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

Pause from his vlog
Alternative names Pause, Alex, James Blunt[1]
Gender M
Age 26[2][3]
Country Canada
Active LPs

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Garry's Mod

The Walking Dead Season 2

Mario Kart 8

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare

Wii Fit U


Call of Duty


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.


Alex, Andrea, and their dog Zelda unboxing a Loot Crate, October 2014

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.[4] Pause regularly refers to himself as such, or includes jokes about his background in conversation.[5] He lived in Winnipeg, Manitoba before moving to Duncan, British Columbia in October 2012.[6]

Pause's first public appearance was in a vlog celebrating New Year's Eve 2011.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11]

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.[12]

On 12 October 2014, PauseUnpause wed his long time girlfriend Andrea in a small ceremony in Canada.[13] 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. [14]

Contact and questions[edit]

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".[15][16] 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 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[17]


Navi, Pause's pet cat

Pause and Andrea have a pet cat called Navi and had a hamster called Link (now deceased),[18] which are references to the Zelda characters of the same names. Pause has since adopted a Siberian Husky Pup named Zelda.[citation needed]

Let's Play[edit]

Game Playlist Start date Brief description
Amnesia: The Dark Descent "Amnesia The Dark Descent" 5 Jun 2011
Duke Nukem Forever "Duke Nukem Forever" 14 Jun 2011
Dead Horde "Dead Horde" 30 Jul 2011
Nightmare House 2 "Nightmare House 2" 22 Aug 2011
Dead Island "Dead Island" 22 Aug 2011
Alan Wake "Alan Wake" 20 Feb 2012
Left 4 Dead "Left 4 Derps" 29 Feb 2012 Featuring Millbee, VintageBeef and W92Baj
I Am Alive "I Am Alive" 7 Mar 2012
Octodad "Octodad" 17 Mar 2012
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City "Resident Awful" 20 Mar 2012
The Walking Dead "The Walking Dead" 25 Apr 2012
Sniper Elite V2 "Sniper Elite V2" 9 May 2012 Featuring Guude
Diablo III "Diablo 3" 15 May 2012 Featuring Zisteau
Lone Survivor (video game) "Lone Survivor" 5 Jun 2012
Super Meat Boy "Super Meat Boy" 17 Jun 2012
DayZ "Day Z" 25 Jun 2012
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier "Ghost Recon: Future Soldier" 26 Jun 2012
The Binding of Isaac 30 Jun 2012
Mirror's Edge "Mirror's Edge" 18 Jul 2012
Black Mesa "Half-Life: Black Mesa" 20 Sep 2012
Chivalry: Medieval Warfare "Chivalry: Medieval Warfare" 2 Oct 2012 See Chivalry
Dishonored "Dishonored" 9 Oct 2012
Silent Hill 2 "Silent Hill 2" 16 Oct 2012 Featuring Andrea
Assassin's Creed III "Assassin's Creed" 30 Oct 2012
Mark of the Ninja "Mark of the Ninja" 2 Nov 2012
Halo 4 "Halo 4" 6 Nov 2012
Call of Duty: Black Ops II "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" 20 Nov 2012
Metro 2033 "Metro 2033" 22 Nov 2012
New Super Mario Bros. U "New Super Mario Bros. U" 6 Jan 2013 Featuring Andrea
