Whoever Wrote Minecraft’s End Poem Released It After Taking Magic Mushrooms – Minecraft Online Free
- on Dec 09, 2022
The original creator of Minecraft’s Poem of the End is making it available to everyone for free.
Writer Julian Gough announced on Twitter that he has made Minecraft’s famous End poem part of the public domain. The poem is believed to be the only narrative element written in Mojang’s original survival game, and Gough never sold the rights to the poem when Minecraft was acquired by Microsoft in 2014.
“For various reasons, I never sold a contract giving away the rights to my story. I own them entirely,” Gough wrote on Twitter. “So Microsoft never owned the end of Minecraft. I own it. And from today I let anyone play with it.”
As Gough explained on son Substackhe was recommended to original Minecraft co-designer Markus “Notch” Persson as a potential candidate to write something for the game in 2011. The result is the End Poem, an 8-minute text that players see after having slain the Ender Dragon, and that effectively serves as the end of the Minecraft story.
While writing the ending, Gough also chatted with Mojang CEO Carl Manneh about getting paid for his job. As he explains, there were a series of “weird” emails with Manneh, which Gough admitted to being confused. “Carl was indeed Markus’ friend, but that didn’t automatically make him my friend.”
After receiving €20,000 (just over $21,000) in payment from Manneh, Gough admitted to outright refusing to sign a contract that would have given Mojang permanent rights to the poem.
As for the other parts of the pre-contract agreement, like “massive exposure to the Minecraft community,” Gough never showed those benefits from Manneh or Persson.
Microsoft bought Minecraft, but Gough has the final say on the End’s poem
In August 2014, a month before Microsoft purchased Minecraft, Gough received a second contract from Manneh to license the rights to the End poem. This contract was never signed, despite repeated insistence from Persson, Manneh, and ultimately Microsoft.
“There are no villains in this story. Don’t harass Markus or Carl (or even Microsoft) about this,” Gough wrote on his Twitter and on Substack. For him, the other parties “simply obeyed the rules of capitalism, the rules that so many of us have internalized as if they were a natural law.”
According to Gough, the idea that his friend wanted him to sell the rights to his poem hurt him. Just like the fact that Persson made billions of dollars from gambling. Gough could have used some of that money. This problem tortured him for years, he says.
Then he took mushrooms in the woods around the Dutch city of Apeldoorn. “I just said to the universe: OK, forget what I want, give me what I think I need,” he said. “And he gave me, to my intense surprise, advice on Minecraft, and Microsoft…and you.”
By putting the End’s poem into the public domain, Gough wrote that he was putting it “into the hands of the universe,” which he says actually contributed to the poem’s existence. Beyond that, his only real request is to make donations to his Paypal account.
“Nobody owns it, and we all own it. Which means he lives outside of that way of seeing art.”
As for Microsoft, Gough reaffirmed that the Xbox maker cannot legally prevent anyone from using the poem as they see fit. Additionally, he asked the company to “continue to share my story with the world.”
“Everyone can now play with it. Have fun.”
Source : gamedeveloper