Why Isnt Minecrafton Steam
It's hard to imagine an indie game being more successful than 'Minecraft.' Self-published, the game has brought in millions for its creator, Markus 'Notch' Persson, and the company he founded, Mojang Specifications. It arrived during a time when people were questioning whether PC gaming had a future and did a good job showing just how bright that future would be. Considering its enormous success, you would think that 'Minecraft' would head to the same place other successful indie games have gone: Steam. Valve's digital distribution service seems like it'd make a perfect home for the title, but so far 'Minecraft' has remained solely on the game's official site. 'Notch' explained why in a 'Dragon Age 2,' for example, was recently removed from Steam because it included an in-game DLC store which circumvented Steam all together. It seems 'Notch' is concerned that the same fate would befall 'Minecraft.'
Personally I wouldn't mind a Steam-specific version of 'Minecraft.' I don't generally play very much multiplayer in the game, and would appreciate the addition of permanent achievements. Hey, maybe we could even have a non-Java version? Man, I hate Java.