My eight-year-old, probably like most boys his age, loves video games. It’s also natural I think for many who play, to want to make some games of their own. It would be great to get him started on coding at such an early age since he has the desire to do so. The only problem so far is finding some sort of a system that would help with this.
There are of course things like Mario Maker, which allow you to build mario-style 2d game levels, but it’s entirely a drag-and-drop interface, so it doesn’t really teach any programming, and you’re of course stuck the styles that they provide.
Unfortunately the time I have to build something like this is pretty much nil — by the time I get around to it he’lll have already graduated with his computer science degree from some prestgeous university. But who knows, maybe I’ll be able to find some time one of these days…