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. Oxy Gen

    Oxy Gen2 klukkustundum síðan

    theory for another day: how big is the minecraft sun?

  2. medine yoca

    medine yoca2 klukkustundum síðan

    You know it’s time for a good theory when MatPat dismisses the gigantic lava oceans and glowstones that give off light and heat that the fungi in Nether could’ve easily evolved into using as calories.

  3. Udaykumar Tembhare

    Udaykumar Tembhare6 klukkustundum síðan

    Matpat you forgot about geothermal energy, and the Transition of heat into chemical energy and all of that


    LADY ARIES9 klukkustundum síðan

    I have a theory myself, Matpat. You know those cave sounds? Those creepy sounds you hear when you're in a cave or nearby a cave? Why does Steve hear those sounds only when in or nearby a cave? I dont think his mind is playing with him, I think he has some magical potential attached to him especially since he's a descendant of an ancient race of builders. We hear different sounds in the cave but the most interesting is the sound that sounds like a minecart tumbling as it goes through the rails either by someone riding it or putting a chest in it to deliver it to some other builders through the cave. Or maybe those cave sounds are Steve's somewhat fears, or memories. Think about it, He just spawned (or woke up) in a world so blank and not filled with creatures like HIM. He doesn't remember anything but his name. Are those sounds connected to him in a magical potential way or are those sounds produced from forgotten memories of his childhood?

  5. OsirisLegends

    OsirisLegends13 klukkustundum síðan

    when you go to buy the earbuds cause you need new ones that are good and they don't ship to you T-T

  6. Oskar SkovPhillipsen

    Oskar SkovPhillipsen14 klukkustundum síðan

    What if glowstone worked like the Sun with energy somehow

  7. The Flooferman

    The Flooferman18 klukkustundum síðan

    So if we explained how many punches it takes to hit a tree, and how much force we would need...could we figure out how long it takes to grow a tree?

  8. BenTenerson08

    BenTenerson08Degi Síðan síðan

    Something I realized is that piglins can trade you gold for water bottles and that always confused me 😕

  9. Chubbs McNubbs

    Chubbs McNubbsDegi Síðan síðan

    Please do oldroot

  10. The Legit Potato

    The Legit PotatoDegi Síðan síðan

    Anyone know what the intro music is? At 0:37 Please

  11. Dimitar Petrov

    Dimitar PetrovDegi Síðan síðan

    What are blazes

  12. jonjon99. 9

    jonjon99. 9Degi Síðan síðan

    Break the bedrock in the nether and there will be nothing just bedrock floor

  13. Baguette Croissant

    Baguette CroissantDegi Síðan síðan

    Tysm for showing the others my fatherland - 1:17

  14. Gel Fial

    Gel FialDegi Síðan síðan

    Next theory of the ender dragon

  15. 山火事ゲーム

    山火事ゲームDegi Síðan síðan

    11:52 MATTPAT SUS

  16. little bro and big sis

    little bro and big sisDegi Síðan síðan

    Hey matpat have you done a theory about Minecraft story mode

  17. ß_0_ß

    ß_0_ßDegi Síðan síðan

    My other theory is: that when you join, you are the only one of your kind since they turned into ender men. The reason you know how to craft is because you were a baby when everyone left to the End. But you don’t a bunch of stuff since you were never taught how to make certain stuff. Which is why you can’t craft ender portals other than crafting Eye Of Enders.

  18. ß_0_ß

    ß_0_ßDegi Síðan síðan

    Now, the real thing is, what do the creepy noises mean? they must have some meaning to why you hear them. My theory is, the people who were left here when the civilization left the over world they died. They became ghost who wander the caves and over world. That why you would babies crying or someone screaming. But you would never see them since you don’t remember them.

  19. Sergey Lukashanets

    Sergey LukashanetsDegi Síðan síðan

    Also if the nether mobs are actually getting food out of bed explosion deaths, man, they receive three generations' worth of souls daily. I contributed one today.

