The First Moments of Minecraft

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On May 17, 2009, 04:24:07 AM, Markus Persson posted an alpha version of Minecraft to the Feedback forum on TIGSource.com. The image above was the screenshot, and there was a link to launch the in-browser Java applet. "The main inspiration for this game is Infiniminer, but it's going to move in a more Dwarf Fortress way, gameplay wise. =)".

You'll often find articles that tell the "oral history" of something, with direct quotes from those involved telling the story of a band's success, or a TV show's creation. With Minecraft, to begin with, there was just Notch and the internet. Instead of an oral history, you have a messageboard history, as the game was rapidly updated and players commented.

When Notch posted that first Minecraft link, the game was only at version 0.0.11a. It took 7 minutes and 57 seconds for someone to post the first response: "Their animations pretty crazy," said forum user Schtee. Over the next 24 hours, 4 pages of comments were posted. Looking through the full thread, it's remarkable how quickly the game seemed to capture player's imaginations.

We've quoted some of these comments below to try to tell the story of those first few moments with the game, including the first screenshot shared by a player, where the Minecraft name came from, and two game modes that were planned but never made the cut.

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