Game Theory: Minecraft and The Power of The Dead

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I've covered some of Minecraft's dark secrets when it comes to souls. Today, we are diving even further into the mystery that is the Nether and what powers it. Theorists, has Minecraft learned to harness the power of the dead? It's time to find out!

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  • For a while, I’ve been wondering something that he has never touched on; Why is it that bed blow up in the Nether and End, and why do respawn anchors blow up in the Overworld and End? Here’s my theory: GODS. In Ancient Greek mythology, there were sets of gods that existed long before the main gods you learn about, the most commonly known being Gaea (primordial goddess of earth), Ouranus (primordial god of the sky), and Tartarus (primordial god of the underworld). Something about these gods is that they weren’t just the gods of their realms, they WERE the realms. When they were finished with their business, around when the more common gods rose to power, they became almost completely inactive, but I’m right about similar beings in Minecraft, then maybe they’re still sentient and purposefully destroy beds and respawn anchors. I’m not entirely sure of what their motives for this are, maybe they’ll only let you respawn if you use something from their dimension, maybe they don’t want you to respawn at all and can only destroy respawn methods from outside of their dimension, but it still seems to me like this theory fits. What does everybody else think?

    Oogway the WiseOogway the Wise3 саат мурун
  • While souls are an interesting answer to the question where the energy is coming from, I think that the thermal energy is aslo a logical theory. Maybe the fungai of the nether are able to make use of it instead of the solar energy.

    Theo KokkTheo Kokk9 саат мурун
  • There is no way that the Warped forest was an attempt at water terraforming. There's no way that could be true and have the only mobs that spawn in the biome die quickly upon exposure to water.

    Spencer ReisnerSpencer Reisner10 саат мурун
  • I'm from the Netherlands

    Jari WoudJari Woud10 саат мурун
  • Or the mushrooms could utilize thermosynthesis :/

    Adri HAdri H18 саат мурун

    VictoriaThePigYTVictoriaThePigYTКүн мурун
  • My first thought was geothermal energy!

    soupbirdgamessoupbirdgamesКүн мурун
  • I wonder how story mode fits in

    Random Loading...Random Loading...2 күн мурун
  • So, I have a Minecraft theory! The builders made the Nether portal. When they got there it was a flat landscape. Eventually they would explore all of the Nether. Started making stuff, like the mobs. All the mobs overwhelmed and destroyed the Nether. Things became to dangerous for them. Leaving valuables and other things in the chests that could help if/when they returned. When Steve finds the Nether it’s broken after years on neglect. Just a thought.

    Beerdy WonBeerdy Won2 күн мурун
  • I put like half of the souls that are in the nether there, I always die there

    BrandonbombplaysBrandonbombplays2 күн мурун
  • hello , soul sand

    spyros xristopoylosspyros xristopoylos2 күн мурун
  • Could the fungus live off of minerals in the soil as well as decomposing organisms like extremofile bacteria?

    Bob DrakeBob Drake3 күн мурун
  • Ok I have a question, why is the Ender dragon the last of its kind. It’s so powerful, what could’ve happened? Was their an ancient war like in Godzilla vs Kong where the ender dragon s and some other alpha species went to war?

    Buttercup The TortoiseButtercup The Tortoise3 күн мурун
  • So can anyone tell me how souls grow the warped forest, I don't know, maybe the fact that the nether is filled with lava and that maybe a source of energy but it's just a theroy a confusing theroy

    Edy DiazEdy Diaz3 күн мурун
  • Video 17 of posting about otamatone lore

    MolnskugganMolnskuggan4 күн мурун
  • 6:15 wait what you watch mlp??

    Samuel ChouinardSamuel Chouinard4 күн мурун
  • 8:00 me with a 5 layer nether wart farm in hypixel skyblock: *suprised pikachu noises*

    EvanEvan4 күн мурун
  • Don't some animals live off of thermal energy though?