  20. Sergey Lukashanets

    Sergey LukashanetsDegi Síðan síðan

    Converting heat into energy is possible with industrial machines. Minecraft's equivalent of such machinery would be souls. The cycle: Thing dies, releases soul, soul converts heat from lava into energy. Piglins and such probably spend a lot of energy, and probably require a lot of soul energy to live, which is why they die in the Overworld, which has much less lava and no soul sand. Thus, the zombie virus is quickly able to invade the body. Striders and ghasts on the other hand, use up very little soul energy as the first one can directly take energy out of lava (thus explaining their resistance to fire) and the second one probably functions like a helium balloon or something, explaining why they don't get zombified. Or something like that. I don't know.

  21. The Gamming Card Garage

    The Gamming Card Garage2 dögum síðan

    The nether isn’t the under world because when you dig through the bedrock in the over world, you get the void and not the nether. So I knew the nether was a another universe

  22. Nyocz

    Nyocz2 dögum síðan

    I think we should get an "Axolotl" theory 🙋‍♂️

  23. Alex Lam

    Alex Lam2 dögum síðan

    Isnt heat a renewablesource of energy? Cause the nether has plenty of that.

  24. Keith Gamboa

    Keith Gamboa2 dögum síðan

    I think i know how the ancient builders made the ender pearls they used the SCULKS the new blocks. I think thats how they made it to the END🧐

  25. Bill Moon

    Bill Moon2 dögum síðan

    Source of energy? Hmmm... Let me see... Is there anything in the netherworld that is so high in energy that it literally burns anything and everything in seconds? I don't know Matt. Guess it must have been souls.

  26. Ayaan Khan

    Ayaan Khan2 dögum síðan

    waiting for the next one...

  27. Eliyah Cotten

    Eliyah Cotten2 dögum síðan

    I was watching old videos and the endermen are old builders is true I googled it

  28. Gabriel Gibby

    Gabriel Gibby2 dögum síðan

    I have another solution to the energy problem! G E O T H E R M A L E N E R G Y


    INVADER ZIM3 dögum síðan

    Hey matpat the new case and clip update just arrived and I think there's a new animal that might be an axolotl with the color of at least the one I found being yellow Well that's just great now apparently Bill Cipher isn't just going to Rick and Morty's universe but is also traveling to Minecraft

  30. Qube Pig

    Qube Pig3 dögum síðan

    Can you make a theory about the fossils in minecraft?

  31. Frederick Felt

    Frederick Felt3 dögum síðan

    Me wathcing in 2021 in 2 days and realizing it took him 2 years to do the full minecraft lore series

  32. Enagraty

    Enagraty3 dögum síðan

    I wonder why they refer to the Overworld as the home of the ghasts in an achievement.

  33. ItzWaterWheelz

    ItzWaterWheelz3 dögum síðan

    GAME THEORY: Why do piglins zombify when coming to the overworld?

  34. Migixkem Jord

    Migixkem Jord3 dögum síðan

    Please add these 2 more evidence of creepers being unnatural being 1. They drop disc when killed by skeletons 2. If you got to Spectator mode and right click to see the perspective of the creeper it's perspective is green and slightly *PIXELATED*

  35. Sterling Di Bianca

    Sterling Di Bianca3 dögum síðan


  36. James Exequel Custudio

    James Exequel Custudio3 dögum síðan

    5:08 imagine your phone is your beard and you can just take it off to watch your channel HAHA 🤣🤣🤣🤣

  37. B R U H S T R I P E

    B R U H S T R I P E3 dögum síðan

    I always imagined that the Warped forests were just diseased versions of the crimson forests. Thats why Piglins and hoglins don’t like it, it’s diseased.

  38. Regidrago

    Regidrago3 dögum síðan



    AMMAR FAYYAD BIN AIZAT Moe3 dögum síðan

    ME: thinking is just a game.

  40. Ryan Dehle

    Ryan Dehle3 dögum síðan

    No geothermal energy?

  41. prstem Gaming

    prstem Gaming3 dögum síðan

    What if were one of the people of the lost civilization and we stayed behind to keep the others safe by taking some of the eyes to close the portal but after doing that got knocked out by something and because we are knocked out and we get put in a coma that takes us generations wake up from and we can't respawn until we wake up so we pretty much travel in that coma we get amnesia and forget all about who we are and what happened and because of the amnisa we do things differently allowing us to gain fighting abilities to keep us safe

  42. VisseNekku

    VisseNekku4 dögum síðan

    All this talk about how burning calories would exceed the intake, and yet this thought doesn't seem to cross his mind for Wall-E, where humans would supposedly eat exclusively humans.

