My 8-year-old son is obsessed with Minecraft, and has announced that he would like to create video games when he grows up. My own IT skills topped out around 1982 when I learned to write programs in Basic that printed my name in an endless goto loop. What technologies/languages/apps can I introduce him to in order to leverage his enthusiasm and channel it to something that teaches him age-appropriate programming skills? Assume second-grade math and logic skills and no programming background whatsoever.
A simple question about Minecraft that I'm finding no firm answer for online. With the default settings and without mods, how frequently do mushroom islands come up? [more inside]
A friend of mine is looking to use Minecraft PE with a group of 20 kids who will be playing on iPads. They're looking for an opinion on what the best way to host a server will be. They want a persistent server that will be available around the clock, they will not be playing with mods, and they'd like it to be as maintenance free as possible. What are good, reliable, and scam free hosting solutions for mobile Minecraft? [more inside]
It seems there is so much churn, how can I find a seed from maybe 5 or 6 months ago? Beautiful savannah hills/valley, big ravine right in front of you at start, many many caves. [more inside]
It's time to replace my laptop that I use for basic internet/email/office stuff. I'd like to be able to run modded Minecraft on it as well. Help. [more inside]
Should I let my 8-year-old onto any public Minecraft servers? [more inside]
I'm buying my 6 year old nephew the PC version of Minecraft for Christmas. What can I wrap up in a box that will convey this to a 6-year-old in a succinct and exciting way? [more inside]
I'm amazed that a YouTube star who started filming videos about hair and makeup in her bedroom has just released the fastest selling debut novel of all time. I'm also amazed that watching toy reviews or other people playing video games are such a big deal. So what other YouTube big YouTube trends will similarly blow my mind? [more inside]
Myboy’s twin passions are Minecraft and The Amazing World of Gumball. We are throwing him a GumCraft/MineBall 9th birthday party and would love suggestions on decorations, food/treats, beverages, music, party favors, and activities. Either Minecraft or Gumball suggestions would be great, but suggestions that meld the two themes together would simply rock the house. [more inside]
Young Cocoa (9yo) has asked me to install the More Nature mod for Minecraft and I have run into a loop of Kafkaesquian loopiness. [more inside]
My 5 year old son /loves/ playing Minecraft on my grandmother's iPad when she visits. I have a chromebook that I can put linux on. What is the best way to transition him from a touchscreen interface to keyboard+mouse (or bluetooth controller?)? What other differences are there between the touchscreen & computer versions, it has been at least 5 years since I've played Minecraft on my computer, and never on the iPad.
Issues with downloading the Minecraft update to XBox 360. Please help so my child doesn't disown me forever. [more inside]
I'm considering purchasing Minecraft Realms for my sons and their friends, but I have a few reservations. Looking for tales from early adopters. [more inside]
I find a good Let's Play to be soothing and engaging. I like Minecraft best, but am willing to consider other games that have a similar vibe. I am interested in finding good videos that are relatively mature and fun. I would also consider good tutorial series. Currently I have been watching stuff put out by Paul Soares Jr, and I like it. I have not enjoyed anything by stampylongnose because it is too frantic and clownish. I have not found my way into Far Lands or Bust, but am willing to give it a try. Basically I like watching someone go about their business and talk about whatever while they do it. Do you have recommendations? Can you say what you like about your recommended titles?
For the love of god, how do you turn off the April Fool's prank? Not getting any help from the forums or the mods at mojang.com.
Hi, noob here. How do you pillar jump in minecraft pocket edition for iOS? I've seen lots of videos of people zipping up and zipping down, but I can't figure out yo to do it myself.
I'm reformatting a cheap 3yo Asus laptop as a dedicated low-end games (read: Minecraft) machine for my kids. What's the best flavour/distro of Linux I can install for this?
I'm looking for people who are regularly posting interesting/unusual content about Minecraft. Examples would be unusual Let's Play type series like the Far Lands or Bust series that recently got written up in the New Yorker. Written content or public servers where more interesting than usual activities are going on also work. [more inside]
I'm looking for games that will allow me to lose myself in exploring and interacting with a seemingly endless, randomly generated beautiful natural world. [more inside]
What should I get for my 12 year old boy who loves Minecraft and KSP? [more inside]
What is the best laptop to install minecraft pc on? [more inside]
My wife and I wanted to play Minecraft together. Minecraft has that handy "Open game to LAN" button in single player mode. But it's not working. [more inside]
We have a Minecraft subscription. My son wants to upgrade to 1.6.4. I downloaded the "new launcher" and pressed "play demo" to install 1.6.4 on our machine. However, it's just a demo. If we already have a Minecraft subscription, do we have to pay an extra $20 or whatever to upgrade? Minecraft 1.7 is supposed to come out soon, so would I have to pay again to upgrade again? But the fundamental question is, do I have to purchase 1.6.4 if I already have a Minecraft subscription?
