Create your own game

"(Microsoft) comes up with a new set of developer tools that will let college students, hobbyists and others create their own games for the Xbox 360 console, for a Windows PC or both. Dubbed XNA Game Studio Express, the free software is expected to be available in beta form by the end of the month, with a final product available sometime this holiday season. Microsoft released the first version of its XNA tools for professional developers in March 2005, ahead of the Xbox 360’s release the following November.

With the hobbyist release, the software giant is hoping to lay the groundwork for what one day will be a thriving network of enthusiasts developing for one another, something akin to a YouTube for games.

  • In the first incarnation, games developed using the free tools will be available only to like-minded hobbyists, not the Xbox community as a whole. Those who want to develop games will have to pay a $99 fee to be part of a "Creators’ Club," a name that is likely to change. Games developed using XNA Game Studio Express will be playable only by others who are part of the club.
  • Next spring, Microsoft hopes to have a broader set of tools that will allow for games to be created that can then be sold online through Microsoft’s Xbox Live Arcade. Microsoft will still control which games get published, and it’ll get a cut of the revenue.
  • Down the road, probably three to five years from now, Microsoft hopes to have an open approach, where anyone can publish games, and community response helps separate the hits from the flops.

That would mark a major shift in the gaming world. While people have long been able to create their own PC software, console game titles have historically been created by a far more limited set of developers."

Full text and source: Play your own Xbox game (CNET News.com)

{One of my posts at "香港 (Hong Kong) 地區 Xbox 討論區" dated "08-15-2006, 11:22AM"}

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