Creative Teaching & Learning

How children can get creative with game design

The power of games to focus young minds is undeniable. What is less well established is the power of games to inspire learning across a range of subjects. But, with so many opportunities for young people to get involved in designing their own games, the time has never been better to start to integrate games into your teaching. Here, Tim Hunter, Director of Learning & New Talent at BAFTA, discusses game design.

Like many of my generation, the soundtrack of my childhood holidays was comprised of the shrill static shriek of the ZX Spectrum loading games from an old cassette player, punctuated only by my mother imploring me to turn off the computer and go outside for some fresh air. Games back then were a new and scary world, and quickly the idea of the lone player, passively plugging into a game and blocking out the rest of the world, took hold.

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