Today we are releasing what we are calling Planet Kodu version 2. It has been a lot of work but we’re really excited with the changes.
Kodu Kwestions are wiki based kwestions (questions) and answers, designed to produce high quality information about game design and development with Kodu Game Lab. The aim of Planet Kodu Kwestions is to produce high quality kwestions and answers by mixing the best bits of forums, wikis and voting systems. We like it a lot.
We’ve launched Kodu Kwestions as beta, with some of the user restrictions being relaxed during the beta period. Once out of beta users will need a certain amount of points to vote and edit kwestions and answers, we will publish more about the points structure before we exit the beta stage. Kodu Kwestions replaces the tutorial and forum section of Planet Kodu, they are still there but we’ve removed the links from the top menu. We’ve started moving the content across and we plan to complete the migration this week. We must mention that Planet Kodu Kwestions owes alot to Stack Overflow for being the inspiration.
Please, check out Kodu Kwestions, ask a kwestion, but more importantly answer a kwestion!
The second major announcement is that Planet Kodu will host an open online course on Game Design with Kodu starting March 1st 2010.
The course will be open to everyone and totally free and involve blog posts, video and live sessions. We’re putting the curriculum together at the moment but we’ve posted the outline on the course overview page. Participants can contribute via the course website or by using their own blogs and other social media. To participate go to the Course blog and click on the sign up link in the side bar.
The third major change is the revamp of the Challenges section. We’ve taken advantage of the export and import functionality that has been introduced to Kodu Game Lab to make the challenge section really interesting. Firstly you download the challenge file and then once you’ve solved the challenge you can upload it as evidence of your success. Initially your solution will be listed as a proposed solution until someone else who is “qualified” accepts it. Those who have previously had a solution accepted for the challenge can assess other proposals or if some completes three different challenges then they can assess the solutions for any challenge. Make sense?
We’d love to hear to hear what you think of the changes, please use the comments below to let us know!