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Randy Guthrie – Microsoft Technology Evangelist http://blogs.msdn.com/MIS_Laboratory
A few years back a small group inside of Microsoft Research developed a functional game development platform for the Xbox they called “Kodu”. It looks like Kodu has grown up a bit and will soon be released as a touch development platform for Xbox One and Windows called “Project Spark”. While details appear to sketchy, Project Spark looks to be a platform where you can develop a single game concept and then deploy seamlessly to both the Xbox One and Windows 8 stores. There is some kind of community being developed behind it; we’ll have to see, but the platform beta is scheduled to be released this month. You can sign up here: http://joinprojectspark.com and you’ll be notified when it goes live. I’ve used Kodu and several years ago watched a 7-year walk a group of adults through making a pretty legitimate game without the need to purchase graphical assets. I’m signed up; how about you?