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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Writers: Matthew Patrick
Editors: Pedro Freitas and Tyler Mascola
Assistant Editor: AlyssaBeCrazy
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The Game Theorists
  • gacha snowy_ chocolate

    gacha snowy_ chocolate

    Өдрийн өмнө

    Nous sommes rentrés à la maison après que tu cv

  • Diamondfinder89


    2 өдрийн өмнө

    7:01 actually more photosynthesis is produced by members of kingdom protista not by members of kingdom planti 3/4 of the energy from the sun goes to protistans not plants

  • KevinIsNotScar Gaming

    KevinIsNotScar Gaming

    3 өдрийн өмнө

    Hi I just want to propose this theory idea on a game called Rimworld, its mostly sandbox but there were a few bits of "lore" like the Insect War or where the mechanoids came from or the reason on why the ship crashed, Im a HUGE fan of your videos at a young age and even until now, keep up the good work and do what you love best Mat

  • Gamerlol913


    3 өдрийн өмнө

    He he.... SUStainable....

  • 黑暗拳侍


    3 өдрийн өмнө


  • Pijushkanti Parbat

    Pijushkanti Parbat

    4 өдрийн өмнө

    I love how he is doing lore but also he's giving us a geography lesson

  • Lady Cheerybelle

    Lady Cheerybelle

    4 өдрийн өмнө

    So, uh... What about chemosynthesis and chemotrophy?
    It has been proposed that, in the event of the Earth being separated from the sun, chemotrophic extremophiles deep within the oceans could continue to survive far into the future.
    It would seem that ecosystems can be sustained by chemosynthesis on account of eukaryotic deep sea life being extant.
    That's not even to mention... The places where these chemotrophs live and chemosynthesize? Deep sea geothermal vents.
    Could it be that highly-heat-resistant chemotrophic extremophiles are the producers of the Nether ecosystems?
    It could very well be the case, afaik.
    ...but hey; that's just a conjecture!
    Thanks for reading!

  • Clayton CROWLEY

    Clayton CROWLEY

    5 өдрийн өмнө

    Should you do a theory on the respawn function I mean coming back to life is unnatural so why do you respawn could have to do with your soul

  • Aries The Ram

    Aries The Ram

    5 өдрийн өмнө

    Huh, 0.1% of the population living off the hard work of the 99.9%? *Where have I seen that before*

  • Mending Bansil

    Mending Bansil

    6 өдрийн өмнө

    Ha ha ha that that was a funny joke

  • IronBat


    6 өдрийн өмнө

    What about all that lava.

  • Wastelander Stark

    Wastelander Stark

    6 өдрийн өмнө

    I think you're forgetting bodily waste
    which could also be used as food for the fungi
    and the possibilities of the lava and it's heat being used as energy in place of the sun.
    Though the fact that there is a lot of fungi might not support that.

  • You want My name?

    You want My name?

    9 өдрийн өмнө

    Nether: Underworld
    Mojang: ehhhhhhhh seperate dimensions

  • wilo


    9 өдрийн өмнө

    My be soal groan is trying to hold you

  • Jarod Coffin

    Jarod Coffin

    9 өдрийн өмнө

    It could be that there is a sun but it's not visible. It's like a cave world. The sun heats the planet and that heat transfers to the cave system which generates lava. The bedrock could have a very high melting point but can still transfer heat.

  • JunimoDruid


    11 өдрийн өмнө

    5:49 yea, about that "vegetarianism being more eco-friendly," it isn't, at least not in the mass-consumption of water & land & fuel for shipping produce that going 100% vegan is
    Maybe do a Food Theory series on the environmental impacts of Meat vs Vegetarian vs Vegan vs Keto ??
    "Eating less meat won't save the planet. Here's why"

  • Kzitold


    12 өдрийн өмнө

    4:05 So mushrooms can be considered like an omnivorous animal?
    4:30 Sounds like perputual energy, which never works.
    7:30 Sounds like ethereal-vore.

  • evil meme lord

    evil meme lord

    12 өдрийн өмнө

    the circle of life

  • Milesky Dungo

    Milesky Dungo

    12 өдрийн өмнө

    Mat pat:Nether is underworld
    Austin: Nether is a planet on space.

  • Alex Odom

    Alex Odom

    13 өдрийн өмнө

    um... are we just forgetting about geothermal energy and the various lifeforms that live off it? that isn't dependent on the sun.

