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

Beef at MineCon 2013
Alternative names Beef, Vintage, Dan
Gender M
Age 33[1]
Country Canada
Active LPs

GTA V online

Forza Horizon 2

The Forest (Alpha)

NHL 15 (Hockey Ultimate Team)


VintageBeef, known simply as Beef, or his personal name Daniel "Dan" M.,[2] is a Portuguese Canadian Let's Play commentator and an active member of the MindCrack server. He joined the server in May 2011 after winning a slot in the second contest,[3] though Guude says he would've asked him to join regardless of the outcome.[4]


VintageBeef was born and raised in Toronto, Canada[5][6] and currently lives north of Toronto.[7] Beef's parents come from Lisbon, Portugal,[8] and spoke Portuguese at home.[5][9] Beef attended "Portuguese school"[5] until he was 12,[10] in additional to his regular schooling.[10][11] Beef has a sister 5.5 years younger than himself.[12]

Beef attended the University of Windsor, but transferred to the University of Toronto after one year.[13] Beef graduated with a degree in sociology, which he says he has put to zero use.[14]

Prior to his YouTube career, Beef was a used-car photographer. In his spare time, he still does photography and, as of the late, mainly macro.[15] During his late-teens, Beef was working as a butcher at Loblaws, which was the inspiration for the handle "VintageBeef".[16]

Before he started uploading videos on his current channel, Beef used the YouTube account "thebigmandan2".[17] Using that account, Beef was an early subscriber of Guude and AnderZEL. Beef says Guude and Anderz was the reason he began playing Minecraft.[18] Beef began uploading YouTube videos because he felt that there was no point building something amazing to have no one else see it.[citation needed]

Beef's first public appearance was at Orlando, Florida in November 2013 for MineCon 2013.[19] Before attending MineCon, Beef joked that his "manly good looks" were comparable to "a combination of Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Antonio Banderas."[20] In June 2014, Beef mentioned he still receives requests to make his first public appearance from some viewers, citing his lack of vlogs as an explanation.[21] In August 2014, Beef was featured in an article by Tony Dreier, who noted "[Beef] doesn't crave the spotlight" and "... doesn't show himself at all."[22] Beef has since made his first vlog, to celebrate hitting 1,000,000 YouTube subscribers.[23]


Bubba is VintageBeef's English Bulldog which he has owned since June 2013.[24][25]

Prior to owning Bubba, Beef's first dog was a female Pit bull named Angel and his second was a male Rottweiler named Bailey.[26]

Let's Play[edit]

VintageBeef began his channel with a single-player hardcore Let’s Play of Minecraft.[27] He had been a longtime fan of Guude and upon the announcement of the second contest for entry into the Mindcrack server he submitted a video showing off a museum of various Mindcrack references and builds.[17]

