Is Minecraft Preparing Gamers For Architectural Engineering?
- December 1, 2012
- Posted by: Craig Chamberlin
- Category: Uncategorized
Remember the old adage “Go outside and play, those videogames are rotting your brain.”? Well, as it turns out, that adage is quickly becoming a thing of the past. In fact, many games now implement fundamental economic principles, critical thinking, procedural organization and advanced military strategy. These principles prepare the way for teens and preteens as they enter the workforce and college.
According to the article Could Minecraft be the next great engineering school? – The hit game Minecraft has now etched its way into the architectural development industry as an opportunity to analyze and train pre-teens and teens through contests and formulated classes using the 8-bit software. At this year’s Minecon, where over 4,500 teens gathered, there were also major Architectural companies convening to see how they can take advantage of this creative technology.
What is Minecraft?
For those of you who don’t know what it is, Minecraft is a low budget, 8-bit game that drops players in a randomized world with a pickaxe, a weapon and their imaginations. They use these tools to dig their way through mines and collect resources, utilizing different resources to develop and build their own houses, towns or even cities. It also acts as a MMO (Massive Multiplayer Online Game), where people can visit the town of others and interact with those users in either a positive or negative way.
Minecraft and Architectural Engineering? Hardly the Same… Right?
It’s really no surprise to me that companies are keeping an eye out for these opportunities. Right now it is a struggle to find employees who are passionate about the subject matter in which they are hired. Utilizing a platform that is gaming based, built on creativity and emphasizes “the best of the best” would be an excellent platform for new recruits.
Minecraft may not have realistic principles when it comes to architectural concepts, but it certainly requires the out of the box thinking one would desire in a potential engineer. Engineering itself requires a heavy amount of creativity and imagination. Not everyone is adept to these ideas of working within limitations and getting the most out of the limited resources one has.
What This Means For The Gaming Industry
There will always be a demand for games that push the imagination to it’s limits. One of the issues modern gaming has to deal with is how realistic the games have become. Once upon a time gaming required one to use their imagination along with the visuals, but now most games require very little imagination.
Lack of imaginational engagement is why many games struggle to keep individuals attention spans, as they do not challenge the player for extensive periods of time. In bringing to life a complete unveiling of the developers imagination, they shut out the imagination of the player. It’s a delicate balance between the two the modern industry struggles with. This same struggle is going on in the film industry.
Minecraft is truly a testimony of how little gaming has to do with graphics and how much it has to do with challenging the player. Admittedly, I myself found myself blissfully addicted to Minecraft the first few hours I played it. I was able to create something uniquely my own in a short period of time, an accomplishment even the best multi-million dollar games have failed to do countless times. Keep your eyes out for these ones, friends, they will help develop the creative employees of the future.