The End of the Game

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"The End of the Game"
The End of the Game cover
Single by Weezer
Album Van Weezer
Released September 10, 2019
Recorded 2019
Length 3:01
Label Crush Music/Atlantic Records
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo, Tim Pagnotta
Producer Suzy Shinn
Status officially released
Live debut September 10, 2019
Weezer singles chronology
"It's Been So Long"
(2019)
"The End of the Game"
(2019)
"Hero"
(2020)

"The End of the Game" is the lead single from Weezer’s fourteenth studio album Van Weezer.

Overview

Tim Pagnotta's Instagram story from August 23, 2019, potentially in reference to "The End of the Game."

The lyric "All I want is to be wanted by you" suggests that "The End of the Game" may be the same song as (or, at least, appropriates elements from) the song "What I Want Is to Be Wanted", a track co-written by Rivers Cuomo and Tim Pagnotta in 2014, according to the ASCAP/BMI song database. On August 23, 2019, Pagnotta posted to his Instagram page that read "Jammin’ new @Weezer I worked on :)".

In August of 2019, a casting call was posted to backstage.com looking for extras to play "Weezer party goers" in an upcoming music video [1].

On September 6, 2019, the song leaked onto the American television music service Music Choice.

The song was unveiled with its accompanying music video alongside the official announcement of the Hella Mega Tour on September 10.

"The End of the Game" Game

On March 26, a browser-based video game titled "The End of the Game" Game was released on the website theendofthegamegame.com. The game is a side-scrolling arcade-style shooter game in which the player controls one of four members of Weezer in attempt to defeat the alien from the song's music video. After defeating the alien, the player must navigate a screen filled with invisible traps in order to claim the "prize". Upon reaching the goal, the browser links to a YouTube video of Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" (an example of the "Rickrolling" prank that became popular on the internet around 2007). The game claims on startup that there are 778 prizes left. Upon clicking the text "Contest Rules", they are linked to an online dictionary entry for "Hero".

"The End of the Game" Game was created by game designer Jason Oda, who previously developed games such as Continue?9876543210 and Skrillex Quest.

Music video/audio

The music video was released on September 10, 2019. It was directed by Danilo Parra.

Personnel

  • Rivers Cuomo - lead vocals, guitar
  • Brian Bell - guitar, backing vocals
  • Scott Shriner - bass, backing vocals
  • Pat Wilson - drums
  • Suzy Shinn - producer
  • Joe LaPorta - mastering
  • John Sinclair - assistant engineer
  • Johnny Morgan - assistant engineer
  • Josh Skinner - assistant engineer
  • Lizzy Ostro - assistant engineer
  • Mike Fasano - drum technician
  • Wesley Seidman - engineer

Lyrics

Hey, Suzy, where you been today?
I'm looking for you every way
No sign of you when I wake up
I'm on an island with no sun

I feel like I've known you my whole life
You got me cryin' like when Aslan died
Now you're gone

The melody can't find you
I'm incomplete without you
I guess we've reached the end of the game
Ooo-oo hit me

I know that you would crank this song
Air guitar-ing with your headphones on
We dig the same type of melodies
The ones to get you next to me

I was Mick and you were Marianne
You would harmonize when I felt bad
But now you're gone

The melody can't find you
I'm incomplete without you
I guess we've reached the end of the game
Ooo-oo hit me

Am I your go-to
Or am I uncool?
With all of these extremes that I go to
All I want is to be wanted by you
All I want is to be wanted by you

But the melody can't find you
I'm incomplete without you
I guess we've reached the end of the game
Ooo-oo hit me

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