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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  • Michael Davis
    Michael Davis

    Matpat you ask how to sustain life with no sun, I say you don't, the things in the nether are undead.

  • gamer_pizza983

    youve done the price of emreled now what is the price of piglin gold (yes i got this idea from the intro)

  • Danny boi
    Danny boi

    mat pat 2 minutes in: HELL jk youve been bamboozled

  • Nony Playz
    Nony Playz

    no offence but watching one of matpat's videos about a really good and popular game ruins the game for me

  • Kiera Larkin
    Kiera Larkin

    5:09 Fitness is my passion

  • Livra Astraelis
    Livra Astraelis

    wait isnt thermal energy a thing?

  • Anish Lal
    Anish Lal

    Please do a theory on what are ghasts

  • Blaze

    Each update is another part of the timeline? Timeline is updates?

  • oakdevil minecraft
    oakdevil minecraft

    Making this theory shorter: everything is dead wich means the need nothing

  • Ray_Chaz

    "Soul Trap" sounds like the latest gen z genre of music...but it's ok -all gen z music will be purged by gen omega.

  • TegesO o
    TegesO o

    Game: "exists" MatPat: and i took that personally

  • Kian Mcneely
    Kian Mcneely

    Maybe your next theory series should be on terraria

  • Mads Burgdorff
    Mads Burgdorff

    Aren't the conclusion a bit contradicting? If we assume that there are no outside energy and the nutrition cycle end up converting all energy to heat due to the efficiency ratio, wouldn't it end up creating light just as the sun which theoriticly could sustain phototrophic organisms? I mean heated objects such as stone(lava) have internal energy that moves around creating light. This light energy could be used by phototrophic organisms such as plants and bacteria which makes way for carnivors and thereby the energy cycle have continued?

  • livelaughlemon

    Well you know how we need energy in the sun produces it it produces heat energy if they don’t have the sun they have lava also giving heat energy.

  • it's me jj Walker
    it's me jj Walker

    Have you done a theory of tattal tail

  • Arch Angel
    Arch Angel

    The cycle of energy from the mushroom perspective is fascinating. Even when I go camping I use daldinia concentrica (cramp ball fungus) to start my campfire. They grow on dead ash trees. So the fungus gets energy from the decaying tree, I use that to start my fire which gives me energy to keep warm and cook food. Nature is beautifully interconnected.

  • Gabriel Quinto
    Gabriel Quinto

    Woundn't the abundance of lava in the nether suggest that it has plenty thermal/geothermal energy to use? Wouldn't that also describe how the nether's ecosystem works? The idea of warping the soil in the nether is interesting but, this doesnt describe why crimson forests are there, or why they are more plentiful then the warped forests EDIT: oh and plants on earth are only green due to the conditions of cyanobacteria on early earth, theoretically, plants can be any color given they can produce the pigments for some type of light. In that sense plants can absolutely exist in the nether

  • ASKL 246
    ASKL 246

    I was going to say lava and magma bringing up new materials that cooldown and that stuff but souls work to.

  • Julio bulio
    Julio bulio

    Wouldn't the fungi there justbe able to feed on bacteria that feed on thermal energy? Like the deep ocean

  • Frederik paijan
    Frederik paijan

    Fourth Chanel gonna be Music theory?

  • Logan Tulloch
    Logan Tulloch

    Why does Minecraft even have lore it’s just a game were you build stuff

  • Cedar K
    Cedar K

    Minecraft will Nether End.

  • Mr Yeet
    Mr Yeet

    Hey I have a theory that xp is also souls

  • Nova Prime
    Nova Prime

    Cool, but surely the energy may be coming from termal energy generated by the lava and the core, there could even be a star around this realm beyond the blocks

  • Toss Me an Arnie
    Toss Me an Arnie

    Jesus could literally come down from the sky to tell me the nether isn't underneath the overworld and I still wouldn't accept it

  • logibear

    Thanks I hate ear-mouth

  • Michael Anthony Murphy
    Michael Anthony Murphy

    8:51 warped or wrong man that steve is wrong

  • yodas18

    matpat you should do a theory on respawning

  • DoomFallL

    But… wouldn’t the piglins have souls and might they have domesticated the striders. It does seem like the possibility that piglins know how to given their use of tools.

