Notch wants to see users’ Minecraft data, asks permission

The creator of Minecraft, Marcus "Notch" Persson, wants to view user data.

Marcus “Notch” Persson, creator of Minecraft and star developer at Mojang, has asked players of the hit title’s permission for the studio to track what they do once inside the game.

According to a blog post by Notch titled, “A poll on letting us snoop,” it’s hard for the crew at Mojang to know exactly what players are doing to enjoy their Minecraft experience once they log in. Though he didn’t specify what the data would be used for aside from curiosity, Notch promised that it would be entirely anonymous and that usernames and any other sensitive information wouldn’t be recorded.

“This would work by having the game connect to and send some anonymous and non-private data about the game, such as current game mode (single player, multiplayer), operating system (windows? mac?), how long you’ve been playing for (so we know how long a game session is), and whether or not you’re playing the downloaded game, or the applet on the webpage,” Persson proposed. “It would probably connect every ten minutes or so so we can get some semi-realtime data. We’d share the data with the community, as usual.”

To find out whether or not this information gathering is okay with the community, he attached a poll at the end of the post with the two options of “No, that sounds evil!” and “ At the time of this article’s publishing, approximately 86 percent of voters are willing to grant Mojang these permissions while just under 14 percent aren’t.

If anyone out there wants to contribute their opinion, they can do so by voting on the poll, which can be reached through the source link.

[The World of Notch]


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Author: Mike Murphy View all posts by
Mike has been playing games for over two decades. His earliest memories are of shooting ducks and stomping goombas on NES, and over the years, the hobby became one of his biggest passions. Mike has worked with GamerNode as a writer and editor since 2009, giving you news, reviews, previews, a voice on the VS Node Podcast, and much more.

5 Comments on "Notch wants to see users’ Minecraft data, asks permission"

  1. TheGeckoNinja January 25, 2012 at 8:31 pm -

    why dont you just have an option in the game for each player to choose if they want their account recorded have a check mark or a yes or no switch that way they can turn it off when they want, is it possible? i would think it would be a simple feature that way no one gets mad.

    • Steve January 25, 2012 at 11:39 pm -

      This is a perfect idea. If it is possible then this is exactly what they should do.

    • Anonymous January 29, 2012 at 10:49 am -

      That does seem simpler, doesn’t it? Also, the data from a poll on the website is clearly an imperfect representation of the general user opinion. Those who read Notch’s blog are the enthusiasts most likely to comply with such a request. I think gathering data to improve future products is great, but taking a poll from such a limited player sample (and perhaps people who don’t even play the game) isn’t the best route.

  2. Uno Aphex January 26, 2012 at 1:44 am -

    Meh, another useless idea by notch.

  3. shawn March 12, 2012 at 5:00 pm -

    when is the next update coming out on minecraft i realy want to see the next updae can it have minecraft Aether in it thank you BY JACK

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