This was interesting. I have two groups of 7th grade students. This week, we started learning Scratch programming. The first group I taught, I quickly introduced the software, gave them a simple task (figure out how to move their sprite up, down, left, and right with the appropriate keys). Almost immediately, some students were saying that it was boring and that it’s not like video games they know. I tried to explain that Scratch is pretty basic programming and that all video game makers start somewhere easy.
Contrast that situation with the next group. I showed them the video, How Video Games Are Made and gave them essentially the same task. They were a lot more enthusiastic about playing around with Scratch and learning to move their sprite. I think that seeing all the behind the scenes footage and all the work that goes into game making gave them a different perspective.