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Kodu Coming June 30th

Remember Kodu? Yeah? No? Well, either way, it's coming out really soon.

With all the commotion surrounding Natal that stirred up during E3 , it's easy to forget about Kodu , Microsoft's game-creation experiment that debuted at CES earlier this year. The Microsoft Research team has apparently been quietly toiling away on Kodu, taking time to post a screenshot or two each week on the official blog . It was mentioned earlier this month on that very blog that the team was looking to launch at the "end of June," and today Xboxic (via Joystiq ) is reporting that Kodu will be available on the Xbox 360, through the Xbox Community Games section, on June 30th for a scant 400 Microsoft points (or $5 in AmericaBux.)

That seems pretty cheap for something that will ostensibly let you create your own game experiences with nothing but an Xbox 360 controller, which, along with the fact that it's being shoved out into the never-visited Community Games wasteland has me a little worried that Microsoft doesn't have a huge amount of faith in Kodu. If you don't recall what this whole Kodu thing is all about, check out this stage demo from CES 2009.

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Posted by Ryan

With all the commotion surrounding Natal that stirred up during E3 , it's easy to forget about Kodu , Microsoft's game-creation experiment that debuted at CES earlier this year. The Microsoft Research team has apparently been quietly toiling away on Kodu, taking time to post a screenshot or two each week on the official blog . It was mentioned earlier this month on that very blog that the team was looking to launch at the "end of June," and today Xboxic (via Joystiq ) is reporting that Kodu will be available on the Xbox 360, through the Xbox Community Games section, on June 30th for a scant 400 Microsoft points (or $5 in AmericaBux.)

That seems pretty cheap for something that will ostensibly let you create your own game experiences with nothing but an Xbox 360 controller, which, along with the fact that it's being shoved out into the never-visited Community Games wasteland has me a little worried that Microsoft doesn't have a huge amount of faith in Kodu. If you don't recall what this whole Kodu thing is all about, check out this stage demo from CES 2009.

Posted by Mongoose

Hmm, don't think I'm alone in saying that this one got past me.
I'll probably end up getting this, 400 points does seem like a good price.

Posted by Ket87

Sounds cool and for $5 its a steal but I just don't see myself ever needing that. I barely have enough time most days to play games let alone make them.

Posted by Speaker4TheDead

Seems pretty cool.

Edited by Deathdealer108

I don't know about this. I'll stick with making flash games... This looks a little too simple in my opinion. 

Wait! I know what it is, its game design for babies and idiots! 

Posted by Death_Burnout

Kodu's all well & fun, but im waiting for a Kudo game.

Posted by Rhaknar

europe doesnt even have a comunity games tab as far as i know, so we wont get it >_>

Posted by RHCPfan24

400 points is a great price for this and I will surely pick it up.

Posted by WilliamRLBaker

lol i remember when so many Sony fanboys marked this as a little big planet rip off. \

Posted by Crono

I don't really see myself playing/using this ever because it seems way too simplistic and I foresee many micro-transaction-gamepack-additions in the future of Kodu.

Posted by AndrewB

Yeah... it sounds like they lost confidence in the project after showing it to the public for the first time and put it on the back burner; lowered the scope of the project, and are leaving it to rot on the community games menu (a menu I have visited a whole two times since community games was released).

Posted by Zereta

You know what pisses me off? Not all countries, like mine (Singapore), are given access to Community Games and I actually really want to give them my money and get this game. Its fucking dumb.

Edited by CowMuffins












ACTUAL 12 YEAR OLD GIRL
Posted by FinalDasa

I have a great idea, lets have a 12 year old girl show us how to play!

Genius...
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Posted by Reverseface

Kodu...how about fuck off.

Posted by OwnlyUzinWonHan

Thought you said Kudo was coming, sorely disappointed.

Posted by MagusMaleficus

Damn, I forgot about this. Might check it out. 400 points ain't shit.

Posted by MjHealy

Ehhh, oh I remember this

Posted by Kush

I've been pretty interested in this "game" for a while and I'll definitely drop $5 for it...that's a small price to pay for what potential can be found in Kodu.

