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Kodu by Microsoft Research

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Kodu by Microsoft Research


Kodu is a new visual programming language made specifically for creating games. It is designed to be accessible for children and enjoyable for anyone. The programming environment runs on the Xbox, allowing rapid design iteration using only a game controller for input.

Programming as a Creative Medium

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The core of the Kodu project is the programming user interface. The language is simple and entirely icon-based. Programs are composed of pages, which are broken down into rules, which are further divided into conditions and actions. Conditions are evaluated simultaneously.

The Kodu language is designed specifically for game development and provides specialized primitives derived from gaming scenarios. Programs are expressed in physical terms, using concepts like vision, hearing, and time to control character behavior. While not as general-purpose as classical programming languages, Kodu can express advanced game design concepts in a simple, direct, and intuitive manner.

Key Features
Kodu provides an end-to-end creative environment for designing, building, and playing your own new games.

- High-level language incorporates real-world primitives: collision, color, vision
- Uses Xbox 360 Game Controller for input — no keyboard required
- Runs on XBox 360 and PC
- Interactive terrain editor
- Bridge and path builder
- Terrain editor - create worlds of arbitrary shape and size
- 20 different characters with different abilities



For more info:
http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/projects/kodu/

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Post Tue Jan 12, 2010 8:27 pm

Re: Kodu by Microsoft Research

Sweet! What is the recommended age on this thing?
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Re: Kodu by Microsoft Research

IIRC between 7 and 70. ;)
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My 5 year old and I play with it. He needs my help, but loves exploring.

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