Learning Java by Playing Video Games

Classroom Aid

Computer scientists at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) have created a video game that teaches students how to program in Java by casting spells and saving the world. The game, called CodeSpells, is a first-person, problem-solving adventure game, where the player takes the role of a wizard exploring a fantasy world inhabited by…well, gnomes. In this game, you are a wizard and your task is to learn how to read, write and cast spells (Java programs) in an interactive and fun way.

coding, game-based learning, games for learning coding

Chapter 1

The character wakes up in a strange place populated by gnome-like creatures. She has been sent here to learn the ways of magic. The gnomes are in need of her help, they know a little magic, but don’t have enough to accomplish simple tasks. They need her help, and she needs theirs.

With some guidance from the gnomes, she takes her first faltering steps with magic…

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