MAY 17, 2009- Markus “Notch” Persson released an independent video game named “Minecraft”. Minecraft is a
game that allows you to build and destroy blocks to survive or use to express your creative designs. With animals, resources, and angry monsters, you can live your own survival game, or create one. Being a videogame that many kids spend the majority of time a day playing, parents do not agree with the idea of Minecraft and say “it’s a waste of time.” However, many believe that Minecraft teaches real-life skills. So, is Minecraft really a helpful tool for children?
Minecraft was released in 2009. Since then, over twenty million copies have been sold worldwide. By experimenting video gamers, it has been proven that they develop creative thinking, math, and a little bit of geology. “Minecraft allows kids to develop strategy,” says Margaret Rock, a modern parent. “To complete tasks, these gamers need to work together and define goals to get the job done.” In a compare and contrast of Minecraft players and non-players by the Journal of Adolescent Research found that these gamers had a greater level of family closeness, activity involvement, and a positive mental health than those who didn’t. It also increases their scores in math and ups their knowledge. From personal experience with the game Minecraft, I learned a lot more things from playing it. With the blocks and contraptions to be made in the game, it helps others compare life in the video game to life outside. It also helped me express my creativity.
Minecraft also teaches resource management. For example, children know that wood can be acquired by hand, but it is faster to get with an axe. However, the tools will wear out eventually, so they’ll have to get more resources. Also, Minecraft gives age-appropriate content and the ability for community engagement. The game of Minecraft was rated seven and up by means of the Pan European Game Information (PEGI) and ages four and up for the iOS version. Yes, Weapons and monster killing is in- game, but these interactions are not graphic at all. And kids always share their creations, custom modifications, maps, and wikis that they engage in their community. Also, depending on your child’s age they can join Minecraft Servers or Realms, where they can communicate and share ideas with other players.
However, with so much great experiences with Minecraft, there comes many awful reasons not to play, too. For example, it may open kids’ eyes to the real world. “Someone not only killed my son’s Minecraft avatar, but also stole all of the items in his inventory,” Beth Blecherman told Mashable. “It’s a cruel world out there. Just like explaining to your kids why they have to safeguard their items in real-life, the lesson applies to Minecraft, too.” Chase, who is a thirteen-year-old, says that he has heard of muggings in game. Also where people blow up other people’s creations “for fun” and fight over which block goes where. However, he says that avoiding this problem isn’t hard. Chase just plays with those who like to play the same game as him.
This problem is tiny compared to the hundred advantages to the game of Minecraft. For one, Minecraft improves socializing skills, community engagement, and geometry skills. It may be dangerous online, but parents just need to supervise what their child is doing online. The child can participate also by hanging with his own loyal group. I believe that Minecraft is a helpful tool for the development of children’s minds. What’s not to like about building your creativity, right?