    Human HumannessHuman Humanness5 күн мурун
  • "Sigh, another confusing thing, gotta use the ol' reliable. *_"Ancient Builders"_*

    MT_MT_5 күн мурун
  • No one me at 3AM : one more theory

    your nightmareyour nightmare5 күн мурун
  • The beginning reminded me of how awesome the D&D Underdark would be in Minecraft. Also, there are literally oceans of evidence (in the form of lava in the Nether) that imply there is enough geothermal energy to keep all that lava really hot. And it's possible that the geothermal power is what keeps the Netherblocks (Syblocks but in the Nether) floating. In addition, my friend and I came up with the "terraforming" idea a while ago with an important supplement being new species of fungus based on the sculk stuff... Not just that but many quartz colorations (green, pink, yellow) are caused by iron impurities. With nether quartz appearing to be slightly pink when in nether quartz ore, it's safe to say that there are at least trace amounts of iron wherever you find nether quartz. Also, you find skeletons and fossils in the soul sand valleys... who's to say the area isn't made of fossilized fungi and decaying animal meat from an ancient era? That would make it quite healthy, and maybe the ancient fungus had caps resembling wailing faces. That would scare some creatures away! And MATPAT YOU FORGOT TO SAY "BUT THAT'S JUST A THEORY"

    The Introverted ArcanistThe Introverted Arcanist5 күн мурун
  • This is basically school :)

    •That one girl••That one girl•6 күн мурун
  • 11:32

    The Epix BotThe Epix Bot6 күн мурун
  • does anyone know if mat has heard about terraria? and also i think that the terrarian might be stronger than steve because the terrarian has more inventory space and can hold stacks of 999 items. it might be hard to get footage for a vid tho.

    Konrad ReuterKonrad Reuter6 күн мурун
  • So if I was a wither skeleton in the nether I could be eating my grandpa’s soul

    A Random Mewtwo gamerA Random Mewtwo gamer6 күн мурун
  • something i figured out just a cople days ago. that when a piglin kills a hoglin, the piglins will go and collect the raw porkchop that it drops. That mean that piglins don't only eat fungi thay also eat porkchop.

    Tallon FieldsTallon Fields6 күн мурун
  • Just realised blazes head upside down looks like Steve with no beard and mouth

    Z4kV12Z4kV126 күн мурун
  • Yeah

    Baso DespouBaso Despou6 күн мурун
  • I believe that the wither we spawn the game is an infant. I think this because of the fossils in the neither can be arranged and look similar to that of the wither but larger. The fossils seem to mostly spawn in soul valleys where the air around you has the blue tint of soul energy and i believe that the souls that the witherzilla took seeped into the netherrack and blackstone forming the soul valleys

    SMH livestreamsSMH livestreams7 күн мурун
  • Can u do a theory ant the "those were the days." advancement

    hgnf hgnffhgnf hgnff8 күн мурун
  • What's up with those tutorials worlds?

    Erika SchrandtErika Schrandt8 күн мурун
  • Piglin brutes actually don’t barter with the player’s they just attack with no mercy.

    Pedro UmbelinoPedro Umbelino9 күн мурун
  • Do. Video on fossils

    Atlan A.KAtlan A.K9 күн мурун
  • Well, I've never heard anyone say this but, I think the reason why endermen (ancient builders) are hostile to endermites because a silverfish spawner is always found next to the end portal, I think that when the ancient builders were about to enter the end they doubted it and thought about it deeply but the silverfish spawned, surprised the

    Cubing GamerCubing Gamer9 күн мурун
  • though with more starvation deaths from piglins creates more food for the fungi

    MeloNogginMeloNoggin9 күн мурун
  • Hey i just found a almost broken pickaxe so dose that mean more peopple there to

    Reality. Queen_Reality. Queen_10 күн мурун
  • at the beginning the piglin really had to say grampa

    Dark warrior shisuiDark warrior shisui10 күн мурун
  • wait a a second who are the skelltons?

    Mr.randomMr.random10 күн мурун
  • Hey I have a question WHAT THE FREAK ARE GHASTS

    Erica OstromErica Ostrom10 күн мурун
  • Matpat you know the armor stand there a secret about it its an entity there is a soul trap inside if you use the place block Whit armor stand it does not work and if you use a dropper whit some kind of mobi will spawn it whit armor stands is the same

    Mehmet SırlıMehmet Sırlı10 күн мурун
  • idk about the idea of souls as the energy of the nether, I rather I think because it is hell like dimension, there is some sort of dark energy that affects the ecosystem, and laws in our world wont affect the nether.

    Shubh SiddharthaShubh Siddhartha10 күн мурун
  • I'm from the netherlands.

