Kodu

Xbox Live Community Game. 400 Microsoft Points (GBP 3.40 / EUR 4.80).

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MS launches game-maker Kodu on PC

MS launches game-maker Kodu on PC

Free beta hopes to attract schools.

The public beta for Microsoft's easy-peasy game-making tool Kodu has been released on PC.

Dubbed the Technical Preview, this is available to anybody for free right now. The hope is that schools and educational facilities will snap this up.

You may remember Kodu being released for a few quid on Xbox Live's Indie Games Channel last year. That's because it was.

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Game-creator Kodu launches on Live

Game-creator Kodu launches on Live

Simple tools for all for GBP 3.40.

Microsoft Research's Kodu Game Lab has launched on the Xbox Live Community Games channel.

It costs 400 Microsoft Points (GBP 3.40 / 4.80) and grants the tools to build - quickly and simply - the game of one's dreams. A bit like LittleBigPlanet, but without the restriction of building within an existing game's framework.

There are over 200 different programming features to pick, an image-based creator to prettify with, and the ability to share your creations with any Xbox Live friend.

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Kodu developer thinks we're all geniuses

But medium is "least democratic" of all.

Kodu lead programmer Matt MacLaurin reckons we all have "fifteen minutes of sheer brilliant genius", and that by unlocking game development for the masses our industry will begin its important big next step.

Game-creating game announced for 360

Game-creating game announced for 360

Microsoft's Kodu coming in the spring.

Microsoft used its presentation at the Consumer Electronics Game Show yesterday to reveal Kodu, an easy-to-use game-creation package that will be released on the Xbox Live Community Games Channel in the spring.

Kodu can be operated with just an Xbox 360 controller, and to demonstrate its ease of use, a 12 year-old joined Xbox boss Robbie Bach on stage to demo it.

A graphical interface allows you to put together "action-reaction" programming commands based on simple concepts "like vision, hearing and time". You'll be able to piece together game-style "playgrounds" from 200 or so building blocks, or tinker with preloaded levels.

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