If you have kids and they talk about Minecraft the way my kids do, then it’s likely you’ve also felt like you’ve been transported into the movie “Airplane” sitting next to Ted.
Frankly, I don’t get it. Though maybe that’s because I have a “bland mind” as one ardent follower declared, of all those, like me, who Google phrases like “what is the point of Minecraft.” Because as it turns out I’m not the only one who doesn’t get it, as I don’t get the whole Yahoo! answer thing, either. I mean how does one find these questions that random individuals, like myself, post on to the world wide web, and why should I trust those that are answering it?
But, I digress.
Here’s what I found. There really is no point. Those are my words, not the words of the number one answer which defines Minecraft as the ultimate “sandbox” game, which assumes one knows what the hell a sandbox game is in the first place.
If, you are like me, meaning not of the virtual world, then you might assume that a sandbox game is some type of metaphorical reference to free play in the sand. Then, you, like me, would be wrong.
According to Wikipedia (what did we do before Google) :
“In a true “sandbox“, the player has tools to modify the world themselves and create how they play. Generally open world games still enforce some restrictions in the game environment, either due to absolute technical limitations or in-game limitations (such as locked areas) imposed by a game’s linearity.”
I hope that cleared it up for you.
In any case, any time that my children are on iPods, these days, which is usually limited to the weekends, you can find them in their virtual worlds, where they find each other, build worlds, and then destroy each other’s. It’s the new sibling rivalry.And it’s all very strange.