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How Minecraft was born

If you haven't seen it, Wired.com has a fantastic article on the history of Minecraft. It covers the origins of the idea, how it was inspired by other existing games, and how Notch was eventually able to bring it to the marketplace.

As someone involved in the startup community in Spokane, one quote caught my eye:

“The reason that I released the game so early was that I would never have been able to finish it otherwise. Charging money was the same thing. I knew that I would never feel that it was good enough to put a price tag on. So I charged from the start,” says Markus today.

He might not have known the term “lean startup,” but that's the essence of what he did. He created the minimally viable product that he could sell and put it out there. Elsewhere in the article he talks about how he made sure the development process was completely transparent and open for everyone to be a part of.

It's a good read if you have a chance.

How to set up a multiplayer Minecraft server

“I can put it down whenever I want.” — Every Minecraft user ever

You might have a pre-teen in your household who can show you everything you could possibly want to know about Minecraft, but I'm just going to show you one dead simple way to set up a multiplayer Minecraft server for you and a few of your friends.

If Minecraft's solo survivor mode has proven to be too much for you, you might not want to venture into the world of multiplayer. But imagine this: While one of your friends collects wood, you can be laying out the foundations of your city. While you decide to go mine for some diamonds, your friends can start putting the walls up. While one person is busy adding the roof to your castle, you can be out hunting spider-riding skeletons with your trusty bow and arrows.

Multiplayer is cool.

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