Mojang’s Mojam To Make A Game For Charity, In 60 Hours

By John Walker on February 15th, 2012 at 4:29 pm.

In my current castle.

Oh, I do like the cuddly side of this industry. Mojang, one of the cuddliest developers, is spending this weekend making a game. They’re doing it in conjunction with the ultra-huggable Humble Bundle peeps, meaning that the game they create will be available to those who donate money to charity. At the moment no one seems to know or think it relevant to explain which charity, and I’m trying to find out. Hopefully it’s Child’s Play or the like, and not Cream Teas For Paedophiles.

And they’re going to broadcast the whole process as they do it, for 60 hours. You can see the details in the video below.

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84 Comments »

  1. remover says:

    In before “I bet in that amount of time they could make a more finished version of minecraft!”

    • John Walker says:

      No, you were in at the same time as it.

    • Suits says:

      Could’ve made a more finished beard.

    • Droopy The Dog says:

      Nonsense, that beard is splendid, leave the chap alone.

    • ThaneSolus says:

      exactly, but still a nice thing for PR shit. He is probably doing for a new challenge, or he is terribly bored. Programmers like to change projects from time to time, and leave all of them unpolished or unfinished. They are exceptions of course:)

      As for Charity, it never worked(they money rarely goes to the people or project), it was invented as PR move…but if it makes people with money happy, sure go head.

    • lasfdasfg says:

      The closest I can think of an AAA steampunk game are the likes of Thief 2 and Bioshock, which I’m not even sure count. http://cutt.us/Vuw2

  2. caddyB says:

    Cream Teas For Paedophiles sounds like a band name.

  3. Capt. Eduardo del Mango says:

    As the chairman of CTFP UK I take great offence at that throwaway comment. And if you’ve got any better ideas for reforming ‘em why don’t you start up your own sodding charity, smart-arse?

    • Heliocentric says:

      You should try using fire. I find it solves a whole host of problems.

    • mod the world says:

      As CTFP Vice-president i propose we merge with Child’s Play. New name: Children Playing With Paedophiles.I see so many mutual benefits there.

    • ExplosiveCoot says:

      I don’t always laugh at comments, but when I do, I prefer comments like this.

    • noom says:

      Bah! The CTFP is rife with corruption! I read a damning report from John Pilger that exposed just what a huge proportion of their donations actually go towards helping disadvantaged children.

      Sickening.

    • bokkiedog says:

      Worse! Pilger says that they’re ZIONIST children, there to tempt honest anti-neocon paedophiles.

  4. CaspianRoach says:

    They’re cheating, though! They have a few days more to think of concepts and draft a few game ideas.

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      LTK says:

      I doubt that matters. There’s only so much you can do with an idea bouncing around in your head. Besides, I think every developer worth his salt has got a few unrealized game ideas archived in memory. There’s no such thing as starting with a blank slate.

    • jamesgecko says:

      It matters a little bit. Usually at the start of the second day of Ludum Dare, when you wake up and ask yourself, “What on earth was I thinking?”

      Personally, I’d rather that they a bit of time to ruminate. I do intend on paying money for this thing.

    • Bobtree says:

      Game developers do not have idea shortages.

  5. Choca says:

    Interesting. If they allow me to chose my usual charity as a beneficiary, I will give them my numerous monies.

  6. MattyFTM says:

    Peter Molyneux is a genre!!!! Everyone has got to vote for that!!!!

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      Man Raised by Puffins says:

      Peter Molyneux Dating Sim please, kthx.

    • Unaco says:

      I think that just means they’ll spend 55 hours making promises about the game, and then 5 hours failing to deliver. Actually, Notch should be quite good at that by now.

    • Apples says:

      What exactly is “Peter Molyneux” as a genre nowadays? A 60-hour presentation about how groundbreaking and brilliant the game will be and then none of those features being in the finished product?

      edit: goddammit Unaco >:(

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      Man Raised by Puffins says:

      @ Unaco: http://instantrimshot.com/

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      LTK says:

      The genre should have been Peter Molydeux.

    • Hoaxfish says:

      I really wanted Peter Molyneux Horror, but doesn’t look like that’s going to happen

      I’m pretty sure there are already at least a few Steampunk RTSes (wasn’t there one with a mecha+davinci race).

    • Gusj says:

      My ideal Peter Molyneux game is an FPS where you play Molyneux in a press conference and “shoot” out new ideas to the journalists.

    • Phantoon says:

      No, surely the game should be one in which you attempt to date pigeons as Peter Molyneux.

