My kid wants to play Minecraft. I am not a gamer. Please help me answer questions regarding system requirements, appropriateness and how to get him started when I really don't want to get involved at all!
My almost-9-year-old kid lives for gaming. I've accepted that, and limited my role to policing game appropriateness (is that a word?) and the length of time he is allowed to play.
So now he's really gotten into Minecraft on the iPad, but wants to switch to the computer-based game to get the full experience. I got questions.
#1: Because I need my (newer mac) desktop to be free for me to use, I'd like him to be playing on my (older mac) laptop. It is a PowerBook G4 running 10.5.8. The processor: 1.33 GHz PowerPC G4. Will this work? Do you need more info to determine if it'll work? If yes, please explain it to me in baby terms.
#1A: Or is there a way to play the full experience of the game on the iPad? That would be ideal.
#2: How can I quickly get up to speed about what Minecraft is? I don't have a ton of time to devote to this, and frankly gaming bores me to hell and back. But I'm trying to understand enough so I can responsibly determine if this is truly an appropriate game for him. He's been playing on the iPad and, at least as that version is currently configured, he's totally alone within the game. Which is great. Will it be that way on the "real" Minecraft?
#3: What do I really need to know that I'm too ignorant to even be asking?
#4: Above all, what do I need to do to keep my kid safe?
(I've seen a bunch of previous questions, like this one
, but they're mostly geared toward knowledgeable parents introducing their child to the game.)
Thank you, from a non-gaming parent.