Professional Development

MakeCode Arcade for Beginners

Who: Beginners
Where: Online
When: 26 November 2020 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm

MakeCode Arcade is a game design platform for the creation of games reminiscent of 8-bit arcade game machines and home entertainment systems of the 1980’s. Designed for complete beginners, this professional learning session will introduce participants to the basics of MakeCode Arcade, quickly getting teachers up and running so they can bring game development into their classrooms.

MakeCode Arcade has a built-in emulator which enables users to test their games in real time as they are developed, and is compatible with several purpose-built prototyping boards enabling the testing of games away from the computer.

Using a system of tool drawers and drag and drop blocks, users can quickly and easily get involved in game design in a browser-based development environment which is colourful and welcoming. MakeCode Arcade also allows users to switch between block coding, Java and Python.

The session will cover the following:

  • Fundamentals of drag and drop block coding.
  • Player movement
  • Environment design
  • Basic game interactions.

What you will need:
Google Chrome is advised and second monitor is ideal but not necessary