If there’s one thing that can’t be denied, it’s that coding is a very important part of modern society. A whole lot of important things in our world are dictated by lines of computer code that someone had to carefully type up. That said, learning coding isn’t easy, and it’s usually expensive, and it is rarely fun. At least, that’s the usual case. Because as of October 8th, Rabbids Coding was added to Uplay, and the game is free.
Rabbids Coding is an interesting game; it’ll fall to you to sort out a spaceship chock full of Rabbids, and the only way you can do that is by giving them instructions through a mind control device. As you may have guessed, those instructions will generally be achieved through code. Apparently you can also distract them with sausages, but what that has to do with the coding aspect of the game is a mystery. Either way, the coding lessons will be basic, and require no prior knowledge or experience in the field to complete, making it a great way for people interested in coding to get their foot in the door, and for free.
Of course, by the nature of the lessons being rudimentary, it’s pretty clear that the game won’t be aiming to teach any specific coding language, like Python or C+. As it aims to teach the very basics, it’ll be a drag-and-drop kind of game where you give simple coding instructions, and error messages when you do it wrong so you can identify and correct your mistakes. It certainly won’t be a replacement for actual coding courses.
Apparently, Ubisoft wants the game to become a part of educational curriculum around the world, introducing young people to coding and spurring more individuals to enter the field. Frankly, that goal sounds a bit unrealistic, but the idea behind it is a good one. It certainly isn’t a bad idea to have a game designed to introduce valuable skills, and if everyone can get it for free, all the better. And of course, if the lessons are actually hidden behind the amusing veil of a Rabbids game, then young people might be more likely to take an interest and keep it.
Either way, we’ll soon see just how well received and acknowledged the game is as it was released on October 8th.