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The Minecraft Test: How to Tell if Your Console Is Screwed - Wired

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The Minecraft Test: How to Tell if Your Console Is Screwed
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“I took my son to Math and Science night at his school last night and saw three kids playing Minecraft on tablets or phones.
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How Minecraft is Teaching a Generation About Teamwork & the Environment | Getting Smart

How Minecraft is Teaching a Generation About Teamwork & the Environment | Getting Smart | minecraft102 | Scoop.it

Minecraft, as it stands, has sold around twenty million copies across multiple platforms. It’s arguably one of the most successful games of all time, and a demonstration of the fact that videogames do not have to be sexually charged gore-fests in order to be accepted by gamers en masse. Summarily, it’s a game in which you are placed in a natural, procedurally-generated environment, and you must cut down trees, mine stone and ore, and generally manipulate your environment to build a home for yourself or go on a journey.

 

Its building mechanic is simple – break a block, and most of the time, you’ll get a block to place. Placing blocks becomes a LEGO-esque activity, and immediately the game’s appeal to the world’s youth is obvious. But it’s not just about allowing them to put things together however they like – Minecraft has the potential to teach children quite a considerable amount about interacting with others, and how to treat their environment.

 

In terms of interacting with other children, Minecraft sets down very clear rules – largely, that there are none, and just like in real life, these children must choose to work in teams, despite the fact that being aggressive or selfish may look like the immediately easier option. A house is built faster with four kids working together, and the game becomes a lot easier once night falls (when the monsters appear, furthering its appeal and relevance to an age bracket still scared of the dark) when those four are guarding each other, as well as themselves.

 

It’s also not a bad way to teach each child about how precious and finite the environment and its resources are. While Minecraft will extend to eight times the earth’s surface area (with each block seen as a metre cubed in real life), all resources are finite. Iron ore does not re-spawn, and neither does coal. Students have the choice of either going further and further out to get resources, or to create sustainable sources of energy and other blocks and items themselves.

 

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How to get Minecraft mods easy! (via. MagicLauncher)

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I've tried everything to get mods on minecraft. I never could get anything to work. That is... until I discovered the MagicLauncher. It doesn't hurt o...
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HOW TO ANIMATE MINECRAFT - BEGINNER TUTORIAL

Links down below..Blender: http://www.blender.org/download/get-blender/ Character Rig: http://www.minecraftforum.net/topic/9581-minecraft-blender-rig-%E2%80... (I liked a @YouTube video http://t.co/R2e3MgKDGV...
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