    • jamesgecko says:

      The Peter Molyneux genre is anything this fantastic doppelganger posts on twitter. https://twitter.com/#!/petermolydeux

  7. kifter says:

    Mojang need more beards tbf

  8. JackShandy says:

    I’m torn between “Dating Simulator” and “Dungeon Crawler”. Why do I have to choose?

    • diamondmx says:

      I can actually think of more than one game that does both.

    • JackShandy says:

      What the fuck dude, you can’t just say that and walk away without putting down a link!

    • cwoac says:

      @jackshandy any of the persona games for a start.

    • Hoaxfish says:

      come on, dungeon crawl rogue-like dating sims are basically real life… randomly generated excuses for why she just turned you down, before you have to move on to the next one

    • bluebottle says:

      @Jackshandy Any recent Bioware title?

    • JumbocactuarX27 says:

      Thousand Arms comes to mind as an early example. Azure Dreams is another. Sakura Wars is a whole franchise of them. As others have said, the Bioware games usually have some sort of “dating” aspect if you can call it that. Also, while Persona 3 & 4 have dating elements, the first two games in the series do not (this does not detract from them however).

    • MSJ says:

      Baldur’s Gate 2 features a lot of dungeons and plenty of dating.

    • JackShandy says:

      What I’m really looking for here is for the dungeoneering and dating systems to be combined into one seamless whole. Ideally the dungeon would be the date itself.

    • JumbocactuarX27 says:

      Thousand Arms comes to mind as an early example. Azure Dreams is another. Sakura Wars is a whole franchise of them. As others have said, the Bioware games usually have some sort of “dating” aspect if you can call it that. Also, while Persona 3 & 4 have dating elements, the first two games in the series do not (this does not detract from them however).

      Edit: I had links in here, but after a couple of hours, it was still “awaiting moderation” so you’ll have to head to wikipedia yourself. Sorry.

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      Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

      Text adventure dungeon dating sim!

      The girl looks like she wants you to kiss her.
      > Kiss girl
      She doesn’t want you to do that.
      > Use sword on girl.
      You die of thirst.
      Play again? Y/N

    • ShrikeMalakim says:

      Record of Agarest War does this, and it’s actually game-important. The protagonist of each segment has to dating-sim with his choice of his three female companions, and the next segment starts with the protagonist being their offspring, with stats determined by who his parents were. Rinse, repeat for a total of five generations.

    • JackShandy says:

      Wow, thanks for all the tips, everyone. These all sound amazing and I will check them out post-haste.

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      jrodman says:

      Jack Shandy I love you.
      PS. I am drunk.

  9. nobody says:

    For computer gaming (and esp. for computer gaming websites) the EFF is probably a more important charity to give to right now than Child’s Play. Remember that SOPA/PIPA/ACTA business that compelled RPS to go dark for a day?

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    LTK says:

    Please note that we’ll be combining the MOST VOTED and LEAST VOTED categories into a single category. Same with theme!

    Oh, this is interesting. At this rate it’ll become a Real Time Strategy Beat ‘Em Up in Steampunk WWII.

  11. Apples says:

    It’s a shame that Steampunk is winning by such a huge margin, it’s really overdone but the internet loves it. I hope dating sim rises to the fore for genre though, that’ll give me a good laugh no matter what the setting is…

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      LTK says:

      Steampunk overdone? Of all the games in my Steam library, there isn’t a single one that has a steampunk setting. In fact, there’s less than 5 steampunk games I can name off the top of my head. Can you give 5 examples of steampunk games you’ve played in the last few years?

    • wccrawford says:

      I agree. Steampunk is woefully underdone, probably because so many people can’t seem to get the style right. They seem to think that all you need is Victorian era clothes and you’re good to go, or just random pipes and gears. It take more thought than that to make good Steampunk, though.

    • Hoaxfish says:

      Arcanum, clockwords: prelude, steambirds, erm…something with clocks and cogs, that one from nitrome with steamtanks

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      LTK says:

      Fair enough. Any games that are not browser games, and less than ten years old?

    • Xocrates says:

      The closest I can think of an AAA steampunk game are the likes of Thief 2 and Bioshock, which I’m not even sure count.

      Thing about Steampunk is that it’s popular enough that many games include elements of it, but for some reason few if any ever tried to do a full on game in such setting.

    • InternetBatman says:

      The puzzler Cogs kind of counts.

    • droid says:

      I don’t think Steampunk is overdone, but even if it is, Egyptian Steampunk is not.

