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Video Game Programming for Kids Paperback – April 5, 2012
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The author's style is overcaffeinated and a bit patronizing, like a bad parody of Barney or Captain Kangaroo. The lessons themselves seem pretty solid, but the overall feeling is that the author is just trying a bit too hard. There's no reference material or full-length program listings, so a kid has to go back through the book to find information that an adult book would usually have in an appendix. It does not help at all that the author seems to love taunting the trademark police -- the Breakout clone has a completely meaningless quidditch reference in the title, for example.
Between the odd choice of language, weird writing style, and games that probably appeal a lot more to the author than his audience (an audience currently growing up with games like Angry Birds and Portal), the book isn't awful, but it's definitely not the first I'd reach for to buy a kid. Both computers and kids' educational books have come a long way since then, and it seems like the author missed the memo on this one.
Of course, computers have changed a lot since my mid-'90s childhood, but BASIC is just as good of a learning tool, and fun games are still fun games. The IDE and compiler used in the book, QB64, is free and available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Just download it and run; no additional installation required.
"Video Game Programming is informative, easy, and fun. The games are sometimes a bit violent but not at all gory. It starts out with the basics, and slowly moves it up until you're programming video games featuring sound and animation, with no idea how you got there so fast! It's awesome."
Awesome book to carry on the nostalgia of a previous generation. Also, 8-bit gaming is back! :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved it so much that I bought another for their cousins. Spark the imagination and get with the technology. Kids are so lucky today to have such information available to them.Published 22 days ago by yogiandbooboo
Somewhat dated but okay.
Be aware that for Mac, you'll need to install Xcode. The current version requires Yosemite or El Capitan.
I bought this book for my grandson for Christmas. He posted a website he had been visiting that allowed him to try to learn computer game coding. I knew he would love this book. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Karol Love
This is a good book for teaching computer coding concepts to kids. We checked it out from the library for an independent learning school project last year (3rd) and he (well, we)... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Sara
My grandson sent me thanks for this book, without mom having to tell him. So he must have really loved it.Published 21 months ago by Margaret A. Teske
Needs colors. Need something to grab the attention of kids. The layout is written words on a paper which reads like a novel. Read morePublished on April 19, 2014 by Luke C McLaren
I tried several times to get the QB64 file to run and nothing worked. I took the whole thing off of my computer and tried again. Still no luck. I gave up. Read morePublished on February 16, 2013 by Learner
Is this a nostalgic trip into the BASIC of the 80's? Sure.
However, this really is nothing more than a teasing appetizer into the world of video game programming. Read more