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Interactive video lesson plan for: MIT Explains: How To Make a Video Game

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Video games are fun to play, but have you ever wondered how to make one? Carmelo, a grad student in the MIT Media Lab, shows how anyone can start learning how to create video games by talking to machines through programming languages.
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Creative Commons: CC BY-NC-SA, MIT
Written by: Elizabeth Choe ‘13 with Carmelo Presicce SM ‘17
Additional scripting: George Zaidan ‘08

Produced by: Elizabeth Choe ‘13
Director: George Zaidan ‘08
Editor: Per Hoel
Special effects: Loren Sherman ‘16
Production assistant: Ceri Riley ‘16
Hosted by: Carmelo Presicce SM ‘17

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Special thanks: Mitch Resnick and the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab

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