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Sebastianator01
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Is Minecraft Educational?

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Started: 5/14/2015 Category: Education
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Sebastianator01

Con

If you accept this, then this is a challenge! I say that Minecraft is not educational. Good luck sir!
Targaryen

Pro

I accept this challenge. I'll be arguing that minecraft is indeed educational, as well as fun! I'm assuming first round is acceptance, 2nd round is making your case, 3 round is rebuttal, and final round is closing statement. Thank you Con for such an interesting topic, and I hope for a good debate! Good luck.
Debate Round No. 1
Sebastianator01

Con

Sebastianator01 forfeited this round.
Targaryen

Pro

Right, so I'll be arguing that minecraft can be educational, being that I'm Pro.


[Case]

Right, so I'll start this off by saying that minecraft is a sandbox game. What is a sandbox game? Well, according to Techopedia.com, sandbox game are games "in which minimal character limitations are placed on the gamer, allowing the gamer to roam and change a virtual world at will. In contrast to a progression-style game, a sandbox game emphasizes roaming and allows a gamer to select tasks. Instead of featuring segmented areas or numbered levels, a sandbox game usually occurs in a “world” to which the gamer has full access from start to finish. "

Under this definition, minecraft falls under the category of sandbox genre games. Sandbox games are based on the foundation that the USER will make the game progress, and move forward, more so than the actual game developers. That's why minecraft is such a successful game: there is a limitless supply of players. Since there's a limitless supply of players, there's a limitless supply of developers, a limitless supply of imagination. Now, what does this have to do with education? [1]

Well, we'll start out with the small stuff. Say you want to build a house in minecraft. Normally, if not always, a person is going to want to build an amazing house, with an even structure that looks good. In order for these buildings to look good, the player is going to need to think about the geometrical layout of the house that they're creating. For example, Bob wants to build a house that has an even surface roof than can supply a 4x4 pyramid roof. Bob is going to need to take into account that the walls that make up his house, and will eventually support his roof, will need to be 5x5, due to the overlapping structure he is looking to make. Just for this simple house, you're going to need to think a little bit just for a house. Lets move onto the next scenario.

Now, if you've ever played minecraft, you know that the majority of the game takes place in other people's servers, and less so in the singe player version of the game (Bob building a very lonely house). Why is this significant? Well, if you know a little bit about minecraft servers, you realize that amount of work it takes to get one up and running, and keep it that way: functioning. Python, usually the main coding language used in the creating minecraft servers, mods and plug-ins, will be your best friend in the quest to make a great minecraft server. However, Python is not just used for minecraft, in fact it's just the opposite. Python is a coding platform used in an abundance of a wide genre of games, across a limitless platform of possibilities. People find careers in it all the time. A great place to start learning about, or getting interested in this language, is in a game like minecraft, where the progress of servers, mods, and plug-ins depends on one's capability to use it, know it, and master it. Not only is this educational, but it opens doors for a lot of people looking to start a career in coding, or working with computers.[2]

Lastly, I'll be discussing the handful of schools that have actually used minecraft as a lesson used in "Internet decency" lessons. Teachers will have their students, in class, log onto minecraft, and work together with other students to achieve certain goals (build a city under a specific geometrical structure [4x16 house], figure out how to use redstone to make a door open by itself if person x walks on position y, etc.). These lessons, although a bit weird to the foreign mind, work well. Already, schools that have started these lessons have seen results, such as students becoming a lot more orientated towards that idea of working together, as well as using common decency on the Internet. [3]

Thank you, that is my case.


Sources:

[1] http://www.techopedia.com...

[2] https://mcpipy.wordpress.com...

[3] http://minecraftedu.com...



Debate Round No. 2
Sebastianator01

Con

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Targaryen

Pro

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Debate Round No. 3
Sebastianator01

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Pro

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Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by Khana 1 year ago
Khana
Good luck!
Posted by wheatises2153 1 year ago
wheatises2153
this is going to be interesting
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Vote Placed by Midnight1131 1 year ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Con forfeited the entire debate, so conduct to Pro. Pro was also the only one to make any arguments, and since Con provided none, and forfeited the entire debate, making them unable to refute any of these arguments, arguments to Pro as well. Pro was the only one to use sources.
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Vote Placed by Khana 1 year ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Forfeit debates are so disappointing. Victory to Pro