    Amélie SchoenmakersAmélie Schoenmakers11 күн мурун
  • yeah but even in you manage to get above the bedrock there is nothing juste darkness

    tomlapatatetomlapatate11 күн мурун
  • I like how he left out energy inefficiency in wall e but conveniently remembered it here

    Ryoko Wheeler-TaylorRyoko Wheeler-Taylor11 күн мурун

    covid catcovid cat11 күн мурун
  • Can you do orgins of witch

    shorena meskhidzeshorena meskhidze11 күн мурун
  • Theory idea: What was the timeline of, well... all of this (in all of this I mean when did they create the wither? when did they exile the illagers out of the vilages? when did the "masters" become endermen? when did pigs become piglins? And also Im not talkin about like "they create the wither in 1974" or "they traveled into the nether 2 days after the exilation of the illagers" I mean "first they buildt the temples, then the zombie got created, then... you know what Im talking about)

    Mate ZadoriMate Zadori11 күн мурун

    The Jade KnightsThe Jade Knights11 күн мурун
  • I didn't even hit the Subscribe button how to get subscribed this is the second time this has happened what's going on!??

    Cassandra KnightCassandra Knight12 күн мурун
  • But What is the glowstone for it vant grow plants its litteralt useless!

    Oscar StigfinnareOscar Stigfinnare12 күн мурун
  • Did anyone else see Discord from my little pony in the word ENTROPY? No? ok

    Dawn ClarkDawn Clark13 күн мурун
  • can u amke an episode about elder guardians

    xNight_441xNight_44113 күн мурун
  • 6:27 the sun really is a deadly lazer

    Muhammad Kianeziabustatuta - Click DownloadMuhammad Kianeziabustatuta - Click Download13 күн мурун
  • I’m stuck in Minecraft lore/deep dive fact vids these are so addicting I don’t even play this game I love these vids either way

    Adawg 303Adawg 30313 күн мурун
  • Fake

    Justin Roblox GameJustin Roblox Game13 күн мурун
  • neater mind get it🤭😄

    Micah BirdloverMicah Birdlover14 күн мурун
  • guys, Wfies (the youtuber) made a video called "Hacking in minecraft the right way" and he talks about a book called the official minecraft hacking guide and it talks about how below bedrock is the nether. thats a fun thing to point out that i thought id share. Then again, the book isnt very... trust worthy.

    ACE [mercury1]ACE [mercury1]14 күн мурун
  • wait that's just rope funny 🤭

    Micah BirdloverMicah Birdlover14 күн мурун
  • The compass goes haywire in the nether

    shanessie6shanessie614 күн мурун
  • Did you know that the nether didn't always had a bedrock roof And piglins have water bottle IN THE NETHER!

    pizzababy 68 :3 pizza + baby = pizzababypizzababy 68 :3 pizza + baby = pizzababy14 күн мурун
  • Everyone’s saying “Geothermal power!”, and I thought that too at first, but now I realize why it wouldn’t work. Geothermal energy specifically works by moving heat from a hot area to a colder one, so it wouldn’t work in the Nether. Also, lifeforms can’t harvest heat energy to live. The only reason hydrothermal vents at the ocean’s bottom sustain life is because they spray out tons of chemicals that are used as fuel for chemical reactions. The actual heat of the water does not provide the energy for organisms.

    Mailcs06Mailcs0614 күн мурун
  • I was wondering if he made a theory about the Warped Forest!

    Mailcs06Mailcs0614 күн мурун
  • Hey. Gold isn’t too rare in the Nether, and the only way to get strong there is from striders, which live out on the lava. A place that’s not safe for piglins, so string is probably pretty valuable to them.

    Mailcs06Mailcs0614 күн мурун
  • I have a theory why do Minecraft players always spawn adults👾

    DCH HacklerDCH Hackler15 күн мурун
  • Hay matpat I know this is the wrong video but if you look at the bedrock version for Xbox 360 Which is stuck on update aquatic you can find the sunken remains of the previous versions spawn hub under the ice which also supports your Drowned theory

    tom btom b15 күн мурун
  • You know, this may sound kind of stupid but I was talking about this with of my friends and this is completely off topic.. but how big would a Minecraft block like any Minecraft block such as a grass block look like in real life? I know this question seems kind of stupid but I'm actually kind of curious

    brooklynbrooklyn15 күн мурун
  • When you finish the Minecraft theories you should make a book combining all theories into a lore on the world of Minecraft

    Holy CrusaderHoly Crusader15 күн мурун

    Lolo_BobaTEA1Lolo_BobaTEA115 күн мурун
  • It's a pig from hell. Of course its bode does not behave the same as someone else

    Mario Boy WMario Boy W15 күн мурун
  • Ok… soul energy, I’m on board. One thing that was nagging me though, it might not just be those who died after coming from the overworld but there is an entire biome contributed to souls aka the soul sand valley, what do you find their? Giant skeletons of dead creatures and… well regular skeletons so the soul sand valley somewhat acts like the nether’s sun

