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AvidyaZEN
The Minecraft avatar of AvidyaZEN
Artistic representation of AvidyaZEN's Minecraft avatar

Avidya, spending time with his facial hair
Alternative names Avidya, Rob
Gender M
Age 41[1][2]
Country United States
Active LPs

Grid 2

Garry's Mod

Minecraft

AvidyaZEN, also known by his personal name Rob,[3] is an American 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.[4][5] He retired from Let's Plays in May 2012[6] but came out of retirement in July 2012,[7] and rejoined the server in September 2012.[8]

Biography[edit]

Although he currently resides in Tucson, Arizona,[9] Avidya has stated that he moves often, changing residences at least ten times in the second grade alone.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12]

Avidya was a vegan for a number of years. He chose to be vegan because of health problems including being overweight.[13]

Let's Play[edit]

AvidyaZen
The YouTube avatar of AvidyaZen
Join date 2010-10-07T10:48:27.000Z
Subscribers 123228
Videos 927
Views 9445699
Game Playlist Start date Brief description
Terraria 19 May 2011 Featuring Coestar, paulsoaresjr, davidr64 and Pizzle213
Quake "QUAKE!" 11 Jan 2012
Portal 2 "Portal 2: CO-OP" 13 Aug 2012 Featuring Kalen
Quake Live "AvidyaZEN & Coestar Duel QuakeLive!" 30 Sep 2012 Featuring Coestar
Quake "Quake: Avidya + Coe Co-op" 3 Nov 2012 Featuring Coestar
Call of Duty: Black Ops II "AvidyaZEN BLOPS - Call Of Duty - Black Ops II" 28 Nov 2012
Trials Evolution "Avidya Plays Trials Evolution" 15 Apr 2013 Featuring PauseUnpause
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive "Counter-Strike Global Offensive - Classic Competitive" 20 Apr 2013 Featuring BlameTC, PauseUnpause and W92Baj
Payday: The Heist "Payday: The Heist - Team Ca$h Money" 21 Apr 2013 Featuring generikb, Guude and PauseUnpause
Left 4 Dead "Left 4 Dead Co-op" 11 May 2013 Featuring Coestar, paulsoaresjr and davidr64
Rush Bros "Rush Bros VS PauseUnpause" 26 May 2013 Featuring PauseUnpause
Remember Me "Avidya Plays: Remember Me" 30 Jun 2013
Cube World "Avidya Plays Cube World" 15 Jul 2013 Featuring PauseUnpause
Payday 2 "Payday 2 - Team Ca$h Money - The Crew Rides Again" 14 Aug 2013 Featuring generikb, Guude and PauseUnpause
Grid 2 "The Challenge: Grid 2 Time Attacks - S01" 21 Sep 2013
Amnesia: The Dark Descent "Avidya Plays Amnesia: The Dark Descent" 8 Oct 2013
Call of Duty: Ghosts "Avidya Plays Call Of Duty: Ghosts vs Pause" 12 Nov 2013 Featuring PauseUnpause
Battlefield 4 "Avidya & Pause Battlefield Bros." 14 Nov 2013 Featuring PauseUnpause
Garry's Mod "Random Gmod Mods" 30 Nov 2013
Minecraft
Map Playlist or first video Start date Brief description
Survival single player "Avidya's Adventures Let's Play Series" 31 Oct 2010
MindCrack Survival multiplayer "AvidyaZEN MindCrack SMP" 28 Sep 2012
Feed the Beast Modded multiplayer "FTB: Avidya + Coestar" 15 Nov 2012 Featuring Coestar
Feed the Beast modded multiplayer "AvidyaZEN - Tame The Beast w/ Friends - 01 - Minecraft Feed The Beast Gameplay" 17 Nov 2012 On the "Tame the Beast" server by Biffa2001 and topmass, featuring many who are in the HermitCraft server
MindCrack Feed the Beast Modded multiplayer "MindCrack: Feed The Beast" 24 Nov 2012
Zombie Apocalypse "Minecraft: Zombie Apocalypse - Avidya + Coestar" 26 Jan 2013 Featuring Coestar

MindCrack[edit]

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.[14] Avidya has now become active on the server.[15]

On the Season 4 map, his major project is a Dojo.

