31 March 2014

An Ode to Minecraft


For almost 5 years, our home was an explosion of pink: Barbie, My Little Ponies, Baby Annabelle and Disney Princesses. I had stereotypical girls who liked to dress up in fairy outfits, paint their carpet  toe-nails and create imaginary schools in their bedrooms.





Then along came The Boy. I have to admit to being somewhat excited at the prospect of what this might bring: a much-anticipated move away from pink, cute denim dungarees and an excuse to play Lego. With two big sisters however, I wasn't holding out much hope at his chances of successfully pushing past the pink. But despite the odd dalliance with pushing his teddy round the garden in a buggy, he soon made his choice. 

The dollies and fairy dresses were quickly replaced with every stereo-typical boy craze you can think of: Noddy, Postman Pat, Bob the Builder, Thomas the Tank Engine, Dinosaurs, Spider Man, Power Rangers, Ben 10, Star Wars and Lego (in every shape or form the creators made it). My boy has been every advertiser's dream!


His latest obsession however, has surpassed all others. If you have the pleasure of owning a 7-12 year old boy, you will no doubt be very familiar with this one (I say boy, but I know grown men who are into this stuff!). You've guessed it - it's Minecraft.

For those of you who are not familiar with this craze, Minecraft is a computerised construction game where the user can build worlds and play online with other people. The Boy would spend every waking hour playing this game...on the Play Station, the home PC or the Ipad. And if he's not actually playing it, he can be found watching You Tube clips of other people playing it...Stampy Long Nose (yes that's a user name) being his current favourite. This man is 24 and makes a very good living out of playing Minecraft. Take note Lord Sugar, this is where the future's at!

I have recently become rather better acquainted with this Stampy character, than I would have liked. As I innocently scrolled through my Googe + profile last week, I came across an entry that I wasn't familiar with: 'Please can I join your love garden'. I had absolutely no recollection of addressing anyone with this phrase and I think it's one that I would remember, don't you? Digging a little deeper, I discovered it to be a request that apparently, I had made to Stampy. What will he think of me?! Thankfully I managed to delete it before he had me black-listed as some middle-aged, female stalker. I told you that Minecraft manages to seep into every pore...it's even taken over my Google+ account (or at least my son has)!

As with every obsession so far, we seem to be eating, drinking and breathing Minecraft. But there is one difference with this one....it manages to span both genders. Yes, I owe a huge thank you to Minecraft because in all the 9 years of bringing up both boys and girls, this seems to be the first craze which has hooked all of my children, regardless of age or gender. 

Thank you Minecraft for keeping this mummy sane! 


What's your child's current obsession - are you a lover or a hater? 
What's been the longest standing craze so far?


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28 comments:

  1. Thank you explaining what MineCraft is. I am an architecture graduate so now I want to see this game. Building is my passion =)

    Will check it out and hopefully i wont get hooked so much =P
    #whatsthestory

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    1. It sounds like one you need to check out and fast!

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  2. My boys love minecraft and I have to admit I enjoy it too. It's a great way of us all getting on the computer and building villages together!

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    1. I've not delved into the world myself, just enjoying the peace and quiet lol!

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  3. I have even developed a special 'I am listening to you talk about Minecraft' face, to cover up for the fact I find it dull and baffling! Having said that, I like the idea of the game itself- creative and encourages problem solving and imagination, beats shooting stuff by a mile doesn't it!

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    1. Oh yes, I zone out too....as do they (see pic above!). I have no idea at all what they're talking about but it 'sounds' pretty educational. It does, doesn't it?!

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  4. Little T's current obsession are dinosaurs! She likes to bathe and sleep with them. At the moment, I'm pleased that it's something different and not pink! :)

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    1. Ah the dinosaur obsession was on of my favourites - a simple box of plastic dinosaurs from ELC kept my son happy for hours...at the beach, in the bath, wherever!

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  5. I keep hearing about minecraft all over the place. Little Z LOVES watching a video of how to make a minecraft cake and thats how far it gets in our house at the moment :)

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  6. gosh i have never seen minecraft although i think this might be a good thing? i remember my past childhood obsessions similarly being as obsessive! lol

    thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments x

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  7. I keep hearing about it too, and that it's used in schools - how amazing to have something that they love which is also educational - win, win surely :)

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  8. My oldest loves Minecraft, and often tries to involve me, so that we can 'build worlds together'... What he really means is that I can watch him build a world :)

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  9. Great post Suzanne and thank you for sharing what Minecraft it! I've heard a lot about it but didn't actually know what it was! The G+ request is hilarious albeit not for you - that must have been horrifying! We've managed to avoid the spread of pink thus far but POD definitely seems to be a girly girl - she loves princesses! Great post, thank you for sharing with #whatsthestory

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  10. Minecraft has taken over our house too. I'm not sure why we bothered giving the boys their own bedrooms really. They're usually to be found with my eldest playing on the XBox, with his brother next to him watching Stampy videos. Every now and then they will show me some coloured sheep or a great glass lift they've constructed. I wish they'd spend less time on it, but there are worse things for them to be doing.

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  11. My daughter and son both love Minecraft! The thing that amazes me is that we never gave them any instructions on how to use it but they figured it out on their own. The other day my jaw literally dropped as my 6 year old son showed me a castle he had constructed with all sorts of interior rooms and tunnels.

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  12. Sadly, Minecraft has bypassed my daughters at 19-years of age, My 11-year-old nephew however, is completely hooked.
    Congratulations on being a finalist in The MADS btw :o)

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  13. I can't pretend to know what Minecraft is but I do know my younger children are experts on it - in their eyes!

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  14. My kids both love Minecraft, in fact my daughter is probably more hooked. Some of the buildings she creates are amazing! I saw a middle aged man wearing a Minecraft t-shirt yesterday so it obviously does span generations!

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  15. It certainly brings children together - my eldest three love it and even my four year olds like watching them playing too! Still don't understand the obsession with YouTubers and watching them play Minecraft, but if my lot aren't playing it they can be found in their bedrooms watching it on YouTube. It has taken over their lives! #MagicMoments

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  16. Our house is a Minecraft house too - my eldest son is absolutely in love with the game, and is desperate to be featured in the Love Garden too! Like you, one of the things I like about it is how they all lay together and co-operate - well, most of the time anyway! #magicmoments

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    1. I am still unclear as to what this Love Garden is!

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  17. Thankfully, mine is too young for it. But it seems to have consumed your little ones! #WhatsTheStory

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  18. Yep, same here. J & L play it mostly but A has joined in on occasion too!

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  19. I have heard a lot about minecraft but my kids haven't discovered it....yet! #magicmoments

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  20. My son requested a minecraft themed cake for his 6th birthday. He too can spend a lot of time playing.
    http://www.mynappytales.com/2013/10/v-is-6-and-his-minecraft-cake/

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  21. I've heard of Minecraft but my girls have never taken much interest in it......They're obsessed with Frozen at the moment :)

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  22. I had no idea what Minecraft was! Crazes go in and out of the door here on the whole - playmobil, fairies, farms, playdoh (until it was moulded into keyholes and left to harden). However, the latest is PONIES. Something which Jerry is not particularly happy about. Riding lessons are all both of them ask for now.....v expensive. Still, as I explained to Jerry, in the long run it will be money well spent. Ponies will keep them away from boys for a pretty long time.... #PoCoLo

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  23. I haven't experienced Minecraft first hand but my nephew is obsessed with it! I also remember your facebook status about this - very funny! (sorry!). Thank you for linking to PoCoLo x

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