Microsoft Pulls Back the Magic Curtain (if you’ve got $99 to spare)

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The interesting story floating around the video game world today is Microsoft’s announcement that they’re opening up their developers code for their Xbox to the general public and, starting in the next couple of months, anyone who has the know how and, well, time it takes to design and build a game, they can have at it. It’s called XNA and for $99 a year, people will have access to something like a club for people who are building their own stuff. Then they’ll be able to share their games online, run tests with other users, etc. A really interesting and important step to take. Here’s some from Gamasutra’s coverage:

The details of the new tech are as follows: 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.