Monday, December 1, 2008

BOKU - a new visual programming language

You all know how technology is developing faster. U will rarely find people not using the word 'Computers'. You wont wonder even if Kids of 5yr old use Computers. I ll give you an example, I saw a Computer when I was 10 yrs old and I started playing PC games only when I was 13 yrs old. But when I once played with my 8 yr old cousin he is far better then me. The only way we can console ourselves is by saying that they can only play games but not create one. As we all know we can do that easily using software like flash, XNA game studio and many more.
But guys, now we have got Competition here also.
Kids of just 10 yr old can also Create games !! Just imagine.
Microsoft on its latest Professional Developer Conference, announced that its going to release BOKU, a new visual programming language made specifically for creating games and designed to be accessible for children. Microsoft says that its programming environment runs on the Xbox, allowing rapid design iteration using only a game controller for input.
Its highly easy to create, as the programming part is by a user interface. In Xbox's case the Game controller Is enough (NOTE: No keyboard).The language is too simple and 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. Programs are expressed in physical terms, using concepts like vision, hearing, and time to control character behavior provides an end-to-end creative environment for designing, building, and playing your own new games.

These are its following features:
• High level language incorporates real-world primitives: collision, color, vision
• Runs on Xbox 360 and PC
• Interactive terrain editor - create worlds of arbitrary shape and size
• Bridge and path builder
• 20 different characters with different abilities
• Built-in sharing and rating

So gaming freaks start working hard on XNA and gaming software because we have got Competition

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