Minecraft the unknown world

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Engaging in Minecraft:  From excited to feeling out of my league.

For me, Minecraft has been a steep learning curve.  Right off the bat I was completely clueless how to play.  I suppose I was under the assumption that I could jump head first and play.  I downloaded the game on my Mac from Amazon for about 27$.  It was not intuitive downloading the game for a first timer.  I didn’t realize I was actually only getting a code to play the game.  I had to then take this code and register the game on Minecraft’s website (Mojang I believe).

MC 5The world of Minecraft began in a random blocky world.  This is probably one of the most boring and confusing starts to a game that I have ever played.  I apologize in advance if this offends any Minecraft gamers.  I think my lack of enthusiasm is mostly due downloading on a Mac computer, in hindsight. I figured this newer Mac would have good graphics and would be portable.  Unfortunately, I do not have a mouse or controller.  Warning: avoid this game for Mac’s if you are not a professional gamer!!!

After attempting to play this game for the second time, I realized there were tutorials on Mojang’s website.  The tutorials were not as helpful as I imagined but I did warm up to playing the game.  I can see how addicting this game can be.

MC 1Interacting with the Minecraft community may be even more fun than actually playing this game (for me).  I participated in my first #MinecraftEdu chat two nights ago.  Keep in mind this is my second Tweet chat ever.

Because of me misreading the time zone I was a bit late to the party.  Instead of just jumping into chat, I paged back to the beginning of the Tweet chat.  Okay, again for all of the newbies out there, this is NOT a great idea.  I spent so much time trying to catch up with the chat I missed out on a lot of the participation. { Insert Sigh }

MC 2I was behind was because I wasn’t exactly sure what the chat was about.  While attending next week’s #MinecraftEdu chat, I am logging on early and connecting more with people.  The chat this week pertained to use the use of narratives in teaching Minecraft.  I guess I wasn’t sure what to expect.  Speaking with individuals who are well versed in Minecraft Education can put things in perspective. week I am hoping to be able to participate more, until then I still feel completely out of place.

I have been searching for ways to connect with people are are experts in this game.  I found an article  “The top 10 @MinecraftEdu Educators to Follow”.  I was SO excited when I found out that a few of them were in the chat I was in.  This might not sound like the most exciting thing to the average person I realize (this is probably the nerd inside getting pumped up).

When I was told to find an affinity space to “join” I guess I was thinking I was going to be highly engaged in a game.  I find myself way more interested in this Minecraft Education side of it.  To me, this is where the magic is.  Here lies the sweet spot where learning and game play merge.  As for playing the game, I guess time will tell if it grows on me.

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Minecraft, a whole new world

Affinity Space: Initial Observations

After hours of searching and dealing with constant frustration, I have found an affinity space I feel excited to engage with.  MINECRAFT

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To be honest, my knowledge of Minecraft is that it is a game full of block people.  I assume it is similar to Sims.  There is no limit to the amount of articles that are meant to explain this game.  After reading the article from Business Insider, I am beginning to feel a bit left out.  This is apparently the “it” game.  How have I lived without it?! (Sarcasm)  Levels in this game are randomly generated.  I find this interesting, as I have come to love the predictability of my old Mario games.  Minecraft’s stages are all composed of the same basic materials and visual look in the game but each hold unique characteristics.  There is even a night and day during gameplay.  I am beginning to start to believe all hype considering millions of people play this game.  According to my research before downloading it, there are different ways to play this game.  I enjoy this as I am a complete novice.

minecraft-imageGameplay Includes:

  • Survival mode
  • Hardcore mode
  • Creative mode
  • Adventure mode
  • Spectator mode
  • Multiplayer

They even recently released a more educational version of this game for students/children.  I must admit I love the idea of teaching children through game play in the classroom, how modern.  According to Ali Carr-Chellman, an instructional designer and author who studies the most effective ways to teach kids and to make changes at school, “Games are surprisingly powerful learning tools on their own.  How can they be applied to classroom learning?”  Minecraft might just be the answer.  Being able to engage with children while doing something they enjoy in and outside of the classroom could be the key to staying relevant.

minecraft-in-school         Minecraft: Education Edition includes all kinds of cool features that make it fun and easy for educators to create and teach lessons through Minecraft. … The complete version of Minecraft: Education Edition is now available to purchase for $5 per user, per year, or through a Microsoft education volume licensing discount.”

(https://education.minecraft.net)

The Education addition has various categories that teachers can pick from that are specific to a child’s age group.  Upon previewing several of these, I have to say I was impressed.  For 5$, there was a lot to offer on the website.

My next big move was to add #Minecraft and #MinecraftEdu to my TweetDeck.  My initial impression of this was surprise.  #Minecraft is not in English.  Apparently I am under the assumption that it would have a following that was mostly comprised of English speaking individuals, I was wrong.  Also, #MinecraftEdu within the last hour, has posted a contest to create an imaginary MineCraft world, and someone is going to build it!

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I can only imagine how many more websites, fan pages, and teacher resources are still out there.  I think I am ready to admit that I am excited to play Minecraft tonight!