Do You Need Multiple Minecraft Accounts?
If you have more than one child do you need a Minecraft account for each one? The answer is yes and no. It really depends on what your kids want to be able to do on Minecraft. I have two kids and they've been able to use a single account without any problem. But my kids are still young. If you have older kids, they may not be willing to share an account. Here's a very short explanation of Minecraft worlds that will help you decide whether to get one or more accounts.
Minecraft's Description of their game
Minecraft is a game about breaking and placing blocks. At first, people built structures to protect against nocturnal monsters, but as the game grew players worked together to create wonderful, imaginative things.
It can also be about adventuring with friends or watching the sun rise over a blocky ocean. It’s pretty. Brave players battle terrible things in The Nether, which is more scary than pretty. You can also visit a land of mushrooms if it sounds more like your cup of tea.
Minecraft is based on building worlds. Players build their worlds using different kinds of 3D blocks within various habitats. Players can also download resource packs that create a different look and feel for the world. For example, a candy resource pack can be installed and everything will have a candy look. Mods are another type of downloadable software that can change the look and functions in a world. Most kids probably wouldn't be able to agree on what they want their worlds to look like. But there is an easy way around this.
If each child has their own profile in Windows, they can use the same account but have different worlds. So, each child would need a Windows account that they log into. They will have the same Minecraft username and skin but they can build and manipulate their own separate worlds. This can work for younger kids who mainly enjoy building and living in their world. However, kids who want to play games on servers like the Mineplex will need separate accounts.
If kids want to play games online they won't be able to play at the same time if they only have one account. You'll have to visit Minecraft.net and pay $26.95 for each child. Then each child will be able to have to own account and play online at the same time.
Many Kids Are Making Their Own Minecraft How-to Videos
The Educational Value of Minecraft
Here's a good reason to invest in Minecraft. It may make your kids smarter. Minecraft allows kids to manipulate 3D objects. Minecraft also teaches ecology. Players have to chop down trees for wood but if they don't replant, they'll run out of trees. This is true for animals and plants as well. Players will run out of food if they don't breed enough animals or grow enough crops. Minecraft is also being used to teach computer programming.
Kids also will learn how to follow instructions. They can watch videos to learn how to do various things like light up a beacon or building other portals. They can also buy how-to books that will teach how to construct different kinds of structures. There are also fiction books available based on Minecraft worlds and characters.