Challenging Myself to Something New: The Code Combat Discourse Community

The synergistic effect of joining an affinity space in my Game Theory class and trying something new in my Social Media class led to my bold exploration of coding. To some, this is not a big deal, but to me, it’s a massive challenge. This endeavor has made me feel really vulnerable mostly due to an untrue belief that coding is an elite language that only especially smart people learn. Plus, it didn’t help that I hated every minute of my coding class in high school.

Photo Credit: Code Combat
Photo Credit: Code Combat

In my state of feeling very awkward as an adult learner of code, I decided to join a coding game and affinity space geared towards middle and high schoolers. Code Combat has been surprisingly easy to play right out of the gate. As a lurker on the affinity/discourse space I figured out how to change my coding language to JavaScript. The discourse space allowed me to search for key words, which allowed me to find my answer from a previous conversation. As my confidence grows, I excel to higher levels, and I cannot find simple answers on the discourse space, I will branch out and ask questions of the community.

The discourse community for Code Combat has what James Paul Gee and Elisabeth Hayes would term a nurturing affiinity space. All newbies are welcome and it is made clear that respect is key as seen below.

Photo Credit: Discourse Code Combat Although I haven’t joined a clan yet, I appreciate the fact that clan comparisons, insults, and anything forbidden by the rules are clearly stated. The boundaries are clear and everyone knows what is expected.   It took me a while to decide upon which game and affinity space to join, but I feel quite good about my decision. I am actually excited to dig into the game, create an image in code, and learn what the community has to offer. Code Combat’s onboarding and design have shifted my gaming perspective from, “I think I can,” to “I know I can.”
Photo Credit: Discourse Code Combat Although I haven’t joined a clan yet, I appreciate the fact that clan comparisons, insults, and anything forbidden by the rules are clearly stated. The boundaries are clear and everyone knows what is expected.   It took me a while to decide upon which game and affinity space to join, but I feel quite good about my decision. I am actually excited to dig into the game, create an image in code, and learn what the community has to offer. Code Combat’s onboarding and design have shifted my gaming perspective from, “I think I can,” to “I know I can.”

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  • (2nd time trying to post – system did something odd). Good for you. I did not enjoy coding in HS though it was interesting. I think being a Lurker has benefits, like being able to get a wide view without the distractions of ongoing discussions.

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