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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  1. [REMOVED]

    [REMOVED]Pred uro

    Game theory idea: what is netherite My theory is it's a fluorographene gold alloy. On top of a diamond base. Why fluorographene instead of regular graphene? So Steve (aka the player) doesn't get struck by lightning each time it rains. Fluorographene is also more stable than regular GR. Although problem being fluorographene isn't natural, or at least not natural in our realm (or at all, I only spent 1 hour of research. Please correct me on anything I got wrong or things that just wouldn't work). With Fluorographene (and graphene in general) much more durable (less brittle) than diamond it could help bring an even more durable and hard composite to the armor.

  2. Nico

    NicoPred uro

    i thought he was gonna say geothermal energy. It should take a lot of energy to keep lava hot instead of just freezing into rocks.

  3. J20_gaming

    J20_gamingPred 2 urami

    I just thought wouldn’t the lava be a source of energy? I mean it is abundant and could replace the sun! No need for this dark stuff you need fire or lava to make the energy! You can use it like the hydroelectricity but with lava!!!

  4. Forgotten mentality

    Forgotten mentalityPred 4 urami

    okay all jokes aside *not rlly* fnaf has become sucha big part of GT that even a minecraft video has a fnaf refrence x-x

  5. Normal Human

    Normal HumanPred 5 urami

    Though Wifies has already done a theory on Minecraft fossils he left out why they happened to die so I would go see if something in minecraft shows why they're extinct. So Mat pat if you are going to research on it I would give Wifies a shout out and for you Mat to wach his video on what the fossils are

  6. DankykongMAX

    DankykongMAXPred 6 urami

    Looking at Minecraft's Quasi Lore I have devised a small theory. I believe one of the reasons the ancient builders traveled to the nether was to find gold, as it is very common in the nether. Once they had arrived they found it impossible to grow crops and raise livestock and since the inhabitants of the nether were unfit to be raised as livestock they decided to create a new breed of creature, using the ancient magic they had grown accustomed to using. In their quest, the ancient builders combined human souls with pigs, and eventually, Hoglins were born and were used initially as a food source while piglins were used as slaves to help mine for gold and Blackstone (this may explain why piglins hold gold in such high regard). As their civilization fell, both the hoglins and the piglins and grown feral and would take residence in the ancient structures they had built. Over time both species had become reliant on the nether for survival. As soon as they would come in contact with anything from the overworld, they would become infected and zombified. Perhaps Zombified Piglins and zoglins are zombified because they came in contact with ancient builder artifacts and remains. Who knows?

  7. A. N.

    A. N.Pred 7 urami

    this is photosynthesizing bacteria and algae erasure, *Matthew.*

  8. Ookashay

    OokashayPred 9 urami

    Couldn't the energy in the nether just come from the lava?

  9. Ookashay

    OokashayPred 9 urami

    If endermen are the evolved ancestors of an ancient builder race who were trapped in the end, how did they reach the overworld and the nether if they are suppose to be trapped?

  10. Lilshark

    LilsharkPred 10 urami

    About your earlier theory on the ancient civilization that created the wither: after they went to the end to escape the wither, what ever even happened to the first wither

  11. Seann SD

    Seann SDPred 11 urami

    Fossil theory pls Matpat

  12. Lightning King

    Lightning KingPred 13 urami

    I just realized something: -piglins can give 36 iron nuggets (4 iron ingots) maximum for 1 gold minimum. -Why would piglins give 4 strong iron ingots for 1 weaker gold ingot? -Both materials can be used to make armor and tools, but iron has much more durability and protection. -The only advantage gold has is that it mines quicker. -Gold is everywhere in the nether, but iron isn't seen anywhere other than chests and piglin bartering. -This would mean that gold should be worth less in the nether, so should be just above the value of emeralds in the overworld. -Why is gold so important to piglins?

  13. Piggo Stev

    Piggo StevPred 18 urami

    Yo, why don't we just watch this guy for science class?

