Believe or not, Minecraft is more than an ordinary video game. It is, according to a study of FGC Entertainment, prone to education. Unlike any computer games you played before, this game can teach children a lot of things, from team work, environment issues to future planning. It is also the only game that most parents want their kids to play.
Although it’s educational, it doesn’t mean you can leave your child sitting in front of the computer all day playing. In order to help kids have the effective Minecraft-playing time, parents must accomplish their supervisory role well. So what about Minecraft that you need to know, moms and dads?
What is Minecraft? This is a game in which players will interact with various kinds of blocks, from mining, crafting to building. In this open-ended sandbox game, everything will be done with your creativity – it can be either your inspiration or limitation. No instruction, no goal, no point and no level, you have an infinite land to do whatever you desire; only you are able to make what you imagine happen. This is the key explaining the popularity of Minecraft amongst players of different ages.
FGC Entertainment says that there are four modes in Minecraft, but Creative and Survival are the common ones:
- Creative mode – This ultimate building mode allows your kids to freely create a variety of structures. With unlimited resources, players don’t have to move around mining and crafting.
- Surviving mode – During the daytime, you have to do every essential thing like building a house, finding food, crafting needful items and weapons if you want to survive. When the night comes, Minecraft creepers will show up to attack you.
For some new Minecraft parents, FGC Entertainment makes a list of Minecraft words frequently used when playing this indie game. Hope these definitions can help you understand your children more:
- Sandbox: An open world where all the rules are created by players.
- Indie game: Minecraft is developed by a small group including three persons, not a multinational company.
- Respawn: In Survival mode, if you can’t make it, you then will return to life in a safe place to start over.
- Mob: Any living creature in Minecraft – some are harmless (pig, dog, chicken, duck, and horse) while some are dangerous (creeper, skeleton, zombie, and enderman).
- Mojang: The creators and developers of this game.
- Skin: Skin feature allows players to customize their characters’ appearance.
- Pickaxe: The basic Minecraft tool used to mine bricks for essential resources – it can be upgraded later.
Minecraft has multiplayer mode which lets you play with other players. In this case, it means your kids can also interact with strangers. FGC Entertainment will not recommend letting the children play multiplayer. Well, ask your kids or their friends to create their own multiplayer server and only invite those they know to play with. Or, you can go to Minecraft website and learn to create a family-friendly Minecraft server.
In short, is it okay for your child to enjoy Minecraft? Absolutely! The hit blockbuster from Mojang will help them being aware of basic math concepts, developing creativity and problem-solving skills.