Posted by Kyle
@CowMuffins said:
"
ACTUAL 12 YEAR OLD GIRL "
That ain't no CG 12 year old girl!!
Posted by Alphazero
@Death_Burnout said:
" Kodu's all well & fun, but im waiting for a Kudo game. "
Wa-bam! There it is.
Posted by ZeroCast
@Kyle said:
"@CowMuffins said:
"
ACTUAL 12 YEAR OLD GIRL "
That ain't no CG 12 year old girl!!"



Posted by Death_Burnout
@Alphazero said:
" @Death_Burnout said:
" Kodu's all well & fun, but im waiting for a Kudo game. "
Wa-bam! There it is. "
bbbbbbbbbbbbbb-Bam!

If only this game had preset waggle commands...Wa-Bam! there it is...
Edited by MrKlorox

I'll pick this up out of curiosity. I'll probably never use it, sadly.

Posted by Damian
@AndrewB said:
" Yeah... it sounds like they lost confidence in the project after showing it to the public for the first time and put it on the back burner; lowered the scope of the project, and are leaving it to rot on the community games menu (a menu I have visited a whole two times since community games was released). "
I agree, It's pretty odd that they wouldn't pimp this a little more if it were any good. At GDC I thought it would be given a little more time to flesh itself out proper-like.
I'm still curious, though. A lot of people have a lot of good ideas, and can make really fun stuff with very little. So all this has to be is "very little", really.
It's not a big gamble at $5.
Posted by Spacemuffin
@CowMuffins:
Far superior to Nintendo's android 10-year-olds. I'm sold.
Posted by AndrewB
@Damian: The problem is, the more people that actually know of the game's existence, the bigger the chance that some great content is going to be created for it. Granted, you could argue that the majority of the people who would create any meaningful content with this would probably be the ones that are following it, anyway, and will know where to look to get it. My concern is that, if Microsoft wanted this to be what it's supposed to be, a LittleBigPlanet "killer," or anything remotely as popular, then something as simple as bumping this game up to a full fledged Xbox Live Arcade game could help that out immensely; and hell, keeping it at that price will help make it sell like hotcakes.
Edited by MordeaniisChaos

Actual 12 year old Girl.


LOL.

And i really think this could be awesome. It's just a really simple map editor with a visual path editor for programming, but it could do a lot of neat things.

Posted by xDot

I thought this was the guy who wears the shades and it was a typo and got really excited, thinking their was a Kudo life simulator or something

Posted by strangeling

I put these things in my Watch List, so I can't forget them.

I'll have to pick it up and play with it when it comes out.
Posted by AndrewB

We need birth-certificate evidence that Sparrow really is a 12 year old girl.

Edited by TabooTongue

...Ya she wasn't programming.
Using a game editor is different than actually programming a game from scratch.

Posted by ArbitraryWater

Oh yeah, I totally forgot this existed.

Posted by JeffGoldblum

If this is as great as they say it is shouldnt it be a retail release?
or at least more than $5?

Posted by Milkman

Oh wow, forgot about this. Looks a little too simplistic to be a serious game-developing tool but can't argue with 5 bucks.

Posted by delicious_lie
@Deathdealer108 said:
Wait! I know what it is, its game design for babies and idiots!  "
yeah no shit! that's the whole point!
Posted by FlipperDesert
@CowMuffins said:
"
ACTUAL 12 YEAR OLD GIRL "
Bullshit, that's Milo wearing a wig. Ask if he did his homework and see his response.
Posted by Media_Master

interesting

Posted by Jeust

And it is a door to xbox live... you can share, maybe even sell your game if it is any good. So it's an interesting piece of software.

But for now it is too soon to really know the depth of the program.

So telling that is for kids and idiots it's foolish... nobody knows trully how and what you can do with it.

Posted by MrBrian

This is available right now to playtest if you are a Creators club member

Posted by Wolverine

I'll buy it for $5 but I can't imagine that you will be able to create anything that amazing with it. It is going to be hard to create with just a controller.

Edited by Branthog

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Posted by Damian
@AndrewB: True. Just today I was listening to an indy dev talking about how troublesome it is to get noticed, compounded greatly by the fact that even people who actively want their product can't find it. XBL needs to step up the community presence if they intend anything to be worthwhile on it, and you're right about that being especially critical to a game based on community participation.