  14. Tommy Ofl1ne

    Tommy Ofl1nePred dnevom

    So we know who are skeletons but why are they attacking people

  15. Dane Hollyoak

    Dane HollyoakPred dnevom

    Why isnetherack so weak it takes like three seconds to break a block of netherack can you tell me in a lore based way this has been bugging me for years

  16. Enderlogan

    EnderloganPred dnevom

    so what you're saying is the Nether was colonized

  17. Jude Connor-Macintyre

    Jude Connor-MacintyrePred dnevom

    he referred to The Greek Underworld as a place of fire and brimstone. Everyone, quick get him.

  18. ThatDude

    ThatDudePred dnevom

    I thought he was gonna say lava not souls XD

  19. andrei nireba

    andrei nirebaPred dnevom

    You could use the a light of the lava to sustain life in the nether

  20. keymaster

    keymasterPred dnevom

    The nether is basically hell because of the souls and fire

  21. TheRealIndoRaptor

    TheRealIndoRaptorPred dnevom

    You should make a video about slime rancher

  22. David Hall

    David HallPred dnevom

    I have a question, so if the nether is an ecosystem that survives because of souls, then do mob spawners work in a similar way?

  23. fluff dafire

    fluff dafirePred dnevom

    Why do beds blow up in the nether it makes no sense lore wise ( also is there an above ground to the nethers world

  24. bobrbw1202

    bobrbw1202Pred dnevom

    Ya know, dry and barren… that reminds me of something… perhaps… THE NETHER PRE-1.16???

  25. Clare Ann Sacro

    Clare Ann SacroPred dnevom

    Fix your video

  26. Aldo Gonzalez

    Aldo GonzalezPred dnevom

    What if they are actually living but trapped inside sand and fungi

  27. Veerle Vernooy

    Veerle VernooyPred dnevom

    I live in the netherlands Hihi 🤪

  28. Eddie Harrison

    Eddie HarrisonPred dnevom

    it's not raycon, it's audible. 11:30

  29. Zelda

    ZeldaPred dnevom

    Matpat, when it comes to Minecraft lore, I think there's something you need to check out:

  30. Golddude64

    Golddude64Pred dnevom

    My ear mouth?

  31. Skinny

    SkinnyPred 2 dnevi

    You said music is good for your soul. There is misic on the nether pigstep

  32. Coffee Fox

    Coffee FoxPred 2 dnevi

    Ew, Raycons...

  33. T Man

    T ManPred 2 dnevi

    Game theory: starts talking about nether warts Game theory: shows picture of dragon breath Me: *inhales*

  34. Laura Stevens

    Laura StevensPred 2 dnevi

    Do warriors aparation

  35. xDzy ViperzZ

    xDzy ViperzZPred 2 dnevi

    Imagine if Herobrine was the last boss

  36. Paramedicfirefighter Yeah

    Paramedicfirefighter YeahPred 2 dnevi

    MATPAT PLZ SEE THIS: in ur first minecraft video u said "Instead of using ender pearls to get around they got that from their diet of chours fruit" but HOW DID THEY GET ENDER PEARLS IF THE ONLY WAY TO GET THEM IS BY KILLING ENDER MEN also how did they get eyes of ender when u need, again, ender pearls to make them. which can only be obtained by killing ender men, so explain THAT

  37. I'mTr1ggered

    I'mTr1ggeredPred 2 dnevi

    MatPat. Do you know the bones found in the nether. Their all ribcages and bones and stuff but when you put them all together it is the shape of a wither but way way bigger! CAn you do a theory on that next? Thanks :)

  38. aftershock

    aftershockPred 2 dnevi

    Calm down your making a bigger deal than it should be I just wanted to play the game now all I do is think you just went ahead and sucked out the fun

  39. Zachary Gregory

    Zachary GregoryPred 2 dnevi

    Matpat they changed the ending it is like you said they are telling you the importance of you not being behind a sceeen

