Linked by weildish on Wed 14th Jan 2009 18:49 UTC
Games Microsoft Research has been working on a new gimmick for XBox Live subscribers, something called "Kodu" that allows kids (and parents, perhaps?) to design their own games without prior knowledge of programming, and all done on the XBox console.
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I wonder ...
by Tobblo on Wed 14th Jan 2009 19:27 UTC
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Klik & Play for Xbox?

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RE: I wonder ...
by Almafeta on Wed 14th Jan 2009 19:42 UTC in reply to "I wonder ..."
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2007-02-22

Seems more like Mario Paint to me...

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RE: I wonder ...
by Moredhas on Wed 14th Jan 2009 22:01 UTC in reply to "I wonder ..."
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2008-04-10

My thoughts exactly. Reading the article I was thinking "I've seen all this before... Several years ago... It came from a PC Gamer cover disc!"

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LIttle Big Planet
by airwedge1 on Wed 14th Jan 2009 19:44 UTC
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Sounds like Little Big Planet for the ps3. Trying to copy the success of that game.

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RE: LIttle Big Planet
by Almafeta on Wed 14th Jan 2009 20:02 UTC in reply to "LIttle Big Planet"
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2007-02-22

Which was in turn trying to copy Second Life, which was in turn trying to copy Furcadia.

Everything's a copy of a copy of a copy.

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RE: LIttle Big Planet
by linumax on Wed 14th Jan 2009 21:13 UTC in reply to "LIttle Big Planet"
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2007-02-07

Indeed. Those bastards at Microsoft Research, just few weeks after phenomenal success of Little Big Planet, traveled back couple of years in time ( http://blog.wired.com/monkeybites/2007/03/techfest_demo_b.html ) and copied all of it into Kodu.

Edited 2009-01-14 21:14 UTC

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more information
by poundsmack on Wed 14th Jan 2009 20:06 UTC
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2005-07-13

More information can be found here: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/projects/kodu/

as well as a good review on Ars: http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20090108-microsoft-trains-next...

overall I think this is something that is really cool. I am all about finding new ways to interact with the machine. I am tired of real programming anyways ;) .

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RE: more information
by Michael on Thu 15th Jan 2009 13:23 UTC in reply to "more information"
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I am tired of real programming anyways ;) .

Yeah, why can't real programming be like this? Why on earth are we still hand-editing text files to produce code? When I first started to learn programming I sort of assumed that syntax errors would be a thing of the past by now.

If one aspect of computers has advanced over the last twenty years, it's the interface. Yet we're not making use of these advances to improve the experience of programming. Give me something like this for building web apps and I'll be a happy man.

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RE[2]: more information
by mksoft on Thu 15th Jan 2009 18:53 UTC in reply to "RE: more information"
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2006-02-25

If one aspect of computers has advanced over the last twenty years, it's the interface. Yet we're not making use of these advances to improve the experience of programming. Give me something like this for building web apps and I'll be a happy man.


Try Tersus:
http://www.tersus.com/

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Misspelling
by kolbaska on Wed 14th Jan 2009 20:54 UTC
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2009-01-14

beome --> become

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LBP clone huh?
by Buck on Wed 14th Jan 2009 23:07 UTC
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2005-06-29

I wonder if it will allow you to make a mountain out of twisted Clippies.

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sounds good
by ari-free on Thu 15th Jan 2009 04:34 UTC
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2007-01-22

hey this would get me to actually use the Xbox! Currently only my brother plays games on it...I prefer the Wii for games...when I'm not playing Risk or Reversi on the PC.

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Klik & Play!
by 3rdalbum on Thu 15th Jan 2009 12:20 UTC
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2008-05-26

Klik & Play was great - one of the few software programs I bought for the Macintosh. It would be great if Kodu was as easy-to-use, and even better if Kodu was more stable and less crash-prone than K&P :-)

Microsoft needs to remove some of the barriers to XLA development. From what I hear, you need a playable demo of your XLA game on the PC before Microsoft will give you a development kit; Nintendo don't require anywhere near as much time and money investment to let you at their Wiiware development kit.

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