Microsoft Invites You to Create XBOX Games

Microsoft To Enable User-Created Xbox 360 Games<via Gamasutra>

Perhaps its because it costs nearly $40Million to produce a game for Xbox or maybe they are finally understanding the power of Social Media, but Microsoft has made a very interesting announcement about game content creation.  Starting on August 20, Microsoft are making available the tools for people to create videogames for the Xbox 360

XNA Game Studio Express will be available for free to anyone with a Windows XP-based PC, and will provide them with what’s described as “Microsoft’s next-generation platform for game development.” In addition, by joining a “creators club” for an annual subscription fee of $99, users will be able to build, test and share their games on Xbox 360, as well as access a wealth of materials to help speed the game development progress.
Microsoft already has 10 US universities, including the University of Southern California and Southern Methodist University, who will include XNA Game Studio Express and Xbox 360 development in their curriculum.

Microsoft executive Peter Moore said “It’s our first step of creating a YouTube for videogames.”

In an official statement related to this major announcement, Microsoft suggested that the new product “…will democratize game development by delivering the necessary tools to hobbyists, students, indie developers and studios alike to help them bring their creative game ideas to life while nurturing game development talent, collaboration and sharing that will benefit the entire industry.”

More details on the pregram can be found here

4 comments so far

  1. Killer Innovations: reblog on

    Microsoft experiments with user-generated innovation

    Since it costs something on the order of $40 million to create and develop new games for the XBox gaming system, Microsoft is now reaching out to members of its gaming community with a unique opportunity for them to…

  2. John Budda / James Heil on

    I’ve been thinking of a game called “Ruins Of The Equinox” an Over the head shot Play type. It’s about a rugged Lumberjack who is married in the town of Raymont. While the world is being overtaken by the Encyrites (Demonic Slaves of the King Of Darkness). They Attack his house while in the process they kill his wife. He know lives his life in getting revenge and saving the World of This Demonic Plague.

  3. […] is now reaching out to members of its gaming community with a unique opportunity for them to design their own games: “Microsoft has made a very interesting announcement about game content creation. Starting on […]

  4. miechelrichie on

    Essential information.It will help game developer to in touch with technology to produce to better product.Exogamer(dot)com offers game products like like xBOX 360 ,1600 microsoft points and many update games at cheaper rate than market.
    It offers auction for the products.I found the concept interesting.


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