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Autistic sons best friend. Best Game Ever.,
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Even if it is playing with blocks in 2d rendered environment, it the best, safest, fun game you can get for your children, and your husband or even grampa. It is for all ages.
My children have been playing mine craft on the PC, the digital Xbox version, and even the mobile or pocket version for a year. This version that they can see, relate to, and not have to rely on virtual gaming is the best. For some reason, having this on a disc makes all the difference. It is something my autistic son can now relate to. He can just pick up the disc and take it with him to family or friends houses to share. Whereas before they were lugging their whole gaming system.
Anyway mine craft has greatly improved my sons social interaction, his speech, and his self esteem. He realizes that he is the creator of his own world, not only in mine craft but in the real world now. It has opened up so much opportunities for him. It has also taught all of my children the benefits of sharing, and the loving peaceful environments that do exist if only we could all pull together and build them.
You create your world. And there is no game lag with this version. Xbox live is not required. Yeah! You can build almost anything you want with the blocks. Especially if you play in creative mode. Then everything is provided for you. This mode gives you an easy play. Survival mode becomes a small challenge as you have to go out and work for or earn your items and blocks. You must dig for and mine your items. Example. You must first locate 2 sticks, and either 3 diamonds, iron, or cobblestone to make a pick axe that helps you mine blocks. In order to get the iron, you need a stone pickaxe which you make with sticks and cobblestone. The better the pickaxe the better at breaking and mining certain blocks that use to build other items. Or "crafting" in other words. Sort of like recipes. For food you must go catch a pig for pork chops, a cow for steak, find milk, sugar, egg, and wheat and make a cake etc. For the milk you need the cow and craft some iron buckets. The egg comes from the chicken you find. The chicken will follow you if you have seeds in your hand. Other options are for pets. You can get a dog with a bone and keep him. The dog must be nurtured and fed just like in the real world. If you get 2 dogs you learn you can actually get puppies. As for your health and house, you require sleep and food. If you go too far from your house and something happens n you die your stuff you collected may dissappear if you can't find it in time. So if you have a bed and slept in it, then when you respawn you will be beside your bed. Your stuff will be where you died. So the reason you might lose it. But at least in this version you can fly, and have greater chance of getting to your items before they disappear.
There is so much more you can do. I will be happy to answer any questions if you just leave a comment. This game is truly awesome.
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Initial post: Jun 6, 2013 6:45:00 PM PDT
Thanks for the review, I have a question do you have to play with LIVE or can they just play on their own? thank you!
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2013 11:16:32 PM PDT
Nicholas Brustad says:
You can just play on your own without connecting to XBOX LIVE.
Posted on Jun 8, 2013 1:40:56 AM PDT
It's better to play on live I do it bc u can get ideas from friends when u build
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 8, 2013 1:45:34 AM PDT
@ mrx7loma: It's funner for me to play by myself or with friends in real life, rather than people online.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 8, 2013 1:56:39 AM PDT
Pink Breadsticks says:
Although you have the option of playing this on Xbox live with your friends, or whatever stranger might lurk there, it is not better for everyone. My children have been taught to think for themselves, and therefore truly enjoy creating and crafting on their own. Then their designs and accomplishments are their own, and the true feeling of self worth lights their path for them.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 8, 2013 1:59:26 AM PDT
Pink Breadsticks says:
I totally wholeheartedly agree. It is funner and helps to build true relationships that will last a lifetime playing in person with someone you know and can trust. That online crap is not real. It is for the ones who can't accept the real world.
Posted on Jun 11, 2013 12:40:55 AM PDT
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Posted on Jun 15, 2013 1:01:35 PM PDT
Miguel A. Reyna says:
Pink Breadsticks, couldn't have summed it up better myself! :) Good for you! I am happy for you and your son, and how it improves his social interaction, speech, and self esteem. :) This game truly is a spectacle in how it makes people realize that they are the creators of their own world, both digital and real, if they work together in harmony with others. Me being 18, I love this game, and don't have a son or daughter, but in the next ten years or so, I hope to have a child of my own, and will let them play Minecraft, and possibly Minecraft alone because it is is the only game in my book that can stray away from shooting and extreme violence, but at the same time can make people of all ages feel like they are in control of their world, and have the power to make it however which way they want, when in real life, though much harder, it is possible as well. Possibilities are endless in Minecraft, but they are in the real world as well. As for online gaming with others, yes, it can be harmful, but I personally think that if online gameplay is with someone you know in person, and you interact with them in person, then online gameplay is ok :).
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2013 5:52:00 AM PDT
It's not that we can't accept the real world. Many of us have had families, moved, and would love to stay connected with those that we know. True, there is an element of random people, but that's not a negative thing.