Penumbra "Penumbra (All)" 21 Jan 2013
The Cave "The Cave" 24 Jan 2013
No Time To Explain "No Time To Explain" 30 Jan 2013
ARMA 2 "Wasteland" 1 Feb 2013 Featuring AnderZEL and W92Baj
Crysis 3 "Crysis 3" 19 Feb 2013
Trials Evolution Pause Plays: Trials Evolution 13 Mar 2013
Lego City Undercover "Lego City: Undercover" 19 Mar 2013
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon "Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon" 5 Apr 2013 Discontinued due to copyright strikes
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive "CS:GO" 20 Apr 2013 Featuring AvidyaZEN, BlameTC, W92Baj and Juicetra
Payday: The Heist "Mindcrack FPS: Payday: The Heist" 21 Apr 2013 Featuring AvidyaZEN, generikb and Guude
Heavy Rain "Pause Plays: Heavy Rain" 2 May 2013
MUD Motocross "MUD Motocross" 23 May 2013 Featuring W92Baj
Remember Me "Remember Me" 4 Jun 2013
Metro: Last Light "Metro Last Light" 24 Jun 2013
LittleBigPlanet "Little Big Planet" 28 Jun 2013 Featuring Andrea
Cube World "Cube World" 15 Jul 2013 Featuring AvidyaZEN
Payday 2 "Payday 2" 14 Aug 2013
Gone Home "Gone Home" 16 Aug 2013
Outlast "Outlast" 5 Sep 2013
Super Luigi U "Super Luigi U" 8 Sep 2013 Featuring Andrea
Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs "Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs" 10 Sep 2013 Featuring Andrea
Beyond: Two Souls "Beyond Two Souls" 9 Okt 2013
The Cat Lady "The Cat Lady - Episode 1 - Suicide" 5 Dec 2013
The Walking Dead: Season Two "The Walking Dead Season 2" 18 Dec 2014
Rust "Rust: The Tuna Bandits" 7 Jan 2014 Featuring OldManWillakers as the Tuna Bandits
Tiny Brains "Tiny Brains" 9 Jan 2014 Featuring kurtmac, Chiib and LDShadowLady
Garry's Mod 20 Jan 2014 Featuring changing group of members of the MindCrack server and guests
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons "Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons" 29 Jan 2014
Octodad: Dadliest Catch "Octodad: Dadliest Catch" 31 Jan 2014
The Wolf Among Us "The Wolf Among Us" 5 Feb 2014
SpeedRunners "SpeedRunners" 6 Feb 2014 Featuring AvidyaZEN and Coestar
Jazzpunk "Jazzpunk" 7 Feb 2014
Thief "Thief Gameplay Walkthrough" 26 Feb 2014
DayZ "DayZ Standalone" 10 Mar 2014 Featuring Chief
Yoshi's New Island "Yoshi's New Island" 16 Mar 2014
GoldenEye: Source "Goldeneye Source" 3 Apr 2014 Featuring AvidyaZEN, Coestar and Phedran
Viscera Cleanup Detail "Viscera Cleanup Detail" 10 Apr 2014 Featuring AvidyaZEN and Coestar
ARMA 3 "Arma 3 Battle Royale" 27 Apr 2014 Featuring Coestar and sevadus
Daylight "Daylight" 1 May 2014
The Hidden "The Hidden" 12 May 2014 Featuring Guude, OldManWillakers, Coestar and Millbee
Grand Theft Auto V "Grand Theft Auto 5 Multiplayer" 13 May 2014 Featuring VintageBeef, later Coestar
DreadOut "Dreadout" 16 May 2014
Space Engineers "Space Engineers Multiplayer" 19 May 2014 Featuring AvidyaZEN, Coestar, Guude and Millbee
Among the Sleep "Among The Sleep" 30 May 2014
Mario Kart 8 31 May 2014
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare "Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare" 24 Jun 2014
BattleBlock Theater "Battleblock Theater" 28 Jun 2014 Featuring OldManWillakers
