Let me begin by posting one of the reactions I have seen to the end credits
"Minecraft didn't need an ending. The fact that it was a generic open-world sandbox game is what we all loved about it to begin with. I originally thought the idea of a dragon boss was cool, but they completely botched it. The enderdragon should have been just another (albeit difficult) mob that you can choose to kill to gain some sort of resources to help you out in some way in the main world (perhaps material to craft better tools, new aesthetic blocks, whatever). Instead, defeating the dragon opens a magical portal to a "you beat the game screen!" which is nothing but text.
And the text is the most clichéd pseudo-philosophical garbage I've seen. It's not impressive in the least.
It's terrible because Minecraft is going down a completely different path from which it began. The fact that Notch thanks early adopters of the game immediately afterwards is a joke."
I feel that this is the entire point of the ending. The closer you get to the end, the more it seems like typical game (fighting the dragon as final boss). The credits try to explain that Minecraft is a game, an alternate reality. This is true for all games. We become part of the code and leave the real world. This game focuses on moving from world to world (overworld, nether, end).
It tells us to wake up. We must wake up from this dream of Minecraft and live our lives. We are made up of billions of atoms not to live in the Minecraft world, but in reality. Minecraft had to have an ending so that we can wake up and realize that our real lives also have endings.
In other words, a game is a game and life is life. We must wake up from the games and live, and actually do something useful with our lives while we still have it.
Or as the Yogscast thinks "he's just trolling us".
I'd love to discuss this and share some opinions on here.
Reguardless on how you feel about the addition of an ending it has been done (little late to whine about it). To me, the 'poetic ending' was pretty good. I mean if you can't have an open mind about that kind of stuff, then I really don't think you should be rating a game.
While I agree that It fell a bit short of being mind-blowing and awe-inspiring as a finale, I think that it was a good choice. The ending was long and drawn out on purpose just like survival in minecraft. The entire theme of the game is based on the slow progression from hiding at night to going on a rampage because of how buffed you are with armor, pets, and traps/redstone contraptions, etc.
The point is that much like a game that grows on you, the ending is meant to grow on you. If they just gave you a quick pat on the back and gave you god powers or something most everyone would hate it. I feel that the ending was appropriate for the game and got me thinking about other things in my life.
Since this game is meant to be so personal, it's only natural there is no end, all they could logically do (to keep with the genre) was to give it a philosophical end. After all, we are still playing the game right? So how ineffective could the ending story be? :smile.gif:
The Meaning of Life, the Universe, and Everything.
Addition by Subtraction...
Remove the credits, their only purpose is to confuse and anger players (they say Minecraft has a legit ending). Perhaps have normal credits that can be played in the Main-Menu. At the same time improve the Ender, add content and mobs, fix generation, etc.
Assuming that you didn't use cheats and mods, getting to the end and beating the ender dragon is INSANELY HARD, you either have to be a super pro player or using mods. The end credit tells you, you have completed "The Dream" but not "The Life". so I think this tells us that we have been playing too much, there's a world out there, you can never live in a "Dream" forever
The end poem is a just a joke, wrapped in a jest, smothered in irony and baked in self-mockery until golden brown. Its well written enough that it doesn't quite make a clear point, but just enough for anyone with a still firing synapse to ponder it for a little bit. But whats funny (and likely the intention of adding it) is how varied the interpretations about its meaning when its entire purpose is to serve no purpose in the game.
It was a good ending! Every doesn't understand minecraft is a descending elavator and once you hit the basement you are broken from reality. I'm a few months new to the game so I am close enough to the surface to understand the ending. It is saying the small dream is minecraft and the large long dream is life. These to things are EXTREMELY close. (Minus the monsters and stuff) and notch is trying to tell us that whoever is a big enough gamer to beat the ender dragon, needs a wake up call... (which is why at the end they told you to wake up.) It was a shock back to reality telling us that the small dream is way less important then the the long dream (life). They said the story was the truth but not he truth exactly. The truth being don't waste your life with a pretend world. Go do new things, meet new people, and just life the live that matters. And we can all still play minecraft and enjoy ourselfs but we should do it less and focus more on things that matter in reality!