  • mistahfatcheeks

    How does the forest get warped if you can’t pour water in the nether?

  • Knight Artorias
    Knight Artorias

    If you want to hear the gospel, press read more..... Jesus died for our sins, he suffered and did nothing wrong. A crown of thorns was dug into his skull, was whipped 39 times, then was forced to carry a giant wooden cross up a hill. Then finally, was crucified and suffered the full wrath if God, he rose once more three days later. Believe this, and you will inherit eternal life.

  • king fyrus
    king fyrus

    Minecraft devs: you want to make new block called soul sand? 2nd dev: yea

  • Ryker Mules
    Ryker Mules

    8:01 XD talking about netherwart and how its useful to make potions with, and then just shows the one potion that doesn't use netherwart (dragons breath)

  • FartPigeon TheMerchant
    FartPigeon TheMerchant

    hey have you noticed that all trees in minecraft are all the same age?

  • masonidk1

    I love your videos but raycons sound like bassy garbage

  • Kobe Natvik
    Kobe Natvik

    Update nether lore please I have tons of questions like crying obsidian and other new features

  • J Blaine
    J Blaine

    Wear soulspeed boots on soulsand with captions on and... oh goodness

  • Chris Freeman
    Chris Freeman

    Matpat, should revisit "the bite of 83" with Dr. Mike the UZload doctor.

  • AnonymousGam226

    wow my birthday was may 1st i feel like im god noow

  • Friendly Fire
    Friendly Fire

    I think it’s more likely that the nether Fungi are Chemo-synthetic. Just like some deep ocean creatures here on earth that use chemicals from volcanic vents to get their energy. Let’s face it, there’s probably not a shortage of volcanic chemicals in the nether. Souls are a more magical energy. Perhaps that’s what experience orbs are and so XP is used to enchant, while netherwart is used to turn soul energy into magic potion effects. But I don’t think it’s a nutrition source.

  • bee :]
    bee :]

    shouldn’t the piglins be able to eat the meat from hoglins?

  • Bruh Kay
    Bruh Kay

    What about heat? Isnt heat energy? And theres plenty of it in the nether

  • Lexie Smith
    Lexie Smith

    I got Recons last time they sponsor you and I love them

  • Rasko the Artist
    Rasko the Artist

    What is Witz the Heat of the Lava?

  • FireMaster 1252
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  • Jarek Hartwell
    Jarek Hartwell

    I wouldn't be surprised if the next theory channel is music theory. I mean its the next pop culture area. If it isn't music then it might be social media theory

  • Calvin Pittman
    Calvin Pittman

    Theory of the Creation of the other music discs? Just saying though Pigstep's disc was forged in the Nether through hellish means, while the others were made by some sort of ancient music company... Cubed Music?

  • Dragon God of Lightning
    Dragon God of Lightning

    Matpat Can you do a game theory on little nightmares 2 explaining how the world could be in a time loop as shown in the end Watch superhorrorbros explanation video on the the timeline to get more information

  • iMaxsster

    There is this tik toker and that is aparently in a alternitave reality, his name is Kilianandmatura, and there are aparently more people like him stuck in that reality Please make a theory on this!

  • artictwolf_lover 76
    artictwolf_lover 76

    This is a bit of my theory. You know how the wither was added in Minecraft in 2011? Herobrine was also spotted that year. And both the wither and Herobrine have the same glowing white eyes, which means they HAVE to be connected somehow.

  • ramndom guy
    ramndom guy


  • Rhys Pring
    Rhys Pring

    It would make sense as the mob that gives you stuff for gold are afraid of soulsand and the soul campfires

  • El TacoBoi
    El TacoBoi

    When are we gonna get another crow 64 theory vid?

