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Microsoft's Kodu Now Available For Windows

Microsofts fun game creation environment for kids, Kodu, is now available for Windows. You can find the free download at http://fuse.microsoft.com/kodu/. Kodu teaches children the basics of programming - Microsoft claims anyone from seven to 70 can create a game in minutes.

The Kodu programming environment has previously been available for Xbox 360.

From the website:
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.

A screenshot from the Kodu environment

Written January 14, 2010


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