3 platforms that will make your child an expert in game creation

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Currently, the benefits of technology for the education of children and young people are on the rise. One of the most common and efficient ways to use technology in favour of education is to insert the creation of games in the learning process of young people. After all, what’s better to hold the kids’ attention than games? There are numerous platforms for creating games available to those who want to learn, some of which are online and free. We separate 3 platforms for creating games used by our students for you to know!

Scratch

Scratch is a platform for creating games and animations created by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). The platform is online and completely free, which means that Scratch is used in over 150 countries. The number of users on the platform exceeds 11.5 million users around the world, 30% of which are Brazilian.

This platform was I Do Code’s choice for students’ first contact with programming. Among several reasons, for being available in more than 40 languages ​​(including Brazilian Portuguese) and for using a programming method called block programming, which is more intuitive than text programming. Scratch frees the imagination of children and teenagers, who learn to create games and 2D animations from the very first class.

Furthermore, Scratch works with a Cartesian coordinate system, which facilitates the positioning of the elements of the project being created. In addition, it familiarizes young people with mathematical concepts that will be used a lot by them both at school and in other programming languages.

Construct 2

Construct 2: Platforms for Game Creation

Unlike Scratch, Construct 2 is not an online platform and is available in both a free and paid version. There are very few restrictions from the free version to the paid version so that our students use the free version without any harm to learning.

Construct 2 allows the user to create 2D games even more completely than Scratch: it is possible to add more events and behaviours to the game objects in question just by dragging the icon of the desired event or behaviour onto the object to which it will be applied.

Like Scratch, Construct 2 works with the Cartesian coordinate system for element placement. The platform also allows students to add visual effects to the project, which encourages creativity and enables the creation of more complex games than those made using Scratch.

Finally, Construct 2 allows cross-platform export, that is, it allows students to publish their games on different platforms. In addition, the platform allows the created games to generate money for the creator, that is, it allows, in the future, young people to profit from the creation of games and the knowledge learned.

Unity

Unity: Platforms for Game Creation

The Unity platform is the most complex among those mentioned here. Like Construct 2, Unity is available in both free and paid versions, but it is not an online platform.

What sets Unity apart from the other two platforms is that it is a professional game creation platform: there are many more styling and movement features, which allow students to produce much more complete games. Another important feature of Unity that does not appear on the other two platforms mentioned here is the possibility of creating 3D games.

To make all of this possible, Unity uses JavaScript as one of its main programming languages ​​which, together with the platform’s interface, gives the student great control over what they are learning. Like Construct 2, Unity allows created games to be published on different platforms and also allows students to earn money from their creations in the future.

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