  • iMangekyou


    13 өдрийн өмнө

    What about all the heat energy from the lava

  • GameR


    13 өдрийн өмнө

    Hi,I am just simply putting this out but can you do a vid about herobrine?who he is and how he came to be,ik that most youtubers have gone through this thoroughly but I want hear it through your perspective.thanks

  • Bill cipher

    Bill cipher

    17 өдрийн өмнө

    In the creeper episode well .
    Me: the creeper in my favorite mob.
    Matpat: the creepers are moss.
    Me: you ruined my childhood. :(

  • Haydes


    17 өдрийн өмнө

    I thought it would be geothermal, the fungi living off dank chemical soup from the lava like deep sea vent ecosystems

  • DeadManWalkin25


    18 өдрийн өмнө

    So I’m curious. You said the builders terraformed the NETHER to create these forest biomes, but you never explained how the builders actually did that. I would say they created Nether Portals in the ocean that continuously poured ocean water into the NETHER to create these WARPED biomes. The constant flush of water would not have deteriorated enough if water was constantly flushed into the NETHER from the OVERWORLD OCEANS. Hence water would of gotten through & stuck around. I feel like that alone is worth a GAME THEORY or it’s at least worth looking into since you haven’t touched on that subject.
    Maybe thats why there are lave falls instead of water falls from the failed attempt from the builders.

  • Jerlaine Maglaqui

    Jerlaine Maglaqui

    18 өдрийн өмнө


  • Franklin Joe

    Franklin Joe

    18 өдрийн өмнө

    Fungi eat stuff that once took energy from the sun

  • Sta au

    Sta au

    19 өдрийн өмнө

    And here I thought it was the warp. A realm of hellish creatures that whose only solace is the torment of others.

  • Nogare Studios

    Nogare Studios

    19 өдрийн өмнө

    Is solar energy involved

  • Minecraft mini figures

    Minecraft mini figures

    19 өдрийн өмнө

    Make. A theory of creepy cave sounds

  • michelle gong

    michelle gong

    19 өдрийн өмнө

    Game Minecraft theorist:
    We get our energy inefficiently!
    “Can Steve Starve to Death” Video?:
    100 % efficient energy absorption!

  • Jade Walton

    Jade Walton

    20 өдрийн өмнө

    so the nether runs on SOULAR ENERGY

    I'll see myself out

  • Commenter


    20 өдрийн өмнө

    Dead souls…

  • Gab anims

    Gab anims

    20 өдрийн өмнө

    Gosh this theories are just.....dark

  • derpfluid variant091

    derpfluid variant091

    20 өдрийн өмнө

    if the souls of piglins and the other nether dwellers count, would that make it sustainable? Because souls would likely be created when a new creature is born, and piglin can have children.

  • MayDay_days


    22 өдрийн өмнө

    Wait….. I just realised…. When you break the bedrock on the roof of the nether…. You get an “infinite” void….. when you break the bedrock on the bottom of the *overworld* you get an *“infinite void”*
    I guess that’s just a theory of mine


  • insert name here plz

    insert name here plz

    23 өдрийн өмнө

    6:14 You absolute freaking legend, with the MLP reference.

  • Darth Revan

    Darth Revan

    23 өдрийн өмнө

    So if the nether is hell then what’s the end

  • the Wreckman

    the Wreckman

    24 өдрийн өмнө

    I am from the nether lands

  • andrei balamad

    andrei balamad

    24 өдрийн өмнө

    6:25 made me laugh so much lol!!!

  • Bubbelpopcorn


    24 өдрийн өмнө

    Im dutch lol

  • oh fuck??

    oh fuck??

    24 өдрийн өмнө

    someone dumb down the bit about the ecosystem and sun energy and all that please.
    or just lemme know that was dumb as it gets and im a lost cause

  • Avis Barasch

    Avis Barasch

    24 өдрийн өмнө

    The motionless pyjama pathogenetically arrest because pyjama feraly claim since a clear bicycle. mellow, divergent grouse

  • copyright creep

    copyright creep

    25 өдрийн өмнө

    i heard my national anthem and i wasn't prepared for that joke because i was only half paying attention lmao



    25 өдрийн өмнө

    i feel like i have seen this video before

  • Cameron Childers

    Cameron Childers

    25 өдрийн өмнө

    Doom in Minecraft

  • TheAdvertisement


    25 өдрийн өмнө

    2:30 I knew it! I was once in this long argument with a guy over it not being a confirmed theory, and I finally know I'm right!
    6:25 It's been so long since I've seen Shoop dee woop!
    11:10 Why is Steve so freakishly tall here lol.

  • BeeHAVE


    25 өдрийн өмнө

    This feels like those serial killer documentaries and I'm in for it.

  • Dyomel


    26 өдрийн өмнө

    JOHN 3:16

  • John L

    John L

    26 өдрийн өмнө

    What about lava? That exudes a LOT of energy.

  • Random Things

    Random Things

    27 өдрийн өмнө

    @The Game Theorists cant lava act as a mini sun providing energy?

