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Microsoft abandoning XNA Game Studio


XNA to be retired next year
Feb 03
Those in the know have seen this day approaching for quite some time, but Microsoft has made it official. XNA Game Studio is effectively done. A leaked internal email revealed the company is prepared to retire the development... read
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360 owners rejoice: MikuMikuDance getting ported to XNA


Mar 16
Alright, this bit of news isn't directly related to videogames, but doubtless there are reasons for gamers to get excited over it. Fans of the singing virtual characters known as "Vocaloids" (the most famous being Hatsune Mik... read
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Max Blastronaut impressions from Dream.Build.Play


Sep 21
Coin App's Max Blastronaut seems to have something of an identity crisis. Creator and lead designer Panya Inversin describes his game as "a classic four-player beat-'em-up with some extra bells and whistles: vehicles, ha... read
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Letting the Dust settle: impressions of An Elysian Tail


Sep 16
Of all the upcoming indie games created with Microsoft's XNA tools, Dean Dodoril's Dust: An Elysian Tail is perhaps the best known. This is because a.) it's beautiful and b.) Dodoril's lupine protagonist (the eponymous Dust) ... read
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Last month, Harmonix unveiled Rock Band Network, an upcoming service that will allow musicians to get their songs into Rock Band and actually make cold, hard cash by doing so. It’s a groundbreaking project that has the ... read feature

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Dust: An Elysian Tail gets new, incredibly beautiful trailer


Aug 06
We first talked about Dust: An Elysian Tail a few months ago, where we called it "Odin Sphere for Furries." However, please do not let this game's furry leanings put you off, because Dust is so gorgeous, I'm having ... read
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Xbox Live Indie Games receive major permanent price drop


Jul 24
The sad situation that is Xbox Live Indie Games has been a topic I've addressed before, and its marginalized position as the red-headed stepchild of Xbox Live has been frustrating for creators and consumers alike. It looks li... read
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XNA game Veks and Silence looks insane in a good way


Jul 17
Veks and Silence is an upcoming XNA developed title that looks absolutely ridiculous. It’s a side scrolling shooter where you take on a zombie horde. The game will span over 13 levels and is set to have plenty of featur... read
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After being involved in the creative process of a few indie games, I've acquired quite a taste for game making. I now feel that I won't be completely satiated until I make a game all on my own. There's just one problem -- I d... read feature

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First trailer for Agent MOO: Maximum Overdeath


Jul 12
Dtoider Agent MOO has been working on his game called Agent MOO: Maximum Overdeath, or Ammo for short, for a very long time now. The community has been playtesting it ever since we got wind of his game and now it’s on i... read
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Microsoft's LBP, Kodu Game Lab, is available on LIVE


Jul 01
Microsoft’s play, create and share game that “an actual 12-year-old girl” can play is finally available on Xbox LIVE Marketplace. That’s right. Kodu Game Lab -- one of Microsoft’s big talking poi... read
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The ticking clock on Xbox LIVE Indie Games


Jun 21
Back in November of 2008, for my very first event coverage as a representative of Destructoid, I had the opportunity to be at the launch of the then-called Xbox LIVE Community Games. While many of the games on display were a ... read
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Clover is one of those games that would immediately catch the eye of a certain type of gamer -- that is, the gamer always on the lookout for something slightly different than the rest of what's out there. Described as a "... read feature

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Xbox Live Community Games being rebranded to Indie Games


Jun 11
Everybody knows that being indie is incredibly cool, and Microsoft has jumped on the bandwagon by rebranding its XNA Community Games channel as Xbox Live Indie Games. That makes the downloadable clocks and fireplaces seem so ... read
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Dust is like Odin Sphere for furries


May 21
Elysian Tail: Dust is an XNA-developed game by Dean Dodrill that is currently in its Pre-Alpha phase. There are two very interesting things about this particular title. First of all, it looks absolutely stunning, and even in ... read
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The Xbox Live Community Games channel empowers budding game developers to create their own blockbuster titles in the hopes of attracting attention and one day becoming the next Shigeru Miyamoto. At least in theory. In practic... read feature

