Friday, January 8, 2010

Create Your Own Video Games

Have your children ever wanted to learn how to create your own video games? My children love video games and were given an opportunity to create their own games. Tektoma: Game tutorials for kids is a subscription service that teaches kids ages 7 to 17 to create their own games. They can create games for racing, arcade, memory, platform or fantasy. The subscription runs $14.95 per month or $140 per year. All materials, projects, and forums are moderated for age appropriate content. It works with Gamemaker, a free download. This is currently only available for Windows users, but they are working on making it available for Mac as well.

We were given a 3 month subscription to review. I was very impressed with how simple the program was to follow. Some programs will say that they are suitable for seven year olds, but really are more suitable for older students. My seven year old was able to understand quite well. I was a little surprised, however, that my children did not get into the program as I thought they would. Regardless, it is a great, safe resource for kids who want to learn the basics of creating games. In today's technology driven world, any experience in this area is a plus.

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