Microsoft Announces Project Spark Game Maker
Something that was really big for a while but seems to have died off in recent years is user generated content. Before almost every other game or system or engine or Easy-Bake Oven I heard about had some level making tool, and in the past while I can only remember two: The PlayStation 4 creation thing from Media Molecule, and this.
During the Microsoft press conference, general manager of Microsoft Studios Dave McCarthy revealed Project Spark, a game maker thing for the Xbox One and Windows 8. People will be able to use voice and gesture commands on the Kinect as well as SmartGlass to create different terrain, change the time of day, and build towns and crap.
You can also set the behaviors of NPCs with “brains,” little pieces of AI that give the objects and other things their “personality.” In the stage demo, McCarthy put the brain of a pet into a rock, having it jump around and follow his character. Then a warrior brain was put into the rock, turning it into a golem of death. Then it turns into a mech… Okay.