Bright kid needs a hobby.
November 9, 2011 5:51 PM Subscribe
My 9 year old nephew does very well in math. He also has a voracious appetite for video games. How can I help him acquire a better understanding of how these games are made? I'd like to see him become more creative with a computer, rather than just spending his time clutching a game controller.
posted by bonobothegreat to computers & internet (23 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
My nephew scored great on the math section of the provincial standardized test for the third grade and I'm wondering if he might have an aptitude for computer coding but lacks the direction or educational resources to pursue it. His mum has a powerful PC and grandma has an iMac but nobody in the family has any kind of technical education.
Last fall, he asked me to explain how computer games work. I have an animation background, so I could tell him the little that I know about that aspect of it but I'm not around enough to give him ongoing animation lessons. I got him a kids animation program last Christmas but I don't think he's really done anything with it. I don't think he really feels compelled to draw and I'm wondering if coding might be more up his alley.
Is it realistic to expect that a book could kickstart an interest in writing simple games? Is it something he could pursue without a lot of direction?