Sunday, 4. November 2012 - 18:27 Uhr
I bet most of you guys have figured out that I'm not only a writing geek, but also a technology geek ^^" Well, anyway, just wanted to give any of you technology programming noobs out there a thumbs-up on two of my favorite software programming programs (yes, programming programs): Scratch and Alice. Scratch is a game software, and it's relatively simple, so you can create your own games. There's technical work involved, duh, but it's not hard or anything, and it's not even that time-consuming compared to writing long strings of codes. Most of it is laid out for you, and if you can't figure anything out, the web is ready! You can create your own characters, backgrounds, and basically order the sprites around to create your game. You can also make "videos" on Scratch, but it's not meant for that. You can download Scratch at their website, scratch.mit.edu, and it's free and doesn't have any viruses. (I'm starting to sound like an adsperson.)
Then there's Alice. Created by Carnegie Mellon, it's a 3D program meant for videos, not games, though, like Scrtach, it can do the other. Alice is more complicated than Scratch, harder to use, and requires harder strings of codes as well as some wacky math that I STILL can't figure out. Alice is 3D, unlike Scratch, which is for the most part 2D. I like Alice, but it can be hard to use, especially since the 'models', equivalent of Scratch's 'sprites', cannot be created; you can only use the ones they have. Still, I enjoy using Alice, since it's 3D and has more capabilities and possibilities. Like Scratch, alice.org is where you can download it, and the forum there can answer many of your questions. I don't think Alice is as well-known as Scratch, though, so don't be disappointed if you can't find what you need.
I found Scratch in sixth grade. (I won't tell you how long ago that was.) I really like it, but my ideas become too complicated...and then it's hard to make everything work. I found Alice in fifth, but I'm still relatively new to it because I haven't touched it for a while. It comes with a tutorial to explain everything, but if any of you guys need help, you can go to their forum or ask me, because I'm learning fast!
So that's either scratch.mit.edu or alice.org. Have fun, guys! I love programming, and I hope you guys will enjoy it as much as I do!