miss_s_b: (Fangirling: George Takei and Hiro)
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So, when I put Holly to bed tonight she told me she'd like to show me a game she had "written in Notepad". I was thinking she had maybe written a story that had some choose your own adventure elements, cos she's been reading a few choose your own adventure books of late.

"I did two," she said "but the first one's not very good."

So I sat down and she started up her laptop and opened a Dos window.

"I found a video about how to do this on YouTube" she said, as she typed in the filename and hit enter.

And it was a text-based adventure game, but not like a book. It was like those text based adventure games we all used to play as kids. Press l for left, r for right, etc. With plot and humour and twists and silliness and... And this was just the first one! The second one was even better - about four times as long, with proper consequences to your choices, starts directly from windows, and when you've finished the game and hit exit it says "Batttteeerrrryyyy ddyyyyyyying........ goodbye" and then closes the Dos window.

She had a snow day from school today, and this is what she's done with it. Decided she wants to make a game, realised that she doesn't know how to code, researched how to code on the internet and then written TWO games by typing code into Notepad and then running it. In one day. ONE DAY!

This?
This is my stunned face.

Date: Monday, January 21st, 2013 11:48 pm (UTC)
karohemd: photo by me (Science)
From: [personal profile] karohemd
Wow, very impressive indeed.
What did she use?

Date: Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 12:45 am (UTC)
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Default)
From: [personal profile] karohemd
Might be this because it works as a DOS batch file which sounds like what Holly did.
Ah, no youtube embedding. Link
Edited Date: Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 12:46 am (UTC)

Date: Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 05:05 pm (UTC)
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Default)
From: [personal profile] karohemd
Heh. What was hers about?

Date: Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 05:30 pm (UTC)
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Default)
From: [personal profile] karohemd
D'oh, that's what you said. I need sleep.

Date: Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 12:06 am (UTC)
davegodfrey: South Park Me. (Default)
From: [personal profile] davegodfrey
Has she seen Reign of Fire then? (If she hasn't it might have to wait until she's a little older- but I think she'd enjoy it)

Date: Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 12:02 am (UTC)
missdiane: (Default)
From: [personal profile] missdiane
Holy moley - go Holly!

I'll have to feed that info to my parents so they can feed that to my lame-o relatives in Texas. Yeah, the nephew has a black belt - so what? Gee, and Holly isn't even homeschooled! ;)

Date: Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 12:20 am (UTC)
hellokitsune: (Sherlock: Tea)
From: [personal profile] hellokitsune
Yay for Shrublette!

Date: Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 12:34 am (UTC)
boxcarwilly: (Default)
From: [personal profile] boxcarwilly
That is SO COOL.

Date: Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 12:47 am (UTC)
pseudomonas: Little Red Dragon with an abacus (geeky)
From: [personal profile] pseudomonas
Yay!

Date: Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 12:48 am (UTC)
veganhothead: (Emma shocked)
From: [personal profile] veganhothead
Holy Holly! That's damn impressive!

How old is she now?

Date: Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 03:57 am (UTC)
veganhothead: (Default)
From: [personal profile] veganhothead
It seems like yesterday we were all awaiting the arrival of Baby SB.

Time flies.

Date: Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 12:50 am (UTC)
rmc28: Photo of me shortly before starting my first half-marathon (Default)
From: [personal profile] rmc28
Yay, go Holly :-)

Date: Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 01:32 am (UTC)
sir_guinglain: (RegenGirl)
From: [personal profile] sir_guinglain
Your daughter is a genius.

Date: Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 03:20 am (UTC)
ext_51145: (Default)
From: [identity profile] andrewhickey.info
That's absolutely wonderful!
If you want to encourage her with that kind of stuff (and of course you do), then I'd suggest pointing her to Inform 7 -- http://inform7.com/ . It's a programming language specifically designed for writing text adventures in, it has wonderful documentation, and the language itself is actually very like the "ten hundred words" English -- the following is the code for a (very) short game:

Escaping is an action applying to nothing.
Carry out someone escaping:
    let space be the holder of the person asked;
    let place be a random room which is adjacent to the space;
    let way be the best route from the space to the place;
    try the person asked going way.
Every turn:
    if Clark Kent can see kryptonite, try Clark Kent escaping.
The Daily Planet Newsroom is a room.
Perry White's Office is west of the Newsroom. In Perry White's Office are a desk and a poster of Elvis. On the desk is a lead-lined box. The box is openable. In the box is the green kryptonite crystal.
The Supply Closet is east of the Newsroom. The Elevator Bank is north of the Newsroom.
Clark Kent is a man in the Newsroom. "Clark [if Clark can see the kryptonite]looks a bit ill[otherwise]is here, frowning as he revises his latest article[end if]."