  12. Dakia says:

    ALL OF THE MONIES! \o/

  13. Deadly Habit says:

    in before a huge bug ridden disappointment

  14. Deadly Habit says:

    also not voting for a candyland beat em up

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      blind_boy_grunt says:

      so strange, a minute ago i voted for exactly that.

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      Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

      You cancel each other out! How does it feel to have your existence negated?

  15. Teddy Leach says:

    “one of the cuddliest developers”

    Because not offering to comp the speakers at your convention is very cuddly.

    • Lionmaruu says:

      Well, if you compare with Activision/Blizzard, EA and Ubisoft, they’re the gods of “cuddlydity”…

  16. hjd_uk says:

    Break out the Shoot-Em-Up Construction Kit !

  17. Dr I am a Doctor says:

    Why is it always Child’s Play?

  18. Iconik says:

    He can afford to make a game for charity. That’s an $89 Lacoste polo he’s wearing.

    • shaydeeadi says:

      What a cheap bastard! He could be rocking Ralph Lauren with his bank account, unbelievable.

    • Iconik says:

      Hahah. Well, Ralph Lauren polos are $89 as well. I like his taste in polos. As a polo man myself, I can get behind this project.

  19. MythArcana says:

    Kudos to Notch and his kind heart, but I do wish he had this motivation and enthusiasm to finish Minecraft properly with a complete and functioning world. The End was the most hastily constructed segment in recent history and screams for more meat if you ask me.

    • Prime says:

      …aaaand there we are. You were doing so well. You managed to comment a few times without even mentioning his name but all progress towards a cure has just been lost. So sad.

    • MythArcana says:

      Well, when Conquest of Elysium 3 is released on the 19th, I’ll be way too busy to indulge my dis-satisfactions with any commentary regarding Notch and his circus of Minecraft ports, how’s that sound?

      Oh, and if you have no clue what that game is…well, you won’t ever know reading this site apparently. lolz

    • Prime says:

      “…I’ll be way too busy to indulge my dis-satisfactions with any commentary regarding Notch and his circus of Minecraft ports, how’s that sound?”

      Pretty good, actually. I mean, it’s really boring to see again and again and again and again….so a break would be nice.

      I also can’t believe you just tried to act superior on the internet, the most amazingly versatile information-gathering tool ever invented. Any search engine could clue me in faster than it takes to write this reply. That wasn’t your smartest challenge ever. As it happens I do know about the game – I’ve been playing a demo of another one of his similar titles trying to work out if I’d buy CoE 3. And that swipe at RPS? That also failed because RPS is where I learned about the game.

    • MythArcana says:

      There is no way you could have extracted any information about CoE3 on RPS other than from users such as myself mentioning it in comments. Here is proof;

      http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/?s=Conquest+of+Elysium+3&x=39&y=9

      So, the fail is in your court I’m afraid.

      There are other sites reporting previews on CoE3 (just not RPS) as it is an important release this year for hardcore gamers. Obviously, some have graduated to a higher plane and enjoy complex programming over cartoon shaders and toilet humor, which this industry seems to cherish over at the KiddieNetwork for 50 cents a pop.

      I read the comments here bellowing about how the game industry is failing hard and how games aren’t worth their advertising…but yet, when a complex game like CoE3 appears which will live on your hard drive for 6 years, you don’t hear a single word about it at all in the mainstream. In my mind, it would be the responsibility of sites like RPS to change this, but I see that they perpetuate the parade with write-ups on every $2 sTEAM release instead.

      As for your disdain of my comments, I would expect that sort of thing coming from 98% of this site’s audience. :)

    • hypercrisis says:

      this arcana kid sounds like a bozo. congratulations, youre excited about an obscure game. do you want a prize?

    • Universal Quitter says:

      I hate to beat a dead horse, but all that proves is your lack of creativity when using search engine. I’ve tried to find specific (minecraft) articles on RPS that I knew existed, but could not find by simply typing in the name of the game. Search tags, phrases, use quotes, the good ol ‘+’ at the end of a prefix, fuck, something!

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    Vesuvius says:

    I definitely want to see a Post-Apocalyptic Candyland Dungeon Crawler / Dating Sim

  21. ZIGS says:

    Dude with the glasses looked like he wanted to devour my soul

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    hellboy says:

    I was excited by this until I saw the poll suggesting it would most likely be an RTS. Fuck that…

  23. hypercrisis says:

    Knowing notch it will be another minecraft-lite like he always does for these things.

  24. Sparkasaurusmex says:

    People need to vote for Shoot ‘em up. It’s currently at the very bottom, and RTS at the top means an RTS/shoot ‘em up. Sadly unoriginal for such an original way of selecting genre.