Artistic Value in Video Games

I have wanted to talk about this for some time now, but could not find the words to get my point across. I have seen articles and news stories over the years about how school shootings and violent children are due to violent video games. No actual evidence or research to back it up, but I cannot get angry over this. They say that they are just a child’s play thing, dismiss it, and say that there is nothing positive that comes out of playing games. Every generation people find something to blame for all the bad behavior of children. People would blame books, art, movies, music, and right now video games are in the hot seat. All forms of media and art go through this before being known for the value that they give to society. Games let you experience the creativity that can be drawn in from all forms of art. You are the one who pushes the story that could have been read from a page, you make the decisions that actor is directed to make, you experience the scenery that could be viewed from a painting, and you are the one who experiences the music that is created for the game. All these types of art are brought together to make an experience that, if done correctly, can last with people forever.

I remember I as playing a game called Fallout 3 and I was given a choice. I could disarm a bomb for a town for some coin or blow up the bomb, along with the town, for more coin. Since I made the decision to save the town last time I played this time I decided to see how the game would change if I blew up the bomb. After the explosion I revisited where the town once was. There was one lone survivor. She had no idea that I blew up the town and she was still her cheerful self just thankful that I got out in time. Now I know she only survived because she gives quests in the game, but that moment stuck with me. This lonely girl who had been physically altered due to the explosion and the radiation. I have never experienced regret in such a strong way before this moment. I wanted to return to a previous save, but could not do so. I just sat there for a while and stared at the screen looking at what my actions have caused and in that single moment I was playing more than a game. I was experiencing something different. Something that I had never experienced before. Games can be more than just a child’s play thing or a thing to kill time. It can express creativity and emotion like any other great work of art.

Minecraft – Introduction to Farming

Farming constitutes a valuable way to obtain supplies for your Minecraft adventures. Now before you think it’s a simple “go and grow” like you might find on well-known game apps, you may want to consider a few things.

Plant Farming

You first have to craft a hoe (in survival mode) or find one in the tools tab (in creative mode), then find a patch of grass to begin your farm. Right-click there to begin. Once it becomes rows of dirt that look like farmland, take a seed you’ve found – either from destroying trees and other plants in survival mode or finding them in the materials tab in creative mode – then right-click where you want to plant your seed. You will then see very small buds. To make your plants grow naturally, surround the field with a channel of water; an average time for full growth on water alone is 5-10 minutes. You are free to continue gameplay in the meanwhile and return to see your plants when you are ready. If you want them to grow faster, you can apply some bonemeal (from the bones of destroyed skeletons). Right-click the plant to apply that bonemeal, and voilà! Depending on the size of the plant (e.g. grass vs. tree), it takes 1-5 clicks for instantaneous growth.

Once the plant is grown, it is ready for harvest. Destroy the plant to make the produce drop. Some plants that can be grown are sugarcane, wheat, pumpkins, and carrots. Some plants have fun special features; for example, you can make a jack-o-lantern out of a pumpkin and wear it on your head!

Mob Farming

Mob farming is more complicated than plant farming. The purpose of mob farming is not to grow plants but rather to “grow” a group of enemies that upon “birth” will die automatically, providing you with the items they will drop. Sounds gruesome, but in reality the characters “grown” or spawned just fall over and disappear, leaving behind valuable items such as ender pearls (which can be used for finding end portals), bones (which can be used for bonemeal or to train a dog), or string (for bows and arrows).

The first thing you need to do is find a good design, which won’t be covered in this article (your best bet is to do an online search to find a design you prefer). One method that tends to work well is water + cliff. An essential component of mob farming is a completely dark enclosure, as any dark place within the world of Minecraft spawns enemy characters such as endermen and zombies, so keep that in mind as you start to explore the intricacies of mob farming. You will need to choose a location that can provide complete darkness, such as going underground or ocean caves, or a nocturnal time within gameplay.

Whether you prefer the more peaceful possibilities of farming plants, or the more adventurous world of spawning mobs for their dropped items, farming will be an important part of your Minecraft experience. For more great tips and guides, check out