Academic journal article Science Scope

Video Games

Academic journal article Science Scope

Video Games

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Video Games By Kathy Ceceri. $17.95. 128 pp. Nomad Press. White River Junction, VT. 2015. ISBN: 9781619303003.

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When this book came out, I knew from experience that kids would love to design their own video games, making this an engaging resource.

Last year, some of my students explored coding for their science fair project. I have never seen a group more engaged, and they performed well at the regional science fair. Moreover, these girls tried Codecademy (a website that teaches codingfor free), did a mountain of research on passwords or passphrases, and engaged in several experiments.

Video Games includes a history of computer games and delves into the psychology behind successful games. The author describes in some depth the process of designing and developing an original video game. The colorful illustrations will inspire kids to try to make their own graphics. In the text and glossary, the author describes terms germane to video games and includes several pages of resources at the end of the book. …

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