Dad looking for the best beginner game dev software/website

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  • scratch-www

    Standalone web client for Scratch

    https://scratch.mit.edu/ is a good one to start with, and it’s easy to move to something like Construct 3. I saw somebody else suggested game maker studio which is a really great choice as well the makers of Crashlands use it and they are just amazing people https://www.bscotch.net/

  • git

    A fork of Git containing Windows-specific patches. (by git-for-windows)

    For serious collaboration you should probably look into GIT and services like GitHub. It's not very intuitive, even scary for some, but it is powerful and very much a standard for letting a group of people work on a common code-base. However, for a father-son project it will probably be easier to just work with Google docs or Dropbox or whatever means you have to share files with each other.

  • SonarQube

    Static code analysis for 29 languages.. Your projects are multi-language. So is SonarQube analysis. Find Bugs, Vulnerabilities, Security Hotspots, and Code Smells so you can release quality code every time. Get started analyzing your projects today for free.

  • twinejs

    Twine, a tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories

    Twine lets you make text based games as easily as you'd make a google doc. It also lets you use HTML and Javascript so you can get as complex as you want with them which is a great way to dip your toes in and gradually feel your way toward the deep end of the pool at your own pace. You can learn about if statements, variables and other programming logic piece by piece without your overall game progress getting bogged down and killing motivation. It's also a fun way to prototype a simple game idea.

  • Godot

    Godot Engine – Multi-platform 2D and 3D game engine

    As many others have pointed out already, check out Godot, it seems to be a very good fit to what you're asking for.

  • Puts Debuggerer

    Ruby library for improved puts debugging, automatically displaying bonus useful information such as source line number and source code.

    For serious collaboration you should probably look into GIT and services like GitHub. It's not very intuitive, even scary for some, but it is powerful and very much a standard for letting a group of people work on a common code-base. However, for a father-son project it will probably be easier to just work with Google docs or Dropbox or whatever means you have to share files with each other.

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