Thankful Thoughts – Minecraft

My kids want to share some thankful thoughts about Minecraft.  Since it’s summer, I’m inclined to let them.

I figure this qualifies as a writing assignment.  That means my kids aren’t just sitting around turning into brainless lumps… right?

Minecraft is a video game that has two basic modes.  In creative mode, you build stuff out of virtual blocks.  In survival mode, you fight off the monsters and survive by mining things and crafting them into items you need – like building blocks, better mining tools, and monster fighting equipment.  The graphics are a throw-back to the original Nintendo 8 bit system, so the monsters are generally just a couple of black blocks stacked on top of each other.

Yes…. I’ve written about Minecraft before.

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Why they’re thankful for Minecraft

  1. Being able to enchant weapons is cool.
  2. Mr Piggy!  He’s our pet pig.
  3. Diamond mines.
  4. You can create anything you want.
  5. Lava rocks.  It makes obsidian.
  6. The Ender Dragon.
  7. It makes us not bored.
  8. We can make our own farm.
  9. You can make up your own adventure and go on it.
  10. It’s fun!

I’m thankful for Minecraft too.

It’s not just that it keeps them happily occupied.  Although, the Pocket Edition comes in handy on long trips.

I’m watching my kids learn.  They’re vitally interested in learning about how to network to other computers and run a Minecraft server.  They’re highly curious about how to modify the game, including the coding language level stuff.

That rocks.

I asked my kids what they think they’ve learned from Minecraft and why it could be considered an educational game.

After I sorted out the silliness (Mr Piggy) I realized they really are discovering things.

My kids have learned from Minecraft

  • arrows are made from flint
  • flint and steel creates a spark that makes fire
  • the chemical recipe for TnT
  • how to build a basic logic circuit
  • some fundamental truths of electricity

Not bad.

They were much more interested in the complicated geology discussions on our trip to Yellowstone because they could relate the conversation back to their game.  Seriously.

When we were running errands yesterday, they spotted some cool architecture and began to discuss how they could replicate the building in Minecraft.  I’ll take that.

Every summer has a video game obsession.

Sometimes, it comes with more than one.

Two years ago, I couldn’t get the Indiana Jones theme song out of my head because my kids were fixated on finishing every single part of the Lego game of the same name.

Last year, it was all about Scooby Doo and some dragon training game.

I have to say this is better.  The sound track isn’t bad.  The graphics are so low quality that violence isn’t an issue.  It’s open ended and creative.

So yeah, I’m thankful for Minecraft.

What are you thankful for today?

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Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. Oh my Gosh, you are so right…I totally remember the summer of The Legend of Zelda…my sister and I played it for HOURS every day! My older daughter LOVES Minecraft, so I am going to show her this post! :)-Ashley
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  2. Thankful thoughts on Minecraft. Great post, Susan. I really love the circle background you have on your blog 🙂

  3. Thankful thoughts on Minecraft. Great post, Susan. I really love the circle background you have on your blog 🙂 -Aaron

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