Jump to content

educate me about minecraft


43 replies to this topic

#26 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 20 August 2013 - 04:55 PM

DS plays it on-line with a group of his mates. I keep forgetting they can hear me when I go into his room to get him for dinner and a voice from the screen asks "What's for dinner Mrs OGM?"

#27 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

#28 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!!!

#29 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!

#30 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.

#31 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.

#32 Ninjah Kitteh

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.

#33 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.


#34 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.

#35 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.

#36 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.

#37 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 :)

#38 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....

#39 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?

#40 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.



#41 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.

#42 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.

#43 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.

#44 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... :)



Reply to this topic



  


2 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 2 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Special Ticket Offer, Save $8!

The Essential Baby & Toddler Show is back this April! Save $8 off the door price for a limited time only!

Why I breastfed my son until he was three

The fact that I not only breastfed my son, but breastfed him for three and a half years, seems pretty incredible in retrospect.

Do babies and young children see ghosts?

Do babies and young children see ghosts? If you’ve pondered the question, you’re not alone.

15 years with Essential Baby: meet Therese

"Life has a funny way of giving you what you need when you need it the most."

Mum causes a stir by taking a stand against leggings

A mum has found herself the subject of debate after claiming tight bottoms cause lustful thoughts in men.

Don't set a parenting goal for 2015 - do this instead

The problem with goal setting as a parent is the measure. How do we really know if we’re succeeding?

5 pregnancy myths that just won't go away

When you're expecting, it often seems like everyone is keen to offer advice about what you should and shouldn't do in the interests of your health and wellbeing.

RPA hospital contacting mums after discovering vaccine storage fault

Sydney's Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA) is trying to contact women who had babies at the facility after discovering a fault in a refrigerator containing vaccines.

'Nutella' not a baby name, French court says

A French court has blocked parents from naming their baby girl after the hazelnut spread Nutella, arguing it would make her the target of mockery.

Why I'm never calling myself 'just a mum' again

I’ve grown three human beings. I feed them, dress them, teach them, care for them and love them 24 hours a day. Yet for eight years, when I meet new people and they’ve asked me what I do, I tell them: “I’m just a mum”.

Rosie Batty named 2015 Australian of the Year

One year ago, Rosie Batty could not have imagined she'd be where she is. Tonight the grieving mum who put domestic violence on the national agenda was named Australian of the Year.

Five reasons to hug more

Hugging – some of us thrive on it, even depend on it – and then there are those who don't care for it really. So, are they missing out?

Help - my three-year-old has started throwing tantrums

My daughter never went through the "terrible twos" but began throwing wild tantrums shortly after her third birthday.

That's commitment

First peek at Sonia Kruger's daughter Maggie

"She smells so good, I could eat her," Kruger tells co-host David Campbell.

Mum assists in own caesarean surgery

A mum who partly delivered her own twins during a caesarean has encouraged other women to take control of their birthing experience.

How to handle common childhood regressions

Regression can be a natural and common part of development prompted by a variety of factors, but that doesn't make it less frustrating.

Disgruntled dad's pram ad goes viral

When buying a second hand pram, there are lots of things to take into consideration. 

Man discovers he's a dad after finding 55-year-old letter

Discovering you are about to father a baby is startling enough - never mind finding out you have a 61-year-old son.

15 thoughts mums have during a tantrum

Ranging from mild to feral and triggered by events both minor and major, tantrums certainly keep life interesting.

Natural pain relief in the early stages of labour

While managing labour pains on your own can be daunting, there are a number of natural pain relief options to help you cope until you are admitted to hospital.

Win an Octonauts prize pack

To celebrate the launch of Octonauts Live! Operation Reef Shield, a spectacular underwater adventure live on stage, we are giving away an amazing Octonauts prize pack to one lucky fan.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Forgotten Baby Syndrome claims the life of toddler

One baby dies every eight days in the back of a car in the US, victims of 'forgotten baby syndrome'.

For a brief time, I was touched by an angel

For a brief time, I was touched by an angel. You stole my heart, and changed me into the women I am today.

Chinese woman gives birth to quintuplets

After six years of trying for a baby, a couple’s dreams have come true many times over after the mum gave birth to quintuplets this week.

Chrissie Swan has reached her "sex quota"

Chrissie Swan says she and her partner have sex once a year due to her fear of falling pregnant.

Stars help save choking babies

It's an important lesson to learn, but one that busy new mums and dads might overlook until it's too late.

New Girl star Zooey Deschanel pregnant

Actress Zooey Deschanel is expecting her first child with her producer boyfriend Jacob Pechenik.

16 times 'dad reflexes' saved the day

Of course, in some cases they may be the ones who actually got their child into a precarious position in the first place, but we'll ignore that for now.

Couple's 'non-traditional' pregnancy announcement goes viral

Knowing you are not the father of your pregnant wife's baby would usually indicate a rocky relationship ahead for traditional parents.

The trials and tribulations of identical triplet newborns

Pip Donnelly is still playing spot the difference with her newborn identical triplets, Isabelle, Georgina and Frankie.

Win an Octonauts prize pack

To celebrate the launch of Octonauts Live! Operation Reef Shield, a spectacular underwater adventure live on stage, we are giving away an amazing Octonauts prize pack to one lucky fan.

Earthquake baby thriving five years on

Jenny Alexis is lucky to be alive after spending four days buried in the rubble of the 2010 Haitian earthquake, but now she's a thriving five year old.

Please don't say I'm lucky because I was adopted

On the one hand I was having a regular life with friends and sports and sleepovers and school. But I was also always wondering: Did my mother love me? What was wrong with me?

An open letter to non-parents who offer advice on child-rearing

Kitty, when you’re the parent of my child you’re welcome to wade in with an opinion – but until then, I’d prefer you to have a supportive ear and a glass of wine ready.

Couple arrested over baby gun video

A US couple faces charges after investigators say they found mobile phone videos showing the woman's 12-month-old daughter putting a handgun in her mouth.

NSW Health dumps 10-year limit on frozen embryos

A 10-year time limit on storing frozen embryos that were created with donor sperm has been dropped by the NSW government.

How my happy-go-lucky husband became a monster

Sharan Nicholson-Rogers watched her husband change from a happy-go-lucky police officer into an unpredictable man prone to violent and emotional outbursts.

Dads-to-be experience hormonal changes, too

Dads-to-be experience hormonal changes in line with their pregnant partners, a new study shows.

'They were just doing their job': mum of toddler killed in police chase gone wrong

"They were just doing their job. I feel so sorry for them. It is all just too sad."

Miscarriages to be formally recognised by NSW government

Women who miscarry will be able to obtain an optional "recognition of loss" certificate as a formal recognition of their often heartbreaking loss.

Cafe cubby house 'too noisy' for neighbours

Teenage parties, domestic disputes, or raucous late night pubs are the things that usually come to mind when you think neighbourhood noise complaints.

Dad films baby playing with snake

Most parents would not consider a snake an appropriate playmate for their baby, but a US dad who filmed his daughter playing with a python has defended himself against criticism.

Clever breastfeeding products

Check out this range of products designed to help make your breastfeeding journey more enjoyable, manageable and convenient.

 

Back to School Offer

Findababysitter.com.au

We've got you covered for this school year. Use www.findababysitter.com.au to meet local nannies now.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.