Minecraft Initiate By DeRanged
What an initiative idea! The South Australian Government is asking kids to design changes to the state’s national parks using the video game, Minecraft.
For those of you out there that don’t know what Minecraft is, Minecraft is a sandbox survival video game originally created by Swedish programmer Markus “Notch” Persson and later developed and published by the Swedish company Mojang. The creative and building aspects of Minecraft allow players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D procedurally generated world. Other activities in the game include exploration, gathering resources, crafting, and combat.
Upper primary school students (grades 4, 5 and 6) will use the video game to design their ideal national park from scratch, or design changes to existing parks. The winning designs will help guide national park updates worth around $10m.
This shows that some video games are not a waste of time as it is perceived in the media these days. My only complaint to this is why limiting it to grade 4, 5 and 6; why not open it to the general public?
Until next time, good gaming boys and girls.