The game that I have chosen to play is Minecraft: Education Edition. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the education edition of Minecraft, this version consists of a series of “worlds”. Each “world” is a different lesson plan and subject. The different subjects are, language arts, math, and science just to name a few. The educator is able to download different lessons. The lessons are split between different age groups and subjects. Educators are also able to upload lesson plans that they’ve created for other users to use.
The different platforms that you can play on are Windows, Mac, Ipad and Xbox. For this specific version, its not available on Xbox. I chose to play on my Ipad since my laptop is not reliable. Although I have a keyboard for my Ipad, I chose to do the touch version of the game. As a video game player, I’ve always preferred remote controls over keyboard controls because in my opinion, the keys can be a little difficult to navigate. So the touch screen aspect is closer to a remote to me.
I’ve never played Minecraft before so this was an interesting first couple of tries. Instead of jumping right into the lesson plans, I chose to do the tutorial. The tutorial shows you how to play the game. During the tutorial, they’re are no verbal instructions rather written ones that are plastered on the walls of the game. Below is an example of how the tutorial looks.
The images in the game are highly pixelated which I believe is the aesthetic of the game. It was originally released in 2009, and the graphics back then were decent. That leads me to believe that the pixelation was intentional. The pixelation does not take away from the game play of the game. I am excited to continue playing this game and to see what the lessons entail!