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It has been over a year since gamers were given the opportunity to check out the XNA Community Games demo and I think it's safe to say that one game clearly outshined all of the competition. The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai was f... read feature

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The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai out on XBLA this week


Mar 30
It's been so long since the trial for The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai was released that I can hardly remember any of the specific things that made the game so much fun to play. But, I do recall the feeling of pure exhilaration i... read
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New XNA massaging game made by a Dtoider features online co-op


Feb 12
Dtoider Entrager just released a brand new XNA game called Remote Masseuse. It’s like the other XNA massaging game (Rumble Massage), except Remote Masseuse features online co-op!Players can still massage themselves if... read
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Before I brewed my cup of coffee this morning, I listened to the sounds of my two cats playing with their toys, my girlfriend grumbling about having to go to work, and rain drops. My cats’ paws thumped on the floor spor... read feature

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XNA game provides orgasmic massage pleasure


Jan 28
Although Destructoid's Community Games challenge is for developers to tell us what we should review, a few titles on the service tempt me to "go rogue" and review them anyway. One of them is Rumble Massage, which Wi... read
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Weapon of Choice has been held aloft for a while now as an example of what Community Games can be with some development know-how and a lot of effort. It is one of the most professional looking games to have come from the XN... read feature

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Braid premium theme available on Xbox 360, creator remarks on theme prices


Jan 11
If you're anything like me, you'll love console themes, but can't stand the fact that Microsoft charges stupid amounts of moon money for the privilege of downloading. Jonathan Blow would like you to know that, although he has... read
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Weapon of Choice speed run contest challenges you to move fast for prizes


Jan 09
Weapon of Choice is by far my favorite XNA Community Game. What other XNA game features a stick monster that spews milk from its teats? Considering the wide berth of titles available for download, I consider originality (and ... read
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There's something inherently satisfying about watching a chain reaction. From the ancient simplicity of Dominos to modern day videogame classics like Peggle, setting something in motion and watching the results is incredibly ... read feature

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Downloadable fireplace is available because of XNA, thanks Microsoft


Dec 22
Microsoft’s indie developer tool, XNA, is more than just a program that helps people create games. It can also create ambience ... the smoky and crackly kind. Recently, a creator by the name of SniperED007 debuted his l... read
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Developer criticizes 360 Community Games price structure


Nov 25
Microsoft has come under fire before, especially from indie developers like Jonathan Blow, for the amount of restrictions and inflexibility one finds when making games for the Xbox 360. Joining the ranks of the frustrated is ... read
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On November 19, the hard work of many XNA developers is finally going to pay dividends. Along with the New Xbox Experience, gamers will get access to the Community Games blade, which is the spot to download highly touted titl... read feature

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 Last year, the winner of the Dream-Build-Play competition was The Dishwasher: Last Samurai, game that has gone on to become a fully formed Xbox LIVE title, soon to be released. This year’s winner, CarnyVale: Showt... read feature

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Xbox LIVE Community Games event coverage


Nov 03
The new Xbox 360 Dashboard update is right around the corner, and it isn't just wacky Avatars and March of the Penguins streaming off of Netflix over at the land of Microsoft. No, no, no! Microsoft wants you to remember just ... read
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The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai is coming, and he's packing a guitar


Oct 27
If you've ever tried out some of the XNA games currently being lined up, then surely one game in particular would have caught your eye. If you're a reader of taste, that game will be The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai. If you're an... read
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This tech demo for The Unfinished Swan is mighty impressive


Oct 22
It's not very often that I can get fired up over a maze game, but The Unfinished Swan is unlike anything I've seen before. The indie game is currently being developed in XNA, in case you were wondering. Since this is one of... read






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