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#1 Dan Violet Sagmiller   Members   -  Reputation: 896

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 08:41 AM

Does any one know a good site where younger kids, say ages 8-12, can go to work on game development together, with forums, and content sharing?

 

Thanks.


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#2 Scootaloo   Members   -  Reputation: 108

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 10:36 AM

Does any one know a good site where younger kids, say ages 8-12, can go to work on game development together, with forums, and content sharing?

 

Thanks.

Does it have to be a website?

 

Maybe you could get them QBasic and have them work with it. I know how to use it (it is extremely simple) and it helps me understand code to an extent.



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Posted 17 April 2013 - 11:14 AM

GameMaker has forums and capability to upload your games. Partner that together with linked DropBox accounts, and cooperative development can take place.

If this is for a classroom setting, a single DropBox account just installed on all the computers would do. You might need to pay for a little extra storage space for 30+ kids, but it could probably hold 10 small projects in comfort. You get 2GB for free, though you can unlock extra space.

Speaking of which, on the off-chance you're now motivated to signup, you can mark me as a referrer and give me (and you) an extra 500mb, by using this link.


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#4 JackShannon   Members   -  Reputation: 488

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 12:14 PM

Take a look at Greenfoot, I haven't tried it but a proffessor at my university founded it and his books are of a very high standard.

 

http://www.greenfoot.org/door


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Posted 17 April 2013 - 12:48 PM

Have you checked out MIT's Scratch?

 

http://scratch.mit.edu/



#6 Dan Violet Sagmiller   Members   -  Reputation: 896

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 01:45 PM

Take a look at Greenfoot, I haven't tried it but a proffessor at my university founded it and his books are of a very high standard.

 

http://www.greenfoot.org/door

 I took a look at it and tried it out.  it looks great, except I don't find it user friendly, particularly on how to get started.


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My Game(s), Warp Wars is in early development and can be found here: http://blog.WarpWars.Net.


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Posted 19 April 2013 - 08:18 PM

I can definitely recommend Scratch. My son was barely 7 when he took the class at his school, but the results are really amazing and it's much lower level than a GameMaker (that I did not really want him to dive into).

 

I am not sure, however, if it is a good idea to introduce him to forums at this age, though. It's a battleground for adults, let alone kids who don't understand some people devote their full life just to being mean on forums and I think it's a tad too early for them to get totally shatterred on the forum when they submit their first game ...

 

Which, among other things, is not particularly beneficial for their motivation ...


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#8 KingPrawn22   Members   -  Reputation: 130

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 04:07 AM

Have you checked out MIT's Scratch?

 

http://scratch.mit.edu/

 

This also. We actually played around with this in our first year of uni (despite it being made for much younger folk) and it was easy enough to make something relatively complex in little time. I'd definitely recommend it for children.



#9 Dan Violet Sagmiller   Members   -  Reputation: 896

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 10:00 AM

Thanks everyone.  Scratch is currently our choice.  


Moltar - "Do you even know how to use that?"

Space Ghost - “Moltar, I have a giant brain that is able to reduce any complex machine into a simple yes or no answer."

Dan - "Best Description of AI ever."

My Game(s), Warp Wars is in early development and can be found here: http://blog.WarpWars.Net.





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