Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Microsoft Kodu: A 3D3C Virtual World Sample


CES 2009: Kodu Demo

[you will need Silverlight, Microsoft flash-like addon]
This video demonstrate how a user can create a 3D game for the XBOX that include social interaction. So we have 3D (of course), Community (various players), Creation (look at how she is programming the 3D objects, and Commerce (the young developer that has created the game can sell it in the XBOX market).

Here's what Microsoft has to say about "Kodu":

The core of the Kodu project is the programming user interface. The language is simple and entirely icon-based. Programs are composed of pages, which are broken down into rules, which are further divided into conditions and actions. Conditions are evaluated simultaneously.

The Kodu language is designed specifically for game development and provides specialized primitives derived from gaming scenarios. Programs are expressed in physical terms, using concepts like vision, hearing, and time to control character behavior. While not as general-purpose as classical programming languages, Kodu can express advanced game design concepts in a simple, direct, and intuitive manner.

Kodu provides an end-to-end creative environment for designing, building, and playing your own new games.

For more info see Kodu web site.

For more of Microsoft related technologies:
see the "wave" site: http://www.microsoft.com/uk/wave/home.aspx

* Microsoft 2019 video
* Microsoft Tag
* Photosynth
* Project Natal
* Worldwide Telescope
* Surface
* Deepzoom

Thanks to Maged Kamel Boulos for the link.