Learning how to start coding is becoming increasingly popular these days. Besides the fact that it provides a lucrative career in tech, many people also see coding as a hobby or something they do for fun.
The latter is mainly due to the fact that coding lessons and classes have drastically changed over the years. Before, coding was a skill set that people learned to land more jobs. But nowadays, many people learn how to code out of pure curiosity and interest.
There are now tons of fun ways to learn both coding and programming. One of which is by creating your own game. So with that said, we have listed a few ways on how you can do so.
Educational Tools and Software
Using educational software like Scratch is becoming more and more popular these days. Many institutions and universities are even including it in their curriculum. Several teachers and professors around the world now have Scratch in their course syllabus.
If you are not familiar with Scratch, it is simply a software/app where you have to drag-and-drop lines of codes. Rather than type and memorize long complicated codes, you can instead just drag and drop them. Other than that, you can even create your own game by simply learning the basics of programming. For instance, in Scratch, you can create your own game and then share it online for others to play. This makes the learning process a lot more fun, engaging, and interactive.
What makes this educational software unique is it started to reinvent the way we learn coding. Before, aspiring coders and developers had to refer to textbooks, manuals, and previous projects just to learn how to code. But thanks to this software, even kids can understand complex concepts about coding such as conditionals, boolean, logic, and so on. Nowadays, many coding websites for kids are utilizing these types of software in their program and course curriculum.
Many aspiring coders often develop their interest in coding through their favorite game. Because it is hard to create their own game as a beginner, many coders simply build on an already-made game and then start doing their modifications (mods) from there. So rather than building and coding their own game from scratch, they would instead make a few modifications and tricks to their own favorite game.
One of the most popular games for mods is Minecraft. This game lets you alter your avatar, setting, view, weapons, and gameplay through mods and coding. If you are not happy with the current state of the game, then you can simply write or even use other people’s code to make a few game modifications.
The best thing about learning how to code through Minecraft mods is that it would never be boring, especially if you like to play the game as well. The very fact that you are learning how to code through Minecraft means that you are interested in the game too. Also, given that Minecraft is only an option, you can still switch and look for other games to practice your skill. Remember that Minecraft is not the only game where you can learn how to code and do modifications in a game.
Game platforms like Roblox Studio are also a great way to learn how to code and build your own game. What makes these platforms great is that you can easily share what you created for others to play. It is sort of like a social media platform. But rather than share selfies and photos of your food, you can instead share the game you created on the platform.
Doing this not only gives you exposure to game creation, but you can also acquire a deeper understanding of what it is like to code your own game.
But, remember that while platforms like Roblox Studio are really helpful, there is only so much that they can do. For example, Roblox Studio only uses coding languages like Lua. So if you want to master other coding languages, you still have to keep your eyes peeled for other game platforms.