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August 12, 2014

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Bonshui

Can't stand the 8-bit blockiness of Minecraft, but seeing my 11-yr old host his own server on a laptop whilst Skyping a 'colleague' in Sweden on his tablet I can't doubt the value of the game to kids!

What's especially fascinating, in relation to the 'independent problem solving' that concerns Vygotsky, is that young players create the very problems they go on to solve. It seems like a completely self-contained learning environment. (The only 'problem' that Notch and co built into the game is having to evade creepers, but in fact I never see my son addressing that problem!

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