Makey Makey: The Tutorial

We’ve had great fun playing with the Makey Makey game controller, so now we’ve written a tutorial so that you can do the same.

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Go to http://make.gamefroot.com, create a new game, and click on Resources in the menu bar. Scroll down to the Makey Makey tutorial and follow the steps.

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Let us know what you can create!

Using Makey Makey® with Gamefroot

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Makey Makey® is a circuit board that allows you to turn anything into a keyboard. It plugs into your computer and can be safely hooked up to all kinds of things to create interesting and creative ways to interact with your computer. Perfect for making your own game controllers!

Using some aluminium foil and a paper template I printed out, I was able to make a basic game controller!

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I really liked the simplicity behind this scratch game, so I tried to make something similar with Gamefroot. Here’s what I came up with: (Click the image to play)

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You can use the left, down, and right arrow keys to control where to whack.

 

Originally I had it so you would use the foil-wrapped stick to hit the foil squares that would activate the keys…

 

… but then I realized I could hold the foil stick and directly tap the foil tabs with my hand to complete the circuit! Tap-a-duck!

 

 

Here’s the A4 template you can print out.

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Play Whack-A-Duck now! And don’t forget to remix the game to find out how it was built.

 

Hey Frooters, let’s jump right in.

Mahuki, the innovation hub powered by Te Papa, has been our home for the last two months and we are loving it!

Don’t know what Mahuki is? In short, it’s a four to six month, in-residence accelerator programme situated in back of house, Te Papa.

In long, it is a space in which entrepreneurs are connected with members of the cultural, or GLAM sector (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums), in order to provide solutions to challenges faced by the industry globally. There are ten teams included in the programme who all offer differing digital, technological, and innovative projects of which are all focused towards the future experiences and transformations needed by the cultural sector.

This is where we come in.

Our project and team were selected to participate in this content-rich programme in which we have been absorbing knowledge, networks, and experience, all in the aims of Gamefroot becoming a more viable, valuable, contributor of the cultural space.

We’re two months into the programme, and want to share the rest of this journey with you. Keep up with our blog, make games, and follow us on Facebook.

New Resource: Making Cents

Hi Gamefrooters! We’ve just released more Educational Resources, and today we’ll highlight this tutorial: Making Cents. In this resource you will learn how to build a clicker game that earns money and converts smaller units of currency into larger ones. The tutorial covers variables, sending and receiving message events, some basic maths, and more. You can even upload your own images of money to personalize your game.

 

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To check it out, go to make.gamefroot.com and open the Resources sidebar. Then scroll down to find the ‘Making Cents’ resource and click on it to open it.

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Have fun! Stay tuned for more educational resources.

-The Gamefroot Team

New Tutorial Resources

Hi Gamefrooters! We’re about to release more Educational Resources, which will make subscribing to Gamefroot EDU even more attractive. Make sure to check it out if you’re a teacher, a student, or just interested in learning.

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Until then, check out this quick tutorial that will teach you How to use the mouse to control game objects. This tutorial will allow you to detect when the mouse is clicked to trigger actions, and use the position of the mouse to move things. This tutorial builds on concepts learned in Setting an object’s position and Using variables.

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Apologies for Gamefroot downtime over the past 72 hours

Hi Gamefrooters,

Gamefroot should now be working for everyone again! Unfortunately over the past 72 hours we’d experienced a compatibility issue with a recent update to Google’s hosting services. This created a bug that had been preventing saving and loading some games, but we’ve since corrected the problem, so Gamefroot is now back up and running 100%.

We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. If you continue to have any issues, please let us know, otherwise you can get back to creating awesome games.

– The Gamefroot Team

 

Learn math by making games!

Gamefroot now makes learning even easier with our brand new resources sidebar. After seeing the success of the widely influential Hour of Code and Kahn Academy styled learning areas, we’ve begun stocking our own sidebar full of easy to use learning resources.

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By leading students through a set of steps covering both theory and practical application, these resources enable learners to create useful and fun game mechanics with a focus on core learning outcomes.

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