When it comes to Minecraft, kids can sit around all day and tell you everything about the game. Parents, on the other hand, may not be as well-versed in the ever so popular game.
That’s why I often get asked many questions from parents and guardians about using Minecraft with kids.
Here are some of the most popular ones as well as the answers you need to know in order to keep up!
First and foremost, what is Minecraft?
If you don’t understand the basic concept, you’re not going to understand much else about the game.
Minecraft allows children to use virtual building blocks to basically make anything they can imagine. It is an open-ended game that gives each player the opportunity to play an entirely new game each and every time they log on.
Are there different Minecraft games?
There is only one Minecraft game. There are three different versions depending on the platform you play (computer, gaming console, and pocket edition for mobile devices).
Do I have to pay extra to play online?
It depends. If you have the console or pocket editions, the answer is no. Sometimes it does cost extra to play the computer edition on a multiplayer server with other people who aren’t in your house or on the same network.
My kids tell me the game lags. What does that mean?
There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes in order to make Minecraft work. If the system gets overloaded, the processing slows down or “lags” for a moment. The action on the screen may look choppy and there may be some delays. This happens most often when there a lot of players online at once.
My kids are asking me for “mods” when they play. What are they talking about?
Mods are unofficial changes to the way the game looks or works. Other players can make them or they can be downloaded from public websites or forums. While they may be fun because they offer diversity, they may also come with some risks. Be sure to do your homework before giving into the “mods” request.
Those are just a few of the many questions I often get asked about Minecraft. If your child is looking to learn about the game, MakerKids offers Minecraft courses for kids. Your child will not only expand their knowledge of the game but will also be challenged to be more creative. These are offered in a variety of formats including camps, private classes, and after-school programs. For more information on Minecraft classes for children, contact us today!