A Birds and Bees Lesson from Minecraft

Crash is 8 years old. He, therefore, has a slight obsession with everything Minecraft. That 80’s pixilated video game in which you can mine for iron, gold, and diamonds (among other things). That game of blocks in which you can build anything so long as it’s made of cubes. His time on it is extremely limited, but that doesn’t stop him from knowing more about it than Steven Hawking knows about black holes.

Naturally, my curiosity lead me to get the game for myself (We have the PE edition for our tablets) to see what all the hype was about. There is something addictive about it. Perhaps that it’s endless? Perhaps its laced with heroin?

Anyway, we’ve discovered farming. You can plant seeds and grow wheat, carrots and potatoes. But if you build a fenced in enclosure and lead some animals – pigs, cows, sheep, chickens inside, you have created an animal farm. You can milk the cows if you make a bucket. You can collect eggs from the chickens. You can sheer sheep for their wool to make carpet. Of course, you could kill your animals to get beef, chicken breasts, or pork chops. But I don’t advise killing them until you’ve… uh, made them kiss.

Enough of the boring details. Your penned up animals can make babies. If you’re looking for a romantic (or raunchy) love scene you’ll have to look elsewhere. The only thing you’ll see here is some kissing (no tongue). Crash loves to tell us “My chickens kissed and made a baby.” Or “I fed my sheep and that made them kiss and they had a baby.” Yep, that’s exactly how it’s done, bud. You eat, you kiss, and then poof a baby materializes. Let this be a lesson to you. Don’t kiss anyone.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that he doesn’t get too curious about real life babies. For that there’s always Google, YouTube and his mom!

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14 thoughts on “A Birds and Bees Lesson from Minecraft

  1. Limiting kids with an interactive medium is only fair if you also limit them with movies. I mean, what do you actually think teaches more? As with any medium there’s smart stuff and dumb stuff (think Game of Thrones vs Reality TV) but I laugh a bit inside whenever someone tells me they don’t let their kids play game for more than say, a half hour or something, but they are totally OK with them sitting through a 2 hour movie with no interaction what-so-ever. Especially when it has been shown time and again that games can improve quick and critical thinking, outside the box problem solving and creativity.

    I think most people against letting their kids play games is more of a personal bias against something they don’t really understand rather than actual concern over them, much like parents with Rock music in many years past. They have a stigma that’s for sure, but that’s slowly going away more and more.

    I’m not saying anything like never make your kids go out and play or anything like that, but relate back to my movie argument and you’ll see what I mean.

    That’s just my personal opinion though, although there’s many studies that show the results of my arguments.

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    • I see your point. We really only limit him on his tablet and DS. Wii and TV not so much. Of course if they’ve been sitting for awhile we make them get up and go play. Otherwise he play his tablet until he got a headache (usually happens after an hour to an hour and a half). There are shows that make youthink a bit more in order to keep up with the story. I think the big hype around limiting kid’s screen time is ro make sure they get up and move every now and then. Or a fear of their kid becoming ADD. Which is comical, because either their kid is or isn’t ADD. It isn’t TV or game’s fault.

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  2. I discovered the same thing….the inaccuracies of certain things in Minecraft…LOL. My oldest child is obsessed with MC, and therefore I unfortunately know FAR more about it than I would like to… Including the fact that animals can suddenly reproduce just by the mom and dad getting really close together and making a group of hearts appear over their heads. Thank goodness it’s not so easy for humans!

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