Minecraft is one of the most popular games in the world with more than 100 millions registered users. The point of Minecraft seems simple: you can build anything you imagine in an open 3 D environment. There are two modes. In Survival mode, players begin at random locations on huge maps. They have to collect resources, cook food, build shelters, and keep them alive. In Creative mode, the game provide infinitive resources so players are free to build what ever they want, from ancient structures to fantasy worlds.
However, is Minecraft okay for kids? Should parents allow their kids to play this game? In my opinion, playing Minecraft can be an incredibly positive and worthwhile experiences for kids, but there are definitely a lot of parents questioning the values of this game.
In this article we’re going to take a look at some of the reasons why kids should be allowed to play Minecraft.
First of all, Minecraft is a very safe game for kids. There’s no sex, drugs, bad language, guns or blood. The violence is minimal and not graphic, mostly used for survival rather than combat, and can be totally avoided if you want. Even the most potentially unsafe aspect of the game – playing on a multiplayer server – can be made as safe as you need it to be.
Kids can learn valuable life skills while playing Minecraft. This game is an open sandbox that doesn’t come with instructions, so the game play is confusing — but that’s what makes it compelling and perfect to teach problem solving skill. When kids start the game, they will see all kind of monster ( not so much creepy ) come at them. They have to react quickly to survive the first night. Kids will learn how to cut down trees and build some type of shelters, as well as watch the hunger bar. They are forced to come up with a strategy in minutes that includes hunting for food, building shelter, making tools from available resources.
Teamwork is also an important skill from multiplayer Minecraft. When kids playing together, they are learning to work for common purposes. Kids learns how each of these friends communicates best, and they also learns how to settle disputes, compromise, and respect the wishes of others when it comes to how things function in their game world.
Minecraft is not expensive. Minecraft costs around $30 for the computer version and less for the pocket edition or XBox 360 – after that initial outlay, all the subsequent updates are free. This is a pretty good investment because kids will love it and play it for years. There is also a huge source of free mods and texture packs to keep things interesting, and free image editors and video software that kids can use if they want to get into making their own stuff to share.
If your kid plays Minecraft, I encourage you to ask questions, listen to what he or she does and how they’ve figured out how to do it. You will be amazed at the creativity, imagination, problem solving, and overall life skills being grown and flexed through what seems to be a simple game.