Minecraft game - what do you know?

(34 Posts)
trulyscrumptious43 Sun 16-Oct-11 23:03:28

DS age 14 is obsessed by this game. I limit his screen time to 2 hours a day but it seems to be all he thinks about too. Does anyone know, is there any eductional value in it? It looks very basic from what I've seen, am I just not getting it?

trulyscrumptious43 Sun 16-Oct-11 23:03:46


betheldeath Fri 21-Oct-11 12:30:26

I hate it but dh loves it.
It is educational to an extent and is a bit like cyber Lego. There's a low violence threshold as you have to beat zombies with a stick.
When dd is older I will let her play it as I think it can encourage imaginative play.
The only thing I would monitor is that if he joins a server to play with other people and can chat with them. Obviously you don't have much control over what is said.

trulyscrumptious43 Fri 21-Oct-11 18:51:17

Ah thank you. DS isn't into the zombie thing, I've looked at his stuff on there - he likes to show me what he's built - and I saw no zombies.
I understand the cyber lego comparison, DS used to really into lego til last yr (he's 14). It just all looks very basic to me, can't see the appeal (ok, I'm 45, that might be the problem). DS says that most people on it are his age...and grown men. No surprise there then!

RubberDuck Fri 21-Oct-11 18:54:27

Oh I love Minecraft - it's really creative smile I haven't played on a multiplayer server much and only then with people I already knew, so I'd be wary of that for a child unless you could set it up with just his mates from school.

Very little in the way of violence, ime - the main aim is to build interesting stuff and survive the night by hiding away!

I suddenly have the urge to design the second floor in my castle now...

trulyscrumptious43 Fri 04-Nov-11 09:44:47

DS is always showing me things on it and telling me about who he's playing with, he seems very aware of my fears that he's talking to some fat middle aged american in a stained string vest!
It does look to be cyber lego and he has just acquired a collie dog in there - shame his real dog is sitting by his feet waiting for some attention...

Lizmundo Fri 02-Dec-11 11:44:50

My partner plays on it all the time. He & his friends created their own server to play on which other players can use. They create big buildings etc. The monsters on the game will appear anyway in "dark" places as far as I'm aware? e.g. if you built a big house with no windows, it would be dark inside and monsters could appear there. They are block monsters....scary grin

ChristySt Mon 05-Dec-11 12:04:08

It's a hugely creative game, but at the heart of it, remains a game. You can create some entirely amazing creations on there or simply dig and create - it's basically lego but with imagination cranked to 11.

Yogscast and Awesome Video Games do some great series on Minecraft (both have offensive language though, so watch out for that).

angelinterceptor Mon 05-Dec-11 12:08:20

My DS, age 12 and all his friends are obsessed with this game at the moment - TBH i am glad as it takes him away from the playstation for a change.
I don't really mind him playing on this, as he gets 1-1.5 hours of sport every day as well, and its his relaxation time. He doesn't really watch TV

Lordneo Sat 14-Jan-12 21:44:52

Its like lego until you get to mining, redstone, nether, farms, pistons and the community is great, some language in multiplayer but some amazing mods out there, adding new stuff to the game. http://www.minecraftwiki.net/wiki/Minecraft_Wiki

CointreauVersial Sat 14-Jan-12 21:49:45

DS1, who is 12, has started getting into it, and as far as I can tell it is a more healthy alternative than COD and the like. I don't know a lot about it, though.

Lordneo Sat 14-Jan-12 21:54:30

Oh, I am an expert at minecraft, its a game made by mojang what is small company.

mrswoodentop Sat 14-Jan-12 22:04:49

Luke the fact that it is creative and no guns but ds3(10)is obsessed and would do nothing else given the chance ,it dies seem highly addictive and I'd casing a lot of grief re screen timesad

Lordneo Sat 14-Jan-12 22:07:42

Then stop blocking it and start playing.

And there is a mod for guns, but there not really like "HIGH GORE CALL OF DUTY MINECRAFT EDITION"!
There more like "Pew pew pew"

mrswoodentop Sun 15-Jan-12 09:36:30

I don't want to play it ,grinbut in general I don't block things,I really like some aspects of the game,the creativity and logical thinking but I have never known any of
my children to be so addicted to something .ds3 will do minecraft in preference to everything else,he talks about nothing else ,he dreams about it FGShmm

So reluctantly I have had to ban it for now,apart from anything else no one else can get near the computer if he is allowed unlimited access to it,he even watches minecraft videos on my phone if we are in the car and apparently tells me you can get a podcast!

I prefer to encourage my children to self regulate but this has become a big problem for us so I think he has to go cold turkey for a bit and rediscover other pleasures.sad

Lordneo Sun 15-Jan-12 12:47:40

Yogcast, I believe you mean.
Anyway, I dream of it.
And its not just placing blocks, there is redstone wiring.

Sidge Sun 15-Jan-12 12:51:26

My DD1 aged 13 is getting quite addicted to Minecraft (she just has the free version) and I am having to limit her screen time - she'd play it from waking to bedtime given half the chance.

And I want to get on the laptop to MN occasionally!

It seems fairly harmless, I do keep an eye on her play but don't want to play myself. I'm not one for games.

NormaStanleyFletcher Sun 15-Jan-12 12:54:45

Minecraft is the crack cocaine of the gaming world for kids as far as I can tell.

It causes so many argument in this house!

