Pause from his vlog
|Alternative names||Pause, Alex, James Blunt|
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PauseUnpause, known simply as Pause, or by his personal name Alex, is a Canadian Let's Play commentator and an active member of the MindCrack server. He joined the server in November 2011 after being invited by Guude.
Pause is of Native Canadian descent from his mother's side. Pause's mother speaks Cree fluently, but Pause admits he had never embraced the culture growing up. Pause regularly refers to himself as such, or includes jokes about his background in conversation. He lived in Winnipeg, Manitoba before moving to Duncan, British Columbia in October 2012.
Pause's first public appearance was in a vlog celebrating New Year's Eve 2011.
The beginning of his involvement with MindCrack was through meeting Guude and BdoubleO100, specifically during the Race for Wool tournaments in October 2011 as a member of the team TTR. Zisteau had invited him to be part of the team, having previously played Minecraft together. Pause took on the challenge of RfW because he had been looking for opportunities to engage in more PvP. Following the first match, Guude invited him to the MindCrack server, which baffled Pause, who claims this decision was made by Guude because of Pause's "stupidity." This claim is reinforced by Guude mentioning that he invited Pause after watching his 404 Challenge and was entertained by his poor style of gameplay. However, Pause is "super happy and super grateful" and "wouldn't be in this position today" without it, particularly for the friendships developed through his membership. Pause used to have another YouTube channel by the name of CODTurtle, where he posted Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 gameplay videos just for fun.
At the beginning of May 2012, Pause announced that he had resigned his existing job and would be publishing to YouTube on a full-time basis.
On 12 October 2014, PauseUnpause wed his long time girlfriend Andrea in a small ceremony in Canada. As a surprise, Andrea had the Legend of Zelda phrase "it's dangerous to go alone," engraved on the inside of Pause's wedding ring. 
Contact and questions
Pause actively welcomes questions submitted by viewers and responds to them during his SMP videos and occasional dedicated features, which in the past have included "Triple Eh" shows (a play on the phrase 'triple A' and the stereotyped Canadian vocal mannerism of appending "Eh" to the end of sentences) and "Mailbox Thursdays". These question and answer sessions are normally done in partnership with his wife, Andrea.
He provides two methods of contacting him to offer these, in addition to the usual YouTube features of video comments and private messaging. The first is via a dedicated e-mail address, which is AskPauseUnpause@gmail.com. He specifies these conditions for submitting questions:
- "Please tell us whether or not you would like to be called by your name, if not maybe an alias. Troll questions wont be asked, so don't bother. Questions can range from personal issues to gaming or even just every day stuff. And again, we aren't professionals in anyway and that these will be our own opinions." (sic)
- "And be sure to leave in the subject whether it is a 'Mailbox Thursday' or 'Triple eh Monday' question!"
The second is via his PO box, which includes sending gift items or items of unique interest.
- PO Box 21024 Duncan Village PO
- Duncan BC V9L 0C2
Pause and Andrea have a pet cat called Navi and had a hamster called Link (now deceased), which are references to the Zelda characters of the same names. Pause has since adopted a Siberian Husky Pup named Zelda.
- PauseUnpause's builds on the server
- PauseUnpause's involvements in the prank wars
- PauseUnpause's videos on the server
- PauseUnpause's videos on the modded server
Season 3: Pause joined the server soon after the members were allowed to leave the spawn village. His first video on the MindCrack server was released on the 2 November 2011, titled and misspelled "Minecrack Guided Tour with Guude". Guude allowed Pause a plot next to jsano19 but Pause chose not to settle there after digging into a cave that connects to jsano's. Pause also chose not to build in town because he didn't want to bring down the visual quality of the surrounding builds. He traveled west of spawn and settled there instead.
Pause has traveled the furthest, particularly westward, out of all the members on the server. Before the 1.4 update, he had one of the most distant bases. His first base was near spawn. He started to build a teepee but Baj changed it into an igloo. Another base of his is over 10,000 blocks to the west. It is built underground and has a donation room, a brewing room, storage, wheat and melon farms, and an underwater tree farm. At one point the brewing room was named Billy's Brewing Room, named after Pause's first chicken which he named Billy, in the area. The floor is decorated with Redstone and Coal Ores and the wall has dispensers containing brewing ingredients. A Villager moved from the closest village reside in the room. Prior to making this room for brewing, it was used as an Egg harvester for use on a prank on Guude. Above ground, Pause started to build the Great Deku Tree but Baj built a Fez on top of it. Pause liked the Fez so much that he kept it. Pause also built a floating pyramid above the water.
Upon the map reset in July 2014, Pause's activity on the server fell. He only joined the server few times, notably during a drunken livestream with Coestar on 9 August 2014, and later the Slaying of the Wither event. On 30 October 2014, Pause joined the server during one of Pakratt0013's livestreams with his ghost_Pause account to "haunt" Pakratt alongside spoooky_ghost. Upon OMGchad joining the server, Pause became active on the server again.
mcgamer had been publishing a long running tournament to find the most accomplished MindCrack player competing, which was organized in collaboration with the Minecraft community website "The Spawn" and server hosting company "Xela Servers." Pause was announced as the winner of this tournament on 28 April 2012, beating 17 other players to attain the accolade. As a prize for winning the championship, mcgamer pranked him by covering his home in chests filled with Wooden Pickaxes.
|5 Nov 2013||OMGchad||"PauseUnpause and OMGchad Chat // Minecon 2013"|
Formal suit, originally worn for the Etho v. B-Team trial
Lords of Minecraft King skin
- Pause's birthday is incorrectly set to 18 September on his Skype profile.
