Minecraft Impact Guide

Game Basics

What would happen if you cut down all the trees? What if you did not replant any trees? [+2]

The answer to this changes depending on the version on the game played. I played on a PC, and found that if you remove all the trees in a certain area they will be gone forever, but you can move along and find more as the PC version of the world is almost endless and will keep generating new areas with tree.
I also gave the game a try on the Xbox 360 version, and in this one the world is not endless like the PC version, and the resources the area starts with are the resources you are limited to, so if all the trees disappear then there won’t be any more trees unless more are planted using saplings

How do harvesting and building affect the environment? Are there any unlimited resources? What can you
do to make sure you have resources available? [+3]

This also depends on the version of the game being played since the PC version is endless. Using the Xbox 360 version, harvesting and building has a visible impact on the environment, the player can see where they took their resources from, there’s a visible emptiness of lack of stuff where resources are gathered from. Holes can be be seen in mountains. Some resources, such as drops from NPCs are unlimited as long as the NPC is also unlimited such as enemy units. Renewable resources such as trees can be unlimited as long as the player remembers to plant the saplings and make sure there are trees available to them in the future.

Theme Insights
Try to replenish resources through breeding animals and planting trees. Did these actions have a positive
impact on your game world? [+2]

creating a small farm of pigs and replanting trees had a very positive impact in the game. It takes advantage of what’s renewable so that it may be used over and over again, never having to worry about the supply of wood and food in the game.

What resource do you wish you had more of? Why is it hard to get? How can you change that? [+3]

everything that can be picked up in Minecraft is a resource, so the rarer the item, the of it I want. Some things though are super hard to get because they are part of a quest or a drop from an enemy such as the dragon egg. To get them items, you simply have to get better at the game, create better gear using other resources, and go questing for them.

World Connections

Why are mining and farming important in the real world? How are they limited? [+2]

Mining in the real world is important as it provides us with the mineral based resources that make up most of the technology and infrustructure we use today. Its hard to find something or someplace that doesn’t have a mineral resource used in its construction in our world today. Mineral resources are limited to what can be found. Farming is important since it supplies food to our large population sizes, however, unlike mineral resources, cattle and crops are renewable which allows us to create even more of the resource through breeding and planting seeds.

Are all resources renewable? Identify a renewable resource in the world. How is the use and renewal
managed? [+2]

All resources are not renewable. Most resources are not, or we don’t have a means to renewing them just yet. Recycleable resources are in a way, renewable as we can take them and transform them into a new form. Like minecraft, the two truely renewable resources in the world are livestock and crops, which we renew through breeding and growing seasons. Trees in the real world are renewable, however we don’t seem to be planting enough compared to the number we are destroying.


Mincraft impact guide

what mode did you choose? the completed world which is already made by the game producer or the new empty world?  +2

in the first time i enter this game, i chooses the survive mode and got in to the game space which is already completed, because it is the default setting.

what is the first thing you do when you first enter the game space? how does the interface influence you next move?  +1

i naturally attempt to use W A S D to control my move because i have noticed that it is in first person perspective, meanwhile, i also try the left click of my mouse to see if there will be any function in the system. the interface of this game is very simple, basically all the icon are pixel arts, just like the theme of this game.

is there any interesting setting in this system? what is it?  +2

the inventory system was tricky for me, this game does’t display all the slot and option in its interface, the only thing you have at the beginning are several empty slots, it takes time to discover the hidden function, after i got known with the inventory system the first thing i did is to equip gears for my hero, but it seems does’t do much for my hero. i wasn’t surprised by this because i knew this is not a battle game.

what did you expect to do? and how did you plan to do it.  +1

the pixel art style remind me lego toy brick, so i expect to build some house by  building a rectangle rail first.

how did the material option influence you building plan?  +2

even though this game did provide a wide material option  for us, but they are all presented by cube, this feature made me unconsciously prefer to make building at first because they all looks like brick.




Andrew Jones: Spent

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Game Basics

Well I played Spent twice to beat it and it was pretty interesting. The basics were the same. I started off with the most reliable highest paying job even though it was manual labor and bad for my health. This led to a stable paycheck due to the consistent hours. I figured such a job could cause frequent, and possibly serious, injuries so I enrolled in the Affordable Care Act Gold Health Plan and figured the $15 dollar co pay would make it the most cost effective in the long run. I chose to live as close as possible to my job even though it cost the most and it paid off because I made it to work every day and didn’t have any noticeable travel fees. For groceries I went with a lot of the basics: hot dogs, milk, cereal, eggs, chicken, bread, spaghetti, beans, and ramen. I spent a total of $105 on groceries and didn’t get anything fancy such as juice. I didn’t run out of food during the game. Unfortunately my child wouldn’t eat because I couldn’t afford anything but the free lunch and it embarrassed her. That horrified me. I made extra money by borrowing from my friends using the Facebook Share function and donating Plasma. I also saved money by having a garage sale and made $150. My unexpected costs were minimal because of my great copay rate. Though my apartment fee was drastically raised and my registration expired. Fortunately I lived so close to work that I rarely had to worry about driving and didn’t buy new registration. That part personally touched me because I have friends that do that (live close to work but are afraid to travel because their registration expired) as well as donate plasma.

Theme Insights

I know my character spent a lot of time sick or had to visit the doctor because of how rough their job was. They worked through the pain regardless but it was sad to watch. I could see people with a job like that being more on edge than anything else. The other jobs instability would probably leave them anxious though about their next pay check. That was a tough decision. I paid for everything I could for my child from field trips to tutoring. I put my child before everything and that’s how I plan to be in real life when that time comes. The first time I played the game I lost because I bought my child name brand shoes. It was a rude awakening to know the great lengths parents go for their children and where sacrifices have to be made. As far as morals go I got a woman fired because I broke something and hid it. She was blamed for it and could no longer support her two children. I felt bad for her but she had to take the fall. I also watched a woman drop a $10 bill and kept it for myself. I missed my best friends wedding because of costs and I couldn’t even go to a free concert because of the childcare fees. My morals were survival and my social life was nonexistent. However I still put an emphasis on education and I took Computer Science classes at the community college. After losing the first time my priorities were solid the second time around. Everything was geared around the welfare of my child. I think being financially responsible is making sure your money supports your priorities.

World Connections

Relating this back to real life I don’t know how I could do it. I’m horrible with money in real life. I just make sure I have enough to eat and then I splurge everywhere else. The game really gave me a better understanding of the struggle but I always had respect for people who are trying to survive. I understand now why some people don’t report expensive things that they find. This game taught me about acceptance and the struggles of others just as much as it taught me about money. It showed me how blessed I am and how hard it is for people in poverty. You can also see how the system repeats itself. Those computer science classes were a big sacrifice to move up and especially because it didn’t even account for time it takes to do it I could understand how it’s so hard to move up in the world. Also my kid could’ve just as easily been where I cut costs. Also of note I finished with $113 and still had to pay rent for the next month so I won but I really didn’t. It’s truly a struggle.