Last summer I met two boys (both under 10) who were thrilled to learn I played Minecraft. They wanted to know what I had built.
“Um, a really ugly castle,” I told them. “But it was taken over by zombies.”
“You don’t play Creative mode?” They were stunned. I replied that no, I liked Survival mode—the mode where you are frequently menaced by creeping zombies or giant spiders and need to painstakingly mine every element that you use to build. Creative mode gives players full access to the many, many materials in Minecraft and lets them build impossibly complex structures without being harassed.
These kids couldn’t understand why I wanted to spend my time fighting zombies when I could be building things.