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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Microsoft looking for future game designers

Microsoft announced that it will be giving away programming tools that will allow the next generation of game designers to develop games for PCs and the Xbox 360 game console.

Microsoft will release XNA Game Studio Express at the end of August as a trial with a full, free version available by December. "You have to make the tools available and cheap and easy to use. That's when the community really starts producing," said Chris Satchell, general manager of Microsoft's Game Developer Group.

Future game designers will be able to enter a creators club where they can share games with other developers and adapt them for the Xbox. Microsoft is working with 10 universities, which will integrate the software tools into their game design courses.

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