The Minecraft Video Game Has Multiplayer Benefits
Minecraft is a unique and addicting game that offers lots of opportunity for families to enjoy many different modes of play. You can interact with the game in creative or survival mode and choose between peaceful, easy, normal or hard option levels. What a sheer bonus to finally find a family friendly game that offers the choice to work individually or as a team! Minecraft allows up to 4 players at a time in this creative and fun multiplayer game.
It has been a truly pleasant experience watching my oldest son (16 yrs) play the Minecraft online game through Playstation 3 with his friends from all over the country who can join him in a specific game if he wishes to share it. They collaborate to scour the map to all four corners as they search for treasures in the mines or villages. All the while, these guys are getting to fight off the bad guys and mobs of zombies, skeletons, spiders and more that attempt to knock down their health or worse.
Are You a Minecraft Mom or Dad?
As any good mom would do, I try to keep on top of the games my son has interest in playing and when invited to join him and his friends for a game…well, I couldn’t resist. I admit it took a little getting used to how to view and control all the buttons as you have to get comfortable using them rather quickly if you want to literally survive in survival mode.
Right along with the teens enthusiasm for the game is my 7 yr old daughter who thinks the game is so cool that she plays with us too and even cheers her brother on when only he is playing. It is very easy to learn and has been great having the option to use host privileges such as invisibility or flying to help my daughter overcome her initial fear of facing some of the monsters that come out at night. Of course that is easily solved by simply collecting wood and wool to make a bed and making sure each player goes to bed at night in the game. Minecraft will then jump your character right to morning again so you avoid having all the monsters around like at night.
Minecraft Date Night
Minecraft can be a fascinating bit of entertainment to the point where even my husband and I have even enjoyed many evenings playing the game alone together …venturing out to attack the monster generators in the mines and find a way to survive as a team. Guys seem to naturally like the challenge of mining for the “good stuff” as far as searching for iron, emeralds, diamonds, gold, lapis lazuli and redstone in the deep caverns throughout the game. I personally enjoy the “fishing” part of the game as well as breeding the animals, or creating and maintaining farms and trading with the villagers. No matter what role you play in this game, there is certainly enough adventure and fun to go around for any personality type. My hubby seems to look forward to me joining him in the game as it is easier to accomplish more goals when two or more go into the same game seed together. Brave all odds this week and invite your hubby to a game of Minecraft. Once you both get used to the controls…it can real be quite fun and addicting to play together!
Education Value in Minecraft
There is a lot to be said for seeing your family or your child and a bunch of their friends learning to work as a team to survive in this game. It has so much potential for teaching many different things to kids from a homeschool parent’s perspective too. My next Minecraft post will share more about creative mode, trading with the villagers, and explaining some of the many ways Minecraft has educational value for the players such as creative logic and problem solving. I hope you’ll join us for our future series of posts called “Minecraft Mondays”. Want to learn more about this video game now? You can visit minecraft.net to watch a video and read more about the game or make a purchase. You can purchase the download of the game for your pc right there on the site, or you can buy the Playstation version like we did. You may even consider waiting to pick up an actual physical game disc from a local retailer for Minecraft. The game is around $20. We have certainly gotten our money’s worth out of it already.
Are you a Minecraft player? Whether you are an expert or just learning the game, we’d love to hear your tips and tricks for having fun with friends and family in this addicting multiplayer game. Just leave us a comment below with your best tip or most interesting game seed # you’ve experienced yet. Join us for another fun Minecraft post this coming Monday! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter or any of our other social channels. Thanks for reading!