  43. Wenzzzy

    Wenzzzy4 dögum síðan

    Minecraft: “Hey guys! Nether updates here, yaaaaay! Game Theory: “Oh my god souls ascaping

  44. azmil azam

    azmil azam4 dögum síðan

    How living things would eat a soul if they were light

  45. The Creature Called Pete

    The Creature Called Pete4 dögum síðan

    Minecraft theory: Steve can't be infected because zombies are the result of magic and not a virus (Steve is immune to curses), that would also explain why witches and evokers can't curse you. That would also mean Steve is also a magical being, which he is since he can enchant things and make potions.

  46. Gacha life Msp

    Gacha life Msp4 dögum síðan

    I just thought this why are we in the middle of nowhere?

  47. Zander Miller

    Zander Miller4 dögum síðan

    My theory is that there is a cycle for the ancient builders that one survivor can bring them back to what they truly are and undo any affects that happened to them like the teleportation and the undead

  48. Why Not Bby

    Why Not Bby4 dögum síðan

    what if steve and alex well and anyone who ever joins a server in Minecraft is actually a soldier of some sort sent and or teleported to the over world to fix and or survive everything like in the show the 100 and that's why they are so powerful and why there are no such thing as children except from the villigers idk just a thought

  49. Logan Farmer

    Logan Farmer5 dögum síðan

    It has to be the core because think, the bottom of overworld? BEDROCK! Top of nether? BEDROCK

  50. E Z

    E Z5 dögum síðan

    5:15 no one gonna talk about how someone ate a pizza whole, and didn’t take a single bite.

  51. Hanip Mahayudin

    Hanip Mahayudin5 dögum síðan

    Hey i got theory ancient debris is a bone not a ore but a bone. ok we see in soul sand valley there a lot fo bone. ok so my thoery is ancient debris is a bone from titan like zombie titan


    MUSTAFA XD5 dögum síðan

    what about herobrine ? ._.

  53. Teshay Walker

    Teshay Walker5 dögum síðan

    “The nether is powered by souls” *Fnaf fans intensifies*

  54. Teshay Walker

    Teshay Walker5 dögum síðan

    “The nether is powered by souls” *Fnaf fans intensifies*

  55. Slothi Deathi

    Slothi Deathi5 dögum síðan

    you don't need a supernatural explanation as souls to explain an ecosystem without sunlight we have here on earth on the deep caves, organisms that live their whole life without ever see the sun, are they feeding on souls? no, they are not! so how they get their nutrients? the answer is bacteria! those ecosystems have goo of bacteria because those bacteria evolved to not depend on the sunlight, these bacteria goo feed fish, fungi, bats, insects, and any other organism that lives in there, you might ask what those bacteria get their energy from? and the answer is pretty simple, mainly hydrogen sulfide, combined with oxygen, and they can get these from the soil or water pounds, even plants don't get their lives from the sun, the sun just makes possible the photosynthesis, that helps the plants get nutrients from the soil, you can have a plant with all the sun in the world if the soil has no nutrients, the plant will die, the same for animals, when you eat a plant you aren't eating the energy of the plant you are eating the plant's nutrients that will be converted in energy, so yeah your theory debunked because it is 100% possible to have a world without sunlight and still support life, the only unexplained thing in nether is how organisms can develop without water, BUT HEY THAT IS JUST A THEORY! A BIOLOGY THEORY!

  56. Odin Johnson

    Odin Johnson5 dögum síðan

    I think Matt pat won’t but I think it would be interesting for him to see if the world of abberation from ARK:Survival evolved would substain itself without the tek structures

  57. TheoryOfAwesome

    TheoryOfAwesome6 dögum síðan

    What about the official minecraft hacks book that states that the nether is below the overworld??

