As a parent, I have my issues with video games. I grew up in a time where video games weren’t as popular as they are now. We played outside until the street lights came on. Our games were hide-n-seek and man-hunt. We hung out on the corner with our friends and just enjoyed life. However, today we live in a world of technology and for some of us, it can become a bit too much. My son Jaiden loves his video games, especially Minecraft. While I still don’t fully understand the game, today I want to talk about the 6 benefits of playing Minecraft.
From what I have seen and played, Minecraft takes you back to simplicity. Graphics have come so far from Mario, that when Minecraft came out, I think a few of us were scratching our heads. I know I was. However, this is what I mean by simplicity. The graphics are old school but advanced in some ways. I have played with my son and I don’t totally get it, but I enjoyed myself. I played because I wanted to understand what it is my son saw in this game and why he loved it so much.
Jaiden has Minecraft on a few different devices. This is how much he loves this game! We have Minecraft for Xbox One, Jaiden actually received the Xbox One Minecraft Edition for his birthday this year. Then we have it on his laptop, my laptop, and his iPad. I think it’s safe to say, he’s a bit addicted to the game? We have even branched out and started buying the books to see what they are all about. Jaiden recently purchased the Combat Handbook and is loving it. Not sure which one will be on our list next.
6 Benefits of Playing Minecraft
In Minecraft, you have a few options when you start but you always have to use your creativity to build. My son and I found a village in which we completely took it over and expanded our homes. Kids build from the ground up. They take the idea they have and pull it off in this game. My son has built villages and huge robots. It takes what I know as creativity to entirely new level.
How can Minecraft improve my son’s Academics? You wouldn’t think a video game like Minecraft could do such a thing but in Minecraft, you have to problem solve. These kids have to solve problems in their building techniques, they also have to find ways to protect their homes and strategize a plan to survive against creepers and zombies.
When my son decides to start a new world in Minecraft, he usually goes in with a goal. A goal to build a huge village, a town, or some crazy robots. He’s even built his own racing games within the game. These are the goals he has. He sets them and finishes them. My goal is to finish knitting this shawl that is a pain, but his, his goal is to finish a town.
My son lacks confidence. He’s a great kid and really smart. Math is his subject but even then, he feels like he’s never good enough. When he’s finished designing and building his creations in Minecraft he is so excited and proud. He talks my ear off about what he’s done and I can see the confidence in him grow.
Minecraft has almost no violence in it. You kill spiders, zombies, and creepers. You have to kill animals for food to survive. There are no guns and shooting people down. A lot of games have a great deal of violence and Minecraft, even though I totally don’t get it, is the one game I don’t mind my son playing because of the lack of violence.
Teamwork is essential to teach a child. As an adult, I am not good with teamwork. I often feel I can get the task done 10x faster by myself. With Minecraft, you have to dig for coal, iron, diamonds and such. If your little one is playing on multiplayer they can come together as a team. They can plan and go mining together. They come together with their findings of coal, iron, Redstone and more. This allows them to work together as a team, to build the items they need to survive.
While I am still a big fan of good old fashion playing and enjoying life, this is the world we live in. We live in a world where technology is everything. Even us adults are addicted to technology. Now, we all have to remember to unplug from time to time. I can promise you this, it would be worth. You will survive not knowing what your friends had for lunch for a week. Unplugging is great for you and your family. Remember to do it more often.
Even with the benefits that Minecraft has, I have to say, I am happy to see him running around playing. Kids will be okay with or without video games. We just have to remember we live in a world of technology and do our best to make sure they live a happy and fulfilling life.
Don’t understand Minecraft? Try playing with them and see why it appeals to them. Kids often do the things we like, sometimes, we have to come to their level and do what they like. You won’t die, not in real life anyway. I’ve died plenty in Minecraft! HAHA!