I was discussing #Minecraft with some friends on a forum and it was suggested I set up a "creative" world for my 4 1/2 year old son to play and explore. Since he loves LEGOs and always wants to play my worlds whenever I happen to play, I figured it was a good idea – it would stop him from ruining my beautiful worlds if nothing else.
I went ahead and created a world for him to play around in and eventually realized that the controls were a little too complicated for him to play solo. I even changed the WASD keys to the arrow keys but he can only do one thing at a time – either move his character or look around but not both. And climbing hills was painful to watch – a lot of jump then move or move then jump but very little jump and move.
One mistake I made was not finding out how to use the "flying mode" before starting the game. After randomly hitting numerous button combinations I simply gave up and moved on. That is, until we accidentally found ourselves flying inside a cavern with no knowledge of how to stop flying. That's when I paused the game and went to the wiki. After a few more minutes of exploring, we gave up and shut it down.
We'll revisit Minecraft in the future when he learns how to play games with more than one hand. He only wanted to dig holes and kill sheep anyway so maybe when he wants to build something he'll be more motivated to learn advanced controls.
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