  40. Fuzzy Boi

    Fuzzy BoiPred 2 dnevi Mat pat, you should watch it

  41. Bobthemess

    BobthemessPred 2 dnevi

    That fits with soul speed. The boots draw the souls in as energy, and it makes them move fast

  42. ytdszeaz1234

    ytdszeaz1234Pred 2 dnevi

    what about glow squids , they also glow like the vexes ( The Stolen Souls of Minecraft )

  43. C_Unicornz

    C_UnicornzPred 2 dnevi

    Thx for saying heck-scape. ☺️

  44. Haydee Lopez

    Haydee LopezPred 2 dnevi

    Make a theory about HOW EVREY TIME WE DIE IN MINECRAFT WE SPAWN IN THE BEDS IS IT A LOOP OR IS All of that’s a dream in a dream in a dream and goes on forever

  45. Irrelevant Co.

    Irrelevant Co.Pred 2 dnevi

    seed: 27594263 X: 463 Y: 45 Z: -226 1.17.1 pre release 1 I hope this works

  46. Irrelevant Co.

    Irrelevant Co.Pred 2 dnevi

    there WAS a strange underwater structure here in a different world, but now that I load a new world it disappeared, its not like an ocean monument, more like a Stonehenge-like structure.

  47. Irrelevant Co.

    Irrelevant Co.Pred 2 dnevi

    hmm. . . it didn't

  48. Luce Wardt

    Luce WardtPred 2 dnevi

    ....what about the heat from lava?

  49. Mikael Överfjord

    Mikael ÖverfjordPred 2 dnevi

    MatPat! On the official minecraft website, there is a story about the "Legend Of The Screaming Goat", which is about Lee, adventuring the snowy mountains and taking use of some new features. And one thing I found strange in the text is that goats attack everything except other goats (off course) and SHULKERS(!?). I think there might be some lore here for you to uncover. Best regards, a random swede.

  50. Samik Sarkar

    Samik SarkarPred 2 dnevi

    6:57 Hey we give them carbon dioxide! C'mon we're not freeloaders.......

  51. Euan Kim

    Euan KimPred 3 dnevi

    What is ghasts?

  52. daniel danguilan

    daniel danguilanPred 3 dnevi

    And maybe drove them out besides we know the end has similar textures to the warden but who built the obsidian pillars anyway and the final portal when u kill the dragon

  53. daniel danguilan

    daniel danguilanPred 3 dnevi

    Civilization called the under men

  54. daniel danguilan

    daniel danguilanPred 3 dnevi

    He should do a theory how and why the ancient builders went to the end besides the how but like maybe there were like another civilization besides the piglin and villager maybe a civilization where the warden is actually a golem for another aicent

  55. Memer Snas

    Memer SnasPred 3 dnevi

    Geothermal, heat, we aren’t even mentioning the fact that it’s a different dimension!

  56. The Ghaztly Gamer

    The Ghaztly GamerPred 3 dnevi

    Lava = heat Lava = geothermal energy

  57. Amy N.D.

    Amy N.D.Pred 4 dnevi

    Im playing fortnite while watching this

  58. Mr.H

    Mr.HPred 4 dnevi

    With the unholy amount of lava, there had to be at least some energy before the builders got there. Where else did the native species come from? Or does evolution work faster in the nether?

  59. Jessica Sanchez

    Jessica SanchezPred 4 dnevi

    Next minecraft theory should be about the starter skins Steve and Alex and how they grow up because they're adults so they must have been trained by someone.