If she's doing stuff that good with DOS batch files or whatever, then I'm certain she'd love Inform 7.

Date: Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 12:07 pm (UTC)
drunkwriter: Me in South Park form. (Default)
From: [personal profile] drunkwriter
This. I lack the discipline to learn any programming language whatsoever after Amstrad BASIC failed to conquer the world, but Inform is a great tool to play around with ideas and create small games.

Date: Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 03:13 pm (UTC)
staceyuk: Funny Sherlock icon (Default)
From: [personal profile] staceyuk
Thanks for the link. Holly has inspired me to have a go!

Date: Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 03:27 pm (UTC)
ext_51145: (Default)
From: [identity profile] andrewhickey.info
No problem -- I tend to be a bit of an evangelist for Inform, because it's just about the most interesting, *fun* programming language I've ever come across, and is very tailored towards people who are interested in writing stories.

Date: Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 07:09 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] yoyoangel
This is my very impressed face!

Date: Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 07:43 am (UTC)
ext_390810: (Default)
From: [identity profile] http://www.nickbarlow.com/blog/
I could program simple things in Basic on a ZX81 when I was around nine or ten...but no, she's still way more impressive. She'll be running the world within ten years, won't she?

Date: Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 07:47 am (UTC)
nadriel: (Default)
From: [personal profile] nadriel
Nice.

Date: Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 08:34 am (UTC)
andrewducker: (Default)
From: [personal profile] andrewducker
That's ace! Long may it continue!

Date: Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 09:23 am (UTC)
nanila: (tachikoma: celebratory)
From: [personal profile] nanila
Magnificent! I hope she carries on.

Date: Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 11:28 am (UTC)
freddiefraggles: (ncis - abby two thumbs)
From: [personal profile] freddiefraggles
Huh.

I've decided I want to be Holly when I grow up.

Date: Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 12:10 pm (UTC)
drunkwriter: Me in South Park form. (Default)
From: [personal profile] drunkwriter
From first principles to a working game on a snow day. At the age of 9. That's... prodigious. Will you/Holly put it on the internetular device? Preferably in a format so we have to type it up ourselves, because I've missed those BASIC type-in programmes from 8-bit computer magazines.

Date: Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 03:07 pm (UTC)
staceyuk: Funny Sherlock icon (Default)
From: [personal profile] staceyuk
Impressed! Wish I knew how to code. I will try to look up that resource she found. I think the universe might be trying to tell me something.

Date: Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 03:38 pm (UTC)
shishmish: (Doctor Who - Six)
From: [personal profile] shishmish
Well colour me stunned, she did that all in one day? At the age of 9? Bloody awesome. Clearly she's tech inclined, but then aren't most kids these days? Scary to think a 9 year old knows more tech stuff than me!

Date: Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 04:06 pm (UTC)
ponygirl72: (Spock Prime)
From: [personal profile] ponygirl72
I, for one, welcome our future Shrubbly Overlord.

Date: Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 05:08 pm (UTC)
karohemd: (Devil)
From: [personal profile] karohemd
*like*

Date: Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 12:08 am (UTC)
davegodfrey: South Park Me. (Default)
From: [personal profile] davegodfrey
Ia! Shrub-Niggurath Ia!

(yes, I am impressed too)

Date: Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 05:40 pm (UTC)
perlmonger: (Default)
From: [personal profile] perlmonger
» Is impressed

Go Holly!

Date: Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 04:38 am (UTC)
lupinfriend: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lupinfriend
That is wonderfully amazing! I am very impressed, and imagine you can't be more proud of Holly. When the time comes, you should encourage her to go for a degree in computer science. Most people go into that field to make games, but it opens up even more opportunities. My oldest daughter graduated university in May with a computer science degree, and just three months later was getting paid very well to program flight simulators that our Navy use to train their fighter pilots.

Well done, Holly! :-)

* snuggly huggles SB and her amazing daughter *

Date: Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 05:09 pm (UTC)
bagfish: (Default)
From: [personal profile] bagfish
Hee - that's fantastic :D Go Holly!

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