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Block by block, Minecraft builds on success

Computer games come in for a lot of criticism, but Minecraft can nurture children's creative urges, writes Joe Griffin.

22nd December, 2013
Future engineers? Children play Minecraft, a construction game which teaches logic, problem solving, basic programming, physics, chemistry and much, much more.

It has sold more units than Lady Gaga has in her entire career; three years after its debut it's still fending off competition; and now it's a teaching tool. This year has been remarkable for Minecraft.

For at least a decade now, gamers have been defending their beloved art form to non-gamers. Unlike, say, cinema or theatre or literature, games are judged on their most objectionable offerings.

When the likes of Saw or The Human...

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