Welcome to Minecraft

Joseph has discovered the world of Minecraft. From what I hear from other parents, I should expect to see him in about ten years.

I’m not quite certain I understand the concept of the game. I gather you build houses and explore and protect your homes from invading zombies or something. And, being a former (okay, current) gamer myself, I understand the appeal and the addictive quality of these sorts of games. After all, if you’re not addicted, you won’t play.

I’ve heard that game creators have a thin line they have to tread between challenging and frustrating. If it’s too difficult, people will give up and walk away. If it’s not difficult enough, they’ll get bored and move on.

It’s complex, this video game world. And apparently it wakes my son up at 5:45 in the morning so he can get thirty minutes in before his “real” get up time, during which there is no screen time of any sort allowed.

In order to understand it a bit more, I’m downloading it to my phone and checking it out. I realize it’s age appropriate, but if I want to have a conversation with Joseph over the next dozen years or so, I should probably bone up so I can speak his language. If you don’t hear from me in a week, you might want to send out an intervention team.

Do you play your children’s video games? Are they into Minecraft as well?