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