Rapper 50 Cent Isn't Impressed by Minecraft

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Rapper 50 Cent Isn't Impressed by Minecraft

50 Cent admits that he doesn't understand Minecraft's popularity.

Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson has had one foot in the videogame industry since he released 50 Cent: Bulletproof in 2005, but he can't quite figure out what people see in Minecraft. During a CES interview with The Verge, the rapper was upfront with his confusion. "Minecrafting?" he said. "Like, I didn't know what was going on with that. It looked like they didn't finish making it."

Mr. Cent admits that he doesn't actually play Minecraft, only that he had recently been exposed to the title. But it doesn't sound like he's going to give up rap and rededicate his life to Minecraft any time soon.

CES has become a familiar backdrop for 50 Cent's business dealings. In 2011, he founded SMS Audio, a headphone company in the same vein as Beats by Dre. This year, the company is showing off its latest gear, including a Star Wars-themed line and a Sports collection that's been endorsed by Carmelo Anthony.

Even though 50 Cent doesn't seem to understand Minecraft, the rest of the gaming world certainly does. Over 33 million copies have already been sold, and the title is still MIA on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. So, that number is probably going to get significantly larger.

Source: The Verge

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*Looks up from book* What's that? The guy who got two self masturbatory games about him shooting people and swearing doesn't see the appeal of Minecraft? Oh yeah, I'm so gripped by his view.

erttheking:
*Looks up from book* What's that? The guy who got two self masturbatory games about him shooting people and swearing doesn't see the appeal of Minecraft? Oh yeah, I'm so gripped by his view.

And apparently he can solely judge the game by GRAPHICS. Who cares about gameplay, right?

Bindal:

erttheking:
*Looks up from book* What's that? The guy who got two self masturbatory games about him shooting people and swearing doesn't see the appeal of Minecraft? Oh yeah, I'm so gripped by his view.

And apparently he can solely judge the game by GRAPHICS. Who cares about gameplay, right?

Pretty much everyone I knew thought the same when we first saw Minecraft. "What? Blocky graphics and blacks everywhere? What the hell is this game?". But then we actually played it and discovered it. It's not surprising that someone that hasn't played much of it or looked into it understands Minecraft.

Also, he is right. As you can tell by the lack of graphics, this game is not finished. It needs th graphics to make the blocks better.

He just needs to wait for the 'Drugs & Bitches' update that adds in gangbangers, hookers and the 'Ghetto' biome. That's probably more up his street.

So this one famous guy kind of associated with gaming didn't like this one game that lots of other people like.

How is this news?

I bet he also doesn't like lots of other games. In fact I can guarantee that every single famous person associated with video games, ever didn't like at least one game that most people like.

Are we going to make each of them an article?

No offense to the escapist news workers, this just genuinely seems entirely inconsequential and unimportant. I'm really confused here.

It doesn't even sound like he really tried minecraft. It sounds exactly like he looked at it and got confused, assuming something.

News just in: Gamers don't understand the appeal of 50 Cent.

I'm a bit hesitant to call him a dribbling moron because as far as I remember he's actually a fairly shrewd businessman (some half-remembered Cracked article methinks), but he does a damn good job of acting like one.

Use_Imagination_here:
So this one famous guy kind of associated with gaming didn't like this one game that lots of other people like.

How is this news?

I bet he also doesn't like lots of other games. In fact I can guarantee that every single famous person associated with video games, ever didn't like at least one game that most people like.

Are we going to make each of them an article?

No offense to the escapist news workers, this just genuinely seems entirely inconsequential and unimportant. I'm really confused here.

Yeah...was he stealing a submarine or something at the time? If not, not news.

And I am not impressed by either his music or games, when is the press conference?

A well, guess he just needed his 9:50 minutes of fame to give his career a small boost, so he came up with an unpopular opinion.

Next.

thaluikhain:

Use_Imagination_here:
So this one famous guy kind of associated with gaming didn't like this one game that lots of other people like.

How is this news?

I bet he also doesn't like lots of other games. In fact I can guarantee that every single famous person associated with video games, ever didn't like at least one game that most people like.

Are we going to make each of them an article?

