Scratching arond

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December 6th, 2014 10:41 am

I had known about Scratch (http://scratch.mit.edu) for a few years, but always thought it was a silly little thing for kids. Then I started volunteering at an after-school code club, teaching 9 and 10 year olds how to program through scratch. After I started exploring it in more detail, I found it was actually a powerful little package. Sure, it won’t scale that well, but it can handle some complex concepts such as prefabs, and it is incredibly fast to work in. I knocked up this game in about 90 minutes, maybe a little less, including drawing all the assets in scratch’s built-in paint package:

http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/37993058/

(I even love that the viewer has a button to see source and a button to fork the project into your own account, to hack around with!)

I don’t think you could make a full-on LD entry in Scratch, but as a prototyping tool I think it’s really cool. Look past the kiddy-friendly interface, and see Scratch for its strengths.


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