Minecraft is an interactive, strategy-based video game specifically targeted at children and teens. Penny Williams of Citizen-Times notes that as Minecraft encourages kids to use math, physics, science, teamwork, problem-solving and conflict resolution, the game has grown popular as a teaching aide in schools. Williams says that Minecraft is a fun learning resource for kids.
Minecraft has become more than just a game. It has crossed over into the art and business worlds, inspiring designers to create and publish art that has been featured in online videos and in published collections. Phil Edwards of Vox.com writes that design companies have used the game's building blocks to create landscapes and human structures as well as to create profitable Minecraft maps.