[portland] learn to program / robots game?
jek at discorporate.us
Fri Sep 7 00:59:40 CEST 2007
> Game Maker, which is maybe your "big modern one" is by many
> accounts quite good, popular with Portland kids, big at
> Saturday Academy.
Thanks, I hadn't seen that one. It looks pretty promising!
"robocode" was the "big" robot one I was thinking of, and the
community around it seems pretty hard-core and seasoned, too much
> A lot depends if it's really *game programming* a person wants
> to learn, or just wants more opportunities to play games, but
> "learning programming" sounds more like what the dominant
> big people culture wants to hear.
> Not that it has to be either/or.
> Ten is pretty young though.
This kid seems pretty interested in the creative aspects, hoping to
be able to someday realize his visions as movies or games and
seeing programming as a means to an end. I was originally thinking
about scriptable VR environments, but without multi-user that just
seems too lonely and undirected an introduction. Something like
Second Life would probably work, if it weren't for all the other
people and their content...
> Has anyone checked ToonTalk lately?
> Way more surreal than Squeak, but still good.
That has potential too. Thanks!
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