Game Playlist Start date Brief description
Limbo "VintageBeef plays Limbo" 21 May 2011
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim "Beef Plays Skyrim" 14 Nov 2011
Left 4 Dead 2 "Left 4 Dead 2" 29 Feb 2012 Featuring Millbee, PauseUnpause and W92Baj
Journey "Let's Play Journey" 14 Mar 2012
Resident Evil "Pause and Beef play Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City" 20 Mar 2012 Featuring PauseUnpause
Rayman Origins "Rayman Origins" 10 Apr 2012
Shoot Many Robots "Shoot Many Robots" 27 Apr 2012 Featuring Team Nancy Drew
Bastion "Beef Plays Bastion" 2 Aug 2012
Sleeping Dogs "Beef Plays Sleeping Dogs" 14 Aug 2012
Chivalry: Medieval Warfare "Chivalry Medieval Warfare" 1 Oct 2012 See Chivalry.
Red Dead Redemption "Red Dead Redemption" 3 Oct 2012
Forza Horizon "Forza Horizon" 23 Oct 2012
Sleeping Dogs "Sleeping Dogs - Nightmare In North Point" 2 Nov 2012
Castle Crashers "Castle Crashers" 7 Jan 2013 Featuring Docm77, GrimLP and Neceros
Sleeping Dogs "Sleeping Dogs - The Zodiac Tournament" 6 Jan 2013
Ni no Kuni "Ni No Kuni" 22 Jan 2013
Formula 1 "Formula 1 2012" 8 Feb 2013 Featuring kurtmac
Sleeping Dogs "Sleeping Dogs - Year of the Snake" 31 Mar 2013
Guacamelee! "Let's Play Guacamelee" 21 Apr 2013
Fable III "Let's Play Fable III" 12 May 2013
Call of Juarez: Gunslinger "Let's Play Call of Juarez: Gunslinger " 25 May 2013
Grid 2 "Let's Play Grid 2 " 31 May 2013
The Last of Us "Let's Play The Last of Us" 14 June 2013
Max Payne 3 "Let's Play Max Payne 3: 15 Aug 2013
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist "Let's Play Splinter Cell Blacklist 20 Aug 2013 Featuring PauseUnpause
NHL 14 "Let's Play NHL14" 11 Sep 2013
Kingdom Hearts Final Mix "Let's Play Kingdom Hearts" 13 Sep 2013
Grand Theft Auto V "Let's Play Grand Theft Auto V (GTA 5)" 18 Sep 2013
F1 2013 "Let's Play F1 2013 With KurtJMac" 23 Nov 2013 Featuring kurtmac
Serious Sam 3: BFE "Let's Play Serious Sam 3 With Anders" 27 Nov 2013 Featuring AnderZEL
Grand Theft Auto V Online "Let's Play GTA V (GTA 5) Online!" 5 Dec 2013 Featuring PauseUnpause, later Coestar
Forza Motorsport 5 "Let's Play Forza 5" 17 Dec 2013
The Last of Us: Left Behind "Let's Play The Last Of Us: Left Behind" 19 Feb 2014
Ryse: Son of Rome "Let's Play Ryse: Son of Rome" 6 Mar 2014
The Forest "Let's Play The Forest (alpha)" 31 May 2014
  • 14 Jun 2014
  • 18 Jul 2014
Grid Autosport "Let's Play Grid Autosport" 24 Jun 2014
Super Toy Cars "Let's Play Super Toy Cars With Friends!" 9 Jul 2014 Featuring kurtmac, Coestar, Guude and Pyro_0
Forza Horizon 2
  • 25 Sep 2014
  • 16 Dec 2014
NHL 15
  • 13 Oct 2014
  • 13 Mar 2015
Dragon Age: Inquisition "Let's Play Dragon Age: Inquisition" 18 Nov 2014
Little Big Planet 3 "Let's Play Little Big Planet 3 (multiplayer)" 22 Nov 2014 Featuring Guude and Zisteau as Team Vintage Guusteau
NBA 2k15 "NBA 2K15 with Docm77" 18 Dec 2014 Featuring Docm77
F1 2014 "Let's Play F1 2014 With Kurt!" 17 Jan 2015 Featuring kurtmac
Life is Strange
  • 30 Jan 2015
  • 24 Mar 2015
Grow Home "Let's Play Grow Home" 19 Feb 2015
Ori and the Blind Forest "Let's Play Ori And The Blind Forest" 13 Mar 2015
Trials Fusion "Let's Play Trials Fusion (Multiplayer)" 21 Mar 2015 Featuring Team Nancy Drew
Mario Kart 8 "Let's Play Maro Kart 8 (Online Multiplayer)" 18 Mar 2015 Featuring OMGchad, Guude, Coestar, Millbee, Mcgamer and PauseUnpause
Map Playlist Start date Brief description
Survival Singleplayer "Let's Play Minecraft with VintageBeef" 9 Apr 2011
MindCrack Survival multiplayer 10 May 2011
Survival Singleplayer "Minecraft Hardcore Mode" 20 Oct 2011 Using hardcore mode
"Super Hostile #11: Lethamyr" "Pause and Beef play Super Hostile 11: Lethamyr" 3 May 2012 Featuring PauseUnpause playing variant D of the map
"Secrets of the Paragon Island" "Baj and Beef play Secrets of the Paragon Island" 9 May 2012 Featuring W92Baj
"The Chamber of the Creators" "Chamber of the Creators" 24 May 2012 Featuring PauseUnpause and W92Baj
"Deathly Trails" "Pause and Beef play Deathly Trails - Custom Minecraft Map" 29 May 2012 Featuring PauseUnpause
"The Trial of the Minemasons" "Minecraft Trial of the Minemasons" 19 Jun 2012 Featuring W92Baj
MineZ modded Survival Multiplayer
  • 26 Jun 2012
  • 15 Oct 2014
Featuring Team Nancy Drew. See MineZ
"The Dropper" "The Dropper - Minecraft custom map" 3 Jul 2012 Featuring Guude and W92Baj
"Castlevania" "Castlevania II - A Minecraft Custom Adventure Map" 6 Jul 2012 Featuring Guude
"Stay Forever Together" "Stay Forever Together - A Minecraft Custom Puzzle Map" 7 Jul 2012 Featuring PauseUnpause
"The Library" "The Library - A Minecraft Dropper Compilation Map" 10 Jul 2012 Featuring Guude and W92Baj
"Kingdom of the Sky" "Minecraft - Kingdom Of The Sky" 22 Jul 2012 Featuring Guude
"Kingdom of the Sky 2: The World Burns" "Minecraft - Kingdom Of The Sky II" 7 Aug 2012 Featuring Guude
MindCrack Feed the Beast Modded multiplayer 14 Nov 2012
"Super Hostile #5: Black Desert II" "Minecraft Super Hostile Black Desert II" 6 Dec 2012 Featuring PauseUnpause
"From Ashes" "Minecraft From Ashes" 29 Jan 2013 Featuring PauseUnpause
Dungeon Realms modded Survival Multiplayer "Minecraft Dungeon Realms" 20 Feb 2013 Featuring Team Nancy Drew. See Dungeon Realms
Ruins Of The Mindcrackers "Minecraft Ruins Of The Mindcrackers" 6 Apr 2013 Featuring Team Canada. See Ruins Of The Mindcrackers
Cake Defense II "Cake Defense II" 21 May 2013 Featuring Etho and Dinnerbone
Gloria "Gloria" 30 May 2013 Featuring Guude
Wrath of the Fallen "Wrath of the Fallen" 14 June 2013 Featuring AnderZEL
"Ruins Of The Mindcrackers II" "Minecraft Ruins of the Mindcrackers 2" 16 Jul 2013 Featuring Team Canada. See Ruins Of The Mindcrackers
"Eronev Mansion Adventure" "Eronev Mansion Adventure" 27 Jul 2013 Featuring AnderZEL
"Eronev 2: The Soul Caudron" "Eronev 2: The Soul Caudron" 8 Aug 2013 Featuring AnderZEL
Uncharted Territory III "Minecraft Uncharted Territory 3 With Etho and Pause" 20 Sep 2013 Featuring Team Canada
Hypixel Server "Minecraft Blitz Survival Games" 14 Nov 2013 Featuring PauseUnpause, Etho and kurtmac
  • 7 Jan 2014
  • 18 Jul 2014
PixelLeague Pixelmon server "Minecraft Pixelmon - Pokemon For Minecraft!" 17 Jan 2014 See PixelLeague
Simulation Protocol #01 – Animosity "Minecraft Animosity" 11 Feb 2014 Featuring Team Canada
Mystery of the Time Keeper "Minecraft Mystery Of The Time Keeper" 15 Mar 2014 Featuring jsano19
"From Flames" "Minecraft From Flames" 27 Mar 2014 Featuring PauseUnpause
Modded Survival singleplayer "Minecraft Life In The Woods" 29 Mar 2014 Using the "Life in the Woods" modpack by Phedran
MindCrack CrackPack Modded multiplayer "Minecraft Mindcrack CrackPack" 20 May 2014
Diversity "Minecraft Diversity with Pause" 25 Sep 2014 Featuring PauseUnpause
Diversity 2 "Minecraft Diversity 2 with Pause" 22 Dec 2014 Featuring PauseUnpause
Monstrosity "Minecraft Monstrosity with Guude and OMGChad" 7 Jan 2015 Featuring Guude and OMGchad
Terra Restore "Minecraft Terra Restore With Pause " 10 Feb 2015 Featuring PauseUnpause
Pantheon "Minecraft Pantheon With Guude and Chad!" 26 Feb 2015 Featuring Guude and OMGchad


