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Yeah clifford.. We missed you!

LBP ala Microsoft: Kodu

at 23:54 - 7th, January 2009

seems ms doesn't like the possibilities of LBP on the ps3. they've been working on their own version for the 360 and showed it off a bit at CES.
from kotaku via press release:
Unleash Your Inner Creator with Microsoft's New Xbox LIVE Community Game "Kodu"

Microsoft announced today that it will turn Xbox 360 players into creators with the release of their new game, “Kodu”. Launching on the Xbox LIVE Community Games Channel, “Kodu’s” easy to use game creation techniques will make building personal playgrounds simple for anyone, with the help of an Xbox 360 controller. During a keynote speech at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, 12-year-old student, Sparrow joined Microsoft’s President of the Entertainment and Devices Division, Robbie Bach on stage to demonstrate the intuitive game that lets players choose from a variety of visual building blocks in order to develop their own unique creation.

This spring, “Kodu” will find its home among some of the freshest, most diverse and creatively independent games showcased on the Xbox LIVE Community Games Channel. “Kodu” is a pick-up-and-create game where anyone can build their own unique world in just minutes using a simple image-based creator menu that makes game creation simple for anyone, from ages seven to 70. “Kodu” created playgrounds are expressed in physical action-reaction terms, using basic concepts like vision, hearing and time to control your character’s behavior. Players can start their own unique “Kodu” created playgrounds from scratch or, if they aren’t in the mood to create, they can choose from several pre-loaded levels for quick play. With almost 200 different game-creation building blocks to choose from, the opportunities are endless.

“We’ve done everything possible to make sure that creating a “Kodu” playground is not only easy, but that it is also fun and engaging for people of all ages and backgrounds,” principal program manager for Microsoft Research and lead “Kodu” designer, Matt MacLaurin said. “Since ‘Kodu's’ interface is intuitive and prevents common programming mistakes, we’re making it easy for everyone to enjoy the magic of game creation.”

Originally designed by Microsoft Research as a learning tool for young kids, “Kodu” is the newest game to keep minds of all ages sharp by developing logic, problem-solving and creative thinking skills. In fact, in 2006, Microsoft Research teamed up with Girls Inc. and the University of Santa Barbara to create an after school “Kodu” program to accurately measure the influence educational games have in the fields of math, science, and comprehension. The team logged hundreds of hours of “Kodu” research with creators from ages five to 45 to ensure that it is easy for beginners, but maintains a depth of content for those who are more advanced.

“What I love about “Kodu” is that I can do everything myself,” Sparrow, who demoed the game, said. “It’s fast to build and different from the other games I play. I can do cool, silly things in it!”

“Kodu” will join a host of family-friendly and casual games already on the Xbox LIVE Community Games Channel. Since its launch in November, the Xbox LIVE Community Games Channel has seen a lot of enthusiasm from both game-makers and consumers, where there are currently more than 100 independent, community-created games available for download.

More detailed information about “Kodu” and Community Games can be found by visiting

what i find interesting is it seems to be an XNA title. what exactly does that mean fr gamers?

Carl Carl
News comment 1 | User comment 1159 | 9:13 - 8th, Jan 2009

It's just another outlet for people to create levels, mini games, etc. The stuff they show you is very basic. I think it would be good for them to use the tool and show the best that can be made. Kind of entice people.

I really do not see how this "competes" with LBP. LBP is a pseudo 2D/3D game that is limited to what it can do. This seem's like a generic tool. People seem to have their heads in the clouds. RPG Maker has been out for years and you can create anything 2D in it so level creation is not new.

It's like people forget that there have been level creating tools for years.

Alex Alex
News comment 2 | User comment 4856 | 13:27 - 8th, Jan 2009

granted, i just find it interesting that both sony and MS think that user generated content is the future. sure it means you can spend less developing a game, just make the engine for it, let other people do the work.

Carl Carl
News comment 3 | User comment 1159 | 13:38 - 8th, Jan 2009

Well a lot of gamers want to be able to make their own games, do their visions. Not everyone is an artist or programmer but want to be involved in game development. But this like LBP provides an easy interface for people to use to create their vision. And MS will profit from anything made through XNA to a certain degree. So really providing more content on your console just makes it better then the others. Always go with what has most potential.

Alex Alex
News comment 4 | User comment 4856 | 14:08 - 8th, Jan 2009

but aside from more 'games' do gamers get anything from their creations? xbox points or actual money or something?

Carl Carl
News comment 5 | User comment 1159 | 14:12 - 8th, Jan 2009

In XNA if you happen to get clearance for releasing on live you are able to determine how much you charge. Microsoft gets like 10% or the such while the user gets the rest. So it's win win.

Alex Alex
News comment 6 | User comment 4856 | 14:54 - 8th, Jan 2009

even in games like lbp?

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