Last year, a friend of the boys' told them about Gamemaker software. He said that he made a game and they should check it out. They downloaded the free version of the software and tried to make a game, but got nowhere except frustrated. So I was excited when I received a three-month membership to Tektoma, Inc.'s website for tutorials using the game maker software.
Tektoma declares that their tutorials are useable by ages 7 to 17. The boys have spent a few hours using the tutorials and I would be hard-pressed to see a seven year old complete this tutorial with no assistance. Our youngest is 11 and our oldes is 13 years old. They have been able to follow the tutorials and create their games without assistances. I had to install the game maker software and the "extras" pack. The installation was easy, but needs to be done by an adult.
Our guys are very adept at video game and computer useage. They didn't have a problem following the instructions in the tutorials they tried. They said that it was a lot of information to take in and they'd like to complete each tutorial more than once so that they can really grasp the concepts learned in order to branch out and create their own games, not replicate the games taught in the tutorial. It was very exciting for them to learn to use the gamemaker software. They love video games and have talked for years of designing their own games. Learning this software using Tektoma's tutorials has been a dream-builder for my two enthusiasts. I'm really pleased with Tektoma's approach.
Subscribing to the tutorials is a little pricey for the year ($140), but you can pay $14.95 per month, which is a little more reasonable. There are also ways to earn free time by recommending Tektoma tutorials to your friends, so don't disregard this website if you are pressed for money. AND Tektoma has a 14-day free trial. I love free trials! You know what you're getting before having to pay.
If you have a gamer in your house, check out Tektoma. My two guys have really enjoyed what they've learned. I'm grateful that they have offered a way for our boys to learn game-programming. And I don't have to worry about the content!
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