Skip to comments.Minecraft: Is it for children?
Posted on 04/07/2012 2:24:11 PM PDT by raybbr
My ten year old son has been watching videos of "Minecraft" on line. It looks pretty harmless.
The thing is I can't find any reviews or whole lot of information regarding the age level this game is for.
I am not a game player on the PC. The most I play is chess or hearts, etc. I would really appreciate any feedback on this issue before I plunk down $27 on it.
Thanks to all....!
Tech help (sort of)
My son has had it for a long time. It’s a good game and can be very creative based on what can be done. If you look at youtube, look at the full scale items people have done like the Titanic and Starship Enterprise. Also have seen huge worlds with all types of things like chessboards, recreated kids games, etc. Pretty crazy how creative some people are.
Minecraft is a “sandbox” game, in that the player really makes whatever they want out of it. There is some ‘fighting’ that takes place, mostly in the form of defending your buildings from spiders, zombies and other nefarious baddies.
The majority of your time, however, is spent building houses, armor, works of art, etc. For a single player game, it’s very simplistic but that simplicity can lead to many hours of fun. You also have the opportunity to play online with other players which can include some nasty language, depending on which server you connect to.
Buying your child Minecraft is pretty much the digital version of buying your child Leggos. They can build stuff, either solo, or with friends. It’s even fun for adults.
I play A LOT of minecraft and it is a very fun game. The single player mode is definitely child friendly but you need to be careful about SMP (multiplayer.)
I have been a mod for a few servers and I try to keep them fairly pg-13 but they can get a bit rowdy. There is a big age difference between the players. I know it sounds weird but I’m 28 and play with some as young as 12.
You should really monitor your child’s multiplayer experience or consider getting a private “family” server. I think I’ve seen some for as low as 6$ per month that just he and his friends can play on.
Most of the people are pretty nice but there are some trolls online. Its a very diverse game. I will look up some kid friendly servers and see what I find.
I would definitely recommend you get him the game, but check out the servers before hand to see if they are ok. Its a great learning game and even teaches you how to build “electronic” devices.
Get him a shovel and bucket and a sand box,teach him to work.
It IS harmless. It is a bulding game. There are “monsters”, but that is more to keep it interesting and is not the purpose of the game.
Thanks for the info.
If I download it to one PC can I load the game on any other PC’s? I can’t find out if it is a single license.
try out terraria
its similar to minecraft but in 2d. Heres’a funny clip of two guys playing it
This is informative. The question will probably arise here, when my four little boys get tired of “Spore.”
Once you've established yourself and can begin to enjoy the fruits of your labor, evening sets in and the democrats (creepers) move into your neighborhood and try to destroy everything you've worked for.
If you survive, you can attempt to rebuild. If you fail, everything you built becomes California...
Great game for children to play, given perspective.
BEST GAME EVER.
Even in “violent mode” - or whatever they call it - the violence is very silly.
Can be played in “creative mode” - where you can build like crazy, or just non-violent mode (peaceful) - no monsters, but still mining etc.
My 13 year old started playing. He started on violent, and killing “mobs” etc. I started playing, and building, in “peaceful”. Then - over time - he has changed to playin gin creative, and making wild fantasy worlds, and i started playing with some violence, building traps to “capture mobs” - which is kind of fun.
My son has since set up one of our computers to function as a server - and his friends log on to our machine, and build the same world. So he has learned all kinds of server stuff. Plus - loads his own plug ins, and texture packs, etc.
I would not let any 10 year old play online unsupervised - that has nothing to do with the game - has to do with other people on line. But - with “Logmein Hamatchi” - he is able to play online - and HE is in control - on our server. Only his friends have a password to play.
I do not limit my son’s games - we have Skyrim, Oblivion, and some other M rated games. He plays Minecraft 10X as much as the violent games. It is way more fun.
Be warned - it is addictive. As someone else said - it is like “infinite legos”.
Yes you can play on multiple PCs with one license - just not at the same time.
