I hesitate to get involved as I really don't care about the debate but to lump minecraft in with other violent video games is a bit spurious. It's not anything like those games. And for younger kids those aspects of the game can be turned off.
Minecraft is considered a valuable tool by many kids with special needs. Pokemon has animals fighting each other. There's an element in many games.
My kids play minecraft. Their psychologist recommended it.
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04-09-2016 13:57 #21
04-09-2016 16:03 #22
04-09-2016 16:08 #23
Something my son did :-(
Creative mode has no monsters in it. Even in survival mode it can be set to peaceful.
If kids are playing on their own (ie not linked) and in a simple mod they will build complex worlds which any kid who loves lego can enjoy. Even if there is violence it's completely unrealistic (only my older 2 are allowed to play survival).
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04-09-2016 16:12 #24
My son doesn't play any video games and doesn't watch anything violent on TV but he can definitely be aggressive especially if someone else is aggressive to him first. And sometimes it just comes out of nowhere. He knows what is right and wrong, he feels empathy, but sometimes those things are completely absent from his mind and he will do something really mean to his 2yr old brother: when asked why he did it he will say "I don't know".
I've not met a parent with a boy this age who hasn't been through this.
04-09-2016 16:14 #25
Something my son did :-(
Personally I'm against video games at any age for my kids, and even if my husband started playing games I would be upset about it but that's just me. Not judging anyone else..
But the OP was specifically referring to killing zombies so obviously her 4.5yr old isn't just building cities and exploring VR Worlds..
Last edited by witherwings; 04-09-2016 at 16:16.
04-09-2016 16:17 #26
Given how many parents have posted in this thread saying they have been through it that it's completely normal. My kids have never played a violent video game, it's all barbies and babies, yet they are still capable of hurting someone
04-09-2016 16:20 #27
Look I hate video games. I have never played them. But my kids love minecraft. I have tried to learn as much about it as possible including speaking at length to my eldest's psychologist. It has a lot of things in it that challenge kids and they love. They haven't shown any negative impacts of it and sit together and build worlds. It's played by the majority of the kids my kids play with. It's their language and they love it. They love that we as parents never played it. It teaches them team building and development in a subtle not in your face way.
I could prattle on forever. It's worth knowing about as its here to stay. Be glad it's not in your home but don't be surprised when it comes in at some stage and doesn't leave
04-09-2016 16:28 #28
04-09-2016 16:38 #29
But my kids are obsessed with it. Does my head in some days which is why I asked the psych about it.
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