Jacob Robson: My Minecraft Experience

Game Basics:

Build a crafting table. How do you do it?

I took wood, made it into planks, then placed four planks in the crafting window to make a my very own crafting table.

How can you grow plants in the game? Why do you want to grow plants?

You can grow plants by planting saplings you get from harvesting trees. When a tree is harvested, it is removed from the game forever. In order to maintain a supply of wood, saplings need to be replanted.

You may have discovered the Forest and Mountain biomes. What other biomes are there? Do they offer different resources?

I had started out in a massive jungle, with tall trees and vines everywhere. I found a  tundra too, with snow and ice everywhere. I don’t know if I can build anything with the snow, but I could gather it up.


Theme Insights:

What do you do when you have collected too many things to carry?

I made a chest and stored my random objects by putting eight planks in a square shape with the crafting table.

Diamonds are rare. How does their scarcity affect what you do with them?

I never found any diamonds, but I imagine that they are used to craft some of the best equipment later in the game. As they are rare, they will always be allocated towards what you absolutely need at the moment

What resource do you wish you had more of? Why is it hard to get? How can you change that?

As I got to the tundra, there were very few trees, so I needed to bring wood from the jungle in order to build my wooden tundra house. I wished there were more trees in the tundra, as it would have saved me a lot of time in the long run, and crafting wooden equipment would have been a little easier. I could have searched a bit harder, and probably found some trees that grew in the tundra, but I knew where wood already could be located.


World Connections:

Are all resources renewable? Identify a renewable resource in the world. How is the use and renewal managed?

There are many renewable resources all around us, such as wood and game animals. In order to maintain a steady supply of these resources, conservation efforts and breeding programs have to be implemented in order to maintain the “flow” of the resource.

What strategies are used if a resource is hard to renew? Why are these strategies important?

If a resource is difficult to renew, ordinances such as hunting limits have to be put into place to stem the consumption of the resource, and for the continued survival of the item being harvested.


4 thoughts on “Jacob Robson: My Minecraft Experience

  1. I have always wanted to try this game and I am fascinated to read that it has incorporation of biomes and conservation! Resources are not unlimited, and people can only continue to build as long as they put in effort to maintain the natural order of the environment; this game sounds like it illustrates that point well. In Industrial Design we talk about ecology since the field involves all aspects of production, from cultivation of resources, to construction to end of product life. I enjoyed reading about your experience and how you followed along with the conservation aspects. I am definitely more adamant about trying this game!

  2. My little brothers spend hours upon hours playing this game. I never thought about it in this context though. I didn’t know that they had to strategically conserve their resources in order to continue playing. This makes me think about this game in a whole new light.

  3. Good for you for not going for the shortest game (like I did)! This sounds interesting, though, with the opportunity to explore various parts of the world. But from the questions answered I wasn’t able to see what the “competitive” aspect was — just general survival?

    • Yeah, you aren’t really competing with any other players, more the world. There’s monsters that you have to either avoid or kill, and that, the structure creation and the exploration take up the bulk of the game. There’s an unlimited amount of monsters though, so they’d detract from a topic about resource conservation.

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