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The developer of Minecraft, Markus Persson aka Notch, had previously worked on games such as Wurm Online and as a game developer for for over four years.Persson quit his job at in order to independently develop Minecraft. Persson was inspired to create Minecraft by several other games such as Dwarf Fortress, Infiniminer by Zachtronics Industries, and Dungeon Keeper by Bullfrog Productions. He was still working out the basics of gameplay when he discovered Infiniminer and played with others on the forums. At the time, he had also been visualizing an isometric 3D building game that would be a cross between his inspirations and had made some early prototypes. After discovering Infiniminer, Persson declared, “My god, I realized that that was the game I wanted to do.” Infiniminer heavily influenced the style of gameplay that eventually resulted in Minecraft, including the first-person aspect of the game and the “blocky” visual style. – wikipedia