Legos are Over. Welcome to the Minecraft Generation

Illustration by Christoph Niemann

Parents: are your kids completely obsessed with Minecraft? You are not alone! No doubt about it, this gaming phenomenon has taken over where Legos once reigned king for the elementary (and older) school set.

As noted about Legos losing it’s panache from the New York Times:

“It’s ‘Buy the box, open the box, turn to the instruction sheet, make the model, stick it on the shelf, buy the next box,’ ” the veteran ­game designer Peter Molyneux says in a 2012 documentary about Minecraft. “Lego used to be just a big box of bricks, and you used to take the bricks, pour them on the carpet and then make stuff. And that’s exactly what Minecraft is.”

For more, check out this excellent New York Times Magazine article by Clive Thompson, where he carefully breaks down the history of Minecraft and how it became an obsession in ‘The Minecraft Generation: How a clunky Swedish computer game is teaching millions of children to master the digital world‘.

I promise you won’t feel so guilty about giving them device time after you read it.