I once called my kids’ Nintendo DS a Gameboy and they looked at me like I had three heads, but sit them down in front of the game Minecraft (graphics created circa 1985) and they’ll play that shit for hours.
We *ahem* Santa bought *double ahem* gave my kids a Google Nexus tablet for Christmas to share, and ever since then it’s been Minecraft all daylong every day. While one kid is playing the tablet, the other kid is on the computer looking up videos on Youtube of other kids playing Minecraft. Maybe I’m getting old, but I just don’t understand the appeal of this game. Get off my lawn!
As I said before, the graphics are just plain awful. I’ve seen better animation out of my 8 bit Nintendo. Think I’m kidding? Here’s a screen shot from PCGamer.com (by the way, that’s supposed to be a sheep):
Am I missing something? I asked this question recently on Facebook and Twitter, and received a ton of replies from my friends, who are also the parents of grade school-aged children, wondering the same thing. Why is this game so popular?
According to fellow NEPA Blogger Thomas Tomeo: “Minecraft is basically Legos meets The Legend of Zelda meets The Oregon Trail. They scrounge around the world for supplies to build buildings, tools, weapons, and hunt for food. Then, when night falls, you have to protect yourself from the various evils that stalk the wilds. It’s an enthralling experience for children young and old. I love the hell out of it.”
I don’t love the hell out of it. It turns my kids into fighting zombies for hours at a clip. “MOMMY! IT’S MY TURN TO PLAY!” “YOU ALREADY HAD YOUR TURN!” “I WANT TO PLAY!” My brother suggested that I buy some legos for my kids to address their need to build things. Trust me, they have a bunch of sets. Gabby usually bosses Owen around until it is built and then it’s back to Minecraft. Maybe the solution is to buy another tablet so they don’t fight as much, since the game seems to be semi-educational and semi-promotes creativity. I just don’t want to encourage their heathen brattish behavior.
Any other parents out there feeling my pain with this one? Leave me a comment to discuss!
Hey kids! You want to build something? Here’s some 2x4s and some nails and a hammer. I expect a shed in 12 hours.
You want to survive the evils that stalk the wilds after nightfall? Mommy will bring you to her work to camp out overnight!