Boku to Bring User-Created Craze to 360 and PC

Boku to Bring User-Created Craze to 360 and PC


It seems like Rare’s Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts isn’t enough to quench the burning fires sparked by LittleBigPlanet (LBP) for user-created gaming. Microsoft is currently developing a more in-depth title called Boku for the Xbox 360 and PC.

More of a simplified programming language than a game, Boku allows users to create levels with controller inputs via a series of icons and submenus. Also, instead of the side-scrolling platforming offered in LBP, Boku will immerse players in fully 3D worlds.

Below you’ll find a teaser trailer of the game as well specific information released from Microsoft.

Press Release:

Boku is a new visual programming language made specifically for creating games. It is designed to be accessible for children and enjoyable for anyone. The programming environment runs on the XBox, allowing rapid design iteration using only a game controller for input.

The core of the Boku project is the programming user interface. The language is simple and entirely 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.

The Boku language is designed specifically for game development and provides specialized primitives derived from gaming scenarios. Programs are expressed in physical terms, using concepts like vision, hearing, and time to control character behavior. While not as general-purpose as classical programming languages, Boku can express advanced game design concepts in a simple, direct, and intuitive manner.

Key Features:

  • Boku provides an end-to-end creative environment for designing, building, and playing your own new games.
  • High level language incorporates real-world primitives: collision, color, vision
  • Uses Xbox 360 Game Controller for input – no keyboard required
  • Runs on Xbox 360 and PC
  • Interactive terrain editor
  • Bridge and path builder
  • Terrain editor – create worlds of arbitrary shape and size
  • 20 different characters with different abilities
  • Built-in sharing and rating

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