Edit 16/09/2014: Oh dear... it sold for 2.5 Billion Dollars... please Microsoft don't ruin it. Don't make us pay out of our arse for something just because you own it.
Anyone that has ever read my journals know that I have a hard time seeing Microsoft do anything good with their time or money. Infact the second I hear their name I immediately go to criticising mode as I know I'll spend as much time thinking of reasons to try and pardon them as I will ranting about all the half-arsed decisions they make.
Today in "Well that was fun while it lasted" comes the news of Microsoft planning on purchasing Mojang for 2 billion dollars... sorry how many zero's in front of that 2 for a game that reached it's peak last year. $2,000,000,000... wow. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying it's a stupid idea for them to purchase a game that has reached a peak in it's interest from the fanbase but more so that they will ruin it.
But how Lia, How will they do such things to the game. I mean the game is currently being made by the most unorganised group of one hit wonders the world has ever seen so how can it get worse? The fact that Everything I have used that has been absorbed by Microsoft has come to be a nightmare. For example Skype was great, absolutely perfect. Okay there were bugs and such but for a service that was free, worked well on anything and seamlessly it was great. It's the service that my relationship with my wife is being supported upon until I get a house for us to move into. However Skype got bought out and at first the impending doom didn't appear as bad as I had anticipated... but then the poor resource management came. I have never seen an idle program that just sends messages require so much ram in all my life. It's crazy... but what get's me more is how randomly out of nowhere it'll take over 50% of the processor... like how. It's idle... idle.... that'd be like saying your car uses more fuel sitting still than it does moving as that's the case with quite a few Skype clients that Microsoft refuses to comment on but merely tell users that it's not them.
This then ties into Minecraft. The game has slowed down and ever since servers became crowded by the most obnoxious of children (Not a bash at anyone but those that consistently irritate as if it were as natural as breathing. Children are okay, however some don't grasp the concept that their intelligence and general ignorance makes them irritating over the nice smart and well mannered young individuals)
and I feel that any move they make will push away the sanest of players and make being friendly not worth the money they will try and fob us all off of. Minecraft for some is now just a place to casually hang out with friends on servers be it public or private and that's great. I would have liked to but finding a large
group of friends that want to is like picking up a bag of assorted sweets and trying to find your favourite flavour; I say this in the sense that the ones you liked are taken by that sod that got there first and the ones left don't share the same taste.
It would not surprise me if Microsoft do the following:
Paid for server hosting an eliminating home run private servers (how else can they break even with 2 billion dollars on a game that's slowing down?)
Updates will become paid for DLC's
Much like on Xbox you may have to pay for skins because why not pay money for a few pixels that somebody else made when you can make your own... Oh that's right as far as I know you can't make your own for Xbox.
Use of real names and more personal information about yourself used in your account
Lackluster Twitch support
Advertisements on load screens
Almost non existent mod support
All round horrible performance
and possibly, I hope not though... potentially cutting support for PC
You might think the last one is outlandish but here me out. Back some time ago a Microsoft employee asked Markus Persson if support for windows 8 would be possible... here is his response:
"Got an email from microsoft, wanting to help "certify" minecraft for win 8. I told them to stop trying to ruin the pc as an open platform. -Markus Persson"Sorry I couldn't use the actual tweet, apparently the embed feature doesn't work here
Now consider how Windows 8 was not even designed for gaming, not the slightest hint of it added... infact DVD support was removed too because they couldn't be bothered with the codecs. Microsoft also own the Xbox and that new funny looking thing that under performs for the price... the Xbox One that's it. Yeah MC is on that along with the PS4 but imagine is suddenly it just... stopped. Maybe they bring out a new flashy version... that's exclusive to Xbox and not those stupid timed exclusive things.
Now at this point I'm trying to think of why. WHy would this happen. Well apparently on a flip side to the quote I showed you earlier it might have been Markus Persson himself that went to Microsoft to sell Mojang. I too am a little confused as it seemed he had a change of heart. That said not all has been happy go lucky for Notch. For example the EULA issues with servers and everyone trying to host large servers with donations and paid for content becoming at risk of lawsuits. This is because servers are not allowed to have transactions that allow players to purchase in game materials. So say you're on a pvp server and they offer a diamond sword for a said price where you must exchange real money to get it. Well that now is a breach in the EULA and thus if caught by Mojang is punishable by a lawsuit. For more on this I will link you to the MinecraftForums that had a very informative post.New EULA now in effect
This is not the only thing that's putting poor old Notch on the spot. I for one found out that Bukkit has been causing a bit of an uproar with Mojang. From what I gather it's all to do with licensing and members of both Mojang and Bukkit got a bit... torn over it and thus Bukkit might not be updating until further notice. This wouldn't be too complicated if Mojang hadn't actually bought Bukkit and hired the 4 core developers. If you want more information the Reddit pages and forums will be very informative on the matter. For more direct answers here is a link below for the more in depth explanation that found very helpful and informative.The latest ongoing minecraft bukkit saga
With all this happening fairly recently it's no surprise Markus has decided to be done with the company and it's games of which only one being actually successful and that's without help from Mojang and thus it's dragging him down... but fancy giving it over to Microsoft... like okay it's better than EA and... oh god think if Sony got hold of... oh no worse... Nintendo.. oh god they'd find a way to make it "nostalgic" with more irritating fans than those from their own series... Maybe Microsoft is the better of the other evils.
That's really it for what I had to say. I might be being a little harsh and assuming the absolute worst but I'd rather be delighted then disappointed at the end of this all. I stopped playing the game but I would like to go back to it some day.... just I don't want to have to pay to do things on something I paid for way back in frickin Alpha and had been playing long before just because the new big boys came along need to make a profit. They wouldn't buy it if they didn't think they could make money off of it. Making money isn't a bad thing but degrading something to try and get just that little bit more is just needy and undeniably greedy. But then again isn't that Microsoft in a nutshell, needy for us to move to their new OS's, Greedy enough to nag for extortionate prices and down right too ignorant to accept that their idea of change is a change that is not wanted which on that note they did accept Windows 8 was a failure and will be dropping support. Rumours spread that those on 7 and... I think xp, could have been vista will be getting free upgrades to the next OS... so 9 I'm going to guess if counting is anything to go by. No actually it won't be 9, it'll be 1, because that's how Microsoft work isn't it. Numerical order means nothing to them if marketing gets a say in anything *cough* Xbox -> Xbox 360 -> xbox One?!?!? *cough*
But wait... before I finish this off maybe, just maybe this won't be bad. Now although I can't see through the issues there might be good things. To be honest Minecraft runs like shit, not any old shit but shit that is stone cold and not going to get any better if you try to build off of it. As you know Minecraft runs in Java which for mobile games is not bad, infact for starting to code assuming you know the language slightly it's a good place to start but when the game was getting more serious it really should have been moved over to another like C++. At least then even lower end sack-o-crap laptops could run it with a stable performance.
Maybe Microsoft could release Minecraft 2 and that could be made on another language with a better modding api...lets actually list what they could do:
Better modding support
Less "schoolboy error" bugs
Cross platform multiplayer (Good god they could actually make the consoles run on PC servers and then the consoles could actually get an on par experience, wouldn't that actually be a good idea)
So I guess if they do that then they might pull it off, but that's assuming they actually buy it. But I think that's my rant for the day. I sort of felt I needed to get that off of my chest as the thought of another thing I loved getting ruined again by the same people was too much to not scream about and also a place where I could calm and think straight