Minecraft was introduced to me a year or so ago by some gaming acquaintances. We played together on a 1.3 Multiplayer server and had a lot of fun. Let me step back a second… According to Minecraft.com:
“Minecraft is a game about placing blocks to build anything you can imagine. At night monsters come out, make sure to build a shelter before that happens. It also has music by C418! So far 16,219,759 people have registered and 4,030,139 people bought the game.”
As the name suggests, there is plenty of mining to be done in this game to collect the blocks, that you can craft together to make things to build vast, uninhabited civilizations or whatever comes to mind. Imagine a 3D version of Dig-Dug where you can make stuff! It is really quite addicting.
So, my kids are quite adept at working the mouse and keyboard. they were looking for a new game to play so I introduced them to Minecraft. The game, unlike many other online games or mmorpgs, etc., is pretty much free of much of the violence that is out there, so it makes for better entertainment than what is out on sites like addictinggames.com . My two girls will play online games on ggg.com (some pink, girly game site), but now would rather spend the little time they are allowed on the computer gathering flowers and digging holes in the ground “in search of diamonds (see video on this page).”
All in all, my son is learning some more spacial reasoning skills, and how to use formulas to create new items. It also allows him to use his imagination and create whatever comes to mind.
The amazing thing in all this is that three of my kids have been learning to work together in an environment without arguing about things. It is rather encouraging to see the cooperative efforts.