  60. Sparkles spice adventures

    Sparkles spice adventuresPred 4 dnevi

    Okie time to go outside wash grass then eat it🤣😂

  61. Brittany Miller

    Brittany MillerPred 4 dnevi

    in the lost discs what if the player IS someone being chased by herobrine and he sent undefeatable mobs after him and when he found out the builders were gong to the nether he decided he would make a few more new monsters built just for the harsh wasteland of the entire nether and he turned some of the dead skeletons he sent after the first player into reconstructed versions of them with their new name wither skeletons and the dead souls he killed now combined into one...the ghasts forced to wander the empty plains of the nether and forced to live this twisted version of the forest called the warped forest

  62. Brittany Miller

    Brittany MillerPred 4 dnevi

    what if the souls in the soul sand were not only dead bodys but also victims of the ghostly glitch known as herobrine aka notches dead brother

  63. short Entity

    short EntityPred 4 dnevi

    I love his animations in the vids

  64. matty9460

    matty9460Pred 4 dnevi

    The nether has lava as an energy source

  65. Dustin Martin

    Dustin MartinPred 5 dnevi

    But you can't look at the enderman or it attracts you so it is technically is a enemy

  66. tunago

    tunagoPred 5 dnevi

    maybe the nether is a rogue planet If u break the bedrock with a super mega redstone machine or creative mode U see nothing but a void and some trees and fungi growing With bedrock as the unbreakable ice And the netherrack as water And crimson and warped forest Might just be the areas with underwater mini volcanoes that idk what the name is cuz i'm a retard Its my own theory The nether might be a ROGUE planet with no sun and a unbreakable seemingly unbreakable ice/bedrock

  67. Phoenix  Rising

    Phoenix Rising Pred 5 dnevi


  68. Pixie Ciaran

    Pixie CiaranPred 5 dnevi

    entropy isnt about energy just disappearing, it about that energy going into something else, like lightbulbs the energy that doesnt go to light becomes heat


    WONK WONKPred 5 dnevi

    But couldn't the nether get light and heat energy from lava

  70. Diana Anaid

    Diana AnaidPred 5 dnevi

    Please disappear.

  71. Diana Anaid

    Diana AnaidPred 5 dnevi

    A lot of superficial cheap worthless information. Bad.

  72. Sam McCarty

    Sam McCartyPred 6 dnevi

    Here's something to look at: the skeletal remains scattered around the overworld. They belong to some kind of giant mob that died out eons ago.

  73. David Rutitsky

    David RutitskyPred 6 dnevi

    No one thought to think of the nethers lava as a power source? It's literally heated by the nether's core.

  74. Walker Kids

    Walker KidsPred 6 dnevi

    Do Minecraft Players have taste buds because they don't seem to be effected by food taste

  75. Ethan Secoy

    Ethan SecoyPred 6 dnevi

    Minecraft story mode is the Ancient race or builders that Game theory was talking about They build very weird structures And tested on mobs to make new Ones. And in the story they had to Escape a doom the wither and Most people ran for there lives Maybe into a bunker The end fortress that is how the Enderman came to be. Then we are the lone survivor after Everyone else dies trying to stop him That should explain why the villagers are there they see what building can do so they stoped Also in the story they beat the ended dragon and why it is living is they respawned it on accident

  76. Anosh Gaming

    Anosh GamingPred 6 dnevi

    Like warden silver fish is also made by humans because it is a thing made , spawner can't be fallen from sky and because of wardens nobody can come in so who made the silver fish spawner. So it means all spawners are made by humans but why will they make something to kill them. That's your work.

  77. Ripley Brenner

    Ripley BrennerPred 6 dnevi

    i really thought he was just gonna say heat not souls lol

  78. Autism - How he sees it

    Autism - How he sees itPred 6 dnevi

    Ok but there is 4 things you need to go over, How does THE END get it's energy from, what's the lore of the bunker under the igloo, why do jungle temples exist, and how do we create magic and magic stuff yet cannot craft a end frame?

  79. Belayer 46

    Belayer 46Pred 7 dnevi

    Mat do the research find herobrine

  80. Big Drip

    Big DripPred 7 dnevi

    I got 2 questions if the builders went in the end where did Steve come from and where did the wither go after the builders ran from it?

  81. Chance Brunton

    Chance BruntonPred 7 dnevi

    I think we may need a follow-up video to address the oversight of geothermal energy. There's even life on earth that uses geothermal and doesn't get energy from the sun at all, so I don't see why that couldn't be the basis for the nether.

