Anonymous X

I teach 1st grade. I have an idea for a simple 2D (Phonics) game...but I don't have any skills as a programmer.

I wanted to know if any programmers would be interested in a partnership  

The game basically involves a little character running around the screen to pick up letters and form words.

The character would have to avoid certain obstacles on screen.

The game would require a lot of speech to sound out the words that the onscreen character created.



Re: XNA Game Studio Express I'd like to have a game developed...but I need a partner.

Jon Watte

That sounds interesting. How big do you think the market is What distribution channels are you looking at Also, do you already know someone who can handle some part of game-making, such as art, sound, or programming

If you don't know the answer to those questions yet, you might want to look at some of the links below to get started.

http://www.gamedev.net/reference/design/features/makegames/
http://www.gamedev.net/reference/start_here/

Making a finished game (even a small 2D game with simple gameplay) usually requires dedicated coordination of multiple people, which usually requires some amount of funding (or at least some hope for reward). In that, it's not un-like movie making in scope or method. Yes, sometimes small independent movies are made on shoestring budgets, and actually are finished -- just like games. That is, however, not the norm. I'm just trying to make sure you know what you're asking for.





Re: XNA Game Studio Express I'd like to have a game developed...but I need a partner.

Anonymous X

I think the market is very big for educational toys/ games.

A lot of the education PC software I've used was quite boring...and not very eductional.

I think there is a big area for improvement for this type of software.

I only have the game designed on paper...

(Cost permitting) I'm willing to invest money to have the game developed...

At this point...I trying to connect with a programmer who has a background in art, sound etc.





Re: XNA Game Studio Express I'd like to have a game developed...but I need a partner.

Jim Perry

Most programmers I know don't have a background in art and/or sound, that's why artists and sound engineers have jobs.




Re: XNA Game Studio Express I'd like to have a game developed...but I need a partner.

Glenn Wilson

I can say that I have come from an artistic background and am now in Programming.. :)






Re: XNA Game Studio Express I'd like to have a game developed...but I need a partner.

Jim Perry

I wish I were like that. My attempts at art makes programmer art look good.

I'd love to take a shot at this as my son is in first grade and might benefit from something like this but I don't have the time. Between the projects I'm already working on and the upcoming dreambuildplay contest, I'm hurting for free time as is.






Re: XNA Game Studio Express I'd like to have a game developed...but I need a partner.

George Clingerman

Jim Perry wrote:

I wish I were like that. My attempts at art makes programmer art look good.

I'd love to take a shot at this as my son is in first grade and might benefit from something like this but I don't have the time. Between the projects I'm already working on and the upcoming dreambuildplay contest, I'm hurting for free time as is.



I hear you there Jim. This was of interest to me too (although I do dabble with art ). I've got a son in 1st grade (and two more who are pre-kindergarden). It's that dang time thing again.

Nice concept though, hopefully somebody has some time to help because I'd be interested in seeing this.






Re: XNA Game Studio Express I'd like to have a game developed...but I need a partner.

OBWANDO

Sounds interesting, as I have my share of rugrats in that same grade level as well.

Send me an email, and I'll take a look at what you are thinking. At a minimum, I can give you a realistic timeline of what it may entail. Kids games cant be crazy on the resources, so all of the massive amounts of graphic/artwork that most games you see today really doesnt apply here. You have to remember that your base is still going to be a windows 98 and up type of crew, so there will be some retro directX, but prerendered graphics with simple spritework and some transition effects seem to keep kids busy.

My kids love games the PLAY well more than the games that just look pretty. The polished pretty ones usually last about 30 minutes and then they are off to something else. Plus my wife has been asking me when I'm going to do something educational (dev wise) anyways. ;)

my email is my handle @ my handle .com (substitution)





Re: XNA Game Studio Express I'd like to have a game developed...but I need a partner.

wakawaka54

 

Programmers, like me, usually can't draw at all (I have to get my sprites from the internet).

Artists, like you, usually can't program.

So this looking for a partner thing is very common...

But I'm telling you, programming isn't that hard it takes time though. I've been at it for a year now, but the key is to start simple. You can't program a Half-Life game without the proper experiance.

I'm in 8th grade and I think it would be cool to have some computer educational games. Definitily it would be good to have some spelling games because I can't spell at ALL. So hope you find someone...

wakawaka54

A 13 year old genius...






Re: XNA Game Studio Express I'd like to have a game developed...but I need a partner.

Anonymous X

For those who said they have kids...

What kinds of educational toys/ PC software has your child used.

Did the software/ toys keep their interest for extended periods of time

Did you find the software/ toys to be helpful towards your child's education

Companies like READER RABBIT and SCHOOLZONE have good pre-k stuff out there...but I found their 1st grade software to be lacking.





Re: XNA Game Studio Express I'd like to have a game developed...but I need a partner.

George Clingerman

My son uses the Leapfrog stuff and he'd probably use it more if I'd keep fresh batteries in it. As far as software, I develop most of the games he plays that are educational. And they seem to hold his interest for as long as I'll let him hijack my computer.

My "Jellies a Plenty" is a pretty big hit with all the kids in my house and it definitely doesn't have flashy or impressive graphics. It's just fun for them to do (even the two youngest who don't know how to read and can't do the math yet).

I'm not sure the software is helpful to them, but it's a fun ego boost for me :)





Re: XNA Game Studio Express I'd like to have a game developed...but I need a partner.

Glenn Wilson

I can agree with the project, as I am currently working on one at the moment.... I have 2 kids 1 is 5 1/2 and the other is almost 1. My main goal is to get games together that will allow my son to play games with me...... The challenge though is my son is autistic.






Re: XNA Game Studio Express I'd like to have a game developed...but I need a partner.

Anonymous X

(George Clingerman)...That Jelly game looks fun.

Is there a way I can play it on my PC

Maybe you could expand the grid and include more numbers





Re: XNA Game Studio Express I'd like to have a game developed...but I need a partner.

George Clingerman

If you have your PC setup with XNA Game Studio Express, you can play the game and tinker with the source code as well. I don't have any stand-alone version of it though so you will have to have XNA setup and all that XNA requires for it to run.





Re: XNA Game Studio Express I'd like to have a game developed...but I need a partner.

Jim Perry

Anonymous X wrote:

For those who said they have kids...

What kinds of educational toys/ PC software has your child used.

Did the software/ toys keep their interest for extended periods of time

Did you find the software/ toys to be helpful towards your child's education

Companies like READER RABBIT and SCHOOLZONE have good pre-k stuff out there...but I found their 1st grade software to be lacking.

Like George, my son loved his Leap Pad. He's pretty much outgrown it now. He learned a lot about space and the body from it though. He did the Reader Rabbit and other similar programs. He loved the Spy Fox games and still occasionally gets them from the library. He's moved up to Marble Blast Ultra and other Live Arcade games. He beat the RoboBlitz demo the other day. He plays tons of the Real Arcade games and sometimes logs onto ToonTown (we get some free time through Comcast). From talking to other parents he's not the typical first grader, at least among the non-geeks (he's had to show my wife some things she couldn't figure out on the computer).