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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  • You want My name?
    You want My name?

    Nether: Underworld Mojang: ehhhhhhhh seperate dimensions

  • wilo

    My be soal groan is trying to hold you

  • Jarod Coffin
    Jarod Coffin

    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

    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

    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

    the circle of life

  • Milesky Dungo
    Milesky Dungo

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

  • Alex Odom
    Alex Odom

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

  • iMangekyou

    What about all the heat energy from the lava

  • GameR

    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

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

  • Haydes

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

  • DeadManWalkin25

    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. P.S. Maybe thats why there are lave falls instead of water falls from the failed attempt from the builders.

  • Jerlaine Maglaqui
    Jerlaine Maglaqui


  • Franklin Joe
    Franklin Joe

    Fungi eat stuff that once took energy from the sun

  • Sta au
    Sta au

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

  • NOGARE Studio
    NOGARE Studio

    Is solar energy involved

  • Minecraft mini figures
    Minecraft mini figures

    Make. A theory of creepy cave sounds

  • michelle gong
    michelle gong

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

  • Jade Walton
    Jade Walton

    so the nether runs on SOULAR ENERGY I'll see myself out

  • Commenter

    Dead souls…

  • Gab anims
    Gab anims

    Gosh this theories are just.....dark

  • derpfluid variant091
    derpfluid variant091

    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

    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”* Huh I guess that’s just a theory of mine A MIND THEORY

  • insert name here plz
    insert name here plz

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

  • Darth Revan
    Darth Revan

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

  • the Wreckman
    the Wreckman

    I am from the nether lands

  • me eating the gest

  • andrei balamad
    andrei balamad

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

  • Bubbelpopcorn

    Im dutch lol

  • oh fuck??
    oh fuck??

    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

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

  • copyright creep
    copyright creep

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


    i feel like i have seen this video before

  • Cameron Childers
    Cameron Childers

    Doom in Minecraft

  • TheAdvertisement

    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

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

  • Dyomel


  • John L
    John L

    What about lava? That exudes a LOT of energy.

  • Random Things
    Random Things

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

  • Obi Wan Kenobi
    Obi Wan Kenobi

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

  • dex123sg

    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

    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

      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

    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

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

  • Md. Sohrab Hossain
    Md. Sohrab Hossain

    (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

    I thought you where going to say lava

  • Kaden Trenkler
    Kaden Trenkler


  • Mozzarella The rat
    Mozzarella The rat

    Why aren’t they attacking him at the beginning?

  • Factory o' Science
    Factory o' Science

    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

    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

    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

    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

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

  • Kawiwii

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

  • Christopher McGaughey
    Christopher McGaughey

    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

    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

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

  • nunya beezwax
    nunya beezwax

    Thermal ecosystems exist without any sunlight

  • Caitlin Hagues
    Caitlin Hagues

    ✏🗒eating✏🗒burns✏🗒calories📝 got it


    So basically, the Minecraft ancestors are colonizers. Cool.

  • Caleigh Tilson
    Caleigh Tilson

    So I guess the void is the underworld then?


    Neth er

  • Zoe E Totten
    Zoe E Totten

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

  • doomqwer

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

  • Legendary3Dgamer

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

  • Fazeer

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

  • Luka_Bazooka

    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

    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

    I am netherland

  • The Mad Demon
    The Mad Demon

    Try make a theory about the minecraft fossils

  • Mr. Palid
    Mr. Palid

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

  • AitchEm

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

  • Dekippeaap


  • VantaBlack MK. X
    VantaBlack MK. X

    6:35 The Sun is A DEADLY LAZER

  • alexander alexander
    alexander alexander

    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

    Why are these theories always so good?!

  • LucaLucaH

    I was just waiting for him to talk about minecraft dungeons

  • DeathBlade39

    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

    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

    “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

    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

    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

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

    • ya boi redmill at 35
      ya boi redmill at 35


  • SG80

    6:00 takin a trip down memory lane with scribblenughts

  • Striker

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

  • valerie carver
    valerie carver

    What are ghosts mabey a mutated.squid?

