GameMaker

Like Scratch, GameMaker is an introduction to programming; the difference is that Scratch is a free educational language, while GameMaker is proprietary and for-profit. But GameMaker allows young users to actually create computer games, which can be a powerful teaching tool.

Like Scratch, GameMaker is an introduction to programming; the difference is that Scratch is a free educational language, while GameMaker is proprietary and for-profit (the company’s home site is http://www.yoyogames.com/). GameMaker can be a powerful teaching tool, though, because it allows students to create computer games while learning basic programming techniques.

The Game Maker’s Apprentice: Game Development for Beginners (Apress, 2006), by Jacob Habgood, Phil Wilson, and Mark Overmars (the software developer) is a self-teaching guide.

The company’s home site (yoyogames.com) offers tutorials and projects.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Susan Wise Bauer

Susan Wise Bauer is an educator, writer, and historian. She is the co-author of The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (now in its fourth edition), and the author of (among others) The Well- Educated Mind, The Story of Western Science, the Story of the World series, the History of the World series, the elementary series Writing With Ease, and the pre-rhetoric series Writing With Skill. Susan was home educated through high school and has taught all four of her children at home. She has a B.A. and M.A. in English language and literature, an M.Div., and a Ph.D. in the history of American religion from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, where she taught writing and literature for over fifteen years.

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