Meet the Endermen

Meet the Endermen

Last Friday saw the unveiling of the latest addition to the much anticipated ‘Adventure Update’ soon to be released for Minecraft. The teaser reveals a mob specifically designed to mess with your head and, as such, makes you think twice about leaving that safe house at night. So, if you value that diamond pickaxe of yours, you had better read on, it’s time to get to get to grips with the ‘Endermen’.

Notch, the creator of the critically acclaimed game which is still in its beta phase, discussed the motivation behind this latest addition to the bestiary of ‘baddies’ in latest his blog entry.

Tired of the frustrations of ‘slow progress’ on the code for NPC towns – another major feature to be released in the Adventure Update – he took some light relief and began work on the latest mob. Having decided to make ‘yet another creepy one’, a decision which I’m sure was aided by his current mood, he set about designing his latest diabolical adversary for the game.

According to Notch, the Endermen will be seen moving slowly at a distance, three blocks high with long, thin limbs and a dark body. They will have the capability to ‘pick up blocks and move them around.’

Now the fact that these things can rearrange the landscape at will, a privilege thus far only afforded to the player, is scary enough but then I think about what they could do to my house or newly built rollercoaster and I’m beginning to think the creepers aren’t so bad any more! What’s more, Notch goes on to reveal more details on their behaviour:

” I made it passive until you looked straight at it. And that was scary. Suddenly you could walk up to these looking beasts (they’re three meters tall) and watch them as they moved their blocks around, but as soon as you happened to look straight at them, they’d attack. And by “straight at them”, I mean putting the reticle on top of them. You can keep them visible on screen and actually look straight at them in real life, but as soon as your in game character looks straight at them, boom.

Still, that was more scary than creepy. It’s like a jump scare in a movie. You know it might happen at any time, and when it happens you freak out a bit. I wanted something a bit more psychological. So to really drive home the point of looking at them being bad, I made the Endermen freeze and turn towards you when you look at them. As long as you look straight at them, they stand perfectly still and look straight at you. As soon as you look away, they will run (very fast) towards you.”

Now for anyone who has watched the Angel creatures from the newer series of Dr Who this concept will seem chillingly familiar. Oh and just as if that wasn’t enough, Dr Frankenstein goes and adds one small detail: ‘And they teleport.’

Don’t you just love it when Notch get’s psychological? This teaser has made me all the more eager for the Adventure update and poses just as many questions as it answers all of which will be revealed in time. Let’s just hope the Endermen and Creepers don’t start working together, I won’t be able to come out from behind my sofa. Well… What’s left of it.

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