Nearly four years ago, I wrote about my first attempt at playing Minecraft to see why my kids were so fascinated (and upset) by it. Back then, I was playing on my iPhone, so, it was easy and convenient to play around with it from time to time and I eventually figured out how to walk and build a simple house, bed, and tools.
I can't remember exactly when my kids said, "Well if you really want to play Minecraft, you have to buy the game and play on the PC," but I did buy the game "for them" and occasionally logged on to explore. Of course, at some point, I bought my own version of the game and joined a multiplayer server with a group of other moms and I still play today. If screencaps are accurate, the time between my first time and joining the server was only three months. I guess I moved quickly.
Minecraft is my guilty pleasure. I am particularly good at the tedious aspects of the game that require patience - fishing, farming, and mining. I find it relaxing to breed my pixelated animals, grow a variety of crops, and quietly mine for resources.
I've also gotten better at building. I've gone from this:
I'm still a scaredy cat when it comes to monsters but do go on adventures with the other moms who play on the server. Here we are just this week when we defeated the Wither.
The game relaxes me and challenges my creativity but also provides a chance to socialize with other moms who like to play. And if you have ever wondered what a world built by moms would look like in the real world, you should see what we've built in the virtual one. It is a beautiful place where people share resources and help each other when needed. So yes, I still play Minecraft. It's a pleasure.
*If you play or are interested in playing, let me know. I have just the place for you.