Markus “Notch” Persson on the TIGForums on May 17, 2009:

“It’s an alpha version, so there might be crashes. You can read some background and insight on my blog available from the game page.

The main inspiration for this game is Infiniminer, but it’s going to move in a more Dwarf Fortress way, gameplay wise. =)”

Fast forward five years, and Minecraft has moved from its humble beginnings to become a 2.5 billion dollar industry. Crazy.