Can I start a new world?
My son asks me this question about his mine craft life all the time. I know, I know, what kind of parenting-fascists must we be if we demand to be in control of the worlds he creates in minecraft?
I want him to be able to do hard things. I love new stuff. I love learning about something new, I love the ease that comes with reading all the research and help documents and stuff.
Know what I’m not good at? I’m not good at sustaining the effort past that initial “fun, learning new stuff” stage.
As a result, I’m a self-made jack-of-all-trades, master of none.
Minecraft is pretty similar, truly. When you create a new world, there’s the fun of Ooh, where did I start? Bonus chest! Build a house. Find some resources. Build the basics. But you know what’s hard? Sustaining the effort to build huge things. Sustaining the effort and not giving up. Bringing order where there isn’t any.
Of course, the correct response is, “Minecraft is a world exploration game, let him explore.” I hear you. I hear you. I just don’t want him to only be good at the beginning of things. I want him to be a finisher.
I’m still trying to learn that, and I’m thirty-two.