Game Maker Generations

I was on Youtube this morning looking for new Game Maker related videos, and something very interesting caught my eye almost immediately.

A father and son have decided to get together and make a series of Game Maker video tutorials online. Jackson was only 7 years of age when he began using Game Maker. Now, at age eleven, he is filming videos online with his dad to help others get started programming with the software.

Such video tutorials are not a new concept, but it is practically unheard of for generations of family members to be working together on Game Maker projects. I thought this was a very interesting perspective of how the world has changed, where father-son bonding activities have turned from fishing and camping to computer programming and online video making.


Be sure to check out their Youtube channel here: http://www.youtube.com/user/b1naryguy

So far there have been 11 videos made in just a few days, which is a lot more than I can say for other video tutorial makers (such as GameMaker.tv). I recommend taking a look through and subscribing to their channel, and I believe the videos are good quality and have a great potential.

Related Discussion topics:
– Do you know of any other Game Maker users who share the hobby with their parents?
– Is this a glimpse of the future, where parents and children will socially interact and bond through the digital computer world, rather than ‘real life’?
If so, do you feel this is for the better?
– Do you think computers and technology will play such an active role in our lives in the future that children will have to be taught computer programming from a young age (e.g. as a compulsory subject in primary school) in order to get by and ensure success in the real world?

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9 Responses

  1. I wish my dad would do that, but that would be awkward since he types sloooooooowwww….thats all you need to know. Hell, my dad doesn’t even know the difference from minimize to close. Sad

  2. This isn’t about Game Maker, but it’s a nice read with a similar theme:

    http://davidbau.com/archives/2005/07/27/a_programming_question.html

  3. That is a great video, good to see parents and kids getting along well.

  4. mmm interesting…
    Well as far as programing in general goes they both have a long way to go, but very nice for an 11 year old who started at 7. (i started at 10 been programing for 4 years now and im mkaing online games now but i have no life lol.)

  5. They are clearly “for beginners” type of tutorials.
    How do you get that they have a long way to go from that? It is likely that the opposite is the case.
    I mean it looks like they are just able to do this on the fly. Sorry but that’s not easy, and almost guarantees a high skill level.

  6. ^ how long ago did you start lol.
    Start with GM can be hard but after that you can branch out, with GML I could personaly do all that in a couple od minutes in GML(then again i have no life) but i think that thoese are the best Gm tutorials on Youtube. It really can help starters.

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  8. Thanks for this post… it was truly thought provoking. You asked….- Do you think computers and technology will play such an active role in our lives in the future that children will have to be taught computer programming from a young age (e.g. as a compulsory subject in primary school) in order to get by and ensure success in the real world?

    At some point many students should be exposed to the concept of programming on a simple level, but teaching it as a required subject… I’m not so sure. Not everyone wants to be a programmer and not everyone is suited for it.

    I think that we need to look at things holistically, that’s the problem with educators (and maybe all professions) we respond to everything/change literally. Computers/tech are becoming key so let’s teach them programming. Instead, we should be teaching or fostering kid’s skills and general knowledge in using logic, problem-solving, lateral thinking skills to become 21st century literate.

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