It can be a challenge for parents to understand the purpose of Minecraft. From the Minecraft website:
"Minecraft is a game about breaking and placing blocks. At first, people built structures to protect against nocturnal monsters, but as the game grew players worked together to create wonderful, imaginative things."
There are activities that can stem from playing Minecraft that reach further than one might think. For example, some kids begin to learn about programming and using the command line (that mysterious black box you type words in and then things magically happen). Minecraft also has many plug-ins available called "mods" that can enhance the game.
What are the requirements to play?
To start playing you need an email address and a Minecraft account. It costs $26.95 for a Minecraft account that you can purchase directly from Minecraft's website. Then you can download the installer as many times as you want. Only one player can use the account on the same network at the same time.
Try it out first?
We understand that coming up with $26.95 for a Minecraft account may not be easy or affordable for everyone. Plus, how do you know you or your child will find value with it? Washington County Library purchased a couple of accounts that we can make available for parents or kids to try out first. Try before you decide. Contact your local library and ask to setup a time where you can come in and use one our public computers to try out Minecraft.