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Forum (Talk Talk Talk...) > Any Minecrafters?

I got to this site from the Minecraft credits, and I want to say, thanks Mr. Gough, that dialogue was amazing. It was worth waiting a year and a half for. I bet the millions of people that play Minecraft will also appreciate it. Thanks again. A diamond for you, sir!
November 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTate Davis
Hi Julian
Well done on the Minecraft text. Nathan here who's a minecraft fanatic salutes you too. Our fav bit: The champion, the adventurer, had come far, done great deeds, changed the world around them with the sheer strength of their will, the sweat of their brow, and the might of their axe. But now, the hero's greatest feat accomplished, they departed wordlessly from that shore of endstone and haze. Your great feat. Well done. Hope all are well in Berlin.
John your cous.
IM: Skype: john.hayes26
November 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Hayes
Sir... that endgame text was deep. It actually put me in a trance - I spent the next 2 or 3 minutes of my life just staring at my computer screen, trying to figure out what the heck they were talking about, my mind racing, simply speechless and awestruck.
To paraphrase Alexander Hamilton, you, sir, are a mad beast of a writer.
(Meant positively. I don't know if Irishmen use slang like "mad beast" these days.)
November 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBen
Hi Tate, John (& Nathan), and Ben, lovely of you all to call in and say hi...


Tate, thanks for your kind words, and for the diamond.

John, I think those lines you quoted were from a hacked/modified version! There's a few modifications out there already... But I'm delighted Nathan's into the game. Very sorry I missed you & Nathan (and all the rest of that side of the family) at Aunt Dill's funeral. I wasn't even told of her death until after the funeral was over, or I would have come over for it...

Ben, "mad beast" is fine, as long as you pronounce the second word, with relish and a long A, as "baste"...


-Julian
December 16, 2011 | Registered CommenterJulian Gough
Um. I'm not an author, but yeah. Big fan of the text, just sayin'. Many, many people were on the EDGE of their seats, believe me, and read all that. It was awesome. Really made me think, y'know?
I've got part of it printed on the wall of my room! XD
Thank you~
January 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersuper_redhead
Really? Part of it's now on the wall of your room? Best review ever. Thanks...

-Julian
January 11, 2012 | Registered CommenterJulian Gough
No, no, thank YOU!

Only the best of the best ever gets onto the wall of my room.
January 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersuper_redhead
wow i loved the minecraft ending. i do not know if thif was the desired effect but after reading it. i thought "wow i am wasting my life" then promtly began writing a novel :)
January 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlevi
Another player who just finished Minecraft and had a pseudo-religious experience, googled your name and wound up here :)

The major adrenaline rush of slaying a dragon, and the afterglow of endorphines create a perfect soil to plant that flower of double-edged fantasy that you wrote. Well played, Julian (& Notch, etc.!). It's kinda creepy and exhilarating at the same time--having such playful yet meaningful words set in my mind at an almost hypnotic state... It set my mind on fire and i got a little closer to bringing the universe into focus--i love those moments. Next was a walk to the kitchen where i could smell the emotions of the room in each breath and feel the depth of the space around me, like i did as a little kid, and my body felt aligned. I wish we could call up inspiration and clarity like that at will, without the use of crutches like video games or religion. ...And we could all Minecraft in the real world! o_o (metaphorically!)

I was wondering what reading materials you think influenced your Minecraft ending? Have you been reading Conversations with God, by Neale Donald Walsch? I thought i picked up on some of that... although there seems to be a lot of synchronicity going on lately so i wouldn't be surprised if not. And, sure, you should. With a grain of salt, as always ;) I read that interview with Tom Chatfield, and put The Hero with a Thousand Faces, by Joseph Campbell on my reading list :) Recommend any others? ...i just threw Mark Twain on the list, in afterthought ;)

"Curiouser and curiouser!" -Alice, In Wonderland
January 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBethany Rose Odell
I just read through the end credits for the third or fourth time and decided to look you up...I have to say, I love it, it puts a lot of thoughts I was already having to words, and extends them further.

From what I've learned from physics, mathematics, computer science, etc., you could theoretically describe everything in the universe as an immense number (every x digits would be the start of the next particle, it would then list it's position, momentum, etc.) as easily as it can be represented as a multidimensional space of particles and energy and space.

It it exists as it does because the information can be represented this way. I believe existence was we know it is "the universe...reading its own code" in a specific way, and it exists because it is conceivable.
March 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJustinN
Hi Julian,

"Who are we? Once we were called the spirit of the mountain. Father sun, mother moon, Ancestral Spirits, animal spirits, Jinn, Ghosts, The green man. Then gods, demons, Angels, Poltergeists, Aliens, extraterrestrials, Leptons, quarks, the words change, we do not change."

When you say "we", you're part of the "we" isn't it !?