Sniper Elite III "Sniper Elite 3" 9 Jul 2014 Featuring Guude
Journey "Journey" 19 Jul 2014
Wii Fit U "Wii Fit U 30 Day Challenge" 26 Jul 2014
Unturned "Unturned" 31 Jul 2014 Featuring AvidyaZEN, Coestar, Juicetra and sevadus
Magicite "Magicite" 3 Aug 2014 Featuring Coestar, HCJustin and Pyro_0
Call of Duty "Call of Duty" 18 Aug 2014 Featuring AvidyaZEN, W92Baj, Coestar, Juicetra, kurtmac, OMGchad and Pyro_0
Destiny "Destiny" 10 Sept 2014 Featuring Guude and, for the final two episodes, Millbee
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth "The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth 5 Nov 2014
Never Alone "Never Alone" 18 Nov 2014
Map Playlist Start date Brief description
Super Hostile #5: The Black Desert "MineCraft: The Black Desert" 11 Jul 2011
Super Hostile #9: Sunburn Islands "The Sunburn Island" 20 Jul 2011
Survival singleplayer "Pauses Pursuit" 14 Sep 2011
Super Hostile #8: Nightmare Realm "Nightmare Realm" 26 Sep 2011
Guude's 404 CTM "Guude's 404 Challenge" 22 Oct 2011
MindCrack Survival multiplayer 7 Nov 2011
Super Hostile #10: Spellbound Caves "Mashed Potatoes Spellbound Caverns" 4 Jan 2012 Featuring Mhykol
Modded Survival singleplayer with the Aether mod "Aether Mod" 5 Jan 2011
Zelda Adventure "Zelda Adventure" 26 Mar 2012
Super Hostile #11: Lethamyr "Lethamyr" 3 May 2012 Featuring VintageBeef
The Chamber of the Creators "Chamber of the Creators" 24 May 2012 Featuring VintageBeef and W92Baj
Stay Forever Together "Beef & Pause: Forever together" 7 Jul 2012 Featuring VintageBeef
AmnesiaCraft "AmnesiaCraft" 12 Sep 2012
Super Hostile #5: Black Desert II "Black Desert II" 6 Dec 2012 Featuring VintageBeef
MindCrack Feed the Beast Modded multiplayer "Feed The Beast" 7 Jan 2013
From Ashes "From Ashes" 29 Jan 2013 Featuring VintageBeef
Dungeon Realms Modded Survival multiplayer "Dungeon Realms" 20 Feb 2013 Featuring Team Nancy Drew. See Dungeon Realms
Server set up by OldManWillakers "Dwarves Vs. Zombies" 21 Mar 2013 Featuring many, including OldManWillakers, Guude, W92Baj, Millbee and BlameTC
Ruins Of The Mindcrackers "Ruins Of The Mindcrackers" 6 Apr 2013 Featuring Team Canada. See Ruins Of The Mindcrackers
Ruins Of The Mindcrackers II "Ruins Of The Mindcrackers II" 16 Jul 2013 Featuring Team Canada. See Ruins Of The Mindcrackers
Uncharted Territory 3 "Uncharted Territory 3" 20 Sep 2013 Featuring Team Canada
PixelLeague Pixelmon server "Minecraft Pixelmon" 17 Jan 2014 See PixelLeague
Simulation Protocol #01 – Animosity "Simulation Protocol : Animosity" 11 Feb 2014 Featuring Team Canada
Orespawn SMP server "Tuna Bandits: Orespawn" 27 Feb 2014 Featuring OldManWillakers
15 Seconds "Seth Bling's 15 Seconds" 4 Mar 2014
From Flames "Pause & Beef From Flames (CTM)" 27 Mar 2014 Featuring VintageBeef
MindCrack CrackPack Modded multiplayer "Mindcrack Crackpack" 20 May 2014
Revenge of Cookie "Revenge Of Cookie" 6 Jul 2014 Featuring Arkas, Guude, JustVan, OMGchad, Coestar and OldManWillakers
Lords of Minecraft "Lords of Minecraft" 24 Jul 2014
Diversity "Diversity #1 ft. VintageBeef" 25 Sep 2014 Featuring VintageBeef
Diversity 2 "Minecraft Diversity 2" 22 Dec 2014 Featuring VintageBeef


