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What is the purpose of the game over screen's score listing? How can I get points?

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up vote 12 down vote accepted

Edit: As of Beta 1.9, the score displayed on the Game Over screen is the amount of experience that the player has collected throughout that life.

Old Answer: You cannot currently earn points in Minecraft. Notch intended on adding a points system to Minecraft that would display upon dying, but it was never implemented. However, the placeholder text still shows on the Game Over screen. Perhaps something in the upcoming "Adventure Update" will make use of points.

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I know that xp point will be available for skills points and buy some upgrade. Dunno if it will affect the score board :S – Warface Sep 1 '11 at 0:57
In the videos previewing 1.8 notch explicitly said "We left the score the same" either meaning they hadn't got around to it yet, or they're purposely leaving it the same as a kind of in joke. – Mr Smooth Sep 1 '11 at 4:00

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