More resources for teaching kids to build video games

Last week I wrote a story detailing my quest for find resources for my kids to learn how to make their own video games.

That story mentioned the following resources:

  • Scratch: This coding platform was designed by the MIT Media Lab to teach kids the basics of programming without needing to write code. Available as a free download: http://scratch.mit.edu/
  • Roblox: Free gaming platform where kids build their own games, but can also play games built by http://www.roblox.com/
  • Code Hero: A virtual-world experience where kids play a character who carries a ray gun that shoots code onto objects: http://primerlabs.com/codehero/
  • Stencyl: Use blocks to create games in Flash and for iOS: http://www.stencyl.com/
  • MADE: The Museum of Arts and Digital Entertainment. This new video game museum offers classes throughout the week. Check the schedule here: http://www.themade.org/

By no means did I think that list was comprehensive. And sure enough, readers pointed to several others either through comments or email. Note: I have not tried any of these yet. But, here as an additional list with many hat tips to readers to numerous to mention:

  • Multimedia Fusion: One parent wrote to say their 8-year-old son had taken a camp where they used this to make games. You can download it for free to demo but then you have to pay.
  • GameMaker(YoYo Games): Got a few notes about this one. FYI: It does not appear to have a free version. You have to pay between $20-$100 depending on which version you want to you.
  • RPG Maker: The description on the Web site says: “Simple enough for a child; Powerful enough for a developer. Create your own game, with your own story, your own way with the most powerful and easy to use RPG Maker yet.”
  • Jumula: This one is in beta. But you can download for free and give it a whirl.
  • Khan Academy: Yep, this site has gotten tons of attention for its educational resources. But apparently it also has programming resources aimed at kids. It may not focus strictly on video games, but it does have some beginner animation tutorials.