What is Minecraft? It is an award-winning open-ended video game that allows for a tremendous amount of creativity. Available on your computer, mobile devices and Xbox 360, Minecraft is considered a Sandbox game, which is an open world where you can explore freely. Of course there is a little more to Minecraft. The description from Mincecraft for Dummies is:
Minecraft is about gathering resources and building structures while facing monsters. The world of Minecraft is composed of cubic blocks, which you can break and replace to build houses and craft items.
So why would you need a How-To book for this game. Minecraft is full of educational, creative and interactive opportunities. I highly recommend this game for parents and teachers. In fact there is a website, Minecraftedu which gives teachers lesson plans to use with Minecraft. Minecraft for Dummies is a perfect way for parents and teachers to learn the game since adults don’t dive into a game as easily as a child, especially one so open-ended.
Minecraft for Dummies will guide you through every single step of the game, from registering through various gameplay options. You will learn so much that even if your kids don’t want to read the book you can offer them advice. There is a chapter on playing Minecraft in multiplayer mode which would allow the family to play together.
Minecraft is an amazing game. I included it in my list of highly recommended games in my book, The Gamer Generation: Reaping the Benefits of Video Games. And it is also extremely well loved with over 8 million players.
What I like best about the Minecraft for Dummies book is the help it gives at the beginning of the game. Although Sandbox or open-ended games have great benefits, it can be difficult to decide what to do when there is no direction at all. That is what happened to me. I was wandering around like I was lost. Minecraft for Dummies gave me that direction. The book gave me a much better understanding of Minecraft. And this is a game worth understanding.