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Minecraft – what non players need to know!

By September 20, 2018 Podcasts, Press articles
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As a parent of three fanatic Minecraft players and inventor of toys that this community seem to love – its time that I got into this game and found out why they love it so much.

Minecraft is one of the most popular online games, creating a virtual world from little graphical blocks. Created in Sweden in 2011 by a clever chap called ‘Notch’ it was bought by Microsoft making him very rich man!

Minecraft is one of the most popular online games, creating a virtual world from little graphical blocks. Created in Sweden in 2011 by a clever chap called ‘Notch’ it was bought by Microsoft making him very rich man!

I’ve seen my children build log cabins, fly around castles and farm animals. Whilst they clearly enjoy inside Minecraft, playing for far too long, my wife and I have sometimes struggled to get them off for dinner time and ‘living’. So I wanted to speak to some experts of this phenomenon to understand why its so absorbing.

Not only is it so immersive for so many people (of all ages), schools are also adopting it with an educational version of Minecraft in their teaching of science and technology – so its important that I know what they are doing. As it’s a ‘social’ game connected with many millions of players around the world – I also need to know that it is a safe environment and that my children know how to stay safe.

If they were spending as much time learning and instrument or being in a team sport, I would certainly know a lot more than I do about their time on Minecraft – so this has to change.

In this podcast, you will hear me talk to my 12-year-old daughter, Sara about her fascination with Minecraft. I talk to her (nearly 18 year old) brother Haris – on why he still playing with it – most importantly – HOW TO GET HIM OFF IT FOR DINNER TIME!

Finally, you will here me speak to Jarrid, Simbrix Creative Director, who has been playing with Minecraft since it was in ‘alpha’ mode – before it was even released to the general public.

I learned a lot from these conversations and have feel more comfortable about ‘parenting’ with Minecraft taking up a part of their time.