  82. Michael Lampi

    Michael LampiPred 7 dnevi

    Even though it shut down a long time ago, I think he should make a theory on Minecraft story mode

  83. Caleb Blomberg

    Caleb BlombergPred 7 dnevi

    How about a theory about the jungle temples

  84. Μαργαρίτα Δαρζ

    Μαργαρίτα ΔαρζPred 7 dnevi

    Matpat: But if you think about it there is source of energy in the nether. Me: Lava! Matpat: Souls. Me: D:

  85. Kasel Fowler

    Kasel FowlerPred 8 dnevi

    You can do a theory about why Steve is immortal

  86. Nuggets51

    Nuggets51Pred 8 dnevi

    What if the Minecraft story mode is a prequel to the regular Minecraft game and the humans in the Minecraft story mode are the builders. This could support that the builders built there end.

  87. Terror BillyWilly

    Terror BillyWillyPred 8 dnevi

    So...... Just the plot of doom, right? Neat

  88. NollamaDrama

    NollamaDramaPred 8 dnevi

    raycon looks cool

  89. MachoLogan

    MachoLoganPred 8 dnevi

    I thought it was warped forest because the builders 'warped' the forest through the portal and into the nether

  90. Itzspaceyplayz13

    Itzspaceyplayz13Pred 8 dnevi

    What abt the nether fortresses who left them there AND how did it get there? QUESTIONS STILL NEED TO BE ANSWERED! AND HOW DID THOSE ANIMALS GET THERE thank you for your time

  91. Niko Cob

    Niko CobPred 9 dnevi

    What if the nether is still underground but not in the overworld, maybe it's an inside out planet surrounded by bedrock with a thick atmosphere.

  92. MushiMushi

    MushiMushiPred 9 dnevi

    Ey ey - 5:52 - but people cant eat grass and u cant plant vegies everywhere :) but u can "plant" grass on worse ground, which you can use this grass to feed cows :) and eat the cows. Ah vegetarians

  93. sheluvsRex

    sheluvsRexPred 9 dnevi

    a u d i o f o r k

  94. Ranger Blade

    Ranger BladePred 9 dnevi

    This seems to be the most resent Minecraft video so I’ll ask my question here. I’ve been watching the other videos and I feel like this needs an answer. Who are we as the player? We come form the ancient builder race right? But how? We are the only one of our kind, so how did we get there? Where do we the players come from?

  95. Finn Pearson

    Finn PearsonPred 9 dnevi

    Photosynthesis can use all wavelengths and colors but on earth the dominant color is green it could just as easaly been red or blue. I have to point out that based on the nethers extreme heat there is probably plenty of radioactive decay and life in the nether may run on an endothermic system that is unseen on earth. Seeing as this is an entirely different dimension it could have entirely different biological prosseses.

  96. Zoomboy 8z2

    Zoomboy 8z2Pred 9 dnevi

    Welp there is my school work done with energy

  97. Royalwolfknight

    RoyalwolfknightPred 9 dnevi

    Matpat I know Raycons suck, the beats headphones are better sure it’s more pricey but they have a great bass boost and the last 6/7 hours

  98. Repubbles McGlonky

    Repubbles McGlonkyPred 9 dnevi

    What are you saying Cows are inefficient? Have you even *tried* Hickory Smoked Cow Buttholes? They can feed a family of 5

  99. Quim Cederick Bacalso

    Quim Cederick BacalsoPred 9 dnevi

    solve this:you now the golems their what they spawn in villages they have big noses like what pillangers sometimes drop emerelds like a what that stole emerelds.... solve this matpat solve the whats.....

  100. Mr Cheesepizza

    Mr CheesepizzaPred 9 dnevi

    When he said it is the end, I had a mini heart attack

  101. Itz_Just_Savvy

    Itz_Just_SavvyPred 10 dnevi

    Mom, I am learning some Science and at the same time, watching something from SLthrow :D