Microsoft releases Popfly game creator

By Justin Mann on May 3, 2008, 7:22 PM
Microsoft is catering to the small “ease-of-use crowd” inside the development community with their alpha release of the
Popfly Game Creator
. The system is designed to be an easy way for pseudo-developers to pound out casual computer games, focusing on allowing projects to be started and finished without writing any code.

Ease of use aside, what they are actually pitching doesn't seem to be based in reality. It is the developers who know how to take ideas and put them into code properly that end up making good games, whether grandiose or browser flash games. While inevitably these types of developers get streamlined into ugly behemoths like EA, Microsoft's focus here seems to be a much younger, less skilled audience. They do make a good point, however, in that it might be a hook for younger people who are interested in future development careers.

Still, it seems like Microsoft is trying to craft the MySpace of simple parlor games. It will be interesting to see what this tool actually ends up being used for.




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Jesse_hz said:
GameMaker anyone?
jtickner1 said:
I was going to have a look at it but it said I needed Silverlight enabled. Silverlight doesn't support Opera so I'm not going to bother. If MS want to really rival Flash with SL they need to do a better job.
phantasm66 said:
You are going to see a lot of this kind of thing in future, i.e. websites you go to to program or design or build something and you will have to know next to no code to do it.
neurosys said:
They arent trying to rival anybody I dont think, I think its more a move to centralize around a singular platform and protocol like microsoft always tries to do... assimilation. Exactly, no opera u must use our crappy IE7.
Jesse_hz said:
@phantasm666:Yes, in the future 6 lines of code will create a complex xhtml/java script  widget, that takes a couple hundred lines today. :P
jtickner1 said:
[b]Originally posted by neurosys:[/b][quote]They arent trying to rival anybody I dont think, I think its more a move to centralize around a singular platform and protocol like microsoft always tries to do... assimilation. Exactly, no opera u must use our crappy IE7. [/quote]Silverlight works with FF as well as IE
Jesse_hz said:
Edit: nevermind.
phantasm66 said:
[b]Originally posted by Jesse_hz:[/b][quote]@phantasm666:Yes, in the future 6 lines of code will create a complex xhtml/java script  widget, that takes a couple hundred lines today. :P[/quote]What I mean is that in the future it will be possible for people who do not have development skills to create web programs of a sort anyway, using interfaces that are completely iconic and graphical. This is some part of Web 2.0 I think. It will be possible to write and share these programs with others and this will be possible with little or no understanding of code; they'll be layers over code so that understanding of code is not needed.Modern application frameworks like Ruby on Rails and Spring try to take a lot of the "work" away from developers by providing a lot of the "glue" code and letting developers merely fill in the blanks. It could be possible to expand on this such that there are web 2.0 application frameworks which even people who do not understand coding can use to create applications. In that sense they would still be programmers in that they were designing the logic, but no coding would be involved. This could open up application development and sharing to many more people than are presently engaged such things. Users can become developers of a sort. If integrated with social networking sites, mashups, etc one can really see the potential for this to change how a lot of people are using the internet - hence Microsoft's push in these kinds of areas.
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