From Dream to Re­al­ity

Kids bring Minecraft ideas into real world

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Dana Guthrie [email protected]­ton­

While some kids en­joy spend­ing the sum­mer in­doors and on­line, there are three Sa­line County kids who have taken their love for a pop­u­lar on­line game out into the real world.

Eight-year-old Jozi Bur­ris and her brother, six-year old Jase, along with their cousin, Madi­son Richards, also 8, are fiercely de­voted to the pop­u­lar on­line game Minecraft. The open-ended game is fa­mous for its creative mode where play­ers can use re­sources to build what­ever their minds can imag­ine.

The kids loved the game so much that they de­cided to try and take what they have learned on­line and cre­ate projects in the real world.

“Well, we were go­ing to build a brick house and make the squares out of mud,” Jozi said. “We were gonna let them dry and make a brick house, but it was go­ing to like, take for­ever.”

Sa­line County Quo­rum Court Ad­min­is­tra­tor Rhonda Richards is the grand­mother to Madi­son and great-aunt to Jozi and Jase. When

Richards saw that the kids were strug­gling to get their project off the ground, she sug­gested they use cane on her prop­erty to ful­fill their dream of bring­ing their Minecraft cre­ation to life.

“We used zip ties to hold it down and stuff,” Jozi said.

In the vir­tual Minecraft world, play­ers col­lect re­sources, such as wood, in var­i­ous ways in­clud­ing punch­ing trees. The player can then turn the wood into planks and com­bine the planks to cre­ate a craft­ing ta­ble. Once that has been cre­ated, the play­ers use the ta­ble to cre­ate tools which al­lows them to build what­ever their mind can cre­ate.

With more than 90 mil­lion monthly users, play­ers can cre­ate ma­chines, homes, cas­tles and cities. They can also gather re­sources or an­i­mals and hunt for trea­sure. Their is also a sur­vival mode op­tion where play­ers must col­lect re­sources and de­fend the world they have cre­ated while manag­ing the world they’ve cre­ated.

Richards said that once the kids be­gan work­ing with the cane, their project be­gan to take shape.

“They have a lit­tle house with a ta­ble and a shelf,” Richards said. “It is amaz­ing the things they have learned about sur­vival from that game.”

Jozi said her fa­vorite thing about the house that the group built is be­ing able to play in­side of it and have picnics with her cousins.

Richards added that she has been impressed with the fact that the kids have taken the skills and ideas that they learned in the game and chose to make them a re­al­ity.

“They have to hunt and gather their re­sources in the game in or­der to be able to cre­ate ev­ery­thing in the game,” Richards said.

Jozi said that her fa­vorite thing about Minecraft is be­ing able to cre­ate what­ever she wants.

“I like build­ing houses with stuff in it,” Jozi said. “I also like play­ing with my cousin and find­ing dogs and cats and stuff in­side of (the game).

Although the kids had a fun time cre­at­ing their play­house, Jozi said that she thinks they are done with ac­tual build­ing in the real world for now, but plans to keep on play­ing in the house they built while play­ing the game on­line with her fam­ily.

Spe­cial to The Sa­line Courier

Jozi Bur­ris, right, Madi­son Richards and Jase Bur­ris stand at the en­trance to the cane play­house they built af­ter be­ing in­spired by play­ing the creative on­line game Minecraft.

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