So I had the pleasure of asking Mark Finsh A Senior SDE in the Creative Systems Group at Microsoft some questions about Kodu. There has been some talk recently about Kodu possibly being able to compete with the clickteam range of products. Mark was nice enough to clear some things up, and tell us some really great news bits that should be really interesting to read for anyone that is making games right now! Here is the reply in its entire from Mark:
Thanks for your mail, and of course, for your interest. Youíve got a very cool site going there, and itís great to see so much talent and energy getting put to creative and constructive use, on what looks like a wide variety of game types.
Hereís a link to a recent interview on Kodu, which might help give you a better idea of the space that we are moving into.
In particular, you might find some of the footage in the video helpful for getting a feel of the Kodu process.
Kodu is quite a bit different from something like ClickTeam, in more than just the 2d-3d jump.
For one thing, Kodu is the game play system as well as the game creator. When you play a game in Kodu, you always have the option to open up the game programming and modify it as you wish. Playing a game is really just a warm up to trying to improve the game.
Kodu is also much less open for content, and that is intentional. We are currently pushing the game design and logic programming aspects of game creation.
As to your question on how complex of a game you can make in Kodu, the answer is, very complex. And weíve seen full games made spanning many genres of gameplay. However, you canít make a game that looks like Halo, or Madden Football. We supply the look and physics, and you put it together and wrap it around gameplay programming. Thatís the idea anyway.
Either way I think it'll be popular. It'll be good for kids and when they hit that limitation wall they might move on to MMF. It's good that there's more tools like this coming out though. I would have died for something like this in elementary school.
I found a video of Kodu on Youtube and it was all incredibly limited to what you can do or place into your map. It's nothing really special; Some 12 year old girl made a map with it. All you really do is set some premade events and premade objects and bam, your game is done. It's hilarious because the crowd was amazed by it all. I started when I was twelve and I knew more than she did.
Another petty attempt by Microsoft.
I dont think we are the target audience, i think this will be for many people a blessing and lots of folks will use it as a first step into the deep waters of game creation before moving on to mmf or xna.
I think it looks pretty good. Not the same as MMF, obviously, but I would love to make games for a console, with HWA (stable and complete HWA) and physics. If they let you send games to your friends I imagine it'll be a lot of fun.