I perfectly hear you and get your message, no need for a cage of words, we can speak together the naked truth.

As you certainly know it, I am not part of the "we", I am servant of your Lord, the Lord guides my steps and make me see what most of the people cannot see.
April 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTheTruthIsFromGod
Like others here, I just finished the End in Minecraft and googled 'Julian Gough' to arrive here after reading your beautiful prose. Much food for thought. Interconnectedness. It all feeds into the heaven and hell we create for ourselves in the persistence of the last and strongest-firing neurons. Time for Spambo to put himself to bed and for Sam to wake up in a different life. Thank you!
April 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSam
Good day Julian and others,

I too have just finished minecraft (on hardcore mode). I saw bits and pieces of the ending, but now I got to witness it myself in its entirety. It realy has my brain going overbord, and maybe I dig too deep into it, but I have so much of these ideas floating in my head, and then a random guy (sorry Julian) from a random game lays them in front of me. It's mindboggling

Lately (last two years) I've realy thought about reality, and how we percieve it, and what that perception is influencing that reality. Also, the mentioning of Extraterrestials, Angels and Deamons, it realy makes me think to what I know about what is out there.

One question: How do you came up with this text? Was it in inspiration, or a build up in knowledge in your life, or was it just something you thought people can relate to? What was your meaning about it? Or does a writer never tells?

Ow, and one more question (pretty please?!), what were those words unreadable:
"Sometimes I do not care. Sometimes I wish to tell them, this world you take for truth is merely XXXXX and XXXXXXX, I wish to tell them that they are XXXX in the XXXXXX. They see so little in reality, in their long dream."

Thanks for you story,

Greeting, Rick
May 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRick van Hoof
Hello
Thankyou from all that I am for saying all that you have.
We are pleased to find one who can speak.
It is words expressing the inexpressable we are growing up.
July 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJuliana
Sam, Rick, Justin, Bethany, Levi, and, er Mr TruthIsFromGod...

I'm glad the ending made such an impact on you. I keep meaning to do a proper blog post on Minecraft, and answer all your questions properly there, but I have been so busy this year it's comical.

Best of luck with the novel, Levi...

And Bethany, yes, I should put a list of influences on the blog, too. (Alice in Wonderland is a good reference point...)

Sam... thanks.

Justin, I agree with you. And given that the universe is made up of so few building blocks, positive and negative, and without size, the universe is already basically just zeros and ones. Which is... interesting.

Rick, and Mr TruthIsFrom God, I'll try to answer you in a longer blog post.

Thanks again, all of you, for engaging so deeply with the words, and for getting in touch.

Fond regards,

-Julian
July 7, 2012 | Registered CommenterJulian Gough
The text was nothing short of incredible for me to experience. It was surreal, because a close friend and I had just finished a conversation about life, existence and such - and then we finished the game together and saw our own independent thoughts were reflected in what you wrote. It's as if the game - or you - or all of us - already knew it. We just need to become aware of it. Thank you for sharing that with the world - I hope you can expand on it further. I am looking for more to read and learn about the concepts and expand my understanding.
August 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter790FM
I finished the End of minecraft a while back, and felt a deep connection with what you said! Out of natural human curiosity of the unknown, I wonder what those "unreadable" words were. I'd deeply love to know what they were, just as Rick and a great many others must also! The words you said make me just want to go back and defeat the Ender-dragon all over again!
August 25, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterclonemarine
Hi Julian

The ending of the game was amazing and it made me realize that the world has many interesting writers,like you.
it made me feel things I have never felt before and if you could email me a transcript of the original text I would appreciate it so much because I want to read it again and again.
my e-mail:
shinigamis_son@yahoo.com
Thank you for opening my eyes
December 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVlad
I sat here at the keyboard holding the shift key down, staring off into empty space, ready to start a sentence with a capital letter for a good long while, trying to think of what to write here - and sadly this was the best I could come up with. So rare is it when what is described in poetry makes any sense at all to me, that when it does, it literally makes tears roll down my face. Congratulations, sir.
June 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVroom
Dear Mr. Gough,
I wanted to take a moment to thank you for the piece you wrote for Minecraft's ending. After an intense battle with a dragon, it helped calm me & return me to reality. I've always stepped into other worlds more easily than I've stayed in the real world, but what you wrote made me want to come back.
It really resonated with me on a lot of levels. The ideas you express about games, The Universe & how you openly state you won't tell the players how to live echoed a lot of the thoughts I have when I get a quiet moment alone. Reading those words made me feel like I could breathe again, & helped me remember my origins in this world.
While the story reminded me of my smallness in the face of reality, it never once made me feel insignificant. I've never read a piece that balanced macro & micro so well, & I was really impressed.
Thank you again,
L
May 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLucie