Is this question on topic?

My 11 year old son has been asking me how he can create his own video games. A few relatively short search sessions reveals hundreds sites that dedicate at least some part of their real estate to this aim. I don't know enough to separate the wheat from the chaff, thus this question.

...and if not here, where else should I go?

We specialise in playing video games. If your son is looking to MAKE video games, there's our sister site, Game Development( – Frank Nov 22 '12 at 0:16
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It is not.

There is a StackExchange site devoted entirely to Game Development.

Be advised however, that as with any other StackExchange site, you'll need to ask specific, answerable questions - SE isn't really suited to general beginner tutorials.

For the general questions like beginner tutorials just check the FAQs. The question isn't supposed to be asked, but it is asked all the time. – asbumste Nov 22 '12 at 19:06

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