In college I played Nethack. Then I moved to Moria. Now I stick to playing Angband.
Young Game Makers
Just read this long post about one developer's game he made four years ago when he was in the sixth grade. Man the graphics look pretty good. Many of his games were never released, or released for a while and then pulled.
Guy seems to use game making software. I guess that helps with the game assets. Heck. I have downloaded a few programs that help you make games. Could never get into them. I love programming from scratch too much. The problem' is that my games don't look that good.
You should check out this guy's part 1 post where he does a postmortem on the games from his sixth grade school year. Very entertaining and educational. I look forward to reading his other parts in the future. Who knows how far this guy has come in the last four years?