Using Greenfoot as a Tool for Serious Games Programming Education and Development

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https://doi.org/10.17083/ijsg.v8i2.425

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Greenfoot; Serious Games; Serious Games Programming Education; Serious Games Development; Serious Games for Programming

Abstract

Greenfoot is an educational programming environment that aims to motivate students in learning object-oriented programming (OOP) through the development of simple games and simulations. Several studies have presented positive results regarding the usage of Greenfoot as a tool for introducing novices to OOP. In this article, we propose using Greenfoot as a tool for introducing novices to (serious) games programming, as well as a tool for implementing serious games (SGs). As a proof of concept, the design and implementation of an SG for learning OOP utilizing Greenfoot and a survey on the perceptions of graduates that had been introduced to SGs programming with Greenfoot in the context of a relevant Master course are presented. The results show that Greenfoot, although not developed for this purpose, can be utilized both as a tool for introducing novices to (serious) games programming and as a tool for developing SGs.

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2021-06-04

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Xinogalos, S., & Tryfou, M. M. . (2021). Using Greenfoot as a Tool for Serious Games Programming Education and Development. International Journal of Serious Games, 8(2), 67 - 86. https://doi.org/10.17083/ijsg.v8i2.425

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