No offense to the escapist news workers, this just genuinely seems entirely inconsequential and unimportant. I'm really confused here.

Yeah...was he stealing a submarine or something at the time? If not, not news.

It doesn't even sound like he actually disliked minecraft. It sounds exactly like he looked at minecraft without having the concept properly explained, and got confused about the nature of the game.

Like probably most people when they see minecraft the first time.

"This just in! Someone mildly important had a statistically probable reaction to a popular product!

In other news, Kanye West thought Skyrim was a pretty good game!"

Use_Imagination_here:
It doesn't even sound like he actually disliked minecraft. It sounds exactly like he looked at minecraft without having the concept properly explained, and got confused about the nature of the game.

Like probably most people when they see minecraft the first time.

Yeah, looks like.

Use_Imagination_here:
"This just in! Someone mildly important had a statistically probable reaction to a popular product!

In other news, Kanye West thought Skyrim was a pretty good game!"

2 years ago, Britney Spears was on the Ellen Degeneres show and says her son play Minecraft and sings at the same time!

Minecraft isn't a game you can judge at a glance. It emphasizes four key things:

  • Creativity
  • Deep, complex systems (crafting, enchanting, brewing, redstone, etc)
  • Exploration (finding new biomes, mining, etc)
  • Social play (multiplayer, sharing maps, streaming, etc)

But none of these emphases are at all evident unless you actually play or watch it for a significant amount of time. Compare to games like Halo, NBA 2K14, Final Fantasy, Mario Kart, Space Invaders... I could go on and on. In nearly every game ever made, you can get a pretty strong idea of what it's about, and what its purpose is, almost immediately. You're shooting aliens, driving cars, watching a story, whatever.

The thing is, Minecraft isn't like that. Too short a time in-game, whether watched or played, will expose you to individual mechanics, but it won't make clear their larger purpose or the overall idea behind the game. Ten seconds of racing in Mario Kart, you know it's a game about racing. Ten seconds in Minecraft you may see mining, or blocks being placed, or combat, but no one part of it really represents the game as a whole.

So yeah, I can totally understand not getting Minecraft. It's one you've gotta really get into BEFORE you can properly understand what it is.

P.S. Thanks

P.P.S. Either way, 50 Cent: Bulletproof is a bad game.

I guess he is right for the wrong reasons

What exactly was the point of that?
You have hundreds of people right here that you can ask about Minecraft, in fact anything about it, and Josh Engen decides this is an interesting insight, because the man is famous?

Next up on the Escapist: It's fucking cold, north of the equator. Millions baffled.

Longstreet:
And I am not impressed by either his music or games, when is the press conference?

A well, guess he just needed his 9:50 minutes of fame to give his career a small boost, so he came up with an unpopular opinion.

Next.

He has a career? I thought he just shouted swearwords at people while playing music in the background.

You mean there's money in that?

For anyone getting their feathers ruffled over the comment about Minecraft, he specifically said he's going to check it out.

BREAKING NEWS: People have differing opinions and like different things, more at 11.

Smilomaniac:
What exactly was the point of that?
You have hundreds of people right here that you can ask about Minecraft, in fact anything about it, and Josh Engen decides this is an interesting insight, because the man is famous?

Next up on the Escapist: It's fucking cold, north of the equator. Millions baffled.

"After a decade-long study, scientists verify that bears do, in fact, shit in the woods."

Who gives a flying shit?

On another note, hey 50 cent! A penny for your thoughts? I guess to you the game doesn't make cents. And you don't want to be nickel and dimed. But you just can't make heads or tails of minecraft.

I do not know what the hubbub is about here. Plenty of people, myself included, don't "get," games like Minecraft and Don't Starve.

Phrozenflame500:
BREAKING NEWS: People have differing opinions and like different things, more at 11.

Well put. Also, disliking a genre doesn't make one less of a gamer (although that still doesn't forgive 50 for those atrocious games he made).

I only buy games based on reviews by rappers since Soulja Boy convinced me to buy Braid ...

You know, I'm willing to grant people their opinion and all that. You gotta admit though, what with the recession and inflation, 50 cent's just doesn't hold the same value these days.

