A map for the Education Edition of Minecraft encourages players to solve puzzles in rooms, with the project teaching basic coding techniques.
A new Minecraft project is encouraging players both young and old to get to grips with the basics of coding through the medium of a room escape game. With its distinctive visuals, vast landscape for exploration, and mechanics that afford people almost unlimited creativity, Mojang’s sandbox title really is a video game suited for alleviating boredom. It has pretty much been at the top of the industry since fully releasing more than a decade ago, and there’s still so much left to discover, it seems.
Players are always wont to show off their skills and dedication, including some near photorealistic Minecraft builds, as well as recreations lifted straight from popular franchises or even real life. While the majority of fans are more than happy to just be let loose and construct whatever comes to mind, there are some projects out there that aim to lean more towards education, while also still being fun.
Take “Escape Estate” as an example. As spotted by PCGamesN, this Minecraft project utilizes the Education Edition of the game to teach players the fundamentals of coding. The map comes from Hour of Code, an organization that introduces computer science and programming to anyone who wants to learn. The goal of “Escape Estate” is to escape Dr. Breakowski’s mansion before dawn, in a sort of blocky version of a room escape. Ultimately, the mechanics involve solving puzzles in rooms in order to find the exit in time. A trailer gives a brief overview of what can be expected, which includes moving blocks around or coding with Python in order to find the solution. It encourages anyone, not just kids, to give it a try.
For those who aren’t aware, the Education Edition of Minecraft is pretty much what it sounds like. Its intended goal is to give educators a way to utilize one of the world’s most successful video games in order to deliver lessons to students. It’s being used in schools for all sorts of instructive and educational outcomes, combining learning with gaming.
Similar projects have cropped up in the past, such as the charity that used Minecraft to reconstruct the Battle of Vicksburg, delivering a lesson about the American Civil War. There was also one set up in the UK to teach school children about floods and flood prevention. In this regard, it becomes quite clear that Minecraft is more than just a way for people to express themselves creatively, and that’s likely one of the reasons the game is still going strong to this day.
Minecraft is available on Mobile, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
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Source: PCGamesN, Escape Estate