May 20, 2009

Kodu: A visual programming language made for children to create games, running on the Xbox, using a game controller for input.

"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." -Microsoft

Video from MSR Techfest (low quality, but provides an example of Kodu in action)

Interview about Kodu (link to video)

Kodu Blog

Article: New program allows everyone to program videogames (USA Today 1/7/09)

The Kodu Technology Club at Explorer Elementary School

Screenshots from the Kodu website:

http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/projects/kodu/programming_ui.jpghttp://research.microsoft.com/en-us/projects/kodu/load_ui.jpg
http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/projects/kodu/sensor_wheel.jpg
http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/projects/kodu/kodu_turtle.jpghttp://research.microsoft.com/en-us/projects/kodu/kodu_sutekki.jpg
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