The Gamer’s Guide to Coding -Book Review

How many of you out there have kids that play Roblox? I have three who love it because it contains a whole range of games for them to log on and play. Did you know that players are able to develop their own games for the site too? I logged on to my Little Man’s Roblox account and he has 20 games in progress of being developed. He hasn’t managed to finish any of them and when I asked why he said, because the coding is too difficult. Well done to him for trying though.

It’s because of this I jumped at the chance of reviewing the book, The Gamer’s Guide to Coding, by Gordon Mc Comb.

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Sterling (7 Oct. 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1454922346
ISBN-13: 978-1454922346
Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 2.8 x 23.4 cm
Straight away Star got stuck in reading away for ages. She is learning coding at school too so this may be a little extra boost for her. It is set at children aged 12 and over so she is the perfect age for it. The Little Man is only 7, so it’s a little tough for him but I’m sure with my help we can get through the basics and maybe get a little further on developing his Roblox Games.
The book starts with the basics, looking at coding with HTML, CSS and Javascript. I love that the book starts really simply, it eases you in so it’s great even if you have no experience at all of coding.
In the Appendices of the book you are given details of a completely free support site where you can find free bonus games, links to the best online references and book updates. You are also told where to play and publish your games whether it’s your own computer, the internet or on a mobile device. 
A lot of people find coding a daunting subject. I remember, once during a psychology course, we were put as a group in a room with a computer and told to make a program that models a child’s maths skills. I was dumbfounded at first, having no computer experience at all (we are talking early 80s here) I was completely lost. Once we started writing the code though, we realised that it was quite natural, for such a simple program it was just a case of putting in commands that said, if ‘this’ happens then follow with ‘that.’ Then you can follow with certain variables or looping your commands. Starting at the very beginning is not as daunting as it first seems and my kids are keen and eager to learn. 


With this illustrated, interactive guide to coding, readers will discover how to create, test and play fun 2D computer games. no prior programming knowledge is required to become proficient: just follow the easy step-by-step examples to program and share games on an Apple or Windows PC, Android device, or Apple iOS tablet. With code instructions in JavaScript – a user-friendly programming language used in millions of websites – this book is the perfect springboard for mastering any coding skill. 

Do you know of any budding computer game buff who would love this book?

For Ages 12+ and retail price £19.99
Distributed by the GMC Group 

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Disclosure: I was sent this book to review in return for my honest opinion. This post also contains an affiliate link.

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