  • Obi Wan Kenobi

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    27 өдрийн өмнө

    I Wonder What Lore Is More Confusing. The Minecraft Lore Or The FNAF Lore.

  • dex123sg


    27 өдрийн өмнө

    Here is a theory for you could the Illagers have created Steve? He dose appear out of no where with no memory except the inherit memory to build and there is evidence that the Illagers worship the original builders and are trying to immolate them, if not recreate them. So could they have succeeded? (the colored wool is the same as the zombies the remnants of the builder cavitation. There is more i could say but I don't what this comment to be too long)

  • Dave Moffat

    Dave Moffat

    27 өдрийн өмнө

    I would have liked some theories included about the glowstone, as it is a self sustaining energy source that can be used to grow crops underground where there is no sunlight, would it not be a large contributor to the sustainability of life in the nether?

    • JoshBenji Ferrell

      JoshBenji Ferrell

      26 өдрийн өмнө

      you are right i never would have thought abut that but what about the shroomlights, maybe the same as the glowstone or just bioluminescence by the fungi to spread in the nether.

  • Simon U

    Simon U

    27 өдрийн өмнө

    Well.. some Fungi can get energy chemosythesis too, that would let a constant supply of energy into the ecosystem, before animals and plants made their way on to land fungi that were chemosythesizers were the only ones that existed on land. Also there is a similar ecosystem on earth that could be similar to the nether which would be life near underwater volcanoes. That ecosystem relies on hydrothermal bacteria.

  • Battlefront Ninga

    Battlefront Ninga

    28 өдрийн өмнө

    In theory it couldn't be under as there's the void

  • Md. Sohrab Hossain

    Md. Sohrab Hossain

    28 өдрийн өмнө

    (7:17) I thought you were talking about the lava, since that's sort of what the sun is made of.

  • Halima Hussein

    Halima Hussein

    28 өдрийн өмнө

    I thought you where going to say lava

  • Kaden Trenkler

    Kaden Trenkler

    28 өдрийн өмнө


  • Mozzarella The rat

    Mozzarella The rat

    28 өдрийн өмнө

    Why aren’t they attacking him at the beginning?

  • Factory o' Science

    Factory o' Science

    29 өдрийн өмнө

    I saw a lot of comments of people screaming at Mat for not mentioning geothermal energy. Well get this. Geothermal energy, at least as I know, cant be used to sustain life. Well it can help sustain fancy life because it is used mostly in making electricity but I dont think geothermal energy is useful to plants other than being a much more eco friendly source of electrical energy than burning fossil fuels. Plants use solar energy to perform photosynthesis and I think that is the only form of energy they use. Nether only has fungi and fungi perforns decomposition to get energy. It dosent use geothermal energy. that is why without dumb travellers going to the nether, it wont have enough energy to sustain life because as I watch this kind of vids and I do research, I think it's safe to say that a place cant sustain life without an outside source of energy. Nether has an outside source. The inhabitants just have to pray that someone will go to their dimension so that they could murder them for an energy source. Correct me if im wrong about this but please dont scream at Mat for not talking about geothermal energy. Lava is molten rocks that give heat. And plants and fungi dont use heat energy to make more energy. Plants use solar energy and fungi sucks the energy from dead things. But hey, that's just a theory, A GAME THEORY! Thank you for coming to my Ted talk.

  • UltraMicahGmr


    29 өдрийн өмнө

    Play Terraria. I know you know about it! It's in the "Is my fangame illegal?" Video you said it was a Minecraft clone.

  • Games and Tutorials

    Games and Tutorials

    29 өдрийн өмнө

    When you say Hey that's just a theory A GaMe TheORy!!!!!!!! it makes me feel like i wasted a bunch of time

  • Jacob Eidson

    Jacob Eidson

    Сарын өмнө

    But there is some sort of day and night cycle villagers can sleep in the nether but we can’t. Hold on what if it is because we have souls so the nether wants us dead so we can’t sleep. But villagers can sleep so they must not have a soul

  • Zack Sky

    Zack Sky

    Сарын өмнө

    The nether is another dimension, not another world, it is not the same.

  • Kawiwii


    Сарын өмнө

    matpat: the nether is full of another source. me: yeah, heat and/or thermal energy.

  • Christopher McGaughey

    Christopher McGaughey

    Сарын өмнө

    Have you realized that Steve isn't actually from the minecraft world? That's why you never find Villages of humans.

  • the super taco

    the super taco

    Сарын өмнө

    You know Maybe the old nether is the future of the nether Since there's literally pretty much no life It has zombies and skeletons And I'm pretty sure zombie pigma don't need energy to stay alive

  • Giant crack

    Giant crack

    Сарын өмнө

    Earth core: Am i a joke to you
    Sun: Yes

  • nunya beezwax

    nunya beezwax

    Сарын өмнө

    Thermal ecosystems exist without any sunlight

  • Сарын өмнө

    ✏🗒eating✏🗒burns✏🗒calories📝 got it



    Сарын өмнө

    So basically, the Minecraft ancestors are colonizers. Cool.