- Pause is the only MindCracker to have met thejims in real life, having met him at BlizzCon 2013.
- PauseUnpause on YouTube
- PauseUnpause on Twitch
- PauseUnpause on Twitter
- PauseUnpause on Reddit
- PauseUnpause on Steam
- PauseUnpause on Facebook
- PauseUnpause on Instagram
- PauseUnpause's Redbubble Store
- BruceWillakers (8 December 2014). "Lords of Minecraft | The Black Market". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TicodkmxkO4>.
- PauseUnpause (24 April 2012). Reddit reply. Reddit. <http://www.reddit.com/r/mindcrack/comments/spxsm/happy_birthday_pause_d/c4g1w5a>.
- PauseUnpause (12 April 2013). Reddit reply. Reddit. <http://www.reddit.com/r/mindcrack/comments/1c7sk6/ruins_of_mindcrack_episode_4/c9dw6vc>.
- PauseUnpause (9 June 2014). "Future Family Plans (Triple Eh Mondays #2)". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPlZZJzNuWw&t=19m15s>.
- PauseUnpause (22 May 2012). "Minecraft Mindcrack - Episode 105 - Aboriginal Chat". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQjhvNjqLTU>.
- PauseUnpause (22 October 2012). "Moving News". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Abs4rrZvcQ>.
- PauseUnpause (31 December 2011). "Happy New Years Eve!". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sE5_c7jItoI>.
- PauseUnpause (26 October 2011). "RFW 2 - Round 2 - Part 1 - TTR vs 4200". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dxkdWQz_gs>.
- GuudeBoulderfist (11 June 2012). "Minecraft MindCrack - S3E315 - RFID". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ir6uam7_R8k&t=1543s>.
- PauseUnpause (11 May 2011). "Minecraft Mindcrack - Episode 100 - 100 EPISODES!!". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8t4vd6kRTw>.
- PauseUnpause (23 June 2014). "Awkward Nostalgia (Triple Eh Mondays #4)". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8zxUgicWGQ&t=12m33s>.
- PauseUnpause (8 May 2012). "Minecraft Mindcrack - Episode 97 - I Quit". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wFMNQQeCqs>.
- PauseUnpauseLP (12 October 2014). Instagram. <http://instagram.com/p/uEWpUqsA5x/>.
- PauseUnpauseLP (12 October 2014). Instagram. <http://instagram.com/p/uGc2AMsAyu/>.
- PauseUnpause (12 March 2012). "Minecraft Mindcrack - Episode 61 - Triple Eh Monday". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4lZC9wJ6tg>.
- PauseUnpause (10 May 2012). "Mailbox Thursdays!". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuPEO5btxgU>.
- PauseUnpause (12 January 2013). "PO Box Again! Send your fan mail!". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwQ82mZ25aQ>.
- PauseUnpause (12 August 2013). Reddit reply. Reddit. <http://www.reddit.com/r/mindcrack/comments/1k5bls/real_life_mindcrack_pets/cblkpdu?context=3>.
- PauseUnpause (2 November 2011). "Minecrack Guided Tour with Guude". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9vDD9Pl398>.
- PauseUnpause (7 November 2011). "Minecraft Mindcrack - Episode 1 - Introduction". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHuVTPDb4Hg&t=182s>.
- PauseUnpause (9 August 2014). "Drunken Stream with @Coestar". Twitch. <http://www.twitch.tv/pauseunpause/b/556099125?t=3h>.
- GuudeBoulderfist (10 August 2014). "Minecraft MindCrack - S5E8 - Our First Wither". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YUFyS49wi8>.
- Pakratt0013 (30 October 2014). "The Great Ghost Hunt". Twitch. <http://www.twitch.tv/pakratt0013/c/5396758>.
- PauseUnpause (2 November 2014). "A Little Competition (Mindcrack Season 5 Episode 1)". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3rgzmBW_z8>.
- SuperMCGamer (15 October 2011). "The Ultimate Miner -- SimpleGamerz vs. Mhykol -- S1E1". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeKdjnNjgEY>.
- SuperMCGamer (28 April 2012). "The Ultimate Miner Tournament -- PauseUnpause vs. Bertshet -- S1E1". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4stdEleVII4>.
- SuperMCGamer (5 May 2012). "Mindcrack Prank Wars - Pause's Prize". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYzLtrTuKAI>.
- Aureylian (25 November 2014). "Minecraft: BLITZ BUILD". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdgTY7Zqu7M>.
- PauseUnpause (24 Jul 2014). "A Kings Tour (Lords Of Minecraft #1)". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swdly_9oA0I>.
- BruceWillakers (8 June 2014). "Tomodachi Life | Character Creation". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tzf9W_i6Qk0&t=5m23s>.
- PauseUnpause (9 November 2013). "Blizzcon Vlog Day 2 - End of Vlogs". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfo6EEqX-lg&t=6m5s>.