Digital entertainment is helping children think more creatively
By Benjamin Arts
Minecraft fosters creativity. As the following article by the Telegraph explains, “This video game puts players in a randomly-generated world where they can create their own structures and contraptions out of textured cubes.” People have infinite possibilities to create whatever they want to. The following picture includes one of the many builds that I have created:
Almost 144 million copies have been sold so far, and the game is still growing and expanding as we speak! Now, why would 144 million people buy a block game? Well, the main reason is for the creative aspect and multiplayer system. Let’s talk about that!
According to minecraft.net, on May 17, 2009, Minecraft was put into beta mode and introduced a game where you can build anything as far as your imagination. This mode was called singleplayer which only had grass blocks, but you could still build anything you would like.
According to minecraft.gamepedia, on June 8, 2009, multiplayer was released, this expanded the game even more. Now people could play with each other and do even more things. Over the last 9 years, Minecraft has had 53 updates that brought new aspects into the game like mobs, new blocks, PvP updates, and much more.
According to education.minecraft.net, the purpose of the game is for people to use it for entertainment, but also for education. According to education.minecraft.net, almost 800 schools in America use Minecraft to teach students to be more creative!
According to wired.com, the creator of Minecraft, Notch, started this game by basing it off Dwarf Fortress, Dungeon Keeper, and Infiminer. He got the collecting resources idea from Dwarf Fortress, he got the survival exploration idea from Dungeon Keeper, and he got the idea of building with resources from Infiminer.
The weaknesses of Minecraft: players often become obsessed with the game – most players usually play the game for long periods of time of their life because of the things that you can do, which most parents state is mindless, according to Parent Herald; it is also easy to lose track of time. According to Minecraft logs of certain players, an average player that opens up the game will play longer than two hours which is past the regular amount stated by the Oxford Study.
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