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(Vienna 2/12/2014) When playing video games got out of hand
during Christmas holidays 9-year old Ian's father urged his son to
pick up his guitar, play LEGO or paint something. The boy responded
with the wish to learn programming his own game. (You can watch Ian
talk about his game on their website.)
"When in doubt, consume less and create more. The world
will thank you.” -
Thomas Steiner, father of 9- year old Ian
Khan Academy was the perfect starting point for Ian. The free
website covers math and the fundamentals of programming on the Khan
Academy Computer Science platform. Kids can explore programs made
by others, write their own programs and share them.
With little guidance from his dad - who had interest in
programming but only basic programming skills himself - along with
the tutorials Ian soon grasped basic programming concepts like
drawing objects, variables, animation basics, functions, logic and
if statements, looping and arrays.
After he finishing his first version of “Meteor
Kids” in ProcessingJS and putting it on a website for friends
and family to play, Ian's only comment was:
"I want to make an iPhone version"
After Ian finished the game artwork on an iPad the duo got
themselves some iOS books, signed up for online Objective-C
tutorials and dug in. Ian's passion and interest over the coming
weeks kept the project going and with some assistance from his dad
he successfully made an iOS version of “Meteor
It might not be the greatest game in the world, but
it’s has lovely artwork and is insanely hard and fun.
Ian's goal is to reach 1.000 downloads on iTunes.
US store link:
Price: FREE without ads