On the Season 5 map, Avidya has a collaborative base shared with Coestar,[16] and also a small solo base located on Zisteau's Lake SuckItAnderz,[17] surrounded by trees and tall grass to make the area more secluded.[18]

Avidya is a member of Team America.

Avidya[edit]

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,[19][20] 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.[21]

Interviews[edit]

Date
published
Interviewer Recording Topics
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"

Minecraft skin[edit]

Avidya's skin is based on "The Dude" from the film The Big Lebowski.[22] His shirt contains "The Spawn" logo, a gaming community website.

Previous/Alternate skins[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Avidya Zen. Facebook Profile. <https://www.facebook.com/AvidyaZENgaming/info>.
  2. AvidyaZen (23 March 2014). Reddit reply. Reddit. <http://www.reddit.com/r/mindcrack/comments/215q8z/happy_42nd_birthday_to_avidya_d/cg9x6dr>.
  3. AvidyaZen (26 February 2014). "Random Gmod Mods | E004 | MURDER!". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GC9YXbikWmc>.
  4. GuudeBoulderfist (3 June 2012). Reddit reply. Reddit. <http://www.reddit.com/r/mindcrack/comments/ujdff/something_ive_always_wondered/c4vwcgw>.
  5. 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>.
  6. AvidyaZen (1 May 2012). "Avidya Retires! Oct 2010 - May 2012". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-Y0a4cvNrw>.
  7. MindCrackNetwork (23 July 2012). "Mindcrack Podcast - Episode 5 - Guest Zisteau". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnJ7UszJtNw&t=24m58s>.
  8. AvidyaZen (28 September 2012). "MindCrack Minecraft Survival Multiplayer | 001 | Welcome Back!". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6jixU6_hiY>.
  9. AvidyaZen. Twitter Profile. <https://twitter.com/AvidyaZEN>.
  10. AvidyaZen (6 March 2013). "AvidyaZEN MindCrack SMP - 030 - "Embrace The Change" Minecraft Gameplay". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6OWgpSZej4>.
  11. W92Baj - Minecraft and games (20 April 2013). "Mindcrack FPS - CS-GO - Inferno". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbT6_gXIVAc&t=17m37s>.
  12. AvidyaZen (11 April 2013). "AvidyaZEN MindCrack SMP - 031 - "OG: Original Gamer" Minecraft Gameplay". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuTycc1H8ak>.
  13. AvidyaZen (13 May 2013). "AvidyaZEN MindCrack SMP - 033 - "Undiscovered Lands" Minecraft Gameplay". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snVZQm5k__I>.
  14. AvidyaZen (22 July 2012). "The Vizzle - V003 - It's SunDayZ - Avidya's VLOG". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_ytODdGWTU>.
  15. leffect (27 September 2012). "An Old Face Returns to the Mindcrack Server". Reddit. <http://www.reddit.com/r/mindcrack/comments/10jl57/>.
  16. AvidyaZen (25 July 2014). "MindCrack Season 05 | Episode 06". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqeJreyud-k>.
  17. AvidyaZen (25 July 2014). "MindCrack Season 05 | Episode 06". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqeJreyud-k&t=25m43s>.
  18. AvidyaZen (28 July 2014). "MindCrack Season 05 | Episode 07". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6x5eOK0poF8&t=4m6s>.
  19. AvidyaZen (3 June 2013). "AvidyaZEN MindCrack SMP - 042 - "Horsin' Around" Minecraft Gameplay". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2a5X_FDOMTI>.
  20. BlameTheController (3 June 2013). "Minecraft Mindcrack S2 Ep 27 Gotta ask a man about a horse". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukuirKVS7OI>.
  21. AvidyaZen (5 June 2013). "AvidyaZEN MindCrack SMP - 043 - "Hub Connected" Minecraft Gameplay". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgiEtl4j5D4&t=15m20s>.
  22. 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>.
  23. TheBitingCat (18 January 2014). "1.8 Skin Love for Avidya". Reddit. <http://www.reddit.com/r/mindcrack/comments/1vje3n/18_skin_love_for_avidya/>.
  24. AvidyaZEN (6 May 2014). Twitter. <https://twitter.com/AvidyaZEN/status/463795391301820416>.