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Ten Things For Parents To Love About Minecraft. By Bec Oakley My kids have been playing Minecraft for years, and we often play it together as a family.

Ten Things For Parents To Love About Minecraft

Over that time I’ve given a lot of thought to the ins and outs of the game - watching how they play and what they learn, listening to my friends’ experiences with their kids, reading a LOT of articles about the ways people are using the game and whether they’re having success with that. My conclusion is that playing Minecraft can be an incredibly positive and worthwhile experience for kids, but there are definitely a lot of parents who are either running into problems with the game or questioning whether it’s okay for their kids to play (and they often have good reasons for this).

But in this article we're going to take a look at some of the considerable benefits that kids can get from playing the game. 1. Although Minecraft is marketed as a game, it wasn’t long before universities, schools and homeschoolers alike started exploring its enormous potential as a tool for education. 2. 3. Hey, Parents. What Minecraft Is Doing to Your Kids Is Kind of Surprising.

The point of Minecraft seems simple: build practically anything you can imagine.

Hey, Parents. What Minecraft Is Doing to Your Kids Is Kind of Surprising.

Some kids recreate famous pieces of architecture, others express their creativity through grand designs. Since 2009, Minecraft has sold over 20 million copies. Retro video games live on. Mario and friends: Well-known characters from classic games still have plenty of loyal fans.

Retro video games live on

While the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One compete to enthral us with a new generation of games, there's still plenty of life left in the classics. With the average gamer in their 30s, many of us began playing video games long before Sony and Microsoft arrived on the scene. A generation of gamers started out at the local milk bar, pumping coins into arcade classic such as Asteroids, Space Invaders and Galaga. Others cut their teeth playing Pitfall on the Atari 2600, Super Mario Bros. on the Nintendo Entertainment System or Ikari Warriors on the Commodore 64.

From Tetris and SimCity to Karateka and Myst, most of us have clocked up our fair share of game time over the years. Even if your old game machines are long gone, you can still play many of your favourites on new devices. Advertisement Emulators are powerful, but it can take some tinkering to get everything running smoothly. Minecraft in the classroom. Minecraft is a down loadable game from the Internet that costs around $40 for one license for a PC, there is a free iPad app (very basic, can’t save but good for learning on) or a $7.49 app for iPad (Phoebe assures me it is not as good as the online version but not bad).

Minecraft in the classroom

What is Minecraft? Wikipedia explains Minecraft as an open world game that has no specific goals for the player to accomplish, allowing players a large amount of freedom in choosing how to play the game. The game world is essentially composed of rough 3D objects—mainly cubes—that are arranged in a fixed grid pattern and represent different materials, such as dirt, stone, various ores, water, and tree trunks. Players can gather these material blocks and place them elsewhere, thus allowing for various constructions. The game primarily consists of two game modes: survival and creative. I’ve actually never played Minecraft but we do have an account that Phoebe and Lucy use.

But also consider: Games in Libraries. Papo & Yo Review - A Sad, Haunting Story. In Papo & Yo, at least on the surface, players take on the role of Quico as he moves through a fantasy world filled with puzzles, fruit, frogs, a strange girl and a towering monster.

Papo & Yo Review - A Sad, Haunting Story

Quico will have to explore the linear space, with the help of his cool robot friend, in order to cure his monstrous companion and escape a form of evil. Players will be presented with slowly evolving puzzle mechanics that require platforming, thinking and planning skills in order to be conquered. The music is charming and the puzzle elements remain relatively easy through this short campaign. When things get dark, and we’ll get into these bits further in a little, the game retains its relative ease while adapting an extra layer of anxiousness. The puzzles are a touch too easy. The controls are also a little touch, with Quico missing jumps and not grabbing fruit as deftly as I wanted him too.

Minecraft. Game-based blended learning & classroom response system. Gaming. A game-based learning and assessment tool for middle school students covering the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.