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Thursday, September 07, 2006

Xenophobic Newts Attack

In the hubbub of recent times, I've forgotten to mention a major Microsoft maelstrom gaining in power and heading directly this way. Microsoft's XNA has recently been released, for free, in beta format; this rather impressive piece of kit provides a framework for budding independent developers to create games for Windows or XBox 360 using the C# programming language. If you click on the FAQ on the XNA website, you'll find a surprising level of functionality for a beta program. The main restriction at this time is the lack of ability to export and play the games on a 360 (added in an update in Spring 2007) and the need to shell out dosh for a 'creator's club' subscription, allowing for file sharing between creators and costing 99 dollars/year.

Seemingly, the motive behind Microsoft's continuing support for their XBox franchise has been in knowledge of the upcoming release of XNA. With XNA, Microsoft benefits by essentially allowing non-employees to do the job of designing games for both Microsoft platforms, the indie developers benefit by being provided with a powerful and flexible framework to supplement C# and gamers stand to benefit (in the long term) when the results of a greater variety and quantity of new games begin to filter through.

You can download the XNA Beta here. Were you wondering what XNA stands for? It's not an acronym, it just sounds good.

3 comments:

Shadow_Bolt said...

Xbox/DirectX New generation Architecture

Shadow_Bolt said...

or...

Q: What does XNA stand for?
A: XNA’s Not Acronymed

from FAQ section of website - i just don't know who to believe any more...

DuBBle said...

trust my words, you know it in your heart...