It’s a beautiful world of mine!

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Screenshot of Misha Brancato’s world

This site aims to provide a collection of resources for Minecraft (mostly targeting middle school age).  Feel free to share other references through comments, and I will re-post given they are age-appropriate.

Minecraft.  Just another videogame.  At least, that’s what I thought several years ago.  Yet I turned from skeptic to a fan in a matter of days.

Minecraft is a three-dimensional world you create out of basic, Lego-like, building blocks.  No matter what level you are at – complex beautiful things can be created with ease.  And it is fun!

In the game, your character mines, builds shelter, forges tools, explores, farms, hunts and fights monsters.

In the real world, you are learning to manage resources, developing planning and engineering thinking.

More successful players/builders will have developed well above average perceptual skills.  Those that go to the next level learn the programming skills to modify or “mod” the game.

Not surprisingly, Minecraft gained traction among gamers of all ages and genders:-).  But it also caught the attention of educational specialists.

The game can be played alone, with friends, or through large servers.  Although the most sophisticated versions are found for PC, Mac and Xbox, the mobile version (Minecraft PE for pocket edition) for Android and IOS still packs an enormous world into the palm of your hands.

The tens of millions of users, children and adults, have their own culture.

Links:

1. In Search of Diamonds YouTube Video
2. Why Minecraft is more than just another video game

Minecraft’s creators revealed this week that the blocky freeform building game had 33 million users.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23572742

3. The Minecraft Parent

When the Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella was asked why his company bought Minecraft, he replied, “If you think about it, it’s the one game parents want their kids to play.”

http://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/minecraft-parent

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