I bought the minecraft game for my 10 year old nephew last summer. At first it seemed harmless,, building little villages,, houses,, etc... at that point though I did think he was spending too much time infront of the computer. As the months went along,,, I could see signs of trouble... He only wanted to play minecraft... he became obsessed with it... the first thing he would do in the morning and the last thing he would do at night. He started fights with me,,, as to why he could not play it,, or why he had to get off the computer... I was thinking,, ok,, the kid is ten... so they all play on the computer.. he is just a little overly emotional.
Then the problems got worse... I think when we added the different servers,, and he started killing zombies,, or what ever he is killing and then collecting his gems,,, or what ever he collects,,,, he started to become too emotionally involved with the game,,, having freakouts if someone killed him,, or worse, If I were to take away his privilege for what ever reason,, he would have a complete tantrum,
I was really starting to wonder about the effect this game was having on him.... watching it on youtube,,, communicating with total strangers on his various servers... but mostly about his behavior when his privilege was taken away.
I finally had enough!!! His last outburst was so severe,,,,, screaming,, yelling,, throwing himself on the bed,,, hurting himself.... I decided it was best for him NOT to have minecraft in his life anymore. After a particular rough tantrum.... I said.. OK,, that's it... I am deleteing your minecraft from the computer,, (I don't think you can actually delete it so I just changed the log in password)
He naturally had a fit,, but to my surprise,, he got over it fairly quickly,,, I even said to him that he was a better person with out minecraft.. and he agreed!!!!! I'm sure that I will stumble across another game or two that need parental monitoring... and will deal with that when it comes,, but I am so happy that I had the intuition and foresight to realize that this game was damaging and the tenacity to remove it from OUR lives... Everything is so much better now.. He plays with his 2 1/2 year old brother,, we watch movies together,, we spend much more quality time together... My advise to any parent about minecraft... not about how much time they can play,,, that is an impossible feat.... just say NO!!!!! Explain to them that the game is damaging and that it is in their best interst not to play it...
I think they will secretly agree with y ou....