Notch: 'The More We Don't Do What [EA] Would Do, The Happier I Am'

Gamasutra recently quizzed EA chief creative director Rich Hilleman on the history of the publisher and how its approach to the game-making business has affected the industry. Interestingly, the topic of Minecraft appears a number of times, with Hilleman suggesting the indie powerhouse could be doing better financially with the likes of EA on its side.

Not that Notch really needs more money, but I'm sure certain less passionate types would be swayed by dollar signs over creative integrity. Anyway, let's take a look at what Hilleman said. From Gamasutra:

As somebody who has had to reinstall Windows on my son's computer after he attempted to install Mod Manager on that machine, there's a lot of value to be provided for the customer in making Minecraft and its mods and installations something that's a more commercial and predictable product.

And those are the kinds of things that Notch needs help with, and that without the help of a publisher or other support, he's probably not going to get there completely by himself. Now maybe his community will, and I'd love to see that happen. It's a great experiment; I'm really anxious to see what happens.

Hilleman also admits he'd like to "learn" from Notch, but I'm not really buying it. Fortunately, neither is Notch, who replied via Twitter to Hilleman's appraisal of his business approach:

I'm sure EA is very successful at monetizing games, but the more we don't do what they would do, the happier I am. #nooffense

A classy retort if I ever saw one. Notch one to, um, Notch.

EA reckons 'Minecraft' needs publisher support, Notch thinks otherwise [Indie Game Magazine]


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    The more studio execs don't do what EA would do, the happier we all would be.

    hahaha i love it, pretty much saying "fuck you" to ea

    EA needs to see more of these comments across the board. They are only powerful because we let them. It's about time they were punished for watering down the gaming industry.

      great idea. have any ideas how to realistically accomplish that by any chance?

    creepers look like penises

      Haha that's what I thought. (not why I actually clicked the story)

    So it would seem stupidity runs in EA's entire family.

    How the Hell do you fuck up a basic installation so badly you need to reinstall Windows? That's just...wow.

    No matter how much people like to envision EA as being some kind of corporatised Hitler, I still hold the opinion that it's Activision that's the worst publisher in the gaming industry these days.

      I agree. Activision has pulled a lot worse shit in the past, EA is just copping a lot of flak because BF3 and ME3 came out recently

      Eh last i checked. Activision wasn't banning you from singleplayer games. Or other games you had already bought as a result

      And Activision doesn't shut down servers for games that are less than a year old either.

      Hold that opinion all you want, it doesn't change the fact that EA are the worst and most evil company in the gaming industry.

        Just to add to what EA do that Acti don't that I've personally experienced;

        EA won't help if a game purchased from their own online store won't work on several different computers nor offer a refund.

        Any instances of Activision doing that?

        Arguing whether Activision or EA are the most evil is like arguing whether Hitler or Stalin was the most evil. No matter who wins, we lose.

          good thing i don't by anything from activision. i am only stuff with the one evil company screwing me over

    EA is a publisher, which means their interest in the creative and technical design of a game is limited to "will the plebs out there buy a lot of copies of this?" and "Will we have to provide a shittonne of support for it after compared to how much money we're raking in from this?"

    Notch is the head of a development studio, meaning he actually gives a crap about the games being made, rather than just reaching as wide an audience as possible to make as much money as possible

    F@$k EA

    LOL @ consumers taking some sort of moral highground over choosing some corporations and not others.

    Whats with the hate? Shadows of the damned, bulletstorm, shift1+2, mirrors edge, all the FIFA games... I haven't felt the need to bitch about ea at all since their nfs games on ps2... Apart from big buyouts, at least they've ingested new ip's into the industry

      those are the games EA has had the least amount of time "helping"

      SotD had NO advertising at all, EA couldn't care at all, and bulletstorm also had no help.

      also, EA doesn't come up with these new IP's, they buy the ones that look interesting, then leave them hung out to dry.

    EA seems to be at least *trying* to clean up their act. They don't seem as bad to me as they used to be.
    Now if only Activision would clean up their act.

