Q: What’s your favourite computer game?
A: I think Sid Meier’s Civilization VI is probably one of my recent favourite games. I’ve always loved strategy games, and the Civilization series has to be one of the best!
Q: How/why/when did you get into coding?
A: I’ve always had a passion for computers and technology. From a young age, I’ve either built or fixed PCs and laptops. It wasn’t until about four years ago, when I met Paul, The Code Zone’s co-founder, that I started to get into coding. Seeing the cool projects Paul was able to work on inspired me to learn Python. Since then, I’ve never looked back! I’ve been able to build software that has created jobs, solve complex problems and, most importantly, allow me to work with Paul to start The Code Zone.
Q: What’s the favourite game you’ve made and why??
A: Recently I created a Zombie Apocalypse FPS game; I built it using Unity, which is a cross-platform game engine. It involved teaching myself another programming language and working in 3D. Pushing myself to learn a new skill, and creating a challenging game was a really rewarding experience.
Q: What is your top tip for budding young coders / games designers?
A: Keep things fun and simple! One of the great things about learning to code using Scratch is that creating something cool with a few blocks of code is entirely possible. By using something like Scratch it will give you the confidence to progress to another text-based language like Python in the future. The best way to keep motivated and learning is to continue enjoying yourself!
Q: Why do you think it is useful to learn how to code?
A: There are so many reasons! When you know how to code, it’s almost like having a superpower! You start to see the world differently and understand how all the technology we use every day works. Being able to code will mean rather than just using apps and playing games, you can be part of a growing community and contribute to projects or make your own.