Beef was initiated into the Mindcrack Prank Wars by davmandave and Kennedyzak when they built an assortment of noise machines under his house.[28]

Since then, Beef has actively set up pranks against other players and retaliated against ones set up for him. Team Canada was formed through the Prank Wars, when VintageBeef and Etho helped PauseUnpause set up a prank for Guude; the three have done various collaborations, including complete-the-monument Minecraft maps.

On the Season 3 map, VintageBeef two main projects were his replica of Hunyad Castle, a near six-hundred year old castle in Hunedoara, Romania.[29] and his Jungle Village. The jungle island was discovered by Nebris[30] but used by Beef because he wanted to add more variety to his builds.[31] While the server was using the 1.6 snapshots, Beef and Guude built a western themed town.

VintageBeef's first project on the Season 4 map is a massive sea fortress nicknamed the Lilly Pad. His current ongoing projects include a steampunk village at an extreme hills biome and an evil castle on an island. VintageBeef has built a variety of "pads" around his steampunk village as he did whilst working on the Lilly Pad including a sheep pad and a futuristic chicken pad. Beef has made a giant hot air balloon to connect his nether portal to.

On the Feed the Beast server, VintageBeef was present for the unveiling, along with the rest of Team Nancy Drew.[32] He planned to build a cannery for zombie flesh,[33] but after a map reset (and a subsequent start of a new season), he decided instead to build a zoo that was planned to eventually house animals and mobs that Feed the Beast introduced.[34] He eventually went back to the cannery as a side project.

