I have always been disheartened that the only Minecraft event seems to be Minecon, the official event which Mojang run and sadly is out of our league when it comes to ticket prices. So when I heard Minevention was coming to Peterborough I knew we had to go there, specially when the tickets were several digits less and wouldn’t make a family’s bank balance cry. So I took my five year old son with me and off we went to enjoy a day of Minecraft.
I’m going to put this into two parts, one from the point of view of a young child and one from the point of view of a parent. It seems only fair to give both opinions and hopefully give you a good idea of what the event was like for both of us rather than just as the parent which I’m seeing a lot of on social media. So we’ll start with my son’s views of the event.
Five Year Old’s POV
My son had no idea he was going until Saturday morning. Originally I planned to tell him at the front door but his daddy let slip, whoops! Thankfully that didn’t stop him having a good day. He was very lucky to be at the first Q&A and SnakeDoctor let him ask about what consoles do they play Minecraft on. The YouTubers there were so kind and happily answered the question for him and then signed his Minecraft torch for him. He was a bit shy in asking and sort of just waved the torch at them, but followed it with a “thank you”.
We checked out the Hunger Games as he was adamant he could do them, even when he has never played Minecraft PC edition and the concept of WASD may as well have been another language to him. He did try, lastest about a minute each time but that didn’t matter to him. He loved wearing the Razer headset to the point he kept saying “look at me, mummy! Take a picture of me!” whilst grinning like a cheshire cat.
Next he wanted to play the retro arcade games. I was surprised by this but also pretty proud. Being a gamer of the 80’s and 90’s I knew many of these games and played many hours of them so was more than happy to let him have a go. They were all free-to-play, no coins required! He tried Frogger and Street Fighter, he absolutely loved Street Fighter, probably as much as I did when I was a kid.
We then got to chat with Wizard Keen who happily signed his torch for him. Again my son was in awe, he had watched Wonder Quest and had probably re-watched the show more times then I have fingers and toes (so more than 20 times then!) and now he was meeting the bearded wizard of Wonderberg. Afterwards he looked at his torch and said “Wizard Keen wrote on my torch, mummy. That’s pretty cool”. Yes, it was indeed.
My son decided at 1pm when we were due to go outside to take photographs that he needed more food, even though we had food not long ago and he even said “I’m most certain I am very full” and I was forced to eat the leftovers. Sadly there was a queue that lasted an hour and all he asked for was some cake. I bought loads of stuff though which he ended up eating. He wasn’t a fan of the long waiting for food and didn’t really get why you can’t just skip queues.
Later he got to meet AshDubh who also signed his torch and asked him if he plays Destiny. Sadly no he doesn’t, but if you ever read this AshDubh, go buy it! That’s an order mostly from him, I’m just the messenger. We did however get trapped as hoards of fans refused to move away from the door. Thankfully AshDubh kept the fans busy whilst we used the fire exit to get out.
We then visited Razer’s Bus. The lovely folks invited my son to sit with them and play a game (which I wish I knew the name of as he loved it!) and I got a sneak look at their beautiful Twitch set-up. I may have been a tad jealous and drooled over the keyboard a tad. He didn’t want to leave the bus but time was running out and it was only fair to let others have fun on the bus as well.
We then met NettyPlays. I was surprised she knew who I was, it was lovely to give her a hug and talk to her for a bit. She signed his torch for him and he was very chuffed. Wished we could have talked to her for longer but was only fairly to allow others to meet her as well.
The day started to calm down, we had a lovely chat with Tomohawk, TycerX, FormallyMyles and oh gosh so many people! He was happy that SolidarityGaming liked his new Avengers glasses and he got to meet everyone he wanted to meet. Plus we ended it with a trip to Mc Donalds.
So what did my son think of Minevention? Loved it. He was a bit disappointed in the lack of console version of Minecraft, but otherwise he had the time of his life.
Coming up… A mother’s point of view! Come back tomorrow to see what I thought about Minevention.