  58. That Guy

    That Guy6 dögum síðan

    So there is no sun to give energy but hear me out what if glow stone is a form of artificial light that could provide the energy needed BOOM new video


    ALICE BEPLAY6 dögum síðan

    Can you make a theory about the adbanouded villages sorry for my spelling


    3SXOPE GAMING6 dögum síðan 4:27 might give u guys a good episode from old mob textures

  61. General Skywalker

    General Skywalker6 dögum síðan

    so i have two question 1- if the old Civilization people are all dead. who are we who is steve where did he come from who are his parents 2- there is people that can build in minecraft story mode so are they in an other world or what

  62. Johnathan Kuznar

    Johnathan Kuznar6 dögum síðan

    This theory is actually wrong piglins are afraid of soul campfires and soul lanterns and hoglins are afraid of warped fungus and they are both afraid of soul energy so maybe hoglins are mutated versions of piglins and they’re angry so maybe piglins are messing with they’re own species wich created hoglins

  63. eddie Fernando

    eddie Fernando6 dögum síðan

    Minecrafters when NetherLands Exists but never been there: *Packs Safety Gear and Gold which is fake*

  64. Nightmare

    Nightmare6 dögum síðan

    Mat pat: you can't get obsidian in nether, because there is no water there Ruind portal: am I a joke to you?

  65. TreguardD

    TreguardD6 dögum síðan

    It's time for the next Minecraft theory.

  66. Friede

    Friede6 dögum síðan

    A middle world would be interesting 😲

  67. Gareth Orris

    Gareth Orris6 dögum síðan

    Can we get a lore on music discs and specifically pigstep?

  68. Vinny Grossoehme

    Vinny Grossoehme6 dögum síðan

    I gotta ask where does Alex fit into all this

  69. Koko

    Koko6 dögum síðan

    Just saying, chlorophyll could theoretically evolve in different colors under certain environmental circumstances

  70. Jacob Knight

    Jacob Knight6 dögum síðan

    Necromantic Dyson Spheres are no sustainable form of life!

  71. NinjaTimeGamer!

    NinjaTimeGamer!6 dögum síðan

    Is matpat going to make a theory on how Steve or Alex respawn?

  72. spark do3s_yt

    spark do3s_yt6 dögum síðan

    Theory) what if the souls are (or were) the ancient builders

  73. Selena •

    Selena •7 dögum síðan

    these are the only youtube videos i don’t get bored watching

  74. Selena •

    Selena •7 dögum síðan

    like he talks fast enough that’s i can keep listening

  75. Ice plus

    Ice plus7 dögum síðan

    Random thought. What if in Minecraft phantoms are not real, you’re just going crazy from not sleeping and when they attack you it’s just your mental health. I’m not sure if someone has already said this theory tho.

  76. jason reynolds

    jason reynolds7 dögum síðan

    Mat pat do a theory on old root it is scary and I think it still doesn't have an awnser

  77. CraftyKid

    CraftyKid7 dögum síðan

    It was in a book that my dad read which you should see it it is like crazy I don’t know if it’s a book or I don’t know can you just find it and saw it in the Minecraft

  78. CraftyKid

    CraftyKid7 dögum síðan

    And that connects to what you’re saying

  79. CraftyKid

    CraftyKid7 dögum síðan

    There was a believe back in the time that below the earth there was a civilization

  80. Daryan Tabor

    Daryan Tabor7 dögum síðan

    MatPat noooo. You missed a huuuuge source of energy. Lava. Green sulfur bacteria around geothermal vents use chemical energy (hydrogen sulfide) and light to survive. Lava has both of these things, and in great abundance in Nether.

  81. FP Pitt

    FP Pitt7 dögum síðan

    And we are builders we’re descendants from them but we’re still them we can brake stuff there and put stuff here

  82. FP Pitt

    FP Pitt7 dögum síðan

    For my minecraft type,pocket edition wardens and copper and axolotl stuff don’t exist...YET they’ll come in about 5 days! Can’t wait for the update!

  83. FP Pitt

    FP Pitt7 dögum síðan

    The some ancient builders scattered to the nether and they rested in the soul sand and turned into skeletons and zombies and husks and there pets turned into phantoms and the builders also turned into...WITHER SKELETONS!

