Minecraft video game offers creative outlet for kids—in moderation

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on July 26, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 26 at 5:39 PM

Minecraft, where players create their own world and learn to survive in it, has captured many children's attention and imaginations. But is the game addicting or educational? NBC's Erika Edwards investigated the potential learning opportunities of Minecraft.

Unlike other video games that feature violence and shoot-em-up scenarios, Minecraft gives kids a chance to be creative.

"He talks about minerals and I don't know, physics -- all kinds of stuff where I'm like, 'Where are you getting this?' It's from Minecraft," said one father.

The one problem is that kids can become compelled to play for hours at a time.

"If I didn't have to sleep or eat or anything, I would play 24 hours a day, every day," said one child.

The Entertainment Software Association provides parents with tips to limiting their kids' time on video games.

GetGameSmart.com also offers resources for parents and a downloadable form where parents and kids can track their screen time.

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