Can the game Minecraft give your homeschool teen a bit of creativity? Well the innovative game allows them to use their thinking skills and build a world. According to info on the game it can :
"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. Gameplay in its commercial release has two principal modes: survival, which requires players to acquire resources and maintain their health and hunger; and creative, where players have an unlimited supply of resources, the ability to fly, and no health or hunger. A third gameplay mode named hardcore is the same as survival, differing only in difficulty; it is set to hardest setting and respawning is disabled, forcing players to delete their worlds upon death.
Minecraft received five awards from the 2011 Game Developers Conference: it was awarded the Innovation Award, Best Downloadable Game Award, and the Best Debut Game Award from the Game Developers Choice Awards; and the Audience Award, as well as the Seumas McNally Grand Prize, from the Independent Games Festival in 2011. In 2012, Minecraft was awarded a Golden Joystick Award in the category Best Downloadable Game. As of January 22, 2013, the game has sold over 9 million copies on PC and over 20 million copies across all platforms."
Check out more information at : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minecraft . Minecraft is an innovative way to allow teens to play anc create their own game world. This program might reinforce creativity and stategy skills. It might be a top game that can be an educational tool. This is one of the top games and has lots of following on Youtube with many tips on playing this game.
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