Lordneo Sun 15-Jan-12 14:14:19

Noooo, every ones into cannabis nowadays norma, not cocaine, get with the times mon.

spenditwisely Wed 25-Jan-12 09:06:09

Anyone know how to limit the access to chat on this game?

ToffeeWhirl Sat 18-Feb-12 18:10:24

My son (12) plays this online and has been bullied by two other users - adults, apparently. They have been saying really nasty (sexual) things to him. I only found out today, but DS says it has been going on for about a month. He didn't tell us because he didn't think it was 'serious', but now he's getting really upset about it and says it makes him feel sick and scared. He already suffers from an anxiety disorder and uses Minecraft to relax, so this is all he needs. Am thinking of reporting what's been said to CEOP. So, spendit, I would say definitely watch out for the 'chat' option, as you just don't know who is out there. sad

Anyone have any advice about what we should do?

And I agree about the addictive nature of Minecraft. DS would happily play it all his waking hours if we didn't have parental controls that turn the computer off.

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Justinepants Thu 25-Apr-13 00:33:09

My DS is another fan. Could someone tell me if its safe to download mods for him or how do I check they're ok? I'm pushing the boundaries of my technical knowledge.

ChrisP71 Thu 25-Apr-13 10:27:08

In my experience, the mods are okay, the problem usually lies in the download sites they are hosted on. It can often be very difficult to find the correct link to download the actual mod, when it is surrounded by a dozen other buttons saying "Download now", most of which are adverts/malware.
Also be aware that applying a mod to Minecraft (the one installed on your PC, not a server) is not a trivial exercise for the uninitiated - there are tutorials on the internet - but it involves finding and then opening up the minecraft "jar" file (a collection of files, a bit like a "zip" package), and then replacing/inserting the contents of the mod.
You'll need a piece of freeware/shareware called "WinRAR" to do this. You also need to apply something called a "modloader" (I think) to Minecraft first (a one-off activity) before you can then install the actual mods. Check the internet for full tutorials.

ChloeR32 Tue 30-Apr-13 11:00:36

Yep. Boths DS's like this I have limited time for younger DS.
13yr old now has 1hr during week and 3hrs weekend.
I'm getting tougher!
I'm not keen but I can see the creative benefits.
Chloe x

RooneyMara Tue 30-Apr-13 11:09:02

It's great afaik but I'm not sure about the whole servers thing - where you connect with other players - I worry about that, I think ds just plays on the download so not connecting as such.? But he always wants to go on youtube to look at how other people play it. I don't worry about minecraft 'violence' or weaponry at all. It's funny, not threatening.

The other day I found him on Gunbuilder though. He said his school friend has it. I don't like that and got cross.

I'm a bit feeble and reactionary about internet use, I don't have a clue what I'm dealing with so probably get it wrong a lot.

iChaz Wed 19-Jun-13 21:58:46

Fantasticly educational and creative game. Incorporates binary logic to basic economics.

Try and get them into building/programming games on roblox. Fantasticly educational game.

playingcatchup Mon 29-Jul-13 06:47:10

I'm trying to find out about the data download usage rate. I fear ours is being maxed out (we only have 15GB p/m) by minecraft. How does it work vis a vis data usage? I think we use the single player option and as far as I know, there is no 'server' involved (7 y o person is using it)

tehtoby900 Sun 29-Sep-13 19:38:03

Watch a few videos of it on YouTube. smile

walterwhiteswife Wed 13-Nov-13 14:47:25

my ds plays it on tablet does this mean he cant connect with randoms??

someoneseatenmyapple Sun 29-Dec-13 11:38:11

Hi All

I'm a bit late to this conversation I know but thought I would pick up this thread as it does answer some of my questions.

I have today made my son go cold turkey on this one as his Minecraft obsession levels are getting out of control. I have found out that my son's cousin has given him routes and names of his friends who play online (on a PC) so that he can link up with them. My DS is 10 and they are 17. He has been playing in this mode for a few weeks unbeknown to me. They use guns. I am not happy about this but I don't really know much about it so I would like to know if anyone can give me the heads up on this and if it is anything to worry about.

I know they 'chat' and am concerned about the content of the conversations but that is something I cannot police unless I stand and look over his shoulder - as far as I am concerned he is to young for this type of play. I would not let me son out to play with a random 17 year old so I don't see why I should do it online but am I being a bit over protective? My instinct tells me not.

I think the Minecraft obsession has increased since the beginning of this thread as it dates back to early last year, I wonder if any opinions have changes since?

Walterwhiteswife - playing on a tablet - you can't connect with randoms.

lljkk Sun 29-Dec-13 11:51:11

every server is different. Some are heavily moderated, too.

9yo DS plays with strangers on servers his 12yo brother used to play on, it's pretty obvious the other players are other kids (no swearing or actions I disapprove of so far)

I tend to be in the "proceed with caution but be inclined to proceed until proven wrong" camp. So I check on them but not closely.
I think the big bad world is out there and M/C servers can be a reasonable place to let some of it in and keep the lines of communication open if they encounter anything unsuitable they will tell me (I hope).

Something I tell my kids a lot is that people online LIE. Not too young to learn that msg. So online play is probably fine but don't let it cross over into real life without great caution.

Hogwash Tue 11-Feb-14 17:11:18

My smaller two talk about it in their sleep! blush It is quite creative and they build some amazing things.

somekid Sun 02-Nov-14 23:28:43

Its a bit more complicated than you think (well it can be) type in on youtube:
Minecraft Command block
Minecraft Mob farm
Minecraft Redstone

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