  • Nik Lane
    Nik Lane

    ya know, if UZload ultimately doesn't work out for MatPat, he should just get a job as a LoreMaker for Mojang and FNAF.... heck, I wouldn't be surprised if Mojang and Scott Cawthon aren't already just watching his videos to get their lore....

  • kun tool
    kun tool

    my favorite theory back baby!🔫

  • Dumb Bass
    Dumb Bass

    Heres something that could be considered: Thermosynthesis. What if crimson plants harvest heat energy to sustain themselves? If so, the nether might be constantly gaining energy instead...

  • Choco Mochi
    Choco Mochi

    i was going to give a suggestion but im to scared to put it down , you can ask me if u want it tho

  • cliche yt
    cliche yt

    HEY MAT what about a theory for how Joshua Graham from fallout new Vegas survives getting covered in pitch and set on fire THEN tossed into the grand canyon.

  • Mauricio clash
    Mauricio clash

    Guy please make rezero theory

  • Raynard The Fox
    Raynard The Fox

    12:01 bribe scott cawthon? analyze marios toes?! apologize to luigi ?!?! mat is there something your not telling us also...... give editors a raise? HA lets be real here that's not getting done.

  • Rena Garcia
    Rena Garcia

    Pls do beyblade theories plsssss!!!!!

  • seiom jvony
    seiom jvony

    11:11 Can we talk about why steve is 5 and a half blocks tall?!

  • Vic Tor
    Vic Tor

    What if the nether is a lowfrequency dimension that the souls go when their 'owners' are dead then someone created the nether portal that acess this afterlife dimension to be imortal, like steve is...?

  • H0ney Beez
    H0ney Beez

    would you think that the minecraft novels are canonical to the minecraft storyline.

    • seiom jvony
      seiom jvony

      @MatPat a video covering Sonic lore

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  • MontepurNova

    Thermal energy

  • Lewis Liu
    Lewis Liu

    When you go on soul sand you go slower,it seems like the souls are trying to pull you down.Though when you have soul speed it’s kind of like a shield.As you go faster on it.

  • Blade Burke
    Blade Burke

    What If cyberpunk 2077 wasn't born in design what if they're supposed to be glitches in the game.

  • Celia Bailey
    Celia Bailey

    Game Theory did you know Michael Afton is still alive

  • William Afton
    William Afton

    I want to solve a thing from and that thing is how van eggman run faster then sonic?

  • Big Shrek e
    Big Shrek e

    Can you please do a theory on Friday night funkin's lemon person thing. He stars in the songs monster and winter horrorland and, he's different. We can see he's a man in a lemon costume because his neck is a normal skin tone instead of lemon yellow skin. I think Game theory should do a sort of "exposing lemon person" Sort of like what you did with Zipper T. Bunny in animal crossing.

  • Sandra Giraldo
    Sandra Giraldo

    You haven’t yet talked about the slimes! I’m sure they have an importance in the lore!

  • 39

    Make one about blazes

  • ThatOneAnimator

    Hey all. I have an idea for a possible game lore theory video. In a series of ads from "Star Trek: Fleet Command" there seems to be a deep, rooted history between a lady "sonequa" and "Karl urban." It's just strange how they clash, and think it could be connected to something deeper. Let me know what you think! 💜

  • Equinox Plays
    Equinox Plays

    Hmm the game theory channel has green light on the top left part of the logo, the film theory channel has red on the top right of its logo, the food theory channel has a yellow light on the bottom left of its logo meaning that the bottom right part is empty maybe time for a new channel 😯😯😃😃

  • soccer lover88
    soccer lover88

    I don’t know if you just take comment request but I don’t know but what was the real reason that hero Brian it’s in in Minecraft

