It’s day one of the Digital Gaming Seminar here at CET in Middlebury, VT. As part of the NITLE on-going Mellon grant, there are about 15 of us here from Liberal Arts colleges all across the country (and Northern Ireland!) gathered together for a week to talk about games. Right now (Monday afternoon), we’re talking about whether there are tools out there to help build playable games that don’t require a lot of programming knowledge. Game Maker is a potentially cool little program to help students start thinking about game design that I saw demo’d on AOTS a couple weeks ago.