We run a Minecraft Club here at Ridgeway every Friday between 3.30 and 5pm in the IT rooms, open to Years 7,8 and 9. The school purchased a license so up to 25 students can log on and play the school-friendly version of Minecraft known as the MinecraftEDU edition. The server had an issue and needed to be repaired so this term we have been running a retro-gaming club in its place until the server is replaced. Games from the 80s and 90s are played through online emulators.
On the original MinecraftEDU server from 2015-16 we had a small community of players who purchased property in-game using gold as currency. This property came in a number of styles from fixed accommodation with houses and furniture in place to larger plots of land where students could design and build their own homes. These properties were protected so that other players would not be able to damage or enter them without permission from the owners.
The server provided a microcosm of social activity ranging from cooperative play to downright ruthless tactics to break in to protected homes and steal items. Player verses Player combat was switched on so alliances had to be formed and this provided some interesting situations where players who may have damaged or entered other people’s properties illegally were singled out for justice at the virtual hands of the other players. These kinds of relationships and moral responsibility are seen throughout the ages where humans are forced into close proximity with each other and have to come up with their own laws and justice systems.
We hope to have a secure server up and running after Christmas so Minecraft Club can be up and running smoothly again.