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Kodu Game-Creation Tool for Kids by Microsoft

Kodu, a Microsoft Research game invites users to create their own worlds while teaching them basics of game development. Kodu was first unveiled in Jan 2009 at CES, on Xbox 360, is now available on PC in public beta to make the game more attractive to schools. By eliminating the need for controllers, schools don’t need any special equipment – students can start building worlds with just a PC and a keyboard. “Through Kodu, Microsoft introduces children to programming and helping them advance their design, math, and problem-solving skills, said Matthew MacLaurin, director of the Redmond FUSE (Future Social Experiences) Lab and the game’s creator. It also encourages students to truly engage with computers, instead of experiencing them passively. With Kodu, budding developers string together simple and intuitive cartoon icons that define rules of their game world, rather than using complex programming language. The result: Anyone from seven to 70 can create a game in minutes. Since its release, Kodu has been downloaded more than 200,000 times, according to Microsoft.”

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