  • Caleigh Tilson

    Caleigh Tilson

    Сарын өмнө

    So I guess the void is the underworld then?



    Сарын өмнө

    Neth er

  • Zoe E Totten

    Zoe E Totten

    Сарын өмнө

    I’ve noticed if the enderman are our ansesters why do they attack us when we look at them

  • doomqwer


    Сарын өмнө

    I always thought that lava of the nether provided the light an energy needed since it seem like an almost endless resource there

  • Legendary3Dgamer


    Сарын өмнө

    Wait mat pat if your saying that the neither is powered by souls then what is the end world powered by?

  • Fazeer


    Сарын өмнө

    I don't care what anyone says. Nether is under Overworld. And it's the truth.

  • Luka_Bazooka


    Сарын өмнө

    Just imagine going on a date with MatPat.
    I bet when they both have nothing to talk about, he talks about theories.

  • l’ a m o u r e

    l’ a m o u r e

    Сарын өмнө

    I actually think that the nether is similar to what we know as the "astral realm". like it exists all around us, we just need a point of entry to see and interact with it.

  • Ruben Mols

    Ruben Mols

    Сарын өмнө

    I am netherland

  • The Mad Demon

    The Mad Demon

    Сарын өмнө

    Try make a theory about the minecraft fossils

  • Mr. Palid

    Mr. Palid

    Сарын өмнө

    A biological explanation for h*ck, facinating in a way...

  • AitchEm


    Сарын өмнө

    How does the nether have lava then, there must be something creating that energy

  • Dekippeaap


    Сарын өмнө


  • VantaBlack MK. X

    VantaBlack MK. X

    Сарын өмнө

    6:35 The Sun is A DEADLY LAZER

  • alexander alexander

    alexander alexander

    Сарын өмнө

    If you're going to the Nether in Xbox One Edition and the straight up you actually reach the other world

  • Areeya Buchner

    Areeya Buchner

    Сарын өмнө

    Why are these theories always so good?!

  • LucaLucaH


    Сарын өмнө

    I was just waiting for him to talk about minecraft dungeons

  • DeathBlade39


    Сарын өмнө

    Ok, as a simpleminded dum-dum here is my conclusion: If the Nether can exist, then so can life in Nether without a sustainable source

  • GamingFox


    Сарын өмнө

    OK so here are 3 of theory's of how soul sand is made 1.the wither died in the Nether than the gravel absorbed the soul of the withers soul 2.piglins died then gravel absorbed it 3. previous adventurer's died then once again gravel absorbed the souls

  • Graveyard Fox

    Graveyard Fox

    Сарын өмнө

    “The never is literally a world with no sun”
    “Where does it get it’s never get from?”
    Me : what if… WHAT IF… WHAT IF… what if the Nether is what is inside of The Red sun from SCP : Containment Breach?

  • Graveyard Fox

    Graveyard Fox

    Сарын өмнө

    Atcually, the never is not embedded with bedrock… I went into creative and dug up past the bedrock and it was one sheet of bedrock before I went into a red void, therefore indicating it is in fact a dimension.

  • cholachanth yes

    cholachanth yes

    Сарын өмнө

    Why are people saying that soals are the energy of the nether when you have lava and lots of heat and lava has light not just heat remember the sun isn't just the only source of energy on earth its you also have the heat of the earth itself and that's how deep sea organisms get there nutrients but they also take energy that is literally dropped down there by animals dieing from up above so shure they can leach of of soals but also the lavas heat

  • ya boi redmill at 35

    ya boi redmill at 35

    Сарын өмнө

    We kill your ancestors and take Thiers eyes (endermen) that's dark

    • ya boi redmill at 35

      ya boi redmill at 35

      Сарын өмнө


  • SG80


    Сарын өмнө

    6:00 takin a trip down memory lane with scribblenughts

  • Striker


    Сарын өмнө

    I wonder if creepers do have hands but they act like legs just like cats and dogs

  • valerie carver

    valerie carver

    Сарын өмнө

    What are ghosts mabey a mutated.squid?

  • caileyanimates


    Сарын өмнө

    I got lucky on my piglin barter.. Got 16 ender pearls at my 5th time

    (i still couldn't beat minecraf)

  • The Aisgle

    The Aisgle

    Сарын өмнө

    Matpat: **Uses biology to understand the Nether and it's ecosystem**
    Mojang: **Nah, they're just magic plants who can self substain themselves**