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Published June 2nd 2012
If you have children over the age of 6 you have no doubt heard of the latest craze that's sweeping the world – a game called Minecraft. Minecraft is a computer game where players use avatars to explore a 3D world. This virtual world is made of cube shaped blocks which are used to build anything players can imagine. A little bit like virtual Lego. Minecraft is a sand-box game which means there are no actual rules, instructions, narrative or right/wrong way to play.
Although the game has only been in development since May 2009 and officially released in November 2011, over 30 million people have registered to play it and over 6 million people have purchased it. Currently retailing for US$27, Minecraft can be played in a web browser or downloaded and played on one's computer. A free version of the game is also available.
With such a huge following, there are lots of websites dedicated to the game, not to mention hundreds of YouTube videos, communities, forums, blogs and recently Minecraft has launched its own Wikipedia, called Minecraft Wiki –
Sydney's Powerhouse Museum has recognised its need to engage and involve young audiences and to provide them with experiences that will make them want to return to the museum and have decided to run Minecraft school holiday programs in their digital learning lab Thinkspace.
Workshops are currently run on the weekends and more are scheduled between 9-13 July. The workshops are suitable for children 6 years and over from beginners to advanced Minecraft skill levels. Each workshop lasts 1 hour and cost is only $10 per child.Bookings can be made here