Recommendation for a platform to teach game development to kids [closed]

Posted by Moshe Kravchik on Programmers See other posts from Programmers or by Moshe Kravchik
Published on 2011-05-19T19:30:28Z Indexed on 2012/11/07 23:14 UTC
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My 11 years old son decided he want to create a Web game. He does not know much about programming and I never did any game development so I'm not the best teacher of the topic. On one hand I really want him to get into building things and doing his own game sounds perfect. So I'd like to find a way to keep him interested and progressing by himself. This means that I'm looking for a platform that is:
1. Simple for understanding and use, intuitive interface
2. Powerful
3. Good tools, preferrably free
4. Significant community for questions and tips
5. Localization - my son's English is quite poor (native Hebrew).

We looked at Alice, but it was too limited in its abilities and isn't really a Web game building platform. HTML/CSS and Javascript - too low level for a kid to keep the interest. What would you recommend?

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