Explaining the game and its mechanics:
Minecraft is, by far, one of the most popular survival games ever made. Despite its purposefully blocky graphics it still surprises players with outstanding visuals, whether it’s in a deep ravine or on top of a snowy mountain. It’s a good tool to use to teach kids, I have a world for my sister and in it is a diagram of a flower.
Frequent updates make the game fresh and interesting with every major update. My favourite feature of minecraft is the range of unique biomes and monsters the player can come across.
There are different ways to play this game, from Creative mode (which is a risk free way to build or explore) to Survival mode (Exactly how it sounds, survive). Survival its my favourite, it makes it so, in order to survive, the player needs to gather resources. This includes building a shelter before night, otherwise the players chance of survival drops dramatically as a rage of monsters spawn everywhere. Creative, however, prevents this as the player flies around the world risk-free, doing whatever they want without consequence.
The player will often encounter naturally generated structures, such as villages (a good source of food and items) and the stronghold (every world has this and is the only way to find the End Portal). But other, more rare structures include; Jungle temples, dessert temples and mansions.
Bugs and lag:
Lag is a real problem in Minecraft, although usually infrequent, it can be annoying if it happens at just the wrong time. I have a world in creative where I build mini-games and one of them I have had to put Out Of Order due to extreme lag near the top, I’m always afraid my game might crash whenever I go up there to try and fix it. There is also the possibility to fall though the world because the chunks haven’t loaded, but that’s rare.
Bugs are much rarer and it’s usually funny when they happen, like floating blocks or a zombies who decides it would fun the walk aimlessly in circles. But sometimes they can cost the players life and items, such as invisible lava. All these usually fixed by a quick exit and re-load.
Minecraft is my favourite game, with its diverse range of thing to do and accomplish. The Educational value includes things like; coordinates X,Y,Z (as this is what the Maps use), Strategy and Problem solving. The only limit is your imagination…