FAQ: Learn Phaser: Physics - Adding a score

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When you create the scoreText, you write in

“gameState.scoreText = this.add.text(195, 485, ‘Score: 0’”

and then update the text with the collide function later on. But I’m not sure why you can’t just write:

"gameState.scoreText = this.add.text(195, 485, Score: ${gameState.score}

in the beginning. I tried it and it crashed the code, so I see it doesn’t work that way, but I can’t figure out why it doesn’t work. And I’m a newbie so ELI5