In the "Defense Against the Dark Arts" class, we were tasked by Professor Tad Hirsch to design a product or service to defend against the dark arts that we chose. We were thrilled about the project soon after we learned that we have the opportunity to reveal the ugly faces of dark strategies and tactics that are currently employed in the wild to achieve selfish or evil goals. However at the same time, we are overwhelmed by the variety of interesting options that we have since the project is open-ended, and thus, we are given lots of freedom to explore a broad ranges of topics to defend against existing known dark arts.
Minecraft Weather is our respond to this unique challenge. Minecraft, the popular sandbox independent video game developed by the Swedish company Mojang, later bought by Microsoft for $2.5 billion, is is nothing short of a phenomenon. So far, around 20 million people have bought the game. In the Minecraft world, players can create anything imaginable with blocks of material mined from the ground. Players have made everything from working computers to full-scale models of the “Lord of the Rings” city Minas Tirith. It is the virtual Legos that scaffold a joint imagination through a common rule set.
Minecraft Weather aims to help kids to curb their addiction to Minecraft without compromising their creativity. Minecraft Weather consists of a Minecraft mod that utilizes weather to encourage and reward children to take breaks during the in-game experience, whereas the companion app helps parents to input and manage the time limits effortlessly.