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Pros and Cons of Minecraft on Creativity

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This blog will cover the positive and negative influences Minecraft has on Creativity.
Thank you very much for taking the time to look at this blog, enjoy yourself, Aspergers and non-Aspergers alike!

Pros of Minecraft for Creativity

Ideas by bailey0799
Scripted by ultimatemegaman

1.) Minecraft is a sandbox game, so naturally it's a very creative game.
This one is obvious; building houses and structures (or towns!)
Or pretty much just building in general. Minecraft has so many
blocks to work with and so many ways of producing so many things...
It's baffling! You can experiment with different styles, and if it doesn't
work out, you know what not to do next time. It's a massive journey
of self-discovery! It inspires new career choices! Architecture FTW!

2.) It helps spark your imagination! I trust some of us Aspergers out there
have Eidetic Memory (Photographic Memory).
But a lot of us have good colour co-ordination, plain and simple!
I shouldn't have to explain in any detail how imagination helps creativity.

3.) Once you're on, you're going to have to find or make yourself a skin.
You can't go around with Steve strapped to you!
Skins are another way of being creative in your decision making or
your pixel-by-pixel adjustions and design choices!
Colour palettes galore! Styles! See? Creative!

4.) You get a default texture pack upon starting Minecraft.
That's a boring texture pack. Everyone's seen it, everyone's
switched it. This is a lot like skinning; finding a new texture pack
or making your own! There's a lot more work this time, though!
Don't we all love the oCd pack?

5.) Guess what? Minecraft teaches you life skills! But only broadly.
Get wood. Take shelter in cave. Make torches from coal and sticks
you collected from the trees! No campfire? Oh well.
Minecraft - Teaching you creative ways to survive dying at the hands
of kamikaze shrubs since 2010.

WARNING: Massive change in tone!
Details and large topics galore!

Cons of Minecraft for Creativity

Ideas by ultimatemegaman
Scripted by ultimatemegaman

1.) There are far too many people on servers that hate, troll and
insult people. When I say that, a lot of you will know what I
mean. As a result of this, this lowers self-esteem;
which kills any chance of being creative and instead begins a
massive flame war. It turns fair people into ravenous monsters.

The only thing that improves because of those devils is our
ability to fight back. Which, given the context, is quite a bad thing,
considering HOW you'd be fighting back.

2.) There's no doubt that Minecraft is a 'sitting down and clicking a mouse'
kind of game. Fun though it is, creativity is an all-round practice;
new activities can show you new ways to approach problems.
You know about Scribblenauts, right? It's completely about
brainstorming creative solutions to solve problems!

To further reinforce my point, imagine a scenario.
A cat is stuck in a tree. What do you use to get it down?
If you do a lot of sport, your first thought might be hitting it down
with a football (cruel though it is, I see very few nice sports people).

If you're a fireman (or a pyromaniac), you could use a ladder
(or a flamethrower) to get the cat down (by burning the tree or whatever).

What I'm saying is that your interests influence your decisions.
In other words, by doing nothing but Minecraft you're limiting
your creativity. Go do something else! Enjoy yourself! :P

3.) Being awake when you don't want to be awake isn't nice.
I'm sure a lot of you know what I mean - You've just finished
working on that one Minecraft project until 1 in the morning
and now you're hella' tired.
In addition to breakfast, sleep helps your brain work well for the
day. We all know that. Sleep-deprivation means you won't be
able to work productively, therefore be less creative.
But it's only for one day. Maybe.

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08/16/2014 4:52 am
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No one said that you have to get up at 7am if you go at 1am. You simply sleep until you are rested.
09/10/2013 7:41 am
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Really Clever...
09/10/2013 11:41 am
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You're referring to the cons, right bailey? :P
Otherwise I'd have to guess that you're amazed at how I developed your ideas into long-winded paragraphs. You thought of the ideas for the pros yourself! XD
09/10/2013 6:38 pm
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well, both. I thought this would be something shorter.
09/07/2013 11:14 pm
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I have to kindly disagree with almost every single one of your cons. Reason being, most of them are not a direct flaw on creativity it self. Most of them are direct flaws with the persons creative environment. What I mean here is...

1.Type A. (In relation to your are saying) An artist in his / her room w/ partying roommates, no idea, consistently being put down or having a lack of supplies will almost always under perform.

1. Type B. (In relation to what I mean) An artist in a studio, with good lighting, well thought out plans, good tools and time w/ peace and quiet will only under perform if any or all of these are not present.

Point being...that if you put your self in the position of being Type A. you are going to have a hard time coming to a creative median. You can build creatively 100% of the time in Minecraft solo and alone if you so choose. It would help you focus and become more creative and generally speaking...allow for no negative connotations on ones work. Now I know we can debate Pros and Cons on working alone all day...but I think the point on 1. was made in reference to what you were saying.

2....On further reading of #2 I think I see your point. You environment does influence your decisions and tastes. However this is not always a negative. All of our great builders, artists, philosophers, poets etc...were a product of their own influences threw life.

3. This I agree on. It is a Con...but only to that of your own life. Not your creativity. Cause almost all of the time I am at work...I go "You know what that project needs? You know what? I'll do it when I get home." Then I am up until 4 am. Creativity plus. Sleep, minus.
09/08/2013 7:18 am
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Ouch, that's a shame. I thought of all those ideas.
Sad Ultimate is Sad.
For #3 I made it kind of apparent that you would be less creative for the next day, disregarding the night before that. Your argument is based on your creativity during the night, but not in the morning or the rest of the day. My argument was that you'd be less creative during the day because of your lack of sleep that last night; removing the work you did from last night from the equation completely.

You've made it clear that in relation to "Sleep-deprivation means you won't beable to work productively", that does not apply at night. But an extra I'd say is that it DOES apply the day after.

- ultimatemegaman, Co-Founder
09/08/2013 1:51 pm
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Well I was hoping to not come off negative. I can see you did a lot of thinking on this subject and I did not want to discourage you and yes I can agree that with less sleep you can develop sleep deprivation. Which can bog down any cognitive function. Including artistic and creative ability.
09/08/2013 4:09 pm
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It didn't come out negative, I just felt a bit bummed out.
So I made a joke about how I felt to cheer myself up. :P
09/07/2013 8:36 pm
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Aspergers Association on PMC. I have aspergers, but I have to ask: Is it really needed? I understand on a website, but on PMC... What's the point? Even then, it should be called "Autism Association" because Aspergers is essentially a less severe version of autism.
09/08/2013 6:55 am
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