Microsoft Fuse Labs has released KODU a visual programming language made specifically for creating games. It is designed to be accessible for children and enjoyable for anyone.
KODU provides an end-to-end creative environment for designing, building, and playing your own new games on the PC or XBOX 360:
- High-level language incorporates real-world primitives: collision, color, vision
- 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
Download it here: http://fuse.microsoft.com/kodu/
Check-out this blog post on CNET for more background on how Kodu was created.
Microsoft brings kids developer tool to the PC