I think there’s plenty of evidence that kids, even as young as 11, are capable of making and running their own Minecraft server.
Perhaps running a server sounds easy, but it’s not quite so simple. It’s obviously easier if you go the “paid” hosting route, which does it all for you. But what about hosting on your own computer? Well, that requires some learning, as one 11 year old boy discovered.
In the pursuit of making his own server, one boy learned about IP addresses, port forwarding and technical issues that are related to computers and hosting a game server. A lot of valuable skills are learned through the process of ‘figuring it out’. As well, he learned really useful problem solving skills when he was forced to find solutions to unexpected problems.
This is a good example of learning “Beyond the Game”. The game itself is merely the stimulus for further learning (such as computers, internet networking, etc). Broader knowledge is acquired, as are skills related to computers, hardware or problem solving.
Gamers learn a lot, and an 11 year old boy who built his own server, is a good example of that!