Also - can have “multiple worlds with multiple status” - so in other words, I can play in my world, with cerain attributes, and son 1 can play in a different world, with different buildings and stuff, and sone 3 can play in wolrd 3, 4, 5 or whatever - with anotehr different set of attributes.
We have 3 machines running it. Very user friendly.
In fact - the server can run, while playing on the server from another PC.
My 11 year old has been playing for over a year. Watches the You Tube videos constantly for ideas ans entertainment.
Thanks for the info.
Can more than one player, logged in, play on the same license (I realize not at the same time. I have another son who is eight)?
Sounds like I am going to be spending the money.
FYI, this game eats hardware for breakfast, mostly because it is Java based. You'll need a medium quality graphics card to have a good experience, though you can play on lesser equipment. Truthfully, though, you can easily burn through your processor doing this, and a graphics card is highly recommended.
Lastly, take a gander at the Tom and Jerry map that someone made - it is incredibly hard without cheating; I don't feel all that bad about that since I know I'm not trying to learn to jump sideways from ladder to ladder. But it is an incredible map. The mirror...is amazing, as it is really a duplicate room built to create the illusion of a mirror.
Finally, if he's watching videos on the internet, he's likely watching the Yogpod or similar, and is probably hearing language he shouldn't be. You might want to monitor it.
They just can’t play at same time.
I play, my 13 yr old plays, and my 9 year old plays. All 3 in different worlds - so we don’t have to mess with the other guys’ stuff.
If you ever spend $27 on a game - this is the one.
All I know is my 13 year old son got a plastic minecraft axe for Christmas, my husband found it online somewhere, and he was more excited about that than anything else he got.
Our fridge door is covered with minecraft block magnets... It would be more amusing if my daughter wasn’t 19 now...
$27.00 to buy a video game? I do not think playing most any video games should be encouraged, esp by himself, let alone spending that kind of money. The kids (not mine) around here spent their whole winter inside playing video games, etc. I would rather they be sent outside to exercise and play and interact with real persons.
I grew up as the middle child of 5, and we were only allowed to watch 2 hours of TV in the 60’s, not sex in the city, and no soaps. And we could only have one glass of soda a week. I also got 0.15 a well for allowance as a teenager, and could not get a car until i graduated from H.S.
But despite my hard working parents principled and necessary thriftiness (and discipline - ouch) , they took us camping twice a year: a week renting a cheap cabin, and a week traveling and tenting (which mom endured). Good memories.
And at home, when not at school or church or doing chores, we rode bikes, played outside, built a fort with trees we chopped down (not in the city), etc. Inside sometimes played board games.
Thank God we were fairly poor but had principled parents. Mom just passed at 91, the longest survivor.
A parent of one of the kids he plays with thinks it is good team building experience. The jury is still out on that one for me.
I'd definitely clamp down on the time if he weren't playing on two baseball teams and the golf team.
Video games rewire the brain, even at older ages.
It’s a scourge these days.
I want to chime in as well - this would be the best video game possible for a ten year old. Basically interactive Legos. Definitely get it for him! One thing to note is that it is possible to play on a shared server online. You should monitor who he plays with if you let him play online. It is great single player, so fine to limit him to that.
I’ve never played this game but it looks interesting. Some guy used it to make a scientific calculator with 14 functions with a 25 digit display. It can also do graphing!
Minecraft is absolutely not my cup of tea. However, it is a fabulous game and encourages a great amount of creativity. I recommend it HIGHLY.
Excuse me, but have you been out in the real world, lately ? $27.00 is **dirt-cheap** for most computer games: depending on the game, 49-69 dollars is the standard nowadays.
My son is in his 30s and he LOVES minecraft.
Wow, how remarkably stuck-up
I’m playing it right now and I am 62 lol. It’s a great game and especially good if you have a young one who is creative at heart( like me :P). My 10 year old grandson plays and loves it. It is very addictive however, so be warned about this.
Consider that video games, particularly PC/Mac games like Minecraft, are great ways to get more deeply engaged with technology, which is important these days.
Very true - my son is now talking about majoring in Computer Science in college, which I would not have predicted a year or two ago. (Software development is my profession.)