At the beginning of season 5, Beef once again was specific in choosing which type of block he broke first.[35] Beef starts off with making a small modern house, and with an announcement that he would be giving away a game each episode starting the 3rd episode.


Interviewer Recording(s) Topics
29 Mar 2012 nocxx "[Let's Talk]Vintagebeef![English]"
  • How he got into Minecraft and his first reactions to the game
  • How he got started with YouTube and viewer feedback
  • The story behind his username
  • MindCrack Ultra Hardcore
  • The additions in Minecraft Beta 1.8 and 1.9
  • One thing he would add and one thing he would remove from Minecraft
  • Viewer questions, including topics like friends, favorites and his building skills in Minecraft
  • The future of his channel
  • MineCon
18 Jun 2012 mitchkeeler "Talking YouTube Success with VintageBeef"
  • Making videos, his popularity on YouTube
18 Oct 2013 Biffa2001 "Tea Time with Biffa #3 - The Minecraft Community Show for YOU w/ VintageBeef"
  • His origins on YouTube and creating videos
Jul/Aug 2014 Tony Dreier "YouTube Stardom 2.0: Tune Into YouTube’s Rising Stars"
  • His origins on YouTube and creating videos

Minecraft skin[edit]

VintageBeef's skin was made by Blae000 in Beef's skin contest.[36] Although he attended MineCon 2013, Beef did not redeem his Cape.

VintageBeef's Minecraft skin

Previous skins/Alternate skins[edit]

VintageBeef's earliest known Minecraft skin is The Stig from British TV show Top Gear.[37] Beef also briefly used a Montreal Canadiens skin.[38]


  • During his time on the pre-Beta 1.8 server, VintageBeef was referred to a number of times as "ModernChicken" by adlingtont and as "steakdude" by ShreeyamGFX.[47] These nicknames have since fallen out of use.
  • VintageBeef is a fan of the Montreal Canadiens hockey team.[38][48]
  • VintageBeef's favorite animal is a bear.[49]
  • Beef is 6'2".[50]

External links[edit]


