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Comment: Re:half nonsense (Score 1) 173

by apcullen (#47967575) Attached to: The Minecraft Parent
You CAN choose to run a private server. My older son does this. It's not too difficult to set up-- he did it himself and only needed help with port forwarding in the router. . I believe that Minecraft Pocket Edition works in a similar way.

But you have to go our of your way to run this way. And if you were to run this way there is still nothing to prevent a child from logging on to some other server (there are thousands).

Comment: half nonsense (Score 2) 173

by apcullen (#47946675) Attached to: The Minecraft Parent
On the one hand, playing minecraft can be like playing with legos. I've seen my kids create amazing things in minecraft.
With some mods, it can also teach basic programming skills and simple electric circuits.
OTOH
It can be modded into a pvp shooter. Not the worst thing in the world, but it sort of kills the educational value of it. It is not a safe, walled environment because, you know, other players are coming to kill you. Moreover, even in other forms of minecraft other players can come and destroy your stuff. They can also yell at you and call you names and otherwise annoy you via the chat window.

Everyone can be taught to sculpt: Michelangelo would have had to be taught how not to. So it is with the great programmers.

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