I have always wanted to learn how to make a video game. I don’t have a deadline – but, I would like to make consistent progress towards that goal.
I have quite a collection of books on this topic – including What Video Games Have To Teach Us About Learning and literacy by James Gee, Chris Crawford on Interactive Storytelling by Chris Crawford, Digital Storytelling: a creator’s guide to interactive entertainment by Carolyn Miller, and the Gamification of Learning and Instruction: Game-based methods and strategies for training and education by Karl Kapp. I have many others. I want to read these books – but, with school, and work, and life – I am lucky if I get to read a few chapters in them before they end up back on my shelf.
I have read about it online – in articles such as “5 Teaching Tips for Professors—From Video Games” by Jeffrey R. Young featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
I spent time exploring sites whose focus is on how the creation of video games supports learning at sites such as Globaloria and the World Wide Workshop.
From sites like this I found people that I wanted to hear more from such as Idet Harel Caperton who founded the World Wide Workshop for Children’s Media Technology & Learning.
I am interested in Kurt Squire’s work and writings on this topic and his web page has links to many of his activities that connect video games to learning.
Mark Overmars developed software that allows someone like me to create games that are really neat. It is called Game Maker and you can really learn a lot by using his book, The Game Maker’s Apprentice that he wrote with Jacob Habgood. This walks you through tutorials that are awesome and fun. I was able to complete a couple of chapters before life took over once more and – I dearly want to go back and try some more.
The Game Maker is showcased and at this site and has quite a community of enthusiasts. It is located at:
I sometimes feel discouraged that this interest must always be put aside while I rush through my day barely meeting my obligations to work, studies, and the realities of daily living. But, someday – I would like to commit time to learning more about video games and how they can facilitate learning. I want to read these books, follow the communities that these people are involved with, and learn how to make video games.