Vladimir - posted on 01/26/2014 ( no moms have responded yet )
I am married with two children.
My son, now 10, started playing minecraft a year ago. Yes, he did get addicted. He started playing on different servers and picked up some bad language. Instead of just forbid him to play, I started investigating the game. This is what I found:
I think that the addiction comes from the fact that children can do some programming within minecraft. Programming gives you power. Problem is within other aspects of this game: PVP - Person Versus Person; this is something like a combat in gladiator games. Here, killing is nothing to think about twice. PVP then leads to Hunger Games, based on Hunger Games trilogy novel. In minecraft, Hunger Games are elevated to some kind of Olympic games ideal. I have listened to my son talk with other players while he played. Most often used word was kill, kill, kill. Final straw was dehumanization of so called villagers - presented as hostile mobs.
My son can now play on his computer while it is disconnected from internet. He can only play in creative mode. His language is back to normal. He plays at most an hour a day and only after all his homework is done.
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