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In Minecraft, why would you want to play on any difficult than easy? Are there better rewards or something?

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cue smoke Thousands of years ago, before the time of Sigourney Weaver, people played games for the challenge and sense of accomplishment. –  user9983 Nov 19 '11 at 17:30
    
@OrigamiRobot Was trying to think of a great answer for this, which wouldn't have involved one sentence, but your comment sums it up perfectly +1. Mark, there is absolutely no reward for playing hard against easy, however, some people prefer the challenge of playing a game on hard mode. –  IttyBrittyGirlGamer Nov 19 '11 at 17:32
    
Do more monsters spawn so more gunpower/bones? –  Mark Nov 19 '11 at 17:37
    
@Mark the monsters are simply tougher and stronger –  Martin Melka Nov 19 '11 at 17:56
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@Mark No. No more or less monsters spawn based on difficulty level. See: minecraftwiki.net/wiki/Difficulty Specifically the top paragraph before the table. –  IttyBrittyGirlGamer Nov 19 '11 at 17:56
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The reward is a bit more challenging playthrough:

  • Mobs hit for more damage
  • Mobs have higher hitpoints
  • Much larger no-cancel radius for creeper explosions
  • If your hunger bar depletes, you will die (your health stabilizes on lower levels)
  • Zombies break down doors
  • Only way to play "hardcore" mode (i.e., you die, your world's deleted)
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The only reason to play on Hard mode is for the challenge or sense of danger. The extra difficulty may make the game a more rewarding experience, but it doesn't give any extra loot. The same number of enemies spawn on Hard as on Easy, and they drop the same amount of stuff.

In Hard mode, according to the Minecraft wiki:

  • Enemies deal more damage
  • Creepers will not cancel their explosion unless you move further away
  • You can die from starvation (on Normal difficulty you can only be reduced to half a heart of health from starvation).
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I forgot where I read it but, according to that guy, there is a difference to the spawn rate of the different enemies on the various difficulties, easy, normal, hard. –  DemonicMushy Nov 20 '11 at 8:46
    
@DemonicMushy this stems from an oooooold alpha bug where Easy mode spawned more enemies than hard –  Prinny Brocka Mar 20 '12 at 21:01
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Simple, mobs deal more damage, zombies break down doors and the harder it is, the more fun it is.

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More monsters do not spawn due to difficulty levels. –  Joe the Person Mar 20 '12 at 22:22
    
Also, "the harder it is, the more fun it is" is only true for some people. –  SevenSidedDie Feb 25 '13 at 2:50
    
@SevenSidedDie I have a friend who loves Hard, goes out at night to kill monsters at frensy, and doesn't even care if he dies. He plays for fun. At the contrary, I love Creative much more than Survival, if I ever play Survival I put it on Easy, and if I ever hear a zombie while mining, even if I have a diamond sword or something like that, I go running away to my home. And Joe the Person: That explains why going out at night is always hard for me. (Unless Peaceful) –  Anonymous Pi Oct 24 '13 at 15:58
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