  84. Franta Svoboda

    Franta Svoboda8 dögum síðan

    When will we finaly get a raycon lore video

  85. Nikola Brigjaj

    Nikola Brigjaj8 dögum síðan

    I'm about to start a new theory,what if the pillagers and piglins are connected?

  86. X - TRON

    X - TRON8 dögum síðan

    I watched through the sponsor thinking there was more lore after it 🤣

  87. Excalibur9MM

    Excalibur9MM8 dögum síðan

    Its funny how they dont talk about how they made lava

  88. zomzomino

    zomzomino8 dögum síðan

    i think minecraft symbolizes life. the minecraft villages have yellow and white. white symbolizes innocence and yellow symbolizes happiness. the minecraft villages are life. people will defend kids and be nice to them, which is what iron golems are supposed to represent. the monsters in the overworld symbolize growing up. the illagers represent puberty. the nether represents being an adult. everything you see is sadder. the soul sand symbolizes your expended knowledge of death, and the plants represent the happiness. going back to the overworld symbolizes becoming an elder, and how everything is like childhood. you are not in full strenght. the end symbolizes becoming so old you have danger in everything. the dragon symbolizes disease which you need to fight off, and the 2nd end portal, the last thing you see before you finish the game, symbolizes dying at piece.

  89. Warden

    Warden8 dögum síðan

    Would it be possible to tell how far into the future minecraft takes place by calculating how long it takes for 1 cubic meter of obsidian to decay from the ruined portals and how long it takes farm animals to evolve back into wild animals, and then calculating the number in between, those two events?

  90. TwojaUlubionaRyba

    TwojaUlubionaRyba8 dögum síðan

    lol white (and black) things are prettier than colorful things, so i don't really see any advantage here :V


    DIPTANGSHU SARKAR8 dögum síðan

    Warped-War-Warden powered by souls

  92. CyberKnight465

    CyberKnight4658 dögum síðan


  93. Lovie Hawkins

    Lovie Hawkins8 dögum síðan

    The next theory should be The Legend Of Herobrine!!! My theory: A long time ago there was a race of builders and the old Mojang was apart of the builders. Notch's bother was the leader of the fighters and his name was Brine one day in the Nether (He🏒🏒) Brine was looking for Netheright to upgrade their already strong diamond armor when a ghast attacked him and he fell into the lava. Notch tried to save him but was stoped trying by the old builders. Just barely alive Brine got out of the lava just in time and was trying to get back to the portal but now he has hate for them he even thought that his bother abandon him they thought he was dead. But then he say a gem he thought it was Netheright so picked it up but then it happened A flashing light came and all of sudden Brine changed in to Herobrine and got godly powers The Bang also gave rise to the blaze caption and the blaze's but also made devils they be came Herobrine's army! The soldiers were named the Fight Incorporation Right Executioners Or F.I.R.E for short and was giving a pet named He🏒🏒 and ruled the Nether for years as a threat to everything except for the neutral or hostile mobs.The End Like if you want Game theory to see 👇🏾

  94. Anim3Dragon

    Anim3Dragon8 dögum síðan

    I have a theory about the mushrooms in the nether. Plants in the normal world go through photosynthesis where they convert sunlight into chemical energy, right? Well what if the plants in the nether harvested heat energy from the lava and transformed by using their own form of photosynthesis it into energy? That would make sense!

  95. プンくん「ちゃねる」

    プンくん「ちゃねる」8 dögum síðan

    How about a “Witch lore theory”

  96. Henry Rosier

    Henry Rosier8 dögum síðan

    that makes no sense. the accheeviment for entering the nether is "we need to go deeper

  97. Dreena Tovar

    Dreena Tovar8 dögum síðan

    When is the next Minecraft Lire vid?

  98. Jason

    Jason8 dögum síðan

    Hey matpat I figured out that hoglins are afraid of soul light just something you can therize on😁

  99. The kingofworms

    The kingofworms8 dögum síðan

    Wait, does he actually use that skin? (Because it’s so cool!)

  100. Mathew Ramirez

    Mathew Ramirez8 dögum síðan

    I knew he was going to say souls

  101. Cian 22

    Cian 229 dögum síðan

    Shoutout to the animators of these videos, just watching the tiniest little animations add so much and it’s so tedious so shoutout to them for putting in that effort