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News video games 25 June 2021, 16:51

author: Jacob Blazewicz

Players Challenge Minecraft World Where You Can't Die

Minecraft players have found another challenge: trying to kill off their character in a world... that doesn't allow death. All this because of the Invincible Difficulty pack, which has recently made waves on Reddit.

What's the best way to make sure players (and non-players) try to do something? Prohibit them from doing it, either directly or through various impediments. That's more or less what the challenge the Minecraft community has taken on recently comes down to. One fan has developed a data pack for the Java Edition version 1.16.5, with a very telling name Invincible Difficulty, which makes it virtually impossible to kill a player character, but without adding simple immortality. Instead, the data pack makes the game world somehow help the character, for example by removing obstacles from their path or forcibly equipping them with gear that prevents death. Or, in one case, blocking the option to make a bed in the netherworld to avoid an explosion.

Of course, McMakistein's creation earned him not only praise (and lots of it; over 110,000 likes on Reddit speaks for itself), but also a handful of unrepentant "testers". They quickly rolled up their sleeves and set out to find ways to bypass Invincible Difficulty's security features. We didn't have to wait long for the results - first candidates for Minecraft Darwin Awards were found very soon. They were followed by other explorers who didn't care about the health (or life) of their characters, although not all of them managed to achieve their goal. Naturally, McMakistein took it upon himself to remove these and other "exploits," including some particularly curious ones.

Some players have also suggested that the Invincible Difficulty could even have its own Reddit subsection and contest of sorts. These would involve unlocking one random option to kill a player character, and participants would try to discover it as quickly as possible. Others rejoice from (or mock) the fact that here at last is a difficulty level where, to quote the mod's creator, even they won't be able to die. Anyway, with this one idea McMakistein has gained a lot of fans (even if they are extremely unruly).

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Jacob Blazewicz

Jacob Blazewicz

Passionate about video (and other) games for years, he completed an Mba in linguistics, defending a thesis about games. He began his adventure with Gamepressure in 2015, writing in the newsroom, later also covering film and – oh, horror! – technology (also contributor to the gaming encyclopedia). He started with platformers, which he still dearly loves (including metroidvania), but he's also interested in card games (including 'analog'), brawlers, soulslike games and basically every other type of game. Don't ask about the graphics – after a few hours of exposition, he can be delighted with pixelated characters from games that remember the days of the Game Boy age (if not older).




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