Microsoft announces winners of the Kodu Cup 2011 Challenge

Yesterday, Microsoft announced the winners of the Kodu Cup 2011. The contest challenged kids across the United States (from the age of 9 to 17) to use Kodu, a free game development tool from Microsoft to create their own video game for the chance to win great prizes and the chance to attend the Imagine Cup World finals in New York City in July.

Grand Prize Winner (9-12 year olds category) – Hannah Wyman

First Prize Winner (9-12 year olds category) – David Gardiner

First Prize Winner (13-17 year olds category) – Jacen Sherman

According to Brad Gibson, Senior Program Manager of Microsoft Research’s Future Social Experiences (FUSE) Labs;

These kids, frankly, did things in Kodu that I hadn’t thought of before. Kids had zombies and fantasy worlds, monsters and infectious diseases, mythical heroes – there was just this incredible variety.

On one hand you say, ‘Hey, they’re kids, you expect a lot of imagination.’ But when you see the depth of gameplay and the richness of the stories they created, I think many of these kids could be on their way to being world-class game designers.

Via.

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