Sunday 10 September 2017

Project 1: History of Computer Games

Solomon picked 'History of Computer Games' for his first project (from a selection of options that we've created as a family). The project was designed to demonstrate technological progress.

We played a selection of games on the Atari Flashback 6, dug out Mum's old Sega Megadrive, and of course played Minecraft on the Nintendo Switch.

Asteroids on the Atari Flashback
We visited the National Videogame Arcade in Nottingham, and played on lots of different computers and arcade machines from the last 40 years.

The National Videogame Arcade in Nottingham
Solomon playing Superfrog on the Amiga

Finally, we finished the week by programming our own game on Scratch Jr on a tablet, from the (highly recommended) Official ScratchJr Book. ScratchJr is a drag-n-drop blocks programming language for 5-7 yr olds, and in the 'Cats Versus Birds' game the idea is to safely get the bird to the mushroom without hitting any of the cats that are moving up and down the screen.
'Cats Versus Birds' on ScratchJr
Next week's project: All about Maps.

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