Write your own video games
How would you like to write your own Xbox 360 games?
Well it looks like soon enough you’ll be able to…
Microsoft announced a full-on embrace of the “Homebrew” gaming community.
XNA Game Studio Express will be available for free to anyone with a Windows® XP-based PC and will provide them with Microsoft’s next-generation platform for game development. By joining a “creators club” for an annual subscription fee of $99 (U.S.), users will be able to build, test and share their games on Xbox 360™ and access a wealth of materials to help speed the game development progress. This represents the first significant opportunity for novice developers to make a console game without a significant investment in resources.
Also, here’s an FAQ about the program. It sounds like there aren’t yet plans to make it easy to distribute games you’ve written – and that only other “Creator’s Club” members will be able to see your work However, I think and hope that is only the beginning. I could see a vast community and ecosystem of “indie” developers, hobbyists, or open source collaborations becoming a huge part of the Xbox 360’s long-term success.