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Minecraft Dev Wants To Track Player Data

by Jim Reilly on Jan 25, 2012 at 11:15 AM

When Minecraft was first developed, it had no way of sending player data to developer Mojang. Now, the team wants to add that feature. In a blog post published by Markus "Notch" Persson, he says the team would like to see what players are up to and promises no private data would be extracted from your game.

"I was thinking it would be awesomely cool to add some kind of player tracking to the game," he wrote. "This would work by having the game connect to minecraft.net and send some anonymous and non-private data about the game, such as current game mode (single player, multiplayer), operating system (windows? mac?), how long you’ve been playing for (so we know how long a game session is), and whether or not you’re playing the downloaded game, or the applet on the webpage.

"It would probably connect every ten minutes or so so we can get some semi-realtime data. We’d share the data with the community, as usual."

Mojang left the decision up to the community through a vote. Head over to his blog below to cast yours.

[Source: The Word of Notch]