The Minecraft Experiment

Minecraft hardcore mode teased. When you die, the world dies with you

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Notch has tweeted a small but significant screenshot from his build of Minecraft, indicating simply Hardcore more is ON. It adds one simple rule. "World is deleted on death."

This rule was the driving force behind Tom's Minecraft Experiment. With every death, he deleted that randomly generated world and got Minecraft to build a new one. Numerous updates have been made since the diary was written. Varied biomes, major geographical features like rivers and ravines and NPC villages will make it more painful to destroy Minecraft's increasingly distinct worlds. Hardcore mode won't let your petty human emotions get in the way. When you die, the world dies with you.


The Minecraft Experiment, final entry: Cake or Death

Tom Francis at

When I first started playing Minecraft a few months ago, I played with a rule: if I die, I have to delete the entire world. After a lot of false starts and a lot of lost worlds, I managed to build a portal to hell and get back alive. Now I'm home, and the experiment is about to end - all that's left is to die.

The diary starts here, and this is the final entry.

Playing this way has been an interesting look at how stakes change the way you feel in a game, and how you play. Since I started, Minecraft creator Notch has said this will actually be a formal mode in the game eventually, one that forcibly deletes your world on death.

I found that each death gave me a new phobia, something I'd be disproportionately terrified of in every subsequent life. By the tenth, I'm so afraid of everything that I've actually become pretty safe - that's why it'll be my last life in this experiment.

That said, I'm currently looking through my inventory and I've just heard a Creeper hissing behind me.


The Minecraft Experiment, day 30: Needlepoint

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When I first started playing Minecraft a few months ago, I played with a rule: if I die, I have to delete the entire world. I eventually managed to get to hell and back on one life, and now I'm trying to find my way back home. The diary starts here, and this is the latest entry.

I've just found the largest and thickest forest I've ever seen, and I'm desperately resisting the urge to set fire to it.


The Minecraft Experiment, day 29: The Forest

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When I first started playing Minecraft a few months ago, I played with a rule: if I die, I have to delete the entire world. I eventually managed to get to hell and back on one life, and now I'm trying to find my way back home. The diary starts here, and this is the latest entry.

I'm swimming my way to a new continent, but there's something sploshing behind me.


The Minecraft Experiment, day 28: Squids

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When I first started playing Minecraft a few months ago, I played with a rule: if I die, I have to delete the entire world. I eventually managed to get to hell and back on one life, and now I'm trying to find my way back home. The diary starts here, and this is the latest entry.

I've just escaped a small procession of skeletons who suddenly emerged from a hole in a mountain, and now I'm exploring a weird new land.


The Minecraft Experiment, day 27: Postcards from the Journey

Tom Francis at

When I first started playing Minecraft a few months ago, I played with a rule: if I die, I have to delete the entire world. I eventually managed to get to hell and back on one life, and now I'm trying to find my way back home. The diary starts here, and we're up to the 27th.

I've just half choked to death on an avalanche of sand, so today I'm just trying to stay out of trouble.


The Minecraft Experiment, day 26: Mystery Fire

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When I first started playing Minecraft a few months ago, I played with a rule: if I die, I have to delete the entire world. Now I'm trying to get to hell and back. The diary starts here, and we're up to the 26th.

I've just escaped a monster-infested coast in a tiny boat, and I'm back on track toward home.


The Minecraft Experiment, day 25: D: D: D: D:

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When I first started playing Minecraft a few months ago, I played with a rule: if I die, I have to delete the entire world. Now I'm trying to get to hell and back. The diary starts here, and we're up to the 25th.

I'm trying to follow my compass home, but I seem to have surfaced from a spelunking trip in the dead of night, on the most monster-infested coastline I've ever seen in the game.


The Minecraft Experiment, day 24: The Real World

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When I first started playing Minecraft a few months ago, I played with a rule: if I die, I have to delete the entire world. Now I'm trying to get to hell and back. The diary starts here, and we're up to the 24th.

It's my first day back in the real world after a gruelling trek through hell, and I've come out miles from home. I've also managed to set the world on fire, which I'm pretty sure I said I didn't want to do.


The Minecraft Experiment, day 23: Water

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When I first started playing Minecraft a few months ago, I played with a rule: if I die, I have to delete the entire world. Now I'm trying to get to hell and back. The diary starts here, and we're up to the 23rd.


The Minecraft Experiment, day 22: Last Day in Hell

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When I first started playing Minecraft a few months ago, I played with a rule: if I die, I have to delete the entire world. Now I'm trying to get to hell and back. The diary starts here, and this is day 22.


The Minecraft Experiment, day 21: The Veil

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When I first started playing Minecraft a few months ago, I played with a rule: if I die, I have to delete the entire world. Now I'm trying to get to hell and back. The diary starts here, and we're up to the 21st.


The Minecraft Experiment, day 20: Tunneling

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When I first started playing Minecraft a few months ago, I played with a rule: if I die, I have to delete the entire world. Now I'm trying to get to hell and back. The diary starts here, and the next entry will go up on Monday.


The Minecraft Experiment, day 19: The Tower

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When I first started playing Minecraft a few months ago, I played with a rule: if I die, I have to delete the entire world. Now I'm trying to get to hell and back. The diary starts here, and new entries currently go up weekly on Wednesdays.


The Minecraft Experiment, day 18: The Red Sea

Tom Francis at

When I first started playing Minecraft a few months ago, I played with a rule: if I die, I have to delete the entire world. Now I'm trying to get to hell and back. The diary starts here, and over Christmas new entries will go up weekly on Wednesdays.


The Minecraft Experiment, day 17: A Ghast

Tom Francis at

When I first started playing Minecraft a few months ago, I played with a rule: if I die, I have to delete the entire world. Now I'm trying to get to hell and back. The diary starts here, and over Christmas new entries will go up weekly on Wednesdays.


The Minecraft Experiment, day 16: Hellbound

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When I first started playing Minecraft a few months ago, I played with a rule: if I die, I have to delete the entire world. Then, I decided to go to hell and back. This is the sixteenth entry in the diary I kept of that experiment - the first is here.

Minecraft is about to go up in price, so today is your last chance to buy it for €10. Obviously I recommend it. When it officially reaches beta today, the main niggles with the mutliplayer will be gone and the price will be €15.


The Minecraft Experiment, day 15: A Huge Mistake

Tom Francis at

When I first started playing Minecraft a few months ago, I played with a rule: if I die, I have to delete the entire world. Then, I decided to go to hell and back. This is the fifteenth entry in the diary I kept of that experiment - the first is here.


The Minecraft Experiment, day 14: The Wash

Tom Francis at

When I first started playing Minecraft a few months ago, I played with a rule: if I die, I have to delete the entire world. Then, I decided to go to hell and back. This is the fourteenth entry in the diary I kept of that experiment - the first is here.


The Minecraft Experiment, day 13: Creeper Country

Tom Francis at

When I first started playing Minecraft a few months ago, I played with a rule: if I die, I have to delete the entire world. Then, I decided to go to hell and back.This is the thirteenth entry in the diary I kept of that experiment - the first is here.