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Minecraft Creator Regrets Being Rich After Selling Company for $2.5 Billion

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Markus Persson, Minecraft creator

For many hard-working video game developers, the idea of building a successful game and/or business and then selling it for millions, if not billions, of dollars would be a dream come true; for Minecraft creator Markus Persson, it’s been misery.

That’s right, while it’s easy to assume that developers who make untold millions from their projects — let alone just one — will be happier living the good life rather than coding away from dawn to dusk, 8 am to 11pm, Persson regrets being rich.

Back in September of 2014, Microsoft purchased Mojang AB — the Swedish video game company responsible for Minecraft — for $2.5 billion, instantly making the Swede and his business partners some of the richest people in the world.

Persson didn’t join Microsoft in order to pursue other projects, and with so much money at his disposal, he wasted no time buying an opulent, $70 million Beverly Hills mansion, complete with a 2,500 bottle wine room, a candy room, and 15 bathrooms, among other big ticket luxury items. The big man even hosted crazy parties where guests like Selena Gomez, Skrillex and Tony Hawk sometimes made appearances.

However, as he old saying goes, money can’t buy happiness…. In a series of tweets, he indicated that he has never felt more isolated in his life, with his discontent largely stemming from feeling a lack of purpose and the general uneasiness about not having to work. One tweet read…

“The problem with getting everything is you run out of reasons to keep trying, and human interaction becomes impossible due to imbalance.”

Even a party paradise like Ibiza makes him feel lonely…

“Hanging out in ibiza with a bunch of friends and partying with famous people, able to do whatever I want, and I’ve never felt more isolated.”

Life without a job is apparently not all it’s cut out to be…

“In Sweden, I will sit around and wait for my friends with jobs and families to have time to do shit, watching my reflection in the monitor.”

You’d think girls would be glued to him, but even that’s not the case…

“Found a great girl, but she’s afraid of me and my life style and went with a normal person instead.”

With so much money and time on his hands, you’d think he would help out our poor little world or create another stellar video game…

“I would Musk and try to save the world, but that just exposes me to the same type of assholes that made me sell minecraft again.”

After a few back and forth exchanges with his twitter followers and the general public, many of who didn’t feel sorry for him, it seemed Persson came to the understanding that all his feelings are quite normal for those who instantly became rich…

“People who made sudden success are telling me this is normal and will pass. That’s good to know! I guess I’ll take a shower then!”

Maybe it’s because he’s an extreme introvert trying to live the life of an extrovert that he feels so isolated…

“I really appreciate all the offers to hang and talk and all. As an introvert, new friends is hard to do even when fine, but it means a lot!”

However you look at it, Persson needs to sit down and reflect on what really matters to him in life. We have no doubt that some of his skills and wealth will find his way sooner than later.

Frankly, as an introvert myself and a struggling businessman, I would love to be in his shoes. Wouldn’t you?

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China Blocks Twitch Website And iOS App

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You can no longer access the Twitch website and Twitch iOS app in China, at least legally.

Twitch has confirmed that the Chinese government has blocked all access to its platform in mainland China.

The development comes on the heel of the Twitch iOS app reaching the third spot in the iTunes free apps chart, with the surge of popularly mostly owed to eSports and especially the Asian Games.

Although the reason for the ban wasn’t revealed, the fact that Twitch was the only way for Chinese fans to follow the event was what likely made it a target for the Chinese government.

Twitch now joins a growing list of major websites to be blocked in the world’s video game market, a list that includes the likes of Google, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

Considering that some of the Steam Community features are also inaccessible in China, it probably won’t be long until the main Steam store is also banned.

Valve has been taking preemptive measures should it also meet the same fate, having partnered with a Chinese publisher to launch a localized version in the country.

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Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle Lets You Play 7 Classic Games On PC, Consoles

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It’s an exciting blast from the past that will put you in a nostalgia coma.

Capcom has revealed the Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle, a collection of seven classic and arcade side-scrolling beat ’em ups.

Available for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch, the bundle has a lunch price of US$20/£16/€20 and includes Final Fight (1989), The King of Dragons (1991), Captain Commando (1991), Knights of the Round (1991), and Warriors of Fate (1992).

You also get Armored Warriors (1994), and Battle Circuit (1997), two games that were only playable in arcades and never available on consoles.

In addition to allowing you to set the difficulty level and adjust other elements such as number of lives and continues, all seven games also come with such modern gameplay features as online co-op with drop-in/drop-out support.

Like with any of the Mega Man Legacy Collections, the Beat ‘Em Up Bundle includes plenty of art galleries, character designs, and sketches for even more of trip down memory lane.

Check out the reveal trailer…

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New N7 Day Mass Effect Andromeda Trailer is Intense, See it

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The new N7 Day Mass Effect Andromeda trailer that fans have been impatiently waiting for is finally here, and it’s intense.

We get to see more scripted and in-game footage of the game world, as well as ‘brother’ Ryder, his alien crew and what appears to be the main villain in action. It might have also confirmed the existence of Salarians in Andromeda.

The Andromeda Initiative recruitment page has been updated to coincide with the trailer’s release. It shows the user’s login details with the year 2184… the year just before the events of Mass Effect 2.

The Andromeda Initiative is scheduled to launch in 2185, the year Commander Shepherd returns from the dead (the beginning of Mass Effect 2). Three Ark ships, each containing three different species in cryo stasis, will leave the Milkyway for the new galaxy, with plans to wake up the occupants 600 years later.

Judging by the trailer, things don’t go according to plan.

Mass Effect Andromeda launches for the Xbox One, PS4, and PC in Spring 2017. Are you excited for the new adventure?

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