For five years, Twitch streamer Philza has been impressing fans with his continued permadeath campaign in the video game Minecraft.
As the name implies, permadeath mode is made for hardcore gamers who want a little extra challenge: once you die, even once, the game is over.
Philza has managed to keep his permadeath game alive for more than five years, the longest known example online. But it all came to a screeching, unexpected halt this past Wednesday, April 24.
While mining in a cave, Philza encountered several zombies as well as one zombie baby in magical armor.
His health rapidly declining, Philza turned to escaped, only to get bitten by the most lowly of assailants: a spider.
https://t.co/vWNCjPpEIj The Philza Legacy. https://t.co/Uct5SoWpzL— Jinx the Game Critic (@Jinx the Game Critic) 1556521755.0
@Polygon @BOIWITHDEMBEANS Oof— Andy (@Andy) 1556459276.0
The screen flashed to "game over" and Philza was understandably overwhelmed:
"No! Really? That's how I die?"
After five years of avoiding powerful monsters and dangerous environments, death by spider is a particularly ironic way to go out:
"Of all the things, I knew it was going to be something stupid."
Philza's 5 year long Minecraft hardcore survival world has just ended tragically. https://t.co/WFeIrP7DDA— Djinn FurFur (@Djinn FurFur) 1556152005.0
Of course, the spider wouldn't have landed his final blow if not for the damage done by the armored baby. While a baby zombie may not sound threatening, they're able to move faster and do more damage than their "adult" counterparts.
Gamers everywhere sent Philza their heartfelt condolences.
This man had a 5 year old Hard Core Survival Minecraft Server and just died on it 3 days ago. HUGE RIP to him and h… https://t.co/5lWSBIpRzD— Truth Aced (@Truth Aced) 1556434033.0
@BritishScummm @it_meirl_bot pour one out boys— StudMuffin7 (@StudMuffin7) 1556552121.0
Just saw the video of that 5-year Minecraft Hardcore run end That's kinda sad omg— A happy gray cat (@A happy gray cat) 1556478355.0
In accordance with gaming custom, many sent him a simple "F" to indicate their respects.
Quick F in chat for Philza's 5 year hardcore Minecraft world— Hsana23 (@Hsana23) 1556520891.0
This is so sad... Biggest F for Philza https://t.co/1QdkCLPIFs— Zeta Steve (@Zeta Steve) 1556506613.0
@pcgamer https://t.co/p7ks5lgSrX— // Azukaria (@// Azukaria) 1556466374.0
@pcgamer F— UnpopularPage24 (@UnpopularPage24) 1556464716.0
@PlazmicFlame @Polygon From Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare https://t.co/znXt1MHl9W— WΛLDDY (@WΛLDDY) 1556491450.0
At the end of the day, however, five years is no small amount of time. Philza should be proud of his achievement!
@Polygon https://t.co/X8oUw7EvXI— Omri Landesman (@Omri Landesman) 1556461572.0
@Polygon Feelsbadman— Based Ozlo (@Based Ozlo) 1556398505.0
To be killed by a spider after five years of playing—what a disappointment!
@Polygon Trash.— Christopher Martin Luth (@Christopher Martin Luth) 1556401669.0
@Polygon https://t.co/QPlPlFNnIm— MEGAMAN (@MEGAMAN) 1556400191.0
Perhaps there's a lesson to be learned from this story...
Life is nothing more than a hardcore Minecraft server and we're all forced to play— The Man With an Agumon Backpack (@The Man With an Agumon Backpack) 1555785475.0
Your five-years will be remembered fondly, Philza. Well done on your record-breaking campaign!
❝ DANGER IN HARDCORE ❞ // twitch stream Highlight°youtu.be