Minecraft Creator Notch Accepts Facebook-Oculus Deal, John Carmack Again Offers Rift Port

By Barry Eitel , Updated Aug 20, 2014 02:43 PM EDT
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When Facebook acquired virtual reality pioneer Oculus VR, maker of the Oculus Rift headset, Markus "Notch" Persson, the creator of Minecraft, was not happy about it. Notch was incensed by the social media giant's nebulous privacy policy. He was concerned that Facebook's data mining operation would cross over into Oculus, with gamers' information being used to sell them ads.

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At the time, Notch was busy developing a version of Minecraft for Oculus, making fans salivate over the possibilities. However, he was upset enough about the buyout that he was willing to kill his darling, throwing it in the dustbin and proclaiming it a martyr of Big Data.

For some unclear reasons, though, Notch has apparently cooled his temper towards the Facebook-owned Oculus.

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"And about now I'm officially over being upset about Facebook buying Oculus," Notch tweeted Friday night. "I'm upset about there being a hole in my favorite sock instead."

Unless his favorite sock was really, really important, this led many to believe that Minecraft for Oculus is back on the table-although there was no official word about Notch actually coming back to Oculus' yard.

John Carmack, creator of the legendary title Doom and the chief technology officer of Oculus VR, was quick to respond to Notch's apparent blessing: "say the word, ship the source, and i'll make sure It runs well on you-know-what..." Carmack replied via Twitter.

While experts believe it will be a while until Minecraft hits Oculus, at least it's now out of the trash. You can watch Notch participate in the viral Ice Bucket Challenge in the video below.

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