve got plenty of time, so I’ve got a good feeling about this. :D

    Good night, y’all’s!

    Metagun, starting to become almost playable!

    Posted by
    Saturday, August 21st, 2010 12:12 pm


    You play a guy in a fodora hat who recently found a cannon that fires tiny angry brown guys. Use platforming skills and puzzle solving to beat the levels and reach the end of the game. Although almost nothing of that is in place yet. :D

    You can play what I’ve got so far here:

    Play Metagun!

    Getting started, here’s my setup

    Posted by
    Saturday, August 21st, 2010 4:19 am

    First of all, here’s my setup:


    I will be livestreaming the entire ludum dare here, as soon as I get started: http://www.mojang.com/live/

    I had a few ideas in mind for some of the other themes, especially for skyscrapers. While I had a feeling enemies as weapons might win, I totally wasn’t prepared for it to actually DO so.
    So now I’ll start by eating some food and trying to work out what game I’m making. This is going to be FUN! =D

    Good luck, everybody! And have fun, for those of you in the jam!

    Skyscrapers is still a contender? =D

    Posted by
    Friday, August 20th, 2010 1:12 am

    You know what to do! Vote for it, and I’ll give you money!

    (disclaimer: no money will be given)

    Come on, skyscrapers!!

    Posted by
    Monday, August 16th, 2010 9:26 am

    At this very moment, I’m rising up to the challenge of my rival (if you know what I mean)!

    As usual, I’ll be working in Java and Paint.net, and I’ll be making a timelapse AND streaming the whole shebang live on livestream so people can listen to me ramble more and more incoherently as the hours fly by. My meals will probably consist of red meat and pizza, possibly with some yakiniku, and I’ll be drinking coffee, red bull and water.

    I know I’m setting myself up for disappointment, but I’m really hoping for skyscrapers! (or enemies as weapons..)

    Timelapse for The Europa Arcology Incident

    Posted by
    Sunday, December 13th, 2009 6:04 pm

    YouTube, Torrent (782 mb) or Real time

    Feels good man

    Posted by
    Sunday, December 13th, 2009 4:21 pm

    And I’m DONE!

    Lessons learned:

    * Writing and maintaining a TODO list works really good for motivation. When I started doing that at the start of day 2, my productivity shot up through the roof
    * You can’t make a roguelike in 48 hours. Roguelikes need balancing. But I tried!
    * The Livestream chat ban function is broken. Why not just have ip banning?
    * Coffee can be TOO strong

    To everyone who submitted: Great job! I can’t wait to try your games!

    To everyone who’s still working on their games: You can do it! Only a few minor tweaks left!

    To the people who gave up: Boooo!

    Help me test The Europa Arcology Incident

    Posted by
    Sunday, December 13th, 2009 2:51 pm


    Play here

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