Game making needn’t stay just in the domain of the IPT class. Game making can be incorporated into history, english, maths, languages and so on.
It is a proven fact that students find games engaging and rewarding so why not use them to do the same for education as they are doing for leasure time.
Of course there are many fantastic educatonal games that can be incorporated into a class but getting them to design and build the first level of a game will build communication skills, team work, and also cement the concepts of what is being learnt.
The learning place has an area dedicated to this topic: http://www.learningplace.com.au/defaulteqa2.asp?orgid=35&suborgid=614
Here is a list game making software, where to get it and some resources from the learning place which I have added to.
Gamemaker – http://www.yoyogames.com/make
Using easy to learn drag-and-drop actions, you can create professional looking games within very little time. You can make games with backgrounds, animated graphics, music and sound effects, and even 3D games! And when you’ve become more experienced, there is a built-in programming language, which gives you the full flexibility of creating games with Game Maker. What is best, is the fact that Game Maker can be used free of charge.
http://www.rupert.id.au/schoolgamemaker/computerclub/index.html Gamemaker year 1 to 8
http://ahefner.com/game.html The Hefner Hideout, Gamemaker games
http://alupton.wordpress.com/learning/game-maker/ A dual purpose educational site. It helps serve the communication and collaboration needs of an Australian Year 3 class. It is also an exploration and demonstration to help cater for the needs of other primary school classes
http://www.nexusresearchgroup.com/info_systems/games.htm students from Inglewood High School and New Plymouth Girls’ High have been taught to create games that are fun to play while learning about programming, logic and graphics design.
http://www.cse.ucsc.edu/classes/cmps080k/Winter06/games.html final student projects in the course, Foundations of Interactive Game Design, taught at the Univ. of California, Santa Cruz, in Winter quarter 2006
3D Adventure Studio
A free editor for creating adventure games in style of Gabriel Knight 3. It consists of two parts:
- An editor: To allow you to create your own 3D Adenture games.
- A runtime engine: To play games created with 3D Adventure Studio.
RPG MAKER XP gives you the power to create your own original role-playing games. Its popular and highly user-friendly editor interface has been carried over from RPG MAKER 2000, and its graphic capabilities, battle screen layout, and data packaging features are better than ever. By popular demand, this latest installment also boasts a brand-new Scripting function. RPG MAKER XP is bound to satisfy beginners and experts alike.
http://www.reignhead.sheffield.sch.uk/games/research_04.htm or http://www.computerclubbers.net/ Stagecast year 3 to 6 Age 7 to 11
http://www.ioe.ac.uk/playground/gameplace/index.html Toontalk, children aged 4-8
http://www.dsv.su.se/research/kids/kidsprojects.htm The Kids research group is part of K2lab at the IT-University in Kista.
http://www.cattanach.org/microworlds/studentwork.html Microworlds years 4&5
http://www.smm.org/lt/class/ Science Museum of Minnesota Learning Technologies Classes
http://www.flashclassroom.com Flash Classroom, Flash resources and students’ gallery
http://psweb.etr.org/gcgweb/public/games/index.html TNT and Camp GIG (Girls Inventing Games) are two programs designed for middle school girls to create games using Flash.
http://www.amblesideprimary.com/ambleweb/numeracy.htm Programs by pupils: (Made as independent or group work in Numeracy Hour)
http://vermontsc.vic.edu.au/gallery/computer_programming/ Year 9 & 10 The Games Factory
Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. Alice is a teaching tool for introductory computing. It uses 3D graphics and a drag-and-drop interface to facilitate a more engaging, less frustrating first programming experience.
http://www.taskilu.ca/ Squeak projects from Year 9 and Year 11 stud
Ambrosines Games http://www.ambrosine.com/index.php
- Adventure, Arcade, and Children’s Games
- Write Your Own Games, Too (Without Programming)
Novashell Game Creation System
a high-level 2D game maker that tries to handle all the hard work behind the scenes allowing you to whip up sweet games using path finding, dialog, persistent dynamically sized maps
Original3D Game Creator
Original3D is a simple yet powerful tool for game creation – simple, because its based around the popular and easy to use BASIC programming language; and powerful, you can arrive nice effects & create a simple game in 30 minutes.
Sandbox 3D Game Maker
open source easy to use standalone 3D Game Maker and 3D open source easy to use standalone 3D Game Maker and 3D Game Design program currently based on the cube 2 engine being used in many schools throughout the world
Legendary Tales Editor
text-based gaming environment which allows anyone to create or enjoy independent adventure modules set in any medieval~ swords and sorcery fantasy setting(WIN)
Commercial Game Making Software:
DarkBASIC Professional is the most advanced games development package built on the BASIC language currently available. No other package out there makes it as easy to incorporate all of the special features and effects you see in todays games and no other package natively offers the benefits of Microsofts DirectX 9 technology.
If you are searching for an easy to learn, fast to write, and flexible language for programming games, then GLBasic is what you need.
The 3D Gamemaker
Now anyone can build their ideal game in seconds. With just one click of a mouse, you can create a uniquely playable game without needing any programming knowledge or artistic skills at all. Offering over 12 billion gaming options, The 3D Gamemaker opens up a whole new concept in gaming, providing fun for all the family.
No longer are eye boggling, photorealistic 3D graphics limited to the domain of large game and film studios. gameSpace brings this power to people like you – the independent game developer, the passionate modder, the small studio artist – who are determined to create the world’s next greatest game.
Providing you with a complete and professional game graphics creation platform at an affordable price, gameSpace is designed for individuals who are serious about creating amazing content.
With hundreds of published titles, Gamestudio is the leading authoring suite for 2D and 3D multimedia projects, especially computer games. It is not merely a game engine. It is a complete development system. It combines the C-Script programming language with a high end 3D engine, a 2D engine, a physics engine, level, terrain and model editors, and huge libraries of 3D objects, artwork and ready-assembled games. It was never easier to create 1st person games, 3rd person games, role playing games, side scrollers, flight simulators, board games, sports games, real-time presentations, virtual exhibitions.. or any other 2D or 3D project you can imagine!