Ability to Pause in Single Player is Added
Previously, the only way to pause the state of your Minecraft world on single player would be to save and exit your game but a feature introduced in the Week 22 Snapshot may become the solution to this.
The state of your game is now paused as soon as you enter the game menu. This is useful if you need to change a game option without the worry of being attacked by approaching mobs.
As with anything in a snapshot release, we cannot guarantee that it will be appearing in a future version but we would certainly hope that it does.