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Watch the YouTube video that helped the creator of 'Minecraft' say goodbye

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This is Phil Fish

In Markus "Notch" Persson's goodbye letter, the game designer mentions a YouTube video that helped him reevaluate his role in the video game community.

I was at home with a bad cold a couple of weeks ago when the internet exploded with hate against me over some kind of EULA situation that I had nothing to do with. I was confused. I didn't understand. I tweeted this in frustration. Later on, I watched the This is Phil Fish video on YouTube and started to realize I didn't have the connection to my fans I thought I had. I've become a symbol. I don't want to be a symbol, responsible for something huge that I don't understand, that I don't want to work on, that keeps coming back to me. I'm not an entrepreneur. I'm not a CEO. I'm a nerdy computer programmer who likes to have opinions on Twitter.

The video is about both Phil Fish, the creator of Fez, and the role fame has played in the game designer's life. It's a fascinating look at how we sometimes treat public figures like personalities and not human beings.

Microsoft is in the process of purchasing Persson's studio, Mojang, and its most popular game, Minecraft, for $2.5 billion.