Even though its replacement is on the way, I tried one last ditch effort to save the backpack. And actually? It may have even worked. Gotta wait til it dries, and I did incur some rust damage to the grommets as a result of the treatment, but fuck it. I’ve carried that bag for almost six years now, it has seen me through some shit, and I owe it to try and save it.
You’re not going to hear any hate from me. Companies get sold all the time, and when a it’s a company that basically has one game that came out years ago and someone comes around offering to buy it for a number that ends in BILLION, you fucking take that deal and good on you.
I’ve seen some folks complain, “what about the other Mojang employees?” And while I’m not unsympathetic, those employees don’t own the company, and you’d never hear about ground-level devs at most studios getting any kind of piece of the action when the company they work for gets sold. If Notch and the other owners want to be mensches, they can toss them some dough (and probably should, because fuck it, BILLIONS, and good karma has never been easier), but let’s not all suddenly pretend it’s unprecedented that the grunts don’t get golden parachutes.
I’m also not going to give any kind of shit to Notch for wanting to sell in the first place. Dude really didn’t even work on Minecraft anymore and the internet was still willing to rip him a new one whenever something happened they didn’t like. I can’t blame him for wanting out.
Notch, I’m talking directly to you now, buddy. I’m a Minecraft player. I bought it back in…either alpha or beta but either way before the official release and I’ve enjoyed it plenty. That doesn’t obligate you towards me at all. I payed my money and I got my game, and that’s how that transaction works. Totally fair, and I definitely got my money’s worth and more.
No, I’m not coming to you with unreasonable demands or condemnation over decisions you or the company you started have made. I wish you good luck and good health.
I’m writing this to you (where you will surely see it, on a tumblr with 40 followers of which I think maybe 30 are real people) to humbly ask a small, teensy-tiny favor.
You see, in 2009 I took a big gamble, jumped ship from a comfortable if boring job in NYC, and took on a lot of student loans to go back to school to learn to make games. It was my way in, and I don’t regret it. Now, you come from a country with a vastly superior educational system that actually helps support students who pursue their schooling, rather than creates a system of financial barriers and burdens the overwhelming majority of its young with crushing debt just to have a basic college degree. So it might come as a surprise how oppressive that burden can be, and the degree to which it can put a hold on someone’s life.
I can’t really save anything. Even under the most generous of repayment plans, I’ll be paying off my loans until the economy collapses completely or I die. Now, sure, if I made a lot more money than I do, I could pay them down in a more reasonable span, but the reality is that’s not going to happen. That’s my doing, ultimately, and my responsibility, and I can accept that.
BUT: A side-effect of that is that there’s no chance I’m ever going to, say, break off and do my own game. I’m never going to start a company, never going to make anything independently. Loan collectors aren’t interested in creative freedom, they just want their money. I’m not going to presume your feelings about AAA developers, but guys and girls like me (and, with more devs coming out of actual educational programs every year, that’s a growing number) gotta pay those loans. You’re shackled to that paycheck. Don’t get me wrong, it still beats a job outside games - there’s a reason I did this, after all. I’m just not taking any risks, and don’t see it happening as long as I’m trapped by debt.
That’s why I’m writing, Notch. You now have supervillain levels of money. You don’t owe me squat, nor do you even know me. But I’m here to ask you to pay off my student loans anyway, just because. The way I figure the numbers, while it’s life-directing debt to me, it’s now to you an amount of money so small it could get lost in a rounding error. It doesn’t even register. So, come on, man, pay my loans off, please.
You might well ask: why? To which I say, why not? Like I said, you’ve got an amount of money that can only be called “preposterous” and “inconceivable by human beings not already hollowed out by international finance”. You might as well get weird with it and do some unexpected shit, like paying off the student loans of some dude from America who asked you to do it on his tumblr.
Besides which, think of it like a grant. Me without student loans can start saving money. Me able to start saving money can start making plans to maybe do my own thing one day. It’s an investment in somebody else’s potential future that in no way is likely to or guaranteed to pay off (where “paying off” is interpreted as “some guy makes a cool game”), but it’d be a swell thing to do anyway.
So, what do you say, Notch? Pay off my student loans. Please. I’d really appreciate it. You have no idea.
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Come on, Notch. Be a pal. :-D
Get weird with it, Notch. Get crazy philanthropic on this shit!
Started season 3 of The Killing and Bullet is making me feel like a dirty old woman, JFC.
The amount of notes concerns me
i’m more concerned about the fact that this orange is still on the loose he could kill again at any time
the newspapers give this notorious killer a nickname
much to the dismay of the lead detective
i like the term ‘gender alignments’ because it presents new identities such as: lawful gender, gender evil, and the ever mysterious gender gender.
Friend has the sad???!!??!!!!!
I’m coming friend I’ll save you from the sad!!
I am here now you’re going to be okay!!!
You are so beautiful and i love you!!!
I don’t think it’s leather but it’s a leather-like material?
It might be a loss. :/ Try turning it inside out and washing it, if you want, though. Because if that ruins the purse, well… it’s not like it wasn’t a loss already. And it might work!
I’m still in denial about my purse, it’s just sitting in a plastic bag on my floor rn
What’s it made out of? If it’s anything but leather, it might be salvageable if you turn it inside out and wash it on delicate. My backpack is hanging up to dry now and I’m… cautiously optimistic.