The other thing is that once they have built it, it's there, and not subject to the vagaries of electronic devices.
Its like legos
Check on YouTube for videos of Minecraft player built computers.
Don't forget Dwarf Fortress, which once you get the interface is a remarkable game and free too.
My wife bought it for our two boys, aged 12 and 7, and they love it.
My 7 year old, in particular, can’t get enough of it. It’s highly addictive, because of the creativity angle. He’s been building an entire world in that game, which is something I’m very much ok with.
It’s a thousand times better than the usual blood and guts things kids find to play online.
It’s a lot of fun, and very kid friendly. The original server I started on was a group of friends, and then the admin’s 8 year old son joined up. He’s got him a private area that’s a quick Netherrun away but far enough no one feels like anyone is intruding on anyone else’s territory.
You can run your own server easily so you have access to who’s allowed on it, whitelisted by account name. I run one private server just for hubby and myself, and my sister runs another for the three of us, each using different seeds and slightly different addons.
boy am I glad I found this thread. ( actually did a Google search on Minecraft and found it ! LOL right here on my home base.)
I am raising my 13 year old grandson. He has Minecraft and is playing it with his school buddies.
We have had lots of tension over the AMOUNT of time he can be online.
We came up with 2 hours a day on school days, and 4 hours each day on Weekends.
Help! Is that being fair? He always cries and says I am not being fair to make him stop.
oh and hubby and I are in our 70’s!!!! So you see...what do we oldies know.
ping to the top for help.
what is a fair amount of time to alot to a 13 year old on a Saturday.
would it be appropriate for a 13 year old to play with his buddies on a Saturday all morning... say about 5 or 6 hrs?
I’m not against it but afraid of over doing it.
I'm not going to tell you how to parent your kid - especially when it comes to something as inconsequential and harmless as a creative computer modeling game. I do understand your concern, though.
I'm from a generation that grew up outdoors doing things that most parents today would be aghast at. By the time I was eighteen, I don't think I possessed a square inch of skin that hadn't bled at some point in my childhood.
Honestly, I wish I could give my own kids the same sort of freedoms that I enjoyed as a child, but we live in a more degraded and dangerous world today. I've had to give in on things like computer and video games because of the restrictions I've had to impose on them.
I wouldn't worry about Mind Craft. As computer games go, that's one of the better ones. It's one hundred percent imagination, and kids get to use their minds building their own worlds. I like that a whole lot better than some of the violent shoot-em-up games they've played.
thank you for your input on time frame and game playing.
I was born in 1941. TV was a rarity then! LOL
So I am really trying to balance this out since we have been given the job of raising a grandson in our senior years.
Now if all the rest of the world’s problems were this easy to solve! LOL
“Hes been building an entire world in that game, which is something Im very much ok with.”
Strategy games are good things. Civilization and Outpost come to mind. If a child can get into the thick of how things work and how successful societies are built, there is hope for them after all.
I came along eight years after you, but my siblings and I didn't get all that much TV either. Mostly, there just wasn't all that much programming or channels in the fifties and sixties, and most kids' programming was on weekday afternoons, and Saturday mornings. Ozzie and Harriet was a complete bore, so my brothers and I played soldiers on the floor, or read comics. LOL
We lived for sunup, when I was a kid. The world outside was our playground, not blinking computer screens. Today, my wife and I do everything we can to get the kids outdoors, but it takes supervision sometimes, which is a job. In my day, Mom just kicked us out the door and told us to be back by sundown.
I agree with that, which is one reason I'm comfortable with the Mind Craft game. I think of it as something like an electronic erector set. Whether virtual or solid, it's all good mental exercise.
I suppose my kids are the beneficiaries of my and my wife's conservative views and lifestyle. I wouldn't call us exemplary parental models by any means, but we home school them, and that includes a whole lot of old fashioned home training (like what we grew up with).
We see that translated into things like the games and other things they're interested in. I must say that sometimes I'm completely amazed at their direction (and more than a little pleased). My seven year old has been building a world in Mind Craft for months now, and it's surprising how intricate it's become. I'm really good with that.
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