Avidya, spending time with his facial hair
|Alternative names||Avidya, Rob|
AvidyaZEN, also known by his personal name Rob, is a Let's Play commentator and an active member of the MindCrack server. He was invited to join the server by Guude in late March 2011[clarification needed] having becoming friends with him through The Spawn IRC. He retired from Let's Plays in May 2012 but came out of retirement in July 2012, and rejoined the server in September 2012.
Although he currently resides in Tucson, Arizona, Avidya has stated that he moves often, changing residences at least ten times in the second grade alone. Avidya started to play video games when his dad brought an Atari home in the 1970s. He fell out of video gaming once other priorities took hold in high school. When he served in the United States military, Avidya was stationed in Germany; this is when he bought a SNES and started playing video games again. He mentioned that he had to lug a M60 machine gun around every day. He grew to greatly enjoy a PC game called Spear of Destiny while waiting for repairs on his own PCs. Purchasing this game led Avidya to play more and more computer and fewer and fewer console games, with Doom cementing his affinity for PC games.
- AvidyaZEN's builds on the server
- AvidyaZEN's involvements in the prank wars
- AvidyaZEN's videos on the server
- AvidyaZEN's videos on the modded server
Avidya was whitelisted on the server but originally rarely joined the server a couple of times because he did not like SMP. In his vlog, he said he was considering playing more in SMP and was waiting for Guude to supply him the new ip address. Avidya has now become active on the server.
On the Season 4 map, his major project is a Dojo.
On the Season 5 map, Avidya has a collaborative base shared with Coestar, and also a small solo base located on Zisteau's Lake SuckItAnderz, surrounded by trees and tall grass to make the area more secluded.
Avidya is a member of Team America.
AvidyaZEN previously used the Minecraft account Avidya until June 2013. His first episode using the new account was Episode 42 released on 3 June 2013, however UHC 11, which was released on 4 June 2013, was played using his old account as the season was recorded in May.
Avidya says he was informed by Mojang that his unpaid AvidyaZEN account could be taken from him, and upon learning that his alpha Avidya account has no special privileges, he decided to buy a new account to keep his online usernames consistent.
|24 Jan 2011||The Shaft Podcast||"The Shaft #17: Satori & Avidya"||
|25 Oct 2013||Biffa2001||"Tea Time with Biffa #4 - The Minecraft Community Show for YOU w/ AvidyaZen"||
Avidya's skin is based on "The Dude" from the film The Big Lebowski. His shirt contains "The Spawn" logo, a gaming community website. For some time in early 2014, Avidya used a skin that utilized the new skin customization added in Minecraft 1.8, which featured his clothing on the outer layer and underwear on the lower layer. The skin was made by TheBitingCat.
- AvidyaZEN on YouTube
- AvidyaZEN on Twitch
- AvidyaZEN on Twitter
- AvidyaZEN on Reddit
- AvidyaZEN on Steam
- AvidyaZEN Gaming
- Avidya Zen. Facebook Profile. <https://www.facebook.com/AvidyaZENgaming/info>.
- AvidyaZen (23 March 2014). Reddit reply. Reddit. <http://www.reddit.com/r/mindcrack/comments/215q8z/happy_42nd_birthday_to_avidya_d/cg9x6dr>.
- GuudeBoulderfist (3 June 2012). Reddit reply. Reddit. <http://www.reddit.com/r/mindcrack/comments/ujdff/something_ive_always_wondered/c4vwcgw>.
- AvidyaZen (30 April 2013). Reddit reply. Reddit. <http://www.reddit.com/r/mindcrack/comments/1daobv/all_you_need_to_know_to_get_into_mindcrack/c9pakm7>.
- AvidyaZen (1 May 2012). "Avidya Retires! Oct 2010 - May 2012". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-Y0a4cvNrw>.
- MindCrackNetwork (23 July 2012). "Mindcrack Podcast - Episode 5 - Guest Zisteau". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnJ7UszJtNw&t=24m58s>.
- AvidyaZen (28 September 2012). "MindCrack Minecraft Survival Multiplayer | 001 | Welcome Back!". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6jixU6_hiY>.
- AvidyaZen. Twitter Profile. <https://twitter.com/AvidyaZEN>.
- AvidyaZen (6 March 2013). "AvidyaZEN MindCrack SMP - 030 - "Embrace The Change" Minecraft Gameplay". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6OWgpSZej4>.
- W92Baj - Minecraft and games (20 April 2013). "Mindcrack FPS - CS-GO - Inferno". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbT6_gXIVAc&t=17m37s>.
- AvidyaZen (11 April 2013). "AvidyaZEN MindCrack SMP - 031 - "OG: Original Gamer" Minecraft Gameplay". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuTycc1H8ak>.
- AvidyaZen (13 May 2013). "AvidyaZEN MindCrack SMP - 033 - "Undiscovered Lands" Minecraft Gameplay". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snVZQm5k__I>.
- AvidyaZen (22 July 2012). "The Vizzle - V003 - It's SunDayZ - Avidya's VLOG". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_ytODdGWTU>.
- leffect (27 September 2012). "An Old Face Returns to the Mindcrack Server". Reddit. <http://www.reddit.com/r/mindcrack/comments/10jl57/>.
- AvidyaZen (25 July 2014). "MindCrack Season 05 | Episode 06". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqeJreyud-k>.
- AvidyaZen (25 July 2014). "MindCrack Season 05 | Episode 06". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqeJreyud-k&t=25m43s>.
- AvidyaZen (28 July 2014). "MindCrack Season 05 | Episode 07". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6x5eOK0poF8&t=4m6s>.
- AvidyaZen (3 June 2013). "AvidyaZEN MindCrack SMP - 042 - "Horsin' Around" Minecraft Gameplay". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2a5X_FDOMTI>.
- BlameTheController (3 June 2013). "Minecraft Mindcrack S2 Ep 27 Gotta ask a man about a horse". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukuirKVS7OI>.
- AvidyaZen (5 June 2013). "AvidyaZEN MindCrack SMP - 043 - "Hub Connected" Minecraft Gameplay". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgiEtl4j5D4&t=15m20s>.
- AvidyaZen (18 July 2012). Reddit reply. Reddit. <http://www.reddit.com/r/mindcrack/comments/wpgjv/etho_found_an_old_screenshot_with_etho_and_two/c5flack>.
- AvidyaZEN (6 May 2014). Twitter. <https://twitter.com/AvidyaZEN/status/463795391301820416>.
- TheBitingCat (18 January 2014). "1.8 Skin Love for Avidya". Reddit. <http://www.reddit.com/r/mindcrack/comments/1vje3n/18_skin_love_for_avidya/>.