Lots of kids are playing Minecraft these days. Whenever I talk to people about kids being gamers, I'll inevitably get a parent or grandparent ask me, "What is Minecraft? Is it bad?" Here's an article that I think gives a great introduction to the game as well as the pros and cons of playing it. I especially like these 2 paragraphs:
"Playing Minecraft, it turns out, can teach kids creative thinking, geometry and even a bit of geology, and research shows they can learn experimentation, teamwork and problem solving skills, as well.
"In fact, the Journal of Adolescent Research published a study comparing kids that played video games to those that didn’t. “Video game players, regardless of gender, reported higher levels of family closeness, activity involvement, attachment to school and positive mental health,” authors Paul J. C. Adachi and Teena Willoughby concluded. “Video game players also had less risky friendship networks and a more favorable self-concept.”"
All 4 of us in our family love Minecraft, but none so much as my 10-yr old son. He reads the wiki extensively, watches YouTube videos, and has started to learn Java coding because of his love of this game. In fact, I can also attest to new knowledge in economics, resource scarcity, biomes and ecosystems, and physics. Kid tested, mother approved, I'd say.
Who here plays or has a kid who plays? And if you're on PC, what's your favorite mod?