Microsoft's Game-Making Program For Kids Goes To PCs

Last year, Microsoft launched Kodu, a picture-based programming language, on the Xbox 360. It was such a simple programming language that the company made me a game on it in 10 minutes. Now, that platform has come to PCs.

As far as I can tell, this might the first game-programming language inspired by a three-year-old and Facebook. Here's part of Microsoft's announcement of Kodu coming to computers:

The inspiration for Kodu came from [Kodu creator Matthew]MacLaurin's daughter. A few years ago, MacLaurin noticed his daughter, then 3 years old, watching his wife browse her Facebook page. He flashed back to his early experiences with a computer, comparing the passive experience his daughter was having to the coding he did to interact with the machine. It was a sad realisation, he said.

Kodu is available for download for Windows computers. Click through the link below to check it out. It is also available on the Xbox 360 through the platform's Indie Games channel.

Kodu Game-Creation Tool for Kids Adapted for the PC


Comments

    Not just for 'children' really this will work to teach any non-programmer the fundamentals of design and software development. I've played with it for quite a while before this release, very cool stuff.

    Once upon a time a team from Carnegie Mellon university released a program called Alice. It was meant be a drag & drop program to learn programming (lol). Unfortunately it was riddled with bugs and crashes at the most inopportune moments. Have yet to play with Kodu but I tell you that if they make a slightly more complex version I would definitely get one an dput them into every school.

    Kodu is pretty robust, not had it crash on me. There is a program running in Victoria that will see this set up in primary schools I believe, check out http://ideaslab.vic.edu.au/ Very cool people doing good work.

    When will We get this on the 360? (Will we ever get this on the 360?)

    There's also a wonderful new resource online for the rapidly growing Kodu community at www.planetkodu.com

    You'll find that the most recent version of Kodu is also far more stable, with multiple minor improvements.

    Martin Jorgensen
    PlanetKodu
    IdeasLAB

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