DR4IG and gtust, i am around 12 ( i ownt say my actual age) and i tried your ideas, no dice, you guys just ASSUME that all parents act like you, I begged my parents for 4 years for a pc and all my games were bought by my friends so I could play the game with them, so dont think that this is the answer, I do chores all day and my neighborhood/area isnt hiring because of minimum wage increase.
If all your games were bought by your friends, presumably they're spending at least $15 on those games. Tell them you want to make a video game with them and ask them to get Pico-8 so you can work on it together.
Or if you just want to make games, Unity is way more powerful and functional and 100% free. It's used by actual game developers on serious projects but can be used for tiny Pico-8 style projects as well. There are loads of tutorials for it all over the internet, some on Unity's site, which will provide sprite sheets and music and assets and everything.
I guess you're 16 now! :) Did you get into doing game development?
Personally, I'd suggest people coming to game development today actually download Unity and start doing tutorials on YouTube.
PICO8 is awesome, and I'm really enjoying using it.
But I also think that in some ways, you have to be a better programmer to use PICO8 (even thought it's sorta simple) than to use Unity (where there's a lot more resources and frameworks to get started with online, and it's completely free.
I find PICO8 to be a great little hobby side-project thing, but getting started straight into Unity is the way to go I think, for beginners, as you can start there, and yes there's a bit of a learning curve, but then you can just stick with it, forever potentially. :)
$15 should not be very much, and yes, you risk BAD viruses if you try to download from somewhere else.
The added advantage of downloading it here is you get the LATEST version each time they arrive - at no additional cost. And YES - the current version of PICO is quite a bit more powerful than just the last version.
SHOW your folks the website, this one:
If they say it doesn't look very powerful, tell them you write the games in REAL programming code, and they can look a this for details:
And they may surprise you once they truly know what it is and how much you can learn from it - and buy it straight away as its definitely good for the brain and highly educational.
If not, tell them you want it, and what can you do to earn it ?
(Also, does anyone have an estimate of how many programs have been written in it so far ?)
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