Kids Learning How to Make Games, Not Just Play Them: MyG-Life.org

Kids Learning How to Make Games, Not Just Play Them: MyG-Life.org
technology
Christine Huang
  • 17 january 2008

MyG-Life is a new SNS that’s more than a platform for socializing – its larger goal is to teach disadvantaged youth about the basics of graphic animation and how to build their own computer games (which they can share with their friends in their virtual network). Though currently only active in West Virginia and a few US universities, the site is planning to go international in late 2008. The site allows users to evaluate different web-based games, suggest improvements, and use tutorials to help them learn the basics of being a game producer and programmer. Kids are even encouraged to manipulate the open-source code of the games the site producer’s have created and change graphics, text, and create their own remixed versions.  According to American-Israeli Idit Caperton, MyG-Life’s founder, the site is targeted towards students in Israel and Palestinian territories, hoping it might encourage communication and play between youth in the areas. As BBC reports:

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