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#1

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 06:52 PM

Hello to all.  Our son is in the 3rd grade (8 yrs old).  My wife loaded Minecraft onto her laptop for him to play but it is an older Sony Vaio and doesn't take the updates needed to support the game.  Took it to the Geek Squad at Best Buy and they confirmed that the game cannot be played on that laptop.  

He is all about this game.  All he has been doing for the last 2-3 months is coming home from school (when homework is done) and watching Minecraft videos on youtube.  He does this so he can join the Minecraft discussions with his classmates who introduced him to the game.  

I have an older Gateway desktop computer that I purchased back in 2002 or so.  I think there may be video cards to make it possible for him to play on there.  Ideally though we would like to get him a gaming laptop that out of the box will allow him to play the game.  We need to be sure it's the right laptop and it will definitely work.  Not sure I trust calling the Geek Squad on this one.  

Please advise.  Also, I know nothing about this game.  I assume it is ok for an 8 yr old to be this into the game?  Suitable for 8 year olds too?  We also have a 6 yr old daughter who I assume will be getting involved as well.  

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Bryan

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 06:54 PM

First of all, how much are you willing to spend?
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Posted 02 December 2011 - 06:56 PM

Any modern day laptop should be fine playing the game.

And 8 years old is fine, so is 6 as this game promotes building, having fun and exploring. This game has little violence in, but has some due to mobs - however you can turn this off.

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 06:58 PM

Yes how much money do you want to spend and do you want a desktop or a laptop? And yes Minecraft is fine for eight year olds. There isnt any bad stuff in it... besides creepers :P

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 07:00 PM

Minecraft is a great game. Basically its like letting your children play with legos, except these legos take a little more knowledge to play with. Depending on what you are wanting to buy, I always recommend Asus laptops. (Not the mini's), they are built well, and as long as its from this year I assume it should run minecraft. If it has dedicated graphics, all the better. Heres one that I think is affordable. Has a good processor, 4gbs of RAM, and a dedicated graphics card. Also smaller so its easier to lug around. http://www.amazon.co...22852373&sr=8-1

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 07:02 PM

View Postsimplyodd24, on 02 December 2011 - 07:00 PM, said:

Minecraft is a great game. Basically its like letting your children play with legos, except these legos take a little more knowledge to play with. Depending on what you are wanting to buy, I always recommend Asus laptops. (Not the mini's), they are built well, and as long as its from this year I assume it should run minecraft. If it has dedicated graphics, all the better. Heres one that I think is affordable. Has a good processor, 4gbs of RAM, and a dedicated graphics card. Also smaller so its easier to lug around. http://www.amazon.co...22852373&sr=8-1
Depending on how much he was willing to spend I was also going to recommend an ASUS laptop! I just recently purchased a 15.6" ROG and it's fantastic.
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Posted 02 December 2011 - 07:02 PM

Yo whats up minecraft dad. I'd like to first off say that your one of the coolest dads i have ever met. We the Minecraft community welcome you and your son. Now lets get down to the point of interest. Minecraft at best is a 64 bit java application that my windows 2000 can run. With the proper computer it can play pretty fast. A good computer to get is a 2007 Mac book. This is a good buy and fully supports the game. As for the game, think of it as rated E for everyone. Though it can be scary its probably the best thing your son should be playing at his young age. It teaches creativity, architecture, cranial mechanics and using redstone it teaches math. I think even you yourself would enjoy this laid back fun to play game. Hope i helped!!!
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Posted 02 December 2011 - 07:07 PM

6 year olds . . . 8 year olds . . . this game is perfectly fine. Very G-rated. No sex, and only a little violence with no blood or gore whatsoever. This game is all about creativity. And that is the type of creativity that can expand intelligence, such as some of the math that is sometimes necessary to build structures to scale, not the "creativity" you may find in other games where one has to figure out how to slaughter the most things in as little time as possible.  
I would suggest a desktop over a laptop, they seem to be easier to modify to what you need in regards to video cards and so on. However, there are many, if not most, others on this forum who are much more computer savvy than I am, so I would listen to them, and then confirm.

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 07:23 PM

Assuming you're looking within the $500-800 range (which if he takes care of it will last him quite a while without needing a upgrade), and you'll want a good laptop for general gaming purposes. I'd suggest a macbook but, really they're limited with gaming options tbh. Plus they're overpriced for the older hardware they use.

I'd recommend this.

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In all honesty unless hes really gonna be taking the laptop around with him everywhere I'd seriously suggest a desktop, its usually more cost effective (unless you buy from a ripoff store like bestbuy or circuitcity, never store buy a desktop). Find someone around you who knows how to put together a PC and set a price range for them to be within. Desktops are upgradeable when the hardware begins to show its age, and usually lasts longer than a laptop which normally have heat issues.(on that fact if you get him a lappy i suggest getting a cooling pad too or w/e those are)

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 07:38 PM

The $300 Netbook I bought last year can play this game, as long as I lower all the video settings.  It doesn't take much to just be able to play it, but it definitely looks a lot better and will play much smoother if you have a decent computer.

