More details have been emerging through the day about the Enderman, that creepy new mob that’s coming into Minecraft… and Twitter’s 140-character limit helped to add to the tension, as Notch split up the news about the Enderman’s behaviour pattern into three tweets:
The Endermen are peaceful. If you look straight at them, they freeze and look at you. When you look away again, they run fast. And teleport.
Oh, well, that’s alright then. Phew.
Then he sent this:
They run TOWARDS you, not away. So if you happen to look at one, do not look away.
Oh, crap… what if it’s night-time? They’re darkly coloured, and they merge into the darkness! You could look at them accidentally, and not even realise you’ve done so!
And just in case you didn’t get the message, he added this:
(they stop being peaceful if you look straight at them)
Yeah, thanks, Notch – I think we got the idea… *shudder*
Of course, it still doesn’t answer the question of why the Endermen were holding blocks in that pic – unless Notch was simply trying it out, to see how it looked.
So, as Maz pointed out:
@notch oh wow. they sound like something from Dr Who! I’m terrified and so excited!!
… and he continues:
new hideous mobs in minecraft are like weeping angels… seriously. if you stare at them, they stare at you. turn around, and they run at ya
… which strongly suggests that Notch really did base their behaviour on Redditors’ comments, because I know that during the original discussion (NSFW: language advisory), references were made to the Weeping Angels from Doctor Who. In particular, this rather forthright comment by Zing152 really hits the nail on the head:
Notch, if you [expletive deleted] dare to put Weeping Angels in this game i am leaving and never returning.
I guess Zing152 is out of luck, then…
Meanwhile, PretzelCast’s Serious_Creeper had this to say:
@notch now that’s gonna be fun in Multiplayer 😛
He’s got a point, people… *twitch*
Anyway, I think that the tweet from HitmarkerVS should provide the final word, courtesy of The Doctor himself:
@notch Don’t blink. Blink and you’re dead. Don’t turn your back. Don’t look away. And don’t blink. Good Luck. – Doctor Who