The Sunday, April 6 "Luca$" episode of The Simpsons debuted with a special Minecraft version of its routine opening that takes viewers through the town and inhabitants of Springfield. The opening was apparently a surprise to Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson who wasn't sure how to react.
The opening gag featured SimCraft and gave The Simpsons family and the town of Springfield a blocky look as well as the trademark meme generator over the territory. Moe the Bartender even shows up at the end but as a Creeper with the expected explosive result.
"The Simpsons did a Minecraft couch gag. I'm not sure how I feel about it," Persson wrote on Twitter after the episode aired.
"I STILL feel a bit like it's just this small game I made at home. It's so weird to have all these things happen," he explained as the reason for these feelings.
This isn't the first time that Minecraft has shown up in a popular TV show as South Park featured the sandbox game in an episode last October that satirized the debate over violent video games.
This cultural phenomenon is in no small part driven by the impressive sales numbers of Minecraft which is now over the 44 million mark across the PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and mobile platforms with PS4 and Xbox One releases coming soon.