Kodu is visual programming language that is very simple and made specially to create games. It is Microsoft Research project to encourage kids and teenager to create and enjoy technologies. Programs consist of pages and these pages are divided into different rules. The rules are further divided into conditions and actions. The Kodu language is designed specifically for game development That’s why it provides specialized primitives derived from gaming scenarios. Programs are expressed in physical terms like vision, hearing, and time to control character behavior. Kodu can also express advanced game design concepts in a simple, direct, and intuitive manner.
That’s cool we can now play Pac-man inside google map. Just visit Google map and click on the Pac-Man icon on the bottom left on the screen. Google will change the map into a level based on the center of the map and then it uses the roads to render a level. We can then control our yellow hero with the keyboard and relive the Pac-man frustration as ghosts chase us around our local streets.
Introduction to ScratchJr
ScratchJr is an iPad app that a gives young children (aged between 5 to 7) an introduction to programming. Kids can develop games with few easy steps. Using graphical programming blocks, children can make characters move, jump, dance and sing. In the process, children learn to solve problems, design projects and express themselves creatively using the iPad. ScratchJr can be downloaded for free on the Apple App Store.
ScratchJr is a collaboration between the DevTech Research Group at Tufts University, the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab, and the Playful Invention Company.
To start creating a new project just select a character and start dragging and dropping blocks from the block palette. All commands start with the Green flag and end with the End blocks. What comes in-between is up to kids. Kids can make their character move, talk, appear and disappear simply by adding the corresponding command to the script. Kids can change their stories background. There is a lot of pre-set scenes available and these can be accessed by clicking on the ‘Change Background’ button.