  • Lunar Komet
    Lunar Komet

    Still, I think that it would need more that just the soul of the occasional dimensional traveler to sustain all the Nether with energy; more like all the souls go there when anyone dies period

  • Dark Bløssøm Gacha life
    Dark Bløssøm Gacha life

    Lol I'm using raycons right now

  • hydroap

    I feel like Matpat completely ignores the possibility of these fungi receiving energy from the lava. Fungi shouldn't be able to do that, but it makes a lot more sense than literal souls. The lava could receive its heat by the Kelvin-Helmholtz mechanism, where a planet or celestial body receives heat by gravitational compression of its core. I'm pretty sure this is why Jupiter's core has more heat energy than the amount it receives from the sun.

  • william d
    william d

    @MatPat a video covering Sonic lore

  • HandsomeHobbes

    Game theory idea: What are Link’s bombs from Breath of the Wild made of? We have seen when you kill a Mulduga it is this powdery substance. I’ve been wondering his ever since I got Breath of the Wild.

  • Any Mary
    Any Mary

    The Nether is Planet Mars itself😂😂😂

  • Revvy

    The puns are always worthy "A-nether dive"

  • Elias Totten
    Elias Totten

    How about a theory about Roblox

  • Bluepotato81

    hey matpat did you literally not see the glowstone and ALL THE FRICKIN LAVA EVERYWHERE i think it gets its energy from geothermal energy deal with it

  • Diego Rodriguez
    Diego Rodriguez

    Wait MatPat... I have a question: what if when you're in creative mode in Minecraft, you're actually one of those ancient builders?

  • Alan Mc
    Alan Mc

    Hey Mat, I have another undertale theory for you to figure out. Why is Sans on 1Hp?

  • Fardeen Hafeez
    Fardeen Hafeez

    Theory idea: What and how is bedrock made in minecraft

  • Mosssaurus Rex
    Mosssaurus Rex

    hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, i don't think theres a big enough influx of peeps but aight. Also, what about before the 'ancient builders' cam einto the nether? what sustained it back then?

  • the one and only spud
    the one and only spud

    minecraft theory idea::why dont mobs(except phantoms) spawn in mushroom biomes?

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  • pieter_ oficial
    pieter_ oficial

    Netherwarts are food too And you need to plant them on Soul Sand so they are Getting their energy from souls And cuz they are food they are planted in fortreses

  • Aadit Deva
    Aadit Deva

    I don't understand stand why there is no theory about mutating corona virus is the great big filter , but even if they thought of it ware would it fit and or we coud bounce bach of it like bubonic plage ,'' i shoud probably not post this but whatever I have my right to speache and I also feel like starting a blog after this'' (OMG my writing skills are terrible) anyway bye.

  • Charlie Lochhead
    Charlie Lochhead

    i just seen the vid u was i PHONE GUY! SO U STARTED THE FIRE

  • Robert Hermoso
    Robert Hermoso

    Minecraft 1.17

  • William Eriksson
    William Eriksson

    2:55 ”It’s a world without day-night cycle” actually works gameplay wise. If you’re playing on a multiplayer world with someone. It’s night and all the horrifying monsters will soon be roaming the lands. But your friend is in the nether and won’t be able to come back in a long time. No worries. Even if that person isn’t sleeping it will still become day if you do. (At least in bedrock edition) Time doesn’t exist in the nether?

  • Warmish Textbook
    Warmish Textbook

    3:38 who's going to tell them about red cabbages and other non-green plants?

  • U-Ar

    Matpat: its 15% off, but hey thats just a theory

  • Pickle

    Is it possible to make actual latex animals like in the game “Changed”?

  • Art

    but... if the netherworld thrives off souls, then how did life exist before adventurerers arrived? and even if the life came AFTER the adventurers arrived, you still couldn't explain all of the different types of mobs in the nether, evolution couldn't work that fast. its a paradox. what came first the chicken or the egg? could there be people from OTHER worlds going into the nether even before the builders? aliens? i don't get it