    "As somebody who has had to reinstall Windows on my son’s computer after he attempted to install Mod Manager on that machine". Gawd, your kid must be useless with PC's. Pretty sure I was installing a plethora of morrowind mods when I was 10, and I never had anything worse then the game crashing till I reversed the last mod applied.

    And EA are just jealous cause Minecraft is raking in so much money, money they can never have!

    All publishers are greedy, as are most companies out there, and its saddening as it's detrimental to the industry they belong to, but unfortunately we can't do much about. Hey, EA still gets lucky and pops out a decent game from one of its devs every once in a while though. But hey, so would a million monkey's on typewriters...

      I think he's just clueless to the fact that his kid visits a lot of dodgy porn sites

    I think that Hilleman is absolutely correct.
    Minecraft sold millions of copies, but it is still a half-completed buggy poorly supported mess.
    Where is the Mod support promised? Why are there stil serious bugs in multiplayer? Why is it still written in Java? Mojang have made many millions of dollars, but won't spend it on making Minecfaft a more user friendly or quality product.

    And how does notch respond? by making a douchy "EA is greedy" gag. Well, perhaps Mojang makes more money per employee than EA does, and also treates it's customers a lot poorer.

      +1

      i dont even bother with trying out minecraft mods because they are too much of a hassle and rarely work. Even EA can be right sometimes.

        there only a hassle if you don't follow the directions. reading makes you smart. :]

      dude! minecraft is never finished. there allways adding things into the game and there constantly improving performance. they actualy put love into there games, they dont rush to get it over with like EA forces the continuasly blamed sub companies to do!

    "Minecraft would be doing better financially with EA's help."

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztVMib1T4T4

    This shows how fickle gamers are. Some butt hurt fanboys didn't like an ending of a game made by Bioware so they take any chance to bash the publisher (who didn't write the ending) because they recognise the logo from the box.

    EA publishes Mass Effect 3: OmG Satan publisher we hate you
    Notch makes Lego into a game: Notch is the Jesus of entertainment.

    Until next week when they're upset with the Minecraft path and it the customers switch on the Moancraft

      Actually it was an EA studio renamed to Bioware that did all the ME3 work...

        THIS THIS THIS!! Seriously, the new C&C game thats being made is not being made by the Bioware that made Jade Empire, BG/BG2, ME1, DA:O etc, its being made by the same folks that made C&C 4 just renamed from EALA to Bioware Victory.

        The Bioware that made ME1 is not the same that made ME2 or M3. EA have gutted every developer that they have bought. At least Activison is being held in check by Blizzard which still has most of those same people that started the company way back when.

    I remember when my film and TV teacher said that films were the only art form that relied on $$. I asked him about video games and he laughed at me, my face to be exact. Oh how I'd love to curb stomp him now

    Video games are art, mmmkay? - Casey Hudson

    Most of you people bagging game publishers probably wouldn't have a clue why you're doing so. Nothing in the article or indeed any of these comments say anything about why EA etc. should get poo-poo'd... So good on you all.

    As for Notch - anyone would think he's the messiah. So some dude happens to make a fortune on a java based indie game, and we all hang on his every word. Who gives a flying foreskin what this guy thinks?

    Most of you people bagging game publishers probably wouldn't have a clue why you're doing so. Nothing in the article or indeed any of these comments say anything about why EA etc. should get poo-poo'd... So good on you all.

    As for Notch - anyone would think he's the messiah. So some dude happens to make a fortune on a java based indie game, and we all hang on his every word. Who gives a flying f* what this guy thinks?

    Most of you people bagging game publishers probably wouldn't have a clue why you're doing so. Nothing in the article or indeed any of these comments say anything about why EA etc. should get poo-poo'd... So good on you all.

    As for Notch - anyone would think he's the messiah. So some dude happens to make a fortune on a java based indie game, and we all hang on his every word. Who gives a flying what this guy thinks?

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