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  • Question

  • My 10 year old has been using minecraft for a few years and loves it, but he wants to create his own games. 2 years ago I installed Kudos as recommended by a Micrsoft friend. My son used it for a while but quickly outgrew and became bored. Please advise, what software can he a high IQ 10 year old boy use to develop games.

    He has not used software like Silverlight or any other formal development software other than what his elementary school has used.  Can anyone suggest his next step.

    Thanks

    Saturday, July 15, 2017 8:47 PM

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  • This is not a question since there are so many possible replies that would be subjective and dependent on your requirements and preferences. In my opinion, there is no relevant difference between an adult and a child as you describe so asking what would be relevant to a person that age seems irrelevant.

    Something that I consider to be important that is rarely mentioned and certainly never emphasized is the importance of designing software before developing. Game development can be an excellent way to understand what I mean. A good design would be like the rules of the game; something that describes from the user's (player's) perspective how the software (game) works. It would really, really help a child to know how to develop and have experience with developing software conceptually before actually implementing it.



    Sam Hobbs
    SimpleSamples.Info

    Sunday, July 16, 2017 7:36 PM
  • I personally recommend MIT's Scratch https://scratch.mit.edu/  but there's lots of options there.  

    Here's an example of a page that gives an overview:

    http://www.gamefromscratch.com/post/2014/09/16/GameFromScratch-Guide-to-Getting-Kids-Started-in-Game-Development.aspx

    • Proposed as answer by Jason Sandlin Monday, July 17, 2017 6:54 PM
    Monday, July 17, 2017 6:54 PM