The coolest little nerds, a dumb computer game and life skills
My younger boys (12 & 13) play a game called Mindcraft. If you don’t know what it is – well, it’s stupid! 1970’s pixelated sim-world where you build your house, hunt for fuel, etc and ward off baddies. BUT, while busy rolling my eyes and finding no redeeming value in it at all, I stopped in the hallway – one in his room, the other in his, on line (Skype) with friends, a group of them in a server one of them built, and building their little worlds, sharing tasks, working together, scheming development… I did one of those hmmm noises and a sigh… fast forward 15 years… they are engineers, working multi-site with others in other cities or even nations, using shared screen work, tasks, multi-tasking and scheming on shared projects – all remote.
Maybe there is some dumb redeeming value of a game I’d hate. I listened to them develop the people skills to work out their challenges, disagreements, allowing on to lead in one phase and another when his strengths were best suited and they recognized it. I was impressed. Rather than male verbrato, there was some pretty cool cooperation and sharing a plan, executing it, and working towards a goal. Not bad leadership development. I can see it on a resumé/CV now…
PS. They’ve not really discovered girls in a serious way. Not a bad entertainment for the holiday – there is so much other stuff I’d be really concerned about. Cool.