Video games can help people get through some tough times by providing a distraction from the real world. Games can also bring people closer allowing people to bond of their mutual love of their hobby. Hot Fuzz star Simon Pegg has explained how Minecraft helped him do just that, givinhim bond with his daughter.

Pegg, who has starred in Shaun of the Dead and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, stated in an interview with Radio X that video games are a fantastic way to keep in touch with your kids when you can’t be with them in person. As an actor, Pegg will be away from his family for extended periods of time, so video games help him connect with his daughter whilst he’s away filming.

Whilst doing press for the upcoming Mission Impossible: Fallout, Simon Pegg talked about how he can connect with his daughter through Minecraft whilst he’s away filming.

“Now she’s old enough to play computer games, we play Minecraft together. We’d meet in these games, so we could have a kind of strange physical interaction. We could build a house together! It’s a great way to stay in contact with your kids, if you can get a console when you’re away, mums and dads. It becomes a really good way to spend time with them. That’s what they want to do, rather than inhibit their time on it. But you’ve obviously got to give some time over to reading and learning, or whatever!”

Minecraft is a sandbox building game that launched in 2011 and it took the world by storm. People praised its blocky art style and the ability to create pretty much whatever you want. The game originally released on PC but has since seen releases on consoles and mobiles. Developer Mojang continues to provide frequent support and content to the game.

Minecraft is available now on PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One, New Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Minecraft: Pocket Edition is available now on Android and iPhone.

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