Title: Minecraft

Plot Summary: Minecraft is a sandbox-based game where you build a world with the supplies and materials given to you. You can explore your world, find food, and discover abandoned buildings. The object of the game is to survive.

What It’s About:  There are two modes in Minecraft: creative and survival. Creative mode allows you to build shelters and gather supplies without the threat of dying from creepy creatures. Being in survival mode takes away the safety of creative mode.

Look, Features: Minecraft is a game made of basic building blocks.  With those blocks, you can build  anything imaginable. The controls are easy to maneuver, the graphics are clean, and it is a joy to play.

Creator/Producer: Mojang

Non-book unique identifiers: not found

Ideas for talking about other materials to YA audiences: Minecraft is called a sandbox game. What is a sandbox game? What makes this game popular?

Interest Level:  12+

Player’s annotation: Minecraft is fun to play, but watch out for the skeletons and creepers!

Challenge Issues: violence

Challenge Resources 

  • Library Selection Policy
  • Rationale explaining why the item was chosen for the collection
  • Active listening skills
  • Awards
  • Reconsideration form (as a last resort)
  • National Council of Teachers of English “Right to Read”
  • Positive and negative reviews: expert, parent, student
  • ALA Strategies and Tips for Dealing with Challenges to Library Materials
  • ALA Bill of Rights on Intellectual Freedom
  • Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.
  • Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.

Why did you pick this for your collection?  

  • VGX Award for Best Independent Game, 2011
  • popular video game