  1. GuudeBoulderfist (20 August 2012). Reddit reply. Reddit. <>.
  2. GuudeBoulderfist (13 October 2011). "Minecraft MindCrack : S3E216 - Donator Special". YouTube. <>.
  3. GuudeBoulderfist (8 May 2011). "Contest Submission Winners Announcement". YouTube. <>.
  4. GuudeBoulderfist (4 June 2012). Reddit reply. Reddit. <>.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 vintagebeef (18 May 2014). Reddit reply. Reddit. <>.
  6. VintageBeef (31 December 2012). "Beef Plays Minecraft - Mindcrack Server - S2 EP172 - Q & A Caving". YouTube. <>.
  7. VintageBeef (12 March 2014). "Beef Plays Minecraft - Mindcrack Server - S3 EP111 - Mystery Slab". YouTube. <>.
  8. vintagebeef (18 May 2014). Reddit reply. Reddit. <>.
  9. VintageBeef (7 August 2014). "Let's Play GTA V Online (GTA 5) - EP55 - Unexpected". YouTube. <>.
  10. 10.0 10.1 VintageBeef (31 December 2012). "Beef Plays Minecraft - Mindcrack Server - S2 EP172 - Q & A Caving". YouTube. <>.
  11. vintagebeef (18 May 2014). Reddit reply. Reddit. <>.
  12. VintageBeef (2 April 2012). "Beef Plays Minecraft - Mindcrack Server - S2 EP55 - Questions, Answers and Caves". YouTube. <>.
  13. VintageBeef (31 December 2012). "Beef Plays Minecraft - Mindcrack Server - S2 EP172 - Q & A Caving". YouTube. <>.
  14. VintageBeef (2 March 2012). "Beef Plays Minecraft - Mindcrack Server - S2 EP44 - Q&A Session". YouTube. <>.
  15. VintageBeef (11 April 2013). "Beef Plays Minecraft - Mindcrack Server - S2E208 - Sandras". YouTube. <>.
  16. VintageBeef (2 March 2012). "Beef Plays Minecraft - Mindcrack Server - S2 EP44 - Q&A Session". YouTube. <>.
  17. 17.0 17.1 VintageBeef (22 April 2011). "Official Mindcrack Server Submission Video - LET ME IN!". YouTube. <>.
  18. VintageBeef (2 March 2012). "Beef Plays Minecraft - Mindcrack Server - S2 EP44 - Q&A Session". YouTube. <>.
  19. GuudeBoulderfist (31 October 2013). "Minecon: Vintagebeef, Pause, BTC and my Wife say hi!". YouTube. <>.
  20. VintageBeef (2 March 2012). "Beef Plays Minecraft - Mindcrack Server - S2 EP44 - Q&A Session". YouTube. <>.
  21. VintageBeef (22 June 2014). "Beef Plays Minecraft - Mindcrack Server - S3 EP138 - If It Aint Broke". YouTube. <>.
  22. Tony Dreier (July/August 2014). "YouTube Stardom 2.0: Tune Into YouTube’s Rising Stars". Streaming Media. <>.
  23. VintageBeef (12 August 2014). "1 Million (1,000,000) Subscriber Special! Welcome To My Home!". YouTube. <>.
  24. VintageBeefLP (22 June 2013). Twitter. <>.
  25. VintageBeef (21 June 2013). "Beef Plays Minecraft - Mindcrack Server - S2 EP237 - Exhausted". YouTube. <>.
  26. VintageBeef (11 April 2014). "Beef Plays Minecraft - Mindcrack Server - S3 EP121 - And Back". YouTube. <>.
  27. VintageBeef (9 April 2011). "Let's Play Minecraft with VintageBeef - EP01 - Elusive Chicken". YouTube. <>.
  28. VintageBeef (2 June 2011). "Mindcrack Prank Wars - EP01 - If It's a Prank War You Want, It's a Prank War You'll Get". YouTube. <>.
  29. VintageBeef (25 January 2012). "Beef Plays Minecraft - Mindcrack Server - S2 EP33 - Secret Project Revealed". YouTube. <>.
  30. Nebris (11 July 2012). "Server Tour - 7/11/12". TwitchTV. <>.
  31. VintageBeef (23 June 2012). "Beef Plays Minecraft - Mindcrack Server - S2 EP85 - A Change of Pace". YouTube. <>.
  32. VintageBeef (14 November 2012). "Minecraft Feed the Beast - EP01 - Overwhelmed". YouTube. <>.
  33. VintageBeef (22 November 2012). "Minecraft Feed the Beast - EP05 - Beef's Canned Goods!". YouTube. <>.
  34. VintageBeef (26 January 2013). "Minecraft Feed the Beast - S2E14 - The Perfect Spot". YouTube. <>.
  35. VintageBeef (19 July 2014). "Beef Plays Minecraft - Mindcrack Server - S5 EP01 - Here We Go!". YouTube. <>.
  36. VintageBeef (22 August 2011). "Minecraft VintageBeef Skin Contest - The Finalists!". YouTube. <>.
  37. VintageBeef (11 April 2011). "Let's Play Minecraft with VintageBeef - EP03 - Into the darkness we go!". YouTube. <>.
  38. 38.0 38.1 VintageBeef (15 April 2011). "Let's Play Minecraft with VintageBeef - EP07 - GO HABS GO!!!". YouTube. <>.
  39. VintageBeef (20 April 2011). "Let's Play Minecraft with VintageBeef - EP11 - Prime Real Estate". YouTube. <>.
  40. TheJgamer (11 June 2013). "Cowboy skin for VintageBeef (with download)". Reddit. <>.
  41. VintageBeef (13 June 2013). "Beef Plays Minecraft - Mindcrack Server - S2 EP234 - Zomberts!". YouTube. <>.
  42. VintageBeef (14 April 2013). "Minecraft Ruins Of The Mindcrackers - EP05 - Boom!". YouTube. <>.
  43. VintageBeef (22 April 2013). "Minecraft Ruins Of The Mindcrackers - EP09 - I'm Beautiful". YouTube. <>.
  44. Aureus_ (14 April 2013). "Beef's Skin (After the 'splosion)". Reddit. <>.
  45. VintageBeef (17 January 2014). "Minecraft Pixelmon - EP01 - Pokemon For Minecraft!". YouTube. <>.
  46. Generikb (22 October 2014). "Minecraft MineZ w/ VintageBeef Ep01 - "Bill Murray & JRockKiller2's Zombie Adventure!!!"". YouTube. <>.
  47. adlingtont (25 May 2011). "Minecraft Let's Play 73". YouTube. <>.
  48. VintageBeef (13 August 2013). "Mindcrack Prank Wars - EP29 - A Dark Shadow". YouTube. <>.
  49. VintageBeef (26 April 2012). "Let's Play Skyrim - EP 21 - Cracked Tusk Keep". YouTube. <>.
  50. VintageBeef (29 September 2014). "Let's Play Forza Horizon 2 - EP06 - First Barn Find!". YouTube. <>.