Game news The story that terrorized Minecraft gamers
With the time to celebrate Halloween, today we pay homage to the greatest ghostly legend of Minecraft: the so-called Herobrine. Back to a cult creepy pasta.
Passionate about programming and video games, the young Markus Persson founded the Mojang studio in 2010, the banner of what will redefine the sandbox genre: Minecraft. In this vast voxel-like universe, players can freely indulge in harvesting and building. And if a handful of creatures including zombies and spiders have a habit of wreaking havoc in their peaceful work, one of them causes more trouble in the course of the game’s history. existence remains constantly questioned over the years. Her name is Herobrine. His appearance can easily be confused with that of Steve, the standard Minecraft avatar; its peculiarity lies in the whites of its eyes devoid of pupils. A physical detail that gives it a spectral aspect. A sign of a formidable aura, it is sometimes called “Him”(“ Him ”) by English speaking players. According to the various testimonies relayed, Herobrine would be devoid of the slightest empathy and would only aim to eliminate or terrorize the players he meets. But what is its history?
The birth of a monster
The legend of Herobrine blossoms in the testimonies of Minecraft players. The following one, which appeared in the depths of 4chan, is believed to be the first to emerge:
I had recently created a new world in Minecraft in single player mode. Everything was normal at first, I started cutting down trees and making a workbench. I noticed that something was moving in the fog (I have a very slow computer so I have to play with a tiny render distance). I thought it was a cow, so I chased her, hoping to get some hides for armor.
But it was not a cow. I saw another character with the default skin, but their eyes were blank. No name appeared and I checked that I was not in multiplayer mode. He didn’t stay long, he looked at me and quickly ran into the fog. I chased him out of curiosity, but he was gone.
So the player explains his progress being taken aback, before coming across some curiosities again: “2 × 2 block tunnels, perfect pyramids made of sand, trees with branches but no leaves”; during his journey through these unusual settings, he says he keeps the impression of being constantly observed. On the forums, the player does not find any experience similar to his own. So, still according to his words, he wrote a post to tell his adventure. But it inexplicably disappears within five minutes of its publication. In his messaging, the note of a certain ‘Herobrine’ then appears. A single word is addressed to him: “Stop”. Clicking on the sender’s page results in a 404 error. A few moments later, another user of the forum contacted him, this time on his personal mailbox.
He claimed that moderators can read posts from forum users and therefore it is safer to use email. The sender of the email claimed to have seen the mystery player as well, and to have a small “directory” of other users who had also seen him. Their worlds were also peppered with obviously man-made items, and they described their mystery player as having no wards.
About a month passed before I heard from my informant again. Some of the people who had met the mystery man had researched the name Herobrine and found that the name was used frequently by a Swedish player. After some more information, it turned out to be the brother of Notch, the developer of the game.
Stubborn in his quest for truth, the witness explains contacting Markus Persson alias Notch to ask him if, indeed, he had a brother. The answer is slow to arrive but satisfies the hypotheses: ” I had. But he’s not with us now », He reports. Never again has the player crossed the silhouette of Herobrine. The only evidence of his journey is a simple capture (above), which he says he had time to record when he first saw the creature.
The legend circulates
Some time after the publication of this first testimony, a player named Copeland broadcasts a stream from the solo world of the game. After long minutes of exploration, the man gets down to furnishing a home. As he enters one of his rooms, he meets, not without fear, the empty gaze of Herobrine, posted motionless in front of him.. The player goes back and takes his legs around his neck.
Visibly thrilled by his discovery and seized with passion for the legend of Herobrine, Copeland also becomes the author of a famous archive, a GIF which exposes the face of the specter in large size; its white pupils are replaced by moving human eyes. The page called “him.html” gives Herobrine its new nickname, “him”. The popularity of the creature exploded following this exposure. From this legend are born many variations. Some claim that the monster is planting terrifying signs on the road to players bearing the inscriptions “behind you !” Where “you will disappear”. Others say that he appears behind you to kill you with a rap, or that he is content to steal your resources. It is also sometimes said that he is only the vengeful spirit of an unlucky miner. Dozens of beast-hunting YouTube videos are emerging. It is even the subject of a delivered paperback imagined by a certain Michael Rios, a ten-year-old primary school student.
Faced with the dizzying magnitude of this new myth, Notch himself gives up an answer from his account Twitter : “Herobrine isn’t real, no. I never had a brother (well, there is a half-brother that I never see …), and he is not in the game” ; enough to shatter the fantasies of thousands of dreamy players. On a Reddit thread, the creator will add that he nevertheless finds the story at the same time “awesome and scary”. And to add: “It really shows how little control a content producer has over content.”. Also within the premises of Mojang, the legend entertains. In the changelogs (list of modifications) which accompany the updates of the game, one can sometimes read “Herobrine removed”, meaning “Herobrine withdrawn”. His silhouette even appears on some banners of official conferences.
Herobrine has even become the star of a handful of mods, these tweaks to a game designed by a member of his community. In the very creative “Herobrine Mod” in particular (now inactive), developed by a nicknamed burnner_, it is possible to summon the creature after having erected a totem in his honor.. And there she is, appearing after you, capable of burning down your house and digging tunnels in your mines to torture you with fear. To help keep you alive, the mod author invited Notch’s avatar in person. To ask for his help, all you have to do is offer him a piece of steak. Among the other fantasies of this little creation: the presence of Chuck Norris, whom you might come across in a corner of the map.
Many years later, the player Copeland who had videotaped the creature finally confessed to the deception he had developed. “I spent a little while in Photoshop putting an image of Herobrine on a painting (yes, it was indeed a painting) and then I put that painting in a small room in one of my current homes. of construction“, will explain he does. This year, the myth of Herobrine continued to be talked about; a community harnessed to solving some of Minecraft’s greatest mysteries has got their hands on the original world of the creature, the one where it is said to have been spotted for the very first time. But of course, impossible to find the legendary Herobrine there.