As for content, it is pretty G-rated as others have said.  Different parents are more strict than others regarding what they feel is appropriate though.

If hitting very blocky-looking zombies, skeletons, pigs, and cows with a very blocky-looking sword (with no blood or gore at all) is ok by you, then it should be fine.  The online play is what you will probably want to restrict, just because letting an 8-year-old interact with random unknown people on the internet is never a really safe idea.

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 12:48 AM

Minecraft is a game run by java and is great for playing on modern laptops and desktops, if u want to have a computer with less lag and such i would recommend searching the minecraft wiki for more info on that. Yet besides the point your son will surely enjoy the game!=D

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 12:41 PM

And they have co ordinates. F3 or fn+F3.

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 12:53 PM

Or any laptop that has all the requirements that minecraft is needed to run.

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 01:08 PM

Any computer from the past few years will run this game fine.

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 02:07 PM

Ok, to answer your question about the game it is a g-rated game. There are bocky monsters that can be turned off and online play is not a must have for most people.

For a good computer basically anything will run it. I would spend about 500 euros or above if you want it to last for a while. If you are willing to spend more money then a Macbook Pro can be a good idea because not only will it be ok for playing these games, it will be good for school in the future. I would stay away from the Macbook Air as it can be problematic to deal with and is not as powerful. Another computer to stay away from is the ThinkPac computer line. They have an obscure graphics card that does not work with minecraft and can be very expensive. (My friend bought one for 3000$ and i does not play minecraft at all well) If you really want to you could buy a gaming PC but for a 6 and an 8 year old this will be a waste of money. By the time they are allowed to play games that require this type of processing power the Computer will be outdated and will not work. I would probably recommend a Macbook Pro. I have the 2011 edition and  I can play minecraft with mods on far render distance with everything on (this is the one of most memory using way to play). I can also use bootcamp to run windows 7 if your son wants to play a windows only game. Mine has not been hacked in the year or so I have been using it and I have downloaded alot of stuff (mods, games, songs) onto it. Another plus is that it comes with the Itunes store and you can use it with Ipods and Iphones easily. THe cost of the 2012 Macbook pro is about 1200$ if you live in the united states.

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 02:32 PM

View PostUrock, on 20 October 2012 - 02:07 PM, said:

Ok, to answer your question about the game it is a g-rated game. There are bocky monsters that can be turned off and online play is not a must have for most people.

For a good computer basically anything will run it. I would spend about 500 euros or above if you want it to last for a while. If you are willing to spend more money then a Macbook Pro can be a good idea because not only will it be ok for playing these games, it will be good for school in the future. I would stay away from the Macbook Air as it can be problematic to deal with and is not as powerful. Another computer to stay away from is the ThinkPac computer line. They have an obscure graphics card that does not work with minecraft and can be very expensive. (My friend bought one for 3000$ and i does not play minecraft at all well) If you really want to you could buy a gaming PC but for a 6 and an 8 year old this will be a waste of money. By the time they are allowed to play games that require this type of processing power the Computer will be outdated and will not work. I would probably recommend a Macbook Pro. I have the 2011 edition and  I can play minecraft with mods on far render distance with everything on (this is the one of most memory using way to play). I can also use bootcamp to run windows 7 if your son wants to play a windows only game. Mine has not been hacked in the year or so I have been using it and I have downloaded alot of stuff (mods, games, songs) onto it. Another plus is that it comes with the Itunes store and you can use it with Ipods and Iphones easily. THe cost of the 2012 Macbook pro is about 1200$ if you live in the united states.

Oh shut up, don't suggest Macbook Pro's to him. If you're not going to be helpful, don't bother.

@OP, ignore what ^he just said. Most PCs from the past few years will run this game fine.

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 02:47 PM

What some of the PC's people have been linking have been a joke. You will want a PC with an actual graphics card, at least a GTX 610m.  Assuming you are in the $500-$600 range, here is a few you can look at.
Toshiba Satellite L855-S5255: http://www.newegg.co...ptops-Notebooks
ASUS F75A-EH51: http://www.newegg.co...ptops-Notebooks
The second one is the same price, but will perform a little bit worse. The only key difference is that the ASUS laptop is being released in 6 days, and will have Windows 8, and the Toshiba is 15" model instead of the 17" model of the ASUS.

But OP, if you would like to build a PC, I would be more than happy to help you. I would just need to know if a keyboard, mouse or monitor is needed and a price.
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Posted 20 October 2012 - 03:16 PM

i would ask for a bit more information(most financially), but w/e:

$700:
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16834127697
$630:
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16834246491
$600:
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16834215408

while I'm not a fan of acer, that $600 laptop of theirs is a good buy.

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 03:48 PM

Hello

Like others have said the game is pretty much a blocky game. No violence involved. It promotes building, creativity, maths with redstone and is very fun to play.

My computer cost around £300

intel i5 2.8ghz
GT520 2GB graphics card
4GB ram

I can run the game at around 50-60 fps which is perfect for almost all games.
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Posted 20 October 2012 - 04:10 PM

View Postchocoblast2, on 02 December 2011 - 06:54 PM, said:

First of all, how much are you willing to spend?
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