Games for Change 2013?

Games for Change is a pretty awesome conference I've been going to for the last couple of years. I've seen it grow and have always wanted to submit a game. If you are interested in games that are about social justice or making a difference thats the place to be.  We just heard that the deadline for submissions to the Games for Change conference is April 17th. That is 20 days away...looks like there may be some sleepless nights ahead of us. The countdown begins! 

- Team Playground

codePop: The Tweet Sized Language

codePop is an simple and powerful scripting language that powers Beta!. Here are some of the key features:

  • Tweet-Sized Commands: Each command is up to 140 characters for simplicity and ease of use. We’ve reduced the code syntax to simply spaces. This allows students to focus on understanding rather than learning language specific syntax.

    Sample Command: set gravity x:-50 y:600
    Sample Response: Gravity set to: x:-50 y:600

  • Non-Breaking and Friendly Errors: Beta will never crash or shut down on the player. If you give him a command that he can’t understand he will help you. The “Error Messages” are friendly messages from Beta that encourage the player and provide basic syntactical flaws. 

    Sample Incorrect Command: set gravity 100
    Sample Error: “The gravity command requires two numbers. You only provided one.”

  • Instant Gratification: BetaScript is real-time. The moment the player enters their first code he/she will see the benefits of their work immediately. This can spark the curiosity of a life long coder! 

  • The Coder Mindset: Players will walk away with an understanding of how code works. We will key certain key words from the usual programmer vocabulary such as functions, variables, arguments, return and more. This will allow players to translate their understanding of these key programming concepts to any other language they choose. 

There will be some tutorials and a wiki around the time of launch. If you have any questions feel free to comment. 

- Team Beta!

Code.org - The Design Challenge

According to the statistics provided by CODE.org (see below ) the best paying jobs are in the design and technology fields. Unfortunately, our current education system is not producing enough designers or technologists to fill the need. Using the playground we are creating a game that will not only foster early interest in technology and design but provide the player with core tech skills that will last them a lifetime! More to come...

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