Aaargh! Fuck you, Creeper!

Sure, once you’ve put a few hundred hours into Minecraft, one’s fear of the Creeper starts to recede a little. Being creatures of the night they are somewhat tedious in their ubiquity. Being slow they are easy to outrun. More pertinently, being prone to explode when in close proximity to you, it becomes rather routine to cause them to spectacularly self harm.

Cast your mind back though to when your experience of Minecraft was new and you will recall a time when the sudden appearance of a Creeper – usually just outside your very first shelter on your very first night – would cause you to run around in-game like a startled pig. Afraid of being seen, you would sit there in the pitch black of your tomb, trying to gauge when the sun might rise and you could scavenge for supplies before having to fashion a hiding place all over again.  

The trouble with Creepers is that they would seemingly appear as if from nowhere, often at a window, or immediately outside a door just as you opened it. Then there was that telltale hiss of a fuse being lit; a warning for you to run away as fast as possible, to avoid being caught in a suicidal blast. Of course we always were, often early on in our Minecraft careers when we’d not slept for days and had an inventory we couldn’t afford to lose.

Because Creepers know. They always know.

Richie Shoemaker

Richie has been writing about games since 1997, spending five years on the staff of PC Zone and more recently writing for Eurogamer. His greatest claim to fame is that Sid Meier once gave him a lift to the pub.

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