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Video Game Programming for Kids Paperback – April 5, 2012
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Jonathan S. Harbour is an associate professor at the University of Advancing Technology (Tempe, AZ). His web site at www.jharbour.com includes an online forum and blog for book support. His most recent game projects are Starflight - The Lost Colony (www.starflightgame.com) and Aquaphobia: Mutant Brain Sponge Madness (www.aquaphobiagame.com).
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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.
His verdict after a few days was that the biggest issue is that QB64 is totally and utterly outdated. It made little sense to him to program using BASIC when other platforms (like Python) are more intuitive. QB64 does require you to type in your command lines and teaches the child to be detail oriented since one typo will make the program not work. Understanding the nitty gritty of computer logic does come through with this book but it is by no means the language of choice for beginning progammers today. Learning all the commands and terminology associated with a totally out of date program seems like a waste of time unless your child has brain cells, and time, to spare.
I was a bit stumped as to why the author chose to write a book for QB64 until I reread the introduction. This line, I think, sums it up : "This book is more than just a book 'For Kids'; it is an homage to the past."
So, if your sense of nostalgia is fed by Pac Man and Invaders, or if you grew up reading Compute magazine, you will love sharing this book with your budding programmer. If your child is one who gets a kick out of learning the nuts and bolts of how programming works or who enjoys your waxing nostalgic, this book may make for many a pleasant hour tinkering with the computer. However, for the average modern day juvenile technophile, be prepared for your child to tell you that you are out of date or living in the past and to drop this book like a hot potato.
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