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In the second of these tutorials, we explain how a year old can create a great game from scratch. Source the Scratch software First download the software from the Scratch website http: Click on the blank Stage box in the bottom right-hand corner, and then select the background tab from the middle panel.
Click Import, Nature and select the beach-malibu file. If you have your own holiday beach photos, feel free to choose one from the Pictures folder on your PC. It would be wise to resize large photo files to below KB first. Creating characters Now we need to create some characters. Characters in Scratch are called Sprites.
Now click on the Choose New Sprite from File Icon the middle of the three buttons below the beach picture and select crab1-a from the Animals folder. Take a full-length body shot of your child with a digital camera, and cut out the image in photo-editing software so that only the body is retained see our guide at www.
Save it as a GIF file. Alternatively, you can select one of the provided images of children from the People folder. Cutting characters to size You may notice your characters look relatively huge compared to the beach.
Shrink them down by selecting the Shrink Sprite button highlighted in blue above the beach scene in the photo.
Then drag Move 10 Steps to the bottom of the pile. Adding navigation Use the dropdown menus to change the keys pressed and directions to those shown in the picture. Repeat for all four arrow keys, as shown. Click the tiny Only Face Left-Right button which is found next to the little thumbnail image of the boy at the top of the screen to keep him upright.
Select the crab sprite in the bottom-right corner and select the commands shown above from the Control and Motion menus. Note that the Forever command wraps around the actions to create a loop, meaning the crab will keep chasing the boy until you press the red stop button.
Click the green flag to go.
Give the game some audio Now for some sound effects. Note that the Touching command is found in the Sensing menu. If your PC has a microphone, your child can record their own scream by clicking the Record option from the dropdown menu in the Play Sound command.
If not, click on the Sounds tab and choose a sound from the library. Setting a pause between bites To give your child character a chance to get away once the crab bites, we need to make the crab pause after he strikes.
Boost the number of seconds to two to give your child a sporting chance of escaping before being bitten again. Now click the green play button and test it out. Setting the score How about keeping score of the bites? Then drag the Set Score and Change Score by commands into the position shown. The score should automatically appear in the game screen.A Practical Guide to Game Writing By Darby McDevitt [In this detailed Gamasutra feature, veteran game writer McDevitt (Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines, Where the Wild Things Are) outlines useful.
* I believe the highest barrier to quality writing in video/computer games is the near-complete lack of a quality review and revision process. The quote this blog is named after sums up both the best and worst of video games' approach to story telling.
On the one hand, good writing is overlooked too often. 10 Tips on How to Become a. Tips: Writing and implementing a game plot. By: Lunarea. Sitting down and coming up with a really great story sounds simple in theory. After all, it really just takes some imagination and writing experience.
There are some fantastic writing tutorials out there, as well as writing prompts that can really get you in the mood to be creative. If you wanted to type a story, you could use some 'word processing' software. When you write using a computer it is easy to fix mistakes and change how the words look too.
2. Story Writing Check out this great story writing game for kids. Learn how to plan stories that would make good spy thrillers, ghost mysteries or romances by finding the best words to place in a range of different sentences.
Write An Executive overview of the story in prose This is the most important part of your game script and this is what will sink or float your script. This overview has to tell a compelling and unique story and it should tell the complete story from the opening scene of the game through the major steps all the way to the completion of the game.