Tuesday, May 3, 2016

"Minecraft" Can Be Fun for Parents and Kids

Minecraft for Parents and Kids
Every parent should know by this time how popular the video game "Minecraft" is among kids.
In June of last year, the game's console sales nearly matched home computer sales, with 15 million PC / Mac units, 12 Million Xbox 360 units, and 1.5 million PlayStation 3 units.

On mobile, it had sold an estimated 21 million copies. Since then, the game has been available on more hardware, including the Xbox One. There was even an unconfirmed report that the PC / Mac version of the game has been purchased over 18 million times — 9,506 times in the last 24 hours alone.

Unlike the vast majority of video games, Minecraft's popularity only seems to grow. Created in 2009 by programmer Markus "Notch" Persson, expanded by a small team, and advertised mostly by word of mouth, the popular build-and-survive video game now has more than 100 million users.

To drive home its success, Microsoft bought the game a few months ago for a staggering US$ 2.5 billion.

For parents, there is an opportunity here to make some good things from this game, while keeping the bad stuff away. Here’s how:
  1. It Builds Creativity
  2. It Teaches Real-World Skills
  3. Kids Can Play Anywhere
  4. It is Kid-Friendly

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