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Project Spark..
show user profile  ScotlandDave
Project Spark is available completely for Free for Xbox One and Win 8.1..

Has anybody here tied this out yet?

We only got the Xbox One the other day - and bought the Project Spark Starter Pack for around 30 pounds sterling. It never actually occurred to me that the game might be free and that i was paying for a content pack which i thought was wayy sneaky as this wasnt made clear.

Anyway... It`s pretty awesome. The kids have immediately taken to it in a seriously big way as i have myself. It is immediately accessible but on the other hand pretty deep in the sense that even the experienced user can become immersed in creating complex interactivity.

The very very obvious feature missing beyond the core functionality is the ability to import custom 3d models / characters / textures etc etc. This would be an absolute game-changer. But - unfortunately Project Spark doesn`t allow it and we are stuck with content produced by the official vendors. On the other hand due to user/studio pressure i think that third-party content WILL become a reality in the near future..

Anyway, i have got pretty excited about this since we got it as it is pretty wicked. Ability to share content between Windows ( 8.1 ) and Xbox One is a major step also..

Have you tried it and what are your opinions? I`d love to hear good and bad..



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10/14/2014 2:54:46 AM (last edit: 10/14/2014 2:54:46 AM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
FFS, Windows 8 only?







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10/14/2014 11:11:21 AM (last edit: 10/14/2014 11:11:21 AM)
show user profile  ScotlandDave
Yeah that's a real pain, i don't have or plan to own Windows 8 ( except from on the phone ) but will consider 10 when it comes out.

Its a step in the right direction though for connectivity..


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10/14/2014 1:15:57 PM (last edit: 10/14/2014 1:15:57 PM)
show user profile  jbrophy
I am using it on my Xbone. I have been using it to teach my 9 and 4 year old the fundamentals of programming. If/thens, loops, etc. They do it all in a nice visual way. Once they get that down we will head in to UE4 and learn some blueprints together. They are also learning Zbrush now and then. I am trying to expose them to as many things as possible that I can help them with in case there is anything they gravitate towards. If not, no big deal. We recently made a FPS in Unity where my boys got to design all the crate functionality, explode, implode, gravity edit, etc and help with recording the sound. Get kids to "make" a game and they will completely ignore the fact they are learning. Spark really does a good job with this.

We really have just started on the spark path though. I spent a few hours one evening getting a real grasp of how it all works and am slowly showing them more and more.




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10/14/2014 5:57:14 PM (last edit: 10/14/2014 5:58:17 PM)
show user profile  BishBashRoss
Jealous of all you with XBones. That Halo remake looks pretty damn tasty.


Downloaded project spark the other day on my PC. Will check it out soon, seems like an interesting concept. I guess the pricing and necessity of the content packs will effect my opinion of it.


How does it work. Say if you download somebodies game but you don't have the required content, does it not allow you to download or play it?





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10/14/2014 7:51:23 PM (last edit: 10/14/2014 7:51:23 PM)
show user profile  ScotlandDave
You can play any published games from either the xbox or pc on either the xbox or pc regardless of the content used ( as far as i can tell ). But when you don't have the content you cant actually edit the games ( or remix as they call it ). Opening other published games is a cool way to learn how things are done also..

Jbrophy that's cool, it really is a great way for anybody to learn the type of logic used in coding interactivity etc. And with Unreal now using blueprints and the visual/node-based approach becoming increasingly popular it makes a really good stepping stone. I LOVE how my kids have got into it and learning as they learn how it works..


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10/14/2014 10:24:23 PM (last edit: 10/14/2014 10:24:23 PM)
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