So your kid likes Minecraft. A lot. As in, you may wonder if it would qualify as an addiction. If that’s the case, you’re not alone. In fact, you’re very, very far from being alone. Last year, the brick-building juggernaut — which was recently purchased by Microsoft for a staggering $2.5 billion — became the most watched game of all time on YouTube with more than 42 million videos showing crafters at work building worlds of their own. (In fact, according to YouTube, “Minecraft” is the most searched term on the site after “music,” according to a BBC article.)
And it’s those how-to videos that have many parents concerned. Often expletive-laced and entirely inappropriate for the school-age kids so obsessed with them, Minecraft videos are often made by older kids. But now, a pair of seventh graders from Chicago have created their own collection of high-quality how-to videos that they consider to be completely appropriate for kids. According to the Chicago Tribune, classmates Mitchell Brown and Scotty Vrablik created www.cleanminecraftvideos.com and personal vet each and every YouTube video they feature. The pair automatically rejects videos with profanity or violence in game play.