Did you know that Colorado gamers are among the best performers in the US, when it comes to videogames? A recent study, sponsored by Huxley’s eSports Elite team, checked them out by sitting a pair of professional Counter-Strike players against a sample of 1,409 Americans. Various types of cognitive performance were tested, that are considered essential for esports. Colorado players finished in the top five for every skill tested and were second in several key categories. Sharing their passion for gaming is easy, just get a BetRivers Colorado affiliate code and go for it. Colorado and gaming evidently have a sort of love affair of their own. A special chapter of this story revolves around Minecraft.
The Denver of 1905 is there for you, in the Minecraft world. The initiative to recreate it was an idea launched by Dr. Robert Jordan, a digital history teacher at Colorado State University. The open-world system allows players to build and craft whatever environment their heart desires and skills can build. “I love video games, certainly,” Jordan said when the experiment began, in 2015. “For me, those kind of virtual spaces are places of very powerful immersive learning.” He took the idea from a professor at a conference who had led her students to re-create the Chicago World’s Fair.
Jordan and his students chose 1905 as the period of Denver they wanted to build, because it is far enough in the past that the city looked different. Finding materials would be easy because there are enough records to work with, accessible at the Denver Public Library. Students managed to re-create the old train station, using Minecraft blocks, and many other buildings. A large majority of Lower Downtown was completed by the fall, with a work plan extending far into the future, to 2020 and beyond. with buildings and Jordan says that the hope is to have LoDo completely finished with informational signs and details by 2020.
Colorado College saw a similar adventure last spring, this time initiated by students. Katie Wang was playing Minecraft with Eliza Merrall, when she got the idea that they could build the CC Campus. The girls were missing their normal student life and initially wanted to recreate the whole campus. When they realized it was a giant task, they involved fellow students. Together they started by building the library shell. Part of the team worked on the interior while others were busy with exterior construction. By the end of the spring break, more than 30 people were working on the project and they are still going strong.
Younger kids have a great opportunity of learning coding and Minecraft not far from Denver, at Colorado Code Club in Highlands Ranch. A Minecraft Club with its own Minecraft Server offers before and after school creative gaming entertainment. Kids can collaborate with others to build their own town, participate in contests, play lots of mini-games and much more. All they need is:
- A Java Edition PC/Mac Minecraft Account.
- Be between 7-11 years old (special exceptions can be made on a case by case basis).
- Know the basics of using a computer (how to use a mouse, basic typing, etc.).
Colorado Code Club also organizes courses and summer camps to teach Scratch coding and videogame creation.