So the kids want to go as Minecraft characters on Halloween. They've ordered masks so that they can go as Steve, Enderman, and Creeper. (Don't ask me, I don't know either.) If they were going as comic-book characters, I would have some idea what I could dress up as in order to be consistent with them. With respect to the Minecraft universe, I have no idea. Any idea what other costumes would be consistent for me to wear that fit inside the Minecraft context?
I want to buy a computer, for homework and minecraft, for less than £300 in the UK. Where can I find one? [more inside]
I'm thinking about giving my 2009 MacBookPro to my 10 year old for his birthday. The main thing he does on the computer is play Minecraft. Google is being unhelpful, as are the various Minecraft discussion forums I've looked through. So I thought I'd turn to AskMe. [more inside]
I have an interest in purchasing a very large number (500+) of Minecraft licenses for public libraries. I know that bulk purchases of Minecraft Edu are discounted, but we'd much rather use regular Minecraft. I can't find contact information for anyone at Mojang to talk with about this. [more inside]
My kid wants me to install a bunch of mods to minecraft, I'm confused about the process. Installing mods seems much different then say on Steam games where its integrated into the application. I'm uncomfortable just following sketchy links on message boards to download and install jars/executables, but thats the process as I've seen it described. Is there a more obvious way to do this? [more inside]
Mr. BlahLaLa and I are considering buying Kid BlahLaLa a laptop for his 10th birthday. (We want him to be able to play Minecraft and browse the internet.) We're a Mac family but I'm pretty sure this computer will have to be non-Mac because they're so much cheaper, which in turn opens up a whole world of internet security questions that I usually don't think about on my mac. Plus the whole idea of "Now I'm giving my kid a computer, what do I need to think about?" type of stuff. [more inside]
I work at a middle school and our after school program wants to set up a Minecraft club. We want a group of about 15 people and I want to find the cheapest and simplest way to do this. I was looking at MinecraftEdu as an option but I wanted to ask y'all if you knew of a better/cheaper way to do things.
What is the best way to pose scenes for pictures in Minecraft? Is there a mod that lets you place and pose creepers and cows and zombies, and move the camera around? [more inside]
Is it worth going to Minecon (the annual Minecraft conference)? Also a Disneyland Paris question. [more inside]
Minecraft laptop on a budget; Please help me choose between these two before tomorrow! [more inside]
Is there a trick to installing Minecraft Forge on a mac? [more inside]
(Minecraft Filter) So my kid started playing Minecraft, and now he wants to get into the world of mods and skins. Halp! [more inside]
Can you recommend decent, inexpensive Minecraft server hosting? [more inside]
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! [more inside]
Please suggest some Minecraft projects I could do with my 5 year old daughter. [more inside]
Where to start with teaching a bright 13 year-old programming? His interest comes from wanting to code Minecraft mods. [more inside]
Minecraft resources for 11 year-old? [more inside]
Is there any way to reach a human being at Mojang support? [more inside]
So, i was just playing on minecraft on my mac, and this weird thing happened, where a tunnel of white streaming banners would come around me, and not let me see past them, unless i was under a tree, then i could see fine, kinda, like this. What do you thinkg the problem is?
How can I improve my computer's performance enough to play Minecraft? [more inside]
MINECRAFTfilter: My girlfriend has a really cool world going on her local machine. What's the shortest method from point A to point B toward being able to play multiplayer with her and help build some palaces? (You can assume higher than average technical problem solving abilities and access to equipment, but low knowledse of firewalls and routing, I'm just having a hard time parsing the forums for what I'm specifically trying to do...) [more inside]
Is minecraft worth it? And more importantly, will it keep me from going insane? [more inside]
I built a mob farm in Minecraft but its output does not seem to be nearly as great as the tutorial implies. Did I mess up or are my expectations just too high? [more inside]
Paranoid, computer-unsavvy mom seeks advice! My son wants to download skins & texture packs for minecraft. I've lost too many good computers to be willing to risk downloading from unknowns. Looking for a trustworthy site to download skins and/or texture packs for Minecraft. Suggestions?
A question about Minecraft: I would like to have a vanilla (= modfree) installation of Minecraft and a modded one side by side on my (win7) computer. This seems to be a rather complicated way to do this. Would somebody know an easier one? [more inside]
I just installed Minecraft on my MacBook Pro, and it is working fine except that at night (in the game) it is pitch black. It is pretty much impossible to see anything but stars and sand. This obviously makes navigation hazardous. According to a friend who is familiar with the game, it is not supposed to be that dark. [more inside]
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