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".[19] 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.[20]

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,[21] and later the Slaying of the Wither event.[22] 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.[23] Upon OMGchad joining the server, Pause became active on the server again.[24]

Ultimate Miner[edit]

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."[25] Pause was announced as the winner of this tournament on 28 April 2012, beating 17 other players to attain the accolade.[26] As a prize for winning the championship, mcgamer pranked him by covering his home in chests filled with Wooden Pickaxes.[27]


Interviewer Recording(s) Topics
5 Nov 2013 OMGchad "PauseUnpause and OMGchad Chat // Minecon 2013"

Minecraft skin[edit]

Pause's Minecraft skin is inspired by his First Nations ethnicity. Since late-2014, Pause has used a 1.8 skin featuring his formal suit as the outer layer.[1][28]

Previous/alternate skins[edit]


  • Pause's birthday is incorrectly set to 18 September on his Skype profile.[30]
  • Pause is the only MindCracker to have met thejims in real life, having met him at BlizzCon 2013.[31]

External links[edit]


  1. 1.0 1.1 BruceWillakers (8 December 2014). "Lords of Minecraft | The Black Market". YouTube. <>.
  2. PauseUnpause (24 April 2012). Reddit reply. Reddit. <>.
  3. PauseUnpause (12 April 2013). Reddit reply. Reddit. <>.
  4. PauseUnpause (9 June 2014). "Future Family Plans (Triple Eh Mondays #2)". YouTube. <>.
  5. PauseUnpause (22 May 2012). "Minecraft Mindcrack - Episode 105 - Aboriginal Chat". YouTube. <>.
  6. PauseUnpause (22 October 2012). "Moving News". YouTube. <>.
  7. PauseUnpause (31 December 2011). "Happy New Years Eve!". YouTube. <>.
  8. PauseUnpause (26 October 2011). "RFW 2 - Round 2 - Part 1 - TTR vs 4200". YouTube. <>.
  9. GuudeBoulderfist (11 June 2012). "Minecraft MindCrack - S3E315 - RFID". YouTube. <>.
  10. PauseUnpause (11 May 2011). "Minecraft Mindcrack - Episode 100 - 100 EPISODES!!". YouTube. <>.
  11. PauseUnpause (23 June 2014). "Awkward Nostalgia (Triple Eh Mondays #4)". YouTube. <>.
  12. PauseUnpause (8 May 2012). "Minecraft Mindcrack - Episode 97 - I Quit". YouTube. <>.
  13. PauseUnpauseLP (12 October 2014). Instagram. <>.
  14. PauseUnpauseLP (12 October 2014). Instagram. <>.
  15. PauseUnpause (12 March 2012). "Minecraft Mindcrack - Episode 61 - Triple Eh Monday". YouTube. <>.
  16. PauseUnpause (10 May 2012). "Mailbox Thursdays!". YouTube. <>.
  17. PauseUnpause (12 January 2013). "PO Box Again! Send your fan mail!". YouTube. <>.
  18. PauseUnpause (12 August 2013). Reddit reply. Reddit. <>.
  19. PauseUnpause (2 November 2011). "Minecrack Guided Tour with Guude". YouTube. <>.
  20. PauseUnpause (7 November 2011). "Minecraft Mindcrack - Episode 1 - Introduction". YouTube. <>.
  21. PauseUnpause (9 August 2014). "Drunken Stream with @Coestar". Twitch. <>.
  22. GuudeBoulderfist (10 August 2014). "Minecraft MindCrack - S5E8 - Our First Wither". YouTube. <>.
  23. Pakratt0013 (30 October 2014). "The Great Ghost Hunt". Twitch. <>.
  24. PauseUnpause (2 November 2014). "A Little Competition (Mindcrack Season 5 Episode 1)". YouTube. <>.
  25. SuperMCGamer (15 October 2011). "The Ultimate Miner -- SimpleGamerz vs. Mhykol -- S1E1". YouTube. <>.
  26. SuperMCGamer (28 April 2012). "The Ultimate Miner Tournament -- PauseUnpause vs. Bertshet -- S1E1". YouTube. <>.
  27. SuperMCGamer (5 May 2012). "Mindcrack Prank Wars - Pause's Prize". YouTube. <>.
  28. Aureylian (25 November 2014). "Minecraft: BLITZ BUILD". YouTube. <>.
  29. PauseUnpause (24 Jul 2014). "A Kings Tour (Lords Of Minecraft #1)". YouTube. <>.
  30. BruceWillakers (8 June 2014). "Tomodachi Life | Character Creation". YouTube. <>.
  31. PauseUnpause (9 November 2013). "Blizzcon Vlog Day 2 - End of Vlogs". YouTube. <>.