Intro Level – 20 Lessons – Includes Beginner Kit

Course 203: Video Game Technology

$99 to start. Then $29/month for access to all classes.

About this Course

Although the stereotype of the video gamer is a lone teenager seated in front of a computer, game play is also a thoroughly social phenomenon.  The clearest examples are multiplayer online games where thousands of players are online simultaneously at any given time – participating in virtual worlds with their own economies, political systems, and cultures. 

This project gives us a glimpse into the world of video games by teaching you how to assemble, program, and use an RGB Matrix Arcade kit. You’ll learn how to program classic games like Pong, Snake, and other games. Once you’ve completed this project, you’ll learn how to program this controller to video game consoles such as Xbox, Sony Playstation, and Nintendo. 

Topics covered

  • Introduction
  • I've Never Used an Arduino
  • Installing Libraries
  • Electrical Assembly
  • Direction Buttons
  • LED Matrix
  • Finished PCB
  • Mechanical Assembly
  • Acrylic Side Panels
  • Attaching the Arduino
  • Finishing the Arcade
  • System Breakdown
  • Hardware Checkpoints
  • Software

The Project

RGB VIDEO GAME ARCADE kit

You’ll receive everything you need to get started on your video game arcade kit. Soldering is required for this project. 

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Learn about VIDEO GAME TECH

You’ll learn about various hardware components that make this arcade controller come to life with an LED Matrix.

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Play Games like Pong or snake

Once you piece together your RGB video game controller, you’ll learn to program games such as Pong and Snake.

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COURSE 204

Augmented / Virtual Reality Tech

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Frequently asked questions

General 

Thimble is an online academy that makes it possible for students to take classes in robotics, coding, and game design taught by real teachers and industry professionals. 

Project-based kits are delivered every three months to create a hands-on experience for students. Video lessons are available anytime, anywhere on your smartphone, tablet, or smart computer. 

Membership includes access to unlimited classes taught by real teachers and industry professionals on robotics, computer science, and game design. 

Each class includes around 10 video lessons that are 15 minutes long on average, along with a project-based kit that’s delivered every 3 months. Students participate in contests and live build-along sessions with surprise guests. You also get access to offline lessons, our members-only newsletter, and our dynamic community of students and parents around the world.

Thimble is for students ages 10+ (or grades 4+)

All students start with Course 101 which is an introduction to engineering and computer science. We believe all students need the basics before moving on to more advanced material. 

Your child’s first kit arrives several days after you become a member. You’ll receive another kit every 3 months. 

You’re at the right place! We created Thimble to teach beginners a basic understanding of robotics, computer science, and game design. We assume they have no prior knowledge. 

On average, a class takes 4-6 weeks to complete. However, lessons were designed so students learn at their own pace. 

Live build-along classes are held once a week to cover advanced topics. Live classes will also include special guests which include industry professionals from top tech and video game companies around the world. 

Pricing & Payment

The membership is $99 to join then it’s $29 / month which provides unlimited access to all classes, live build-alongs, and new classes as they launch. Project-based kits are delivered every three months. 

If you don’t want to continue, you can cancel your membership renewal through your account page.  Follow the prompts to cancel on the Settings page, and your membership will not renew. Please note that there aren’t refunds for partially unused membership periods.  If you have more questions, please contact us. We’re happy to help!