Mojang Studios has rubbed a 4chan reference of the Java version of Minecraft a decade old.
The presentation text of the loading screen "Woo, / v /!" has been in Minecraft: Java Edition for over ten years, a reference to the large part that took the place of the dashboard in the initial success of the game. Markus "Notch" Persson strongly promoted the game on 4chan, drawing a lot of attention to the / v / board theme of the video game and contributing to the popularity of Minecraft (thanks, Kotaku). The reference never made it out of the Java version of the game.
However, the text has disappeared and the change happens with the file Publication of 27 May of ver.1.17. Its removal is not mentioned in the official statement patch notes, but those on the Minecraft wiki documented the change after combing the game files.
The removal may not come as a big surprise, as 4chan has a strong reputation for being a reservoir of vitriol, intolerance and general cold behavior. There’s also some NSFW stuff, which makes 4chan pretty low on the sites we should be promoting in a mostly toddler game.
It’s not the first time Mojang has pulled out some potentially questionable introductory text from the Java version of Minecraft. The studio quietly ripped off references to game creator Notch a couple of years ago. Since selling Mojang to Microsoft in 2014, the developer has made several homophobic and sexist comments on social media, which has led to widespread criticism.