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#26 2_little_boys

Posted 20 August 2013 - 04:58 PM

DS' 6yo and 10yo play it on the laptops and on ipod.

I have noticed 6yo's spelling has improved with playing it which is a little bonus.

I agree that they do get a bit obsessed and it can be a problem to get them off ("I just have to.......") but mine only play "linked" to each other.  Although I do get sick of the whinging "mum he destroyed my......" "dont put that there", etc.

lol

#27 Ruf~Feral~es

Posted 20 August 2013 - 05:08 PM

View Postunicycle, on 14 January 2013 - 02:22 PM, said:

I would love a detailed mum explanation of buying the game( we found a wrong site pretending to be it) and how to set up anLAN , whatever that is, so he can play with friends overseas.

THis too, please!!! I've tried googling, but need a dumbed down version!!!

#28 starraffy

Posted 05 November 2013 - 09:49 PM

View PostR, on 02 January 2013 - 06:39 PM, said:

Minecraft is a 3D 1st player perspective game that requires players to survive in a world filled with monsters and animals. Players mine ores from the ground, harvest wood from trees and farm plants and animals to supply them with their raw materials. Players then craft all kinds of items with these materials.
The game is not particularly frightning and is highly addictive (for both adults and children).
I would have no reservations about children ages 4 and up playing this game, with the exception of online game servers (which can be set up by anyone). DH, DD1 (7) and DD2 (5) love playing the game. DH has set up a server where all three of them can play together at the same time.
Look up www.minecraftwiki.net to find out everything you need to know.

Ive been hearing about this too... but no idea . thanks for the info!

#29 Sandy1902

Posted 05 November 2013 - 09:54 PM

My ds 6 plays on the iPad, so far we have only gotten him the free version (only because we are tossing up what kind of tablet or iPad to get him). Bt he loves it,  

He tries to explain it to me but I don't get it lol.

#30 Nomling

Posted 05 November 2013 - 10:29 PM

View Postunicycle, on 14 January 2013 - 02:22 PM, said:

I would love a detailed mum explanation of buying the game( we found a wrong site pretending to be it) and how to set up anLAN , whatever that is, so he can play with friends overseas.

View PostRuffles, on 20 August 2013 - 05:08 PM, said:

THis too, please!!! I've tried googling, but need a dumbed down version!!!

I bought the game a few years ago when it was still in development. It's since become one of my favourite games as it allows for so much creativity. Not a violent or gory game, and the only scary thing are creepers (silent green monsters which explode when they are close to the player).

The game can be bought after registering an account at minecraft.net. Just choose a username not already in use. At the time, the only payment method was PayPal, but there's probably more now.

I want to stress that since this game is popular with people of all ages, and not just children, setting up a private server at home is a very good idea. The Minecraft wiki at gamepedia is fairly detailed about how to go about doing it, although admittedly it's rather technical. I play solo or on established servers so I haven't had any experience in setting up my own.

#31 Ninjah Llamah

Posted 05 November 2013 - 10:43 PM

Kids love it, I don't get it.

I'm not good with IRL lego, though either, lol.

It's at the top of the list of video games I allow and encouage, though.  

DD (9) isn't allowed to play with people she doesn't know, DS (15) is, and I trust him.

#32 belinda1976

Posted 05 November 2013 - 10:52 PM

Sad but my 7 year and old 5 year old both play it, 7 year old more so.

They connect to each other and play together.... something 7 year old worked out herself.  Me, no idea.  I know it's about building things with blocks.

7 yo is also into watching the You Tube videos but I've banned it of late as there seems to be a bit of swearing going on.

Edited by belinda1976, 05 November 2013 - 10:53 PM.


#33 Feraldadathome

Posted 06 November 2013 - 07:55 AM

We regularly have multiple kids on different machines playing on the same server, and some of DS10s friends have set up their own servers. These kids all tend to interact with each other only, even when on public servers.

DS10 also occasionally has sessions with a friend overseas where they skype and log onto a common server at the same time.

I have no real clue about the technicalities though, but have noted that it's a significant creative outlet for both our boys.

