Can i develop games now, for practice? And if so what progams do I use?
Im in 6th, and asked several games question, and recently was wondering if I could develop games as of now, instead of waiting. I'll get some practice when im older, and if i could, is there any special requirements. As In what kind of Progams, Any help will be apprectiated!! #career
Jonas L. Harris
Jonas L.’s Answer
Go to: https://scratch.mit.edu/
Scratch allows you to innovate with code from a novice or advance level. The site is extremely user friendly.
There is a great tool that Giant Spacekat (a video game studio) founder Brianna Wu created called Sorting Hat:
It will ask you some questions about the kinds of games you want to make and then give you suggestions about what tools to use. Most of the tools that it suggests are free to use as well :-)
I am going to assume you have access to a PC (not a Mac). I would download Microsoft Visual Studio Express, which is a free tool package available from Microsoft. It contains many programming languages, and it also has a lot of sample code, including a small game or two. Focus on getting the sample game to compile and run, then try to change a few things in that game to practice coding.
If you have a Mac, download XCode from the App Store (also free). It doesn't have as many sample projects as Visual Studio, but there is a ton of help online for game programming.
I did not provide any links or specific advice because you will learn a ton by exploring and doing it yourself. Google is your friend!