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'Project Spark' beta lands on Xbox One

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Project Spark, the game making game from Team Dakota, has been in beta on Windows 8.1 since early December but was finally released to the Xbox One on Tuesday.

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The Project Spark beta will allow individuals to build their own games through the visual coding language that allows users to create "brains" for individual objects and characters. There's also an extensive toolset for crafting and populating game worlds with hills, mountains, forests, rivers, lakes, dungeons and more.

On top of building and creating original (or not) games, creations can be shared between the Xbox One and Windows 8.1 PCs. So, someone could create a game to play on the PC and someone else can play it on the Xbox and vice versa.

This Examiner has played with the beta off and on since its release and it is definitely a fresh step not only in gaming but learning how to create games as well. There are guides available on the official site as well as by doing a search for user-created tutorials on YouTube. Even if you aren't into the coding, you can focus on world and item building or simply enjoy trying out other people's creations.

Those that already have access to the Windows 8.1 beta automatically have access to the Xbox One beta when using the same Xbox LIVE account. Those that would like to join the Project Spark beta should head to joinprojectspark.com and sign up now.

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