In case you missed it, this post is a follow-up to our post 5 Things Every Parent Should Know About Minecraft. Go check it out!
By now, we’re all familiar with Minecraft, the amazingly fun, never-ending sandbox game that has been popular with kids and people of all ages for more than five years. We also know that kids gain substantial benefits from playing video games. So let’s dive a little deeper into the world of Minecraft with five more things that every parent should know about their kid’s favorite game!
- It was written in Java.
Minecraft was originally written completely using Java, the most popular programming language in the world! Notch, the creator of Minecraft, chose to write Minecraft in Java because he was the most comfortable writing in Java code, despite knowing several other programming languages.
After Microsoft bought Minecraft, however, they created a version of the game written in C++, including the Minecraft: Education Edition, Minecraft for Windows 10, and Minecraft Pocket Edition. C++ is an incredibly popular programming language for video game developers.
- Mods aren’t made by Mojang or Microsoft.
One important thing all parents should know is that Minecraft mods are not created by the developers of Minecraft, but rather they are made by other players. Therefore, they are not an official part of the game, and you won’t be able to get assistance from Microsoft or Mojang if something goes wrong. Before installing any mods, you should always make sure that your Minecraft files are backed up so that you can always start over using the original game files.
This also means that Minecraft mods are not rated, and many are not appropriate for kids. Besides containing inappropriate content, mods can contain viruses or corrupt game files, so it’s important to only download mods from safe sources.
- It provides a great educational opportunity for kids.
The sandbox nature of Minecraft makes it a great educational tool both inside and outside of the classroom. Many schools use Minecraft as a teaching tool, and the possibilities of what you can build and create inside the game give it limitless opportunities to teach different subjects. Students have created important landmarks as they learn history, made new biomes as they learn about geography, and applied math and physics skills as they build impressive structures. Kids can also learn computer science with Minecraft by modifying the game’s source code to create their own mods. The educational opportunities that Minecraft offers are so vast that it is even compulsory for students to play in one school in Sweden!
- It’s inclusive.
Minecraft’s explosive popularity is likely due in part to its natural inclusivity. The game is available for a variety of platforms from mobile to console, and its lack of complicated rules or game play means a low barrier to entry for new players. Minecraft is also unique in that it’s a gender-neutral game; both girls and boys are drawn to building stuff in the blocky world. Now with over 100 million registered users worldwide, players male and female, and young and old alike have found a fun hobby in Minecraft.
- It rewards goal-setting and focus.
Since Minecraft is a sandbox game, there is no end goal or way to win.This forces kids to establish their goal for the game, which could be anything from crafting an awesome suit of armor to walking to the end of the Minecraft world. Once kids have a goal, they must make a plan to achieve it, and then work steadily to accomplish it. This is a great way for kids to learn the importance of setting goals and staying focused.
Regardless of what draws your kid to play Minecraft, parents can feel confident that their kid is getting a fun and educational experience when they play the game. From developing coding knowledge to gaining real-life skills, Minecraft is a great choice for kids of all ages in the world of video games.