Game Modes are modes to make the game more interesting. When Minecraft was first created, there was only Creative Mode. Creative Mode had unlimited resources, cheats, and the ability to fly around the world until Notch (The creator of Minecraft) had an idea about having Survival Mode. Survival Mode has life and death, hunger, and crafting. After a while, Notch came up with the idea of Adventure Mode. This mode has a different gameplay, still having life and death, hunger and crafting, but you cannot break any blocks.
The four game modes in Minecraft are Survival, Creative, Adventure and Hardcore. In the level.dat file, Survival mode is gametype=0, Creative is gametype=1 and Adventure is gametype=2. Hardcore is Survival with the addition of hardcore=1 (for Survival and Creative, hardcore=0). This knowledge allows hacking to change game modes by editing the world's level.dat.
- Main article: Survival Mode
- Main article: Creative Mode
The player will have access to an infinite amount of all blocks and items available, and can destroy them instantly. Players are invulnerable and do not have health, armor, or hunger, and can fly. The player has access to items not available in Survival mode, e.g. spawn eggs.
- Main article: Adventure
Players can interact with objects such as levers and buttons, and can interact with mobs. However, they can only break blocks with the correct tools, making this mode good for adventure maps. Although this game mode has been released, it is still in its early stages, lacking in many features including the ability to toggle the use of tools by players.
- Main article: Hardcore
In this mode, which plays in the same way as Survival mode, the difficulty level is permanently set to "Hard" and the map must be deleted upon the player's death.
Technically, Hardcore is a game mode modifier rather than a game mode. However, without cheating, it is only possible to get "Hardcore Survival". To attain "Hardcore Creative" mode, the player must edit the game world with external tools. There is almost no visible difference between "Hardcore Creative" and "Non-Hardcore Creative", because in Creative mode the only way to die is to fall into the Void. Because of this, "Hardcore" usually refers to "Hardcore Survival". On a server, if someone dies, they will be banned. If everyone on a server gets banned, the world for the server will be deleted.