My Boys Tech Club - Minecraft (Pocket Edition)

My boys love playing the Pocket Edition of Minecraft on the iPad. This month in 'My Boys Tech Club' my 9-year-old wants to tell you his top 5 facts about Minecraft and why he loves playing it. And why he is really looking forward to Nethermined 3 - coming soon to Newcastle ...

1. Minecraft is a game where you build a whole new world out of blocks. It’s kind of like Lego online but the aim is to create your own world which is called My World. There are two modes of play, creative and survival – creative is an endless game, whereby in survival mode you can be attacked and when all lives are lost the game is over.

2. It doesn’t take long to make a building, you do this by tapping on blocks to create whatever you want to build. I have created mansion houses, caves, forts and even a sand town of 4200 homes.

3. The scene changes between night and day and it can rain, the sun can shine and the moon glows. You can build snow blocks but you can’t have falling snow. The landscape also moves between desert sand, frozen, grass, mountains, caves underground, and colourful layers in some places.

4. You choose a character to play. I chose Old Alex and covered him in emerald armour. Other characters in the game include zombies, creepers, villagers which just appear naturally in the game. There are also animals such as dogs, wolves, horses, cats, sheep and leopards which again appear naturally but you can also spawn them. The leopards and wolves can also be tamed to become cats and dogs.

5. The reason I like playing Minecraft is that it is great fun to create your won worlds. My friends at school play it too. We also have some Minecraft books that help up to make portals and buildings.

He is really looking forward to going to Nethermined 3 this year - our first Minecraft convention. It sounds really fun and some of his friends are going too. 

The hugely popular Nethermined event is back in the North East for the third time, following a successful first two years. Last year’s event saw YouTubers entertain the crowds with panels on 2 stages, some live gaming, a small number of hugely popular workshops, some retro games and merchandise stands.

Nethermined 3 on February 11 & 12 at Northumbria University Student Union will involve Live Minecraft gaming sessions, on stage competitions involving audience participation, Q&A Panels, Educational Panels, as well as meet and greets. It aims to look at the whole gamut when it comes to the Minecraft / YouTuber experience. 

They will have Adult Educational sessions running for the parents so that we can teach them what Minecraft brings to their children from an educational standpoint and this has gone down really well with the parents as they now see Minecraft as more than just a game that their kids play for hours on end!

  • Tickets are priced at £18 with under 3's and carer's admitted free. 
  • VIP tickets are still available for Sunday 12 March priced £30.
  • Under 14's must be accompanied by ticket-holding adult.

We have been gifted free admission as a family to Nethermined 3 in return for pre-promotion and an honest review. Look out for our post-event review ... coming soon.