I’ve been involved with 3d graphics for about 20 years now. In the old days, we had to painstakingly hand craft all the objects in the game, and code the behaviors. It took a while and required highly skilled people. We are now getting to the point though where you can change the game world while you are playing. Minecraft is a good example of a world building game.
The next generation of game consoles may allow this process to take the next step. Here’s a video demo of something called Project Spark. It is for the Xbox One, which is a new game console from Microsoft. They use the Kinect camera to watch what the person does. They can then create a game world and then play in it. It’s pretty cool.
I have mentioned previously that simulation will become increasingly more useful for learning. These sorts of tools such as Project Spark will lead to being able to easily create simulations that students can learn from. No coding required. :)
Here’s a good writeup on Project Spark. Project Spark lets you build the game, add character with Kinect (eyes-on) and another on IGN Project Spark: Little Hype, Lots to Like