#34 cward

Posted 06 November 2013 - 09:38 AM

My DD's play on the ipad/ipod so they connect with each other on our wifi.  We bought the mobile version for them (and lots of other similar games as well) but I don't let them play on the computer because I don't trust the other people playing.

I did hear that they were going to do an update to the mobile version so you could set up groups across different wifi's but don't think this has happened yet.

#35 PatG

Posted 06 November 2013 - 09:44 AM

I've also heard of it being used to made models of real life things - so learning about scale etc.

#36 starraffy

Posted 06 November 2013 - 01:48 PM

View Postdadathome, on 06 November 2013 - 07:55 AM, said:

We regularly have multiple kids on different machines playing on the same server, and some of DS10s friends have set up their own servers. These kids all tend to interact with each other only, even when on public servers.

DS10 also occasionally has sessions with a friend overseas where they skype and log onto a common server at the same time.

I have no real clue about the technicalities though, but have noted that it's a significant creative outlet for both our boys.

its a good outlet yeah... but not too much :)

#37 Feraldadathome

Posted 06 November 2013 - 02:03 PM

View Poststarraffy, on 06 November 2013 - 01:48 PM, said:

its a good outlet yeah... but not too much :)

Don't worry, DS10 still enjoys minecraft, but is obsessed with Warhammer, even though he only has the rulebook....

#38 starraffy

Posted 07 November 2013 - 11:45 AM

View PostNomling, on 05 November 2013 - 10:29 PM, said:

I bought the game a few years ago when it was still in development. It's since become one of my favourite games as it allows for so much creativity. Not a violent or gory game, and the only scary thing are creepers (silent green monsters which explode when they are close to the player).

The game can be bought after registering an account at minecraft.net. Just choose a username not already in use. At the time, the only payment method was PayPal, but there's probably more now.

I want to stress that since this game is popular with people of all ages, and not just children, setting up a private server at home is a very good idea. The Minecraft wiki at gamepedia is fairly detailed about how to go about doing it, although admittedly it's rather technical. I play solo or on established servers so I haven't had any experience in setting up my own.

They say its expensive? how much is expensive and cheaper?

#39 HIH.GD.Isolabella

Posted 07 November 2013 - 11:56 AM

Belinda1976 - I had issues with swearing. Generally find Stampy and Minecraftdad not too bad for language for the boys.

We did have an issue though.... Last month we hit Internet limit for downloads as kids had been watching too much. Now back to 2 videos a day.



#40 Feraldadathome

Posted 07 November 2013 - 12:19 PM

View Poststarraffy, on 07 November 2013 - 11:45 AM, said:

They say its expensive? how much is expensive and cheaper?
It's around $30 to register for the full desktop version.

#41 FeralMinx

Posted 07 November 2013 - 12:44 PM

My kids are OBSESSED.  They are also autistic and although its a controversial thing to link that particular obsession with autism, I can see how they co-occur.

If you want to see minecraft in all its glory subscribe to cupquake, stampy and other similar gamers on youtube.  Oh yea, my kids are obsessed with watching them too.  Some days cupquakes voice is coming through 2 ipads and the desktop at the same time and drives me bonkers. 'hey everybody and welcome to another episode of minecraft oaisis' yada yada -.-

Its not my thing, but basically my girls usually play on 'peaceful mode' (minus the creepers etc).  In peaceful mode it functions much like a complex and never ending 'lego land' where they can build, create, farm, etc.  They also play with the baddies on there but not often as there is risk involved and they are risk averse.

They have been playing for a couple of years now, and are pestering me to let them play online on servers instead of just with each other.  I've found a kid friendly one I am happy with, its called minecraft sandbox or something similar.  Just trying to figure it all out now.  That kind can only be played on a desktop version of minecraft so I am loathed to let them get in to it as I will never get the pc back.

#42 FeralMinx

Posted 07 November 2013 - 12:46 PM

Oh and its not expensive at all.  7 bucks for the ipad edition and 25ish for the desktop edition and nothing more to spend ever - cheap as.  cheaper than lego - which is their IRL obsession.

#43 starraffy

Posted 08 November 2013 - 03:46 PM

View Postdadathome, on 07 November 2013 - 12:19 PM, said:

It's around $30 to register for the full desktop version.

not too expensive but i guess pricey for someone who's not into this games... :)



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