  • caileyanimates

    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

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

  • Kay B
    Kay B

    I have a theory... If Minecraft is like the real world witch is what you have said in one of your past episodes then what about heaven hell and Earth. So you know Minecraft Earth and then there's another which is basically hell it's a place with trapped tortured souls and a lot of monsters so basically the nether is hell. Well if our ancestors in Minecraft are enderman then what if they are angels, and there are a lot of enderman in the ender world so what if that's heaven. Think about it it's basically three realms or dimensions that you have to take portals to in ghasts are basically ghosts that are always crying so they're being tortured.

  • Salvatore Capuano
    Salvatore Capuano

    actually the piglets eats brown mushrooms and red mushrooms not that mushrooms

  • Luke Skillings
    Luke Skillings

    Hey game theory, why is Steve so powerful? You said that the powerful civilization that existed long ago, built the wither to cure death but it backfired, forcing them to go to the end. You also said that the drowned were gods, yet, I can defeat them easily, I can also defeat the wither, and the Ender dragon by myself. Edit: Nevermind. I probably figured it out because just thought of an amazing twist. What if this ties into minecraft story mode? You said that the command block can't be destroyed by the wither. Maybe the ancient civilization created it. Furthermore, maybe they might be the old builders. As far as I know about the old builders, they created a system where you respawn after you die, and they created a portal network that takes you to many worlds. The world you spawned in could've belonged to the old builders before they accidentally created a monster that nearly destroyed the whole world while they were still figuring out the cure for death. When you respawn in episode 8 of minecraft story mode, it is obvious that they eventually figured out the cure for death. Perhaps Steve is an old builder that was sent to fix the problem they created, and that's why he respawns when he dies, and that's why he's so powerful. Also, the Ender dragon has 8 end crystals that surround it when Steve arrives to defeat it. Also, you only need 4 Ender crystals to resurrect it, and the same number surrounded the Ender dragon when the Order of the Stone went to defeat it.

  • the log 223
    the log 223

    Piglins eat hoglin meat When you trow pork chops they pick it up when they kill hoglin they get the meat oh yea theory about ghasts they are melted souls

  • Dragolectron

    Thubnail: "soul trap" To capture a soul, there must be at least one empty soul gem in the inventory that is large enough to hold that soul. Either cast the Soul Trap spell on the target or attack it with a weapon enchanted with Soul Trap, then slay it before the duration of the effect runs out. If done correctly, the soul will be trapped in the first soul gem of sufficient size available in the inventory. If a soul gem of the exact size is unavailable, the soul will be trapped in a larger gem, if present, but if there are no soul gems large enough to hold the soul, then the soul will not be captured. A soul gem containing a less than optimal soul can be dropped, which will empty it (gems filled to capacity will not be emptied if dropped).

  • That one guy you saw in the comments
    That one guy you saw in the comments

    Ok x1

  • Alpha Panda
    Alpha Panda

    Another thing supporting this Theory that souls are what's powering the nether is the fact that you can only grow Nether wart on Soul Sand and I think Soul soil

  • Owen Mckenzie
    Owen Mckenzie

    Fun fact: netherite scrap is well I do not want to spoil the video but you can go find out the link is

  • Justin Sandovalvega
    Justin Sandovalvega

    I thought he was gonna say like lava is like the sun for the nether

  • WeeNoob

    This is my theory about how steve (the player) was created. Steve was created by the evoker and illagers because they have the type of wool that steve has on him, and they can control life and death so they were trying to create an intelligent species but they kept making zombies that's why zombies have the same clothes as us so they finally created the player. The reason why the player can respawn is that the player has a stronger totem of undying that can't be destroyed. Idk how he has it on him but he does. (I did see the video that Wifies created about this, I just wanted to make a new one similar theory)