Saturday, February 23, 2008
Xbox LIVE Community Games
Also unveiled at this year's Game Developers Conference is the pending arrival of Xbox LIVE Community Games via the Xbox LIVE Marketplace. Now, members of the XNA Creator's Club will not only be able to develop games for the Xbox 360, but they'll also be able to upload them to Xbox LIVE Marketplace where people can download them, play them, rate them, etc.
Between now and Feb. 28th, you can preview this by downloading the XNA Creator's Club Game Launcher from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace, and downloading several user created Trial Games (which will only play for a limited time, until March 9th, since this is a preview).
I tried out The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai for a while, and it was a lot of fun. While the current crop of preview games aren't anything to jump and shout about really, the concept, the potential that this is bringing to console gaming is very, very important. This is truly a step forward towards creating a real Mod Community, something PC gamers have enjoyed for nearly two decades, and another reason in the list of notches as to why the Xbox 360 is the serious gamer's platform of choice.
For full details, you can check out the official announcement page here, and instructions on how to download this Community Content here.