A celeb said something about gaming so it must be reported? Not sure if it's a slow news day or another example of a celeb culture. By which I mean, America (I don't mean all Americans) seems to put too much stock into what celebs do and say.

So what if some celeb doesn't like it? I bet a lot don't, they just haven't said it in the media. He put his name and likeness on a game, doesn't mean he knows anything about the industry. Not that you need to know anything about the industry to have an opinion on a game but informed is better.

Scars Unseen:
You know, I'm willing to grant people their opinion and all that. You gotta admit though, what with the recession and inflation, 50 cent's just doesn't hold the same value these days.

I'm just making fun of him on general principles. It's been a slow morning.

Can we get a modder to add in a gangsta biome? I'd actually pay for that. I imagine you'd be mining and then suddenly you're caught in a driveby. Or maybe you try to build a nice house, but over time it becomes decrepit due to urban decay.

Reaper195:
"What? Blocky graphics and blacks everywhere? What the hell is this game?".

Freudian slip? ;p

Breaking news: that one rap singer you used to hear about played popular game and isn't really into it.

More heart-throbbing, exciting stories at 11.

I take it this is a particularly uneventful news day?

On a related note I don't understand what people see in hip hop. Can I get my own news article too? Oh wait, I don't have cameras shoved in my face all the time, ergo my opinion isn't as important. Hang on, lemme go rhyme to a simplistic beat glorifying violent crime, drugs and objectifying women. That's how Mr. Cent and his ilk got their claim to fame, right?

How is this newsworthy?
I ask that because this sounds like something kotku would consider news.

Why should anyone care about 50 cent's option on a video game?
I go to reviews and people on youtube who do review like content if want to buy a game; not rappers.

edit: I checked if kotaku reported on this and it turn out they did. I am not surprised by this at all.

So an out-of-touch celebrity proves he's out of touch? Where's the news in this?

he didn't seem that unimpressed when I watched the video, more that he didn't understand it, he said he was going to try it...

Who cares? Who honestly cares what he thinks about the game? His opinion doesn't affect me or you or even how we play the games. So why should we care?

He's obviously never heard of legos. Those things are plastic crack. Minecraft is THE lego game. The oficial ones are mostly licensed games with minifig people.

I would be if he understood much of anything, let alone the appeal of a game he's never played.

So a guy who knows almost nothing about games takes a look at Minecraft and says "I don't know what the hell this is supposed to be"... and this is news?

I'm glad people are civil enough here to say "so what, you didn't do anything on it, of course you can't understand it."

From: a guy who's never touched Minecraft.

BlumiereBleck:
Who cares? Who honestly cares what he thinks about the game? His opinion doesn't affect me or you or even how we play the games. So why should we care?

Why get so angry that his statement was reported on? He said he didn't get it, not that he didn't like it. He also said he'd check it out.

Far as I know he hasn't even formed an opinion of the game itself but rather the immense media coverage. So again I ask, why are you so angry with this?

OP: I get where 50 Cent is coming from. At first glance Minecraft (in terms of how the mainstream media presents things to non-gamers) is not the most appealing looking game. Also to be fair, Minecraft is not a game that's popular because of it's creators ideas.

Minecraft's main focus for Notch was actually Adventure Mode, which no one really cares about. Minecraft is about what the community creates. That's a hard thing to market for mainstream outlets, but perfect for online marketing. The massive increase of gaming media on YouTube reaaaaaaaaaally helped Mincraft out.

To be honest gaming YouTube news is doing what gaming websites simply don't do. Gain access to a game and straight up play it so the viewers can see if the game is good or not. 3-9 minute controlled previews of games do nothing in comparison to commentary on a 20-30 minute real play of the game.

But back to the OP, if 50 Cent had grown up on the internet like most of us, he'd have a better understanding of this.

Also keep in mind while his name hasn't been in the news as much, he's a very successful businessman worth hundreds of millions of dollars. And no, that's not from rap or movies. That's from investing. That's why he's at CES in the first place. An investment from 50 Cent could go a long way. Honestly, if he learned how people interact to products online better, he could have a chance at being influenced by ideas like the Oculus Rift (which doesn't have to be a gaming only tech) and his investments could help ideas like that progress faster.

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