An anonymous reader writes: I have a 13 year old with PDD-NOS, simlar to Aspergers, that is facinated by gaming and has expressed an interest in learning. Unlike many Aspergers kids, without some early and easy success, he will get frustrated and give up. If he can get a couple of quick wins, he will dive in to something tenaciously. Due to this, I'm thinking of getting him started with a game engine to help him build some quick, simple games and suck him in. I'm looking to spark his imagination and help him understand he can turn the worlds he creates on paper into worlds he can interact with and share with the his friends (most of which are online).
Given this, what game engine would you recommend? Am I just setting him up to build bad habits? Should I skip the engine and just start him off with VB or similar? What did you do to get your spectrum kid started?