By Claire Haggin, DMA Adventures Parent
Last summer at Digital Media Adventures, my 9-year old son worked on 3 different types of computer games: Platformer, Ball & Stick, and Dodge the Screen Bouncers. On Monday, the teacher started by explaining how to “control” the environment with arrow keys so the characters won’t “float” around. After that, he showed them how to make ladders, how to utilize the screen to “zoom” and “follow” a character – even how to create enemies who shoot weapons that must be dodged! Then, at the end of the week, they learned how to incorporate sound effects like “crashing” and “breaking” noises.
As an aside, my son especially liked circling around and switching chairs so he could play and test classmates’ games, and of course, give them feedback.
A highlight of every morning and afternoon was going outside to play – after working for a few hours it was a great way to get re-energized. A favorite memory was playing a game that involved tying a balloon around your ankle, then running around trying to pop others’ balloons – all while not getting your balloon popped. All in all, he really had fun.
And not to be taken for granted, Miles also loved the lunches!