Game Development and Microsoft XNA (part I)


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Microsoft XNA is a powerful framework for building games on the Xbox 360! Get an introduction to the tools and the benefits in Part I of the presentations. Learn more in-depth details in Part II.

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  • Game Development and Microsoft XNA (part I)

    1. 1. Game Development and XNA - Part I Charles Bihis Microsoft Student Partner
    2. 2. Why Should We Care About Gaming? <ul><li>How many of you… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Play Video Games? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Would like to build a game? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have built a game? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What makes video games fun? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Art </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Interactivity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Sound </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. So what’s the holdup…? <ul><li>Why can’t we just start making a really great full-feature game? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Games are Complex and Expensive </li></ul></ul>$10 Million $40 Million
    4. 4. XNA Game Studio Express <ul><li>Introducing the Future…Make it YOUR game! </li></ul>
    5. 5. A sample of what XNA offers..
    6. 6. What is XNA? The Ten Thousand foot view <ul><li>A new game development platform based on .NET 2.0 framework and direct X </li></ul><ul><li>An extension of the Visual C# 2005 Express Edition IDE </li></ul><ul><li>A cross-platform set of libraries optimized for games </li></ul><ul><li>Provides community for novice and professional gamers to interact and share ideas, code and vision. </li></ul>
    7. 7. So what do you need to make it YOUR game? Have the Vision Create the Code Create the Art Make it Fun
    8. 8. How much is it? Free…No Creators Club required 99$/yr for a creators Club membership
    9. 9. Ready to Get Started?
    10. 10. XNA Resources <ul><li>XNA Creators Club </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>XNA Team Blog Site </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>TorqueX </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. How can I put my Gaming Skills to the Ultimate Test? How can I Change the Environment? How can I get my Game onto Microsoft Xbox Live Arcade? I can make it MY game…… The Microsoft Imagine Cup, Game Design Challenge
    12. 13. What is the Game Development Invitational <ul><li>Competition of 1-4 students working to create a serious game to the theme of “Enabling a sustainable Environment for all” </li></ul><ul><li>Conceive, test, and build your serious game using Microsoft’s XNA Game Studio Express </li></ul><ul><li>Winners will have an opportunity to present their entry to the Microsoft games management team as a download in the popular Xbox LIVE Arcade service </li></ul>
    13. 14. The details… <ul><li>Round 1 Begins: September 1 st 2007 all Submissions must be received by February 1 st 2008. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Top 160 teams move onto Round 2 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Game Demo, (Vertical Slice) - Submissions should have at least one playable level that reflects what gameplay and features will be like in the finished version.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A design summary. briefly describe the game premise and unique gameplay features. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Round 2 Begins February 22 nd 2008 all Submissions must be received by May 2 nd 2008. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Top 6 teams will move onto the WW Finals. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>100% Finished Playable game containing a minimum of 1 level. Your game should be built on the same game you submitted in Round 1. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>World Wide Finals: July 2008 . </li></ul>
    14. 15. How to get involved in the Game Design Initiative <ul><li>Head to to learn more and to register </li></ul><ul><li>Create your team! </li></ul><ul><li>Create your ideas! </li></ul><ul><li>Compete! </li></ul>