LittleBigPlanet-esque Boku Coming to Xbox 360?

By Chris Faylor, Nov 03, 2008 2:49pm PST Microsoft's Boku, described by the firmas a "visual programming language made for creating games," may end up on Xbox 360 in addition to the PC, Gamasutra reports.

Similar to Media Molecule's LittleBigPlanet (PS3) and its focus on user-created levels, Boku uses a simple graphical interface that allows users to design their own content. In fact, Microsoft claims the icon-based interface is accessible enough for children. [videofeature]http://www.youtube.com/v/sfzrE2dg7og&hl=en&fs=1 [img]http://www.shacknews.com/extras/faylor/boku_prev.jpg[/videofeature]

At Microsoft's recent Professional Developers Conference, project lead Matthew MacLaurin explained that the inspiration for the project stemmed out of his childhood experience with programming experience programming BASIC-language games on a Commodore PET.

"It was really this message in this moment that programming is actually a fun activity all on its own," he said, as reported by The Seattle Times. "I think a lot of us who came into it at that time, you know, really feeling like this is really an amazing new tool that I can use to express my own ideas."

Though Boku can be used with an Xbox 360 controller, Microsoft claims it does not yet have a "specific roadmap" for the project. However, MacLaurin told attendees that they would have a chance to play with Boku "early next year."

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