    Josuke Higashikata -Jojolion-Josuke Higashikata -Jojolion-15 күн мурун
  • ok if Minecraft is randomly generated for every world does that mean there's a Multiverse theory in there

    Landon PieperLandon Pieper15 күн мурун
  • Hey game theory I was playing Minecraft and died to llama spit and I was wondering in real life llama spit can kill you. So I thought Minecraft’s hearts are like are body’s but super weak. Also falling of let’s say 5 6 tall building of block in Minecraft you take a lot of fall damage but in irl you break your legs

    Nog XNog X16 күн мурун

    john repkojohn repko16 күн мурун
  • what if the Nether produces its own energy? is that possible? like living on the sun, except you can live on it lol

    serengetiserengeti16 күн мурун

    Apollo ScottApollo Scott16 күн мурун
  • Out of all the theary you could do on the the nether "cough" gast "cough" you do the f##king food chain

    lemon godlemon god17 күн мурун
  • Random kid theres no lore in Minecraft Matpat hold my diet coke

    bts mealbts meal17 күн мурун
  • The portal is 3 blocks tall and so r enderman and the warped forest is similar to the end and enderman as the have similar color pallets

    Endevour ExileEndevour Exile17 күн мурун
  • The weird thing is 4 of the most common (old) neither mobs are dead (the Scelly boii and z pigmen) the blazes and magma cubes we're probly formed OF the fire and lava *Ghasts* ,_,

    Tatertot and Frenchfry Twin flowerTatertot and Frenchfry Twin flower17 күн мурун
  • MatPat I have a theory what if Steve was the pilligers ultimate creaton

    James CochranJames Cochran17 күн мурун
  • this entire theory of the nether would make for one KICKASS Minecraft Mod

    Optimal Melon PositionOptimal Melon Position17 күн мурун
  • Hey what about the airpods pro those are good they look just the same but only in color white

    Nairam’s VlogsNairam’s Vlogs17 күн мурун
  • I'm talking about the energy of generation because if you start a world it generates the whole world so it stays infinite

    Nairam’s VlogsNairam’s Vlogs17 күн мурун
  • Of the energy of generation duh

    Nairam’s VlogsNairam’s Vlogs17 күн мурун
  • I saw that little picture of Discord....

    Freeze-Dried WaterFreeze-Dried Water18 күн мурун
  • Matpat I love all your videos! You should look at FEZ and do a theory on that game! (This could be a mistake...)

    Tate RosackerTate Rosacker18 күн мурун
  • When are u gonna do another video on minecraft? I think u left out alot.

    Bi-hanBi-han18 күн мурун
  • The sound of netherrack actually sound much like a stoney flesh. So maybe it isn't jus metaphorically hungry for souls

    CraytherlaygamingCraytherlaygaming18 күн мурун
  • Energy from (insert the star in question) -> bedrock -> netherrack -> crimson or warped fungus -> hoglin or strider -> piglin

    The QuadronThe Quadron18 күн мурун
  • The nether technically doesn't have herbivores, because fungus aren't plants

    The QuadronThe Quadron18 күн мурун
  • In my opinion both the bedrock & the netherrack must contain to energy that is received by a star. In conclusion nether materials can collect energy. That is how I presume fungi that aren't from the overworld get their energy, their mycelium grows into the netherrack that has lots of energy channeling through it.

    The QuadronThe Quadron18 күн мурун
  • I want a theory on how Nether was created or how The End was created.

    YankeeYankee18 күн мурун
  • I have a theory: what if Steve was created by the illagers

    River Hall-GeibRiver Hall-Geib18 күн мурун
  • 9:59 Well then how did the end portal close? HUH? ANSWER ME MATPAT!

    Frost SpiritFrost Spirit18 күн мурун
  • Mattttt do an episode on granny

    Taco swiftie 13Taco swiftie 1318 күн мурун
  • what about a theory on why we players respawn while the builders didnt?

    BlipLitBlipLit18 күн мурун

    Donna SteenDonna Steen18 күн мурун
  • Just a theory idea: What about the ability to summon the ender dragon? Lmk a video about this has already been posted

    BobaTeaBeingBobaTeaBeing18 күн мурун
  • Plants in the overworld can grow in a room, with no access to the sun. They can grow by having a torch beside them because of the light. Any chance lava works the same way in the nether? Idk im pretty dumb and im only halfway through the vid

    titan kronus22titan kronus2219 күн мурун
  • i have theory we were like sent on a mission go to the end to beat the game

    Angela Vazquez-HerreraAngela Vazquez-Herrera19 күн мурун