"I have wood!"
"Do you have an egg I can spawn?"
My son and the neighbor girl are sitting side by side on the couch, their eyes glued to the screens in front of them. I begin to worry about what kind of game gives them wood, and the desire for mushrooms.
"What are you playing?" I ask.
"MINECRAFT!" They respond, in unison. Yes. Of course. Do any other games exist anymore? What happened the games with the amazing graphics, and lifelike murders? Suddenly, my children are obsessed with the game of blocks, and the graphics are reminiscence to my favorite game from childhood...
|Pitfall! Anyone else remember that one? (Hated those scorpions.)|
As for Minecraft, as far as I can tell, you build houses to hide from the creepers. They mine for gold, they kill sheep, cows and chickens. Yay! They made a gold,diamond, cobblestone and iron pickaxe! "Hurry! Go to sleep! It's dark. You can't mine at night! The spiders will get you!"
"I found cobblestone!"
"Armor! Look at my armor!"
|Photo courtesy of the Minecraft Wiki. Yes. They have their own Wiki.|
I thought I was alone in this...the incessant, non-stop chatting in the car (you know, where you're trapped. No way out) about the game. It can go on for hours. But the more I talk to people about this, the more I realize that this phenomenon is not restricted to my child. It's a worldwide virus.
"The Enderman are the most powerful, but the Ender Dragons are even worse! You should see Steve!! HAHAHA! Blah, blah, blah, blah...right mom?"
"Um, yeah! That's great!" I'm pretty sure he was speaking in another language.
"I know! You should see the water slide I made! And I named my chicken Lego."
And yes...there is a Minecraft Wiki. Everything you've EVER wanted to know. Check out their "Popular and Useful Page" on Blocks. (But keep in mind, "this article is about the various blocks found in Minecraft. For the blocking with swords that reduces damage when performed, see Blocking.") (http://www.minecraftwiki.net/wiki/Minecraft_Wiki )
Even my 6 year old daughter is getting into it, but she seems more interested in decorating her block house with...well...blocks.
I recently received an order for a Minecraft birthday cake. And now my son wants one, too. I have a feeling that before long, I'm going to become an expert on this game. I'll be adding a Minecraft forum to my blog before long. Keep an eye out.