Minecraft Survival Mode and It's Future

Posted: July 14, 2022

Minecraft Creative mode and its consequences have been a disaster for the individual survival mode player. It has greatly increased the capacity for those who wish to limitlessly express themselves, but it has limited the achievements of the independent player.

I have been a #minecraftgamer for nearly 10 years now. I like the game. I get to do what I want to. As the Official Minecraft Trailer says: "No one can tell you what you can or cannot do. With no rules to follow: this adventure, it's up to you."

Ease of Cheating

Unfortunately for me, I discovered early on that it only takes 4 clicks to transform a survival world into a creative world. With creative mode, you have access to everything. Tired of searching for clay to make bricks? Bam! Infinte bricks. Wish running through yout mineshaft didn't take so long? Bam! Super speed. Getting bored mining out your mountain cave house? Bam! Explosions or supafast mining speed. Unfortunatley I succumb to this pretty quickly and then lose interest in the world (more on why later).

The Power Process

Within Industrial Society and Its Future, Ted Kaczynski explains why cheating in diamonds for yourself leaves you unfulfilled.

33. Human beings have a need (probably based in biology) for something that we will call the power process. This is closely related to the need for power (which is widely recognized) but is not quite the same thing. The power process has four elements. The three most clearcut of these we call goal, effort and attainment of goal. (Everyone needs to have goals whose attainment requires effort, and needs to succeed in attaining at least some of his goals.) The fourth element is more difficult to define and may not be necessary for everyone. We call it autonomy and will discuss it later.
34a. Consider the hypothetical case of a man who can have anything he wants just by wishing for it. Such a man has power, but he will develop serious psychological problems. At first he will have a lot of fun, but by and by he will become acutely bored and demoralized. Eventually he may become clinically depressed. History shows that leisured aristocracies tend to become decadent.
34b. This is not true of fighting aristocracies that have to struggle to maintain their power. But leisured, secure aristocracies that have no need to exert themselves usually become bored, hedonistic and demoralized, even though they have power. This shows that power is not enough. One must have goals toward which to exercise one’s power.
35. Everyone has goals; if nothing else, to obtain the physical necessities of life: food, water and whatever clothing and shelter are made necessary by the climate. But the leisured aristocrat obtains these things without effort. Hence his boredom and demoralization.
36. Nonattainment of important goals results in death if the goals are physical necessities, and in frustration if non-attainment of the goals is compatible with survival. Consistent failure to attain goals throughout life results in defeatism, low self-esteem or depression.
37. Thus, in order to avoid serious psychological problems, a human being needs goals whose attainment requires effort, and he must have a reasonable rate of success in attaining his goals.

In simple terms: you cannot have success without struggle. Paragraph 34a perfectly describes the person who skips the struggle of the video game. When my Minecraft avatar becomes "clinically depressed" (due to me cheating), I tend to create a new world. This has lead to me not accomplishing a whole lot among the many scattered worlds I have created.

Reduction of Accomplishments[2]

This translates into real life as well. Growing a garden or excercising are perfect examples as they touch upon all 4 parts of the power process. (goal, effort, attainment and autonomy) The accomplishment of your goals allows you sustained joy. In Canada (the land of fully automated luxury gay space communism), most essentials are provided to you by the government: slashing down the Power Process. (Ted explains the consequences of this) Unfortunatley, unlike Minecraft, you can't create a new world in real life.

Simple Solution

I like playing on servers with my friends because my ez cheat code for creative mode doesn't work on servers. Often though, I just want to work on my own stuff. My solution to this is Minecraft's hardcore mode. Within hardcore mode, you don't respawn and only have one life (woah! just like real life 😲). Locked in hard mode, there is increased challenge (increasing the effort of the power process) This then gives me the chance to try new things when I inevitably die. Lately, I have started playing in hardcore mode and have made a different style of house each time. The only other solution is willpower, just knowing that I gotta just not cheat I guess.


1. I need to make a picture later for this article (after i make a profile picture for the website) of me holding a pickaxe (that we found on the side of the road) saying "woah minecraft in real life" in impact font.
2. I think that youtube videos where thousands of hours are spent building massive detailed villages and monoliths in Minecraft survival mode does a disservice to the achievements of individual gamers who can never devote that much time to a block game.