On an earlier Roadshow (winter 2008), I gave a preview of a great environment from Microsoft Research for making game programming friendly and accessible to a wider audience, and especially children. At the time it was called “Boku”, but was since renamed “Kodu”.
As of yesterday, Kodu is now available on XBOX Live Marketplace as a free trial or purchase for 400 points (about $5) and lets you create games using only the XBOX controller (though the chatpad is useful, too.)
I’ll be downloading it soon and showing our daughters. I just might even let them have a turn!
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Will this be available for use on a Windows platform? If yes, when is it expected?
There is a PC edition planned, but no timing has been announced yet. Your best best is to keep an eye on the Kodu blog for updates.