4 Programs to Help Your Child Learn Video Game Programming

The world is becoming more technological by the minute and if there is one thing leaders and trendsetters agree on, it is that programming is going to be the single best professional opportunity in the world. So here are five games that we’ve compiled for you to get your kid interested in coding! Whether your child pursues coding as a career, or not, anyone could learn a lot from the lessons within.

Lightbot and Lightbot Jr.

Lightbot is a coding based puzzle game available for Windows, iOS, and Android. To win the game, you need to make your robot light up all of the blue tiles on a 3D grid. The twist: you have to do this all in one run by programming instructions for your robot to complete the task. It’s meant to teach sequencing, overloading, procedures, recursive loops, and conditionals.

Kodable

Kodable’s 105 is an iOs game only and it works with maze-like levels to help teach programming concepts such as conditionals, loops, functions, and debugging. It avoids using text entirely, making it a high entry point for children ages 5-8. Its alien protagonist is fuzzy and cute to appeal to kids of all ages. According to Kodable’s co-founder Gretchen Huebner, giving kids an opportunity to be challenged at such an early age proves how smart they are. The free version contains the first 45 levels, and in-app purchases can unlock more levels and concepts. The $7 pro-version also adds vocabulary lessons and learning guides to further enhance your child’s programming knowledge.

Code Combat

Code Combat is only available for web browsers for kids ages 13 and up. Like many of the other games, this one utilizes the player to input codes to play. Unlike the others, it uses actual code such as JavaScript, with experimental support for CoffeeScript, Python, Clojure, and Lua. There are single-player levels to work within this fantasy-themed game; then you could unleash your new skills in a multiplayer tournament called Greed, which has $40,000 worth of prizes up for grabs! Code Combat hopes to stay free so that it could help companies recruit high-level players. Not many games could land you a job, however, this one certainly can.

Human Resource Machine

Human Resource Machine is a visual programming-based puzzle game released for Microsoft Windows, OS X, Wii U, Linux, iOS, Android, and Nintendo Switch. It’s all about data processing and uses the concept of a corporate office worker assigned to perform tasks that involve moving objects from an inbox to an outbox and transferring storage locations as a metaphor for assembly language concepts. Since the tiles rolling in are randomized, your program has to account for all possible combinations of numbers and letters. Dealing with randomizations and factoring in all possible combinations is something all programmers have to deal with. The bespoke terminology in the game may not translate into modern programming languages, but the concepts they teach are valuable and relevant to the industry.

Hack N’ Slash

Hack N’Slash is a top-down action-adventure video game, similar to the Legend of Zelda, though with in-game weapons and objects that allow the player to hack the game’s world to achieve victory. Yes, you heard me. The goal of the game is to hack it, not slash it like you would with Zelda. Hack N’ Slash has you reprogram almost all the objects in the game to the point where you could cause the game to crash by rewriting it. It’s a bit more advanced for the beginner level of coding, but it does offer intermediate levels to start out. It’s currently released for Linux, Microsoft Windows, and OS X.

Come code with us!

There are more games out there that could challenge your coding skills, but these five are the ones we’ve found that could best help you to get started. If you’re planning a birthday party or activities for kids, come by and book a GameTruck today and we’ll make sure your children have the time of their lives! We offer the latest in video gaming for birthday parties, group events, and more! Plan an event by calling us at (866) 253-3191 or get a free quote by visiting our website today.

Keep It Clean – GameTruck Hygiene Practices

Despite our best efforts, we all know kids can be kind of dirty. It’s hard when your young to fully understand the importance of washing your hands throughout the day. As much as we lecture our kids about germs, it’s not always effective. A snot-nosed kid is every parent’s worst nightmare, and if one shows up to your party, it can be a breeding ground for germs. Here at GameTruck San Jose, you don’t have to worry about that thanks to a few of our safety precautions.

We Sanitize Everything

Before hosting each event, we have a thorough process to prevent the spread of germs and create a fun, stress-free environment for parents and children alike. After each event, the truck is sanitized entirely by our team to provide a safe and clean environment for our next guests. By sanitizing the truck between parties, we are offering an environment parents can be confident sending their children. Beyond that, we also make sure the controllers for each system are sanitized to prevent contamination.

Hand Sanitizer

Now you may be asking, how do we protect your kids once they’re all together? To keep things clean throughout the party we take a different approach. Hand sanitizer is provided for all children before entering the truck and after they leave to eliminate germs and bacteria. This way if something is going around we can combat the spread of germs within a confined space. Safe Space reports “Minimizing your exposure to other people’s germs is crucial for your health. When you take a moment to sanitize your hands a few times throughout the day, you reduce your chances of getting sick.” By ensuring the hands touching controllers are sanitized before and after interaction we are stopping the spread of viruses and bacteria.

Leave It To Us

Have peace of mind knowing all of you and your kids will be safe from germs at a GameTruck San Jose party. The only long-term effects will be the awesome stories your children tell about the greatest birthday party ever! As demonstrated by our hygiene practices Gametruck San Jose is committed to providing a safe space for your children. Call us at (408) 691-9144 for your birthday party needs!

Top 3 Multiplayer Games on Xbox One

The best part about gaming is experiencing it with other people. Here is a list of 3 of the best multiplayer games on the Xbox One, as rated by the team at GameTruck San Jose.

Overwatch

A new twist on the classic first-person shooter genre, Overwatch is known for specializing in multiplayer co-ops. This quirky game has a massive following growing every day for its design and deep gameplay. It has a vast variety of characters and locations which showcases different cultures around the world.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection

This game pieces together all four installments of the smash-hit Halo video game series.
As a first-shooter game, Halo is near the top of the list of the most well-known and well-loved. This new compilation offers many competitive multiplayer maps as well as the ability to have cooperative play in the four campaigns.

Rocket League

This game is a hybrid of a soccer simulation and a racing game in which you play as a rocket car instead of a person. Features like a turbo boost mid-match make this an elevated version of soccer. Teams can have up to four players making it perfect to play with a group of friends. This competitive game would also be great for group events as the five-minute matches are fast so everyone can take a turn.

Enjoying a great game with a friend is one of the sweet pleasures of life.

These three games are incredibly different and excel at multiplayer functions making them great for company bonding activities. Working together on a low stakes game is a great way to improve communication as a corporate team building exercise. To try these games out with a large group for a fun afternoon check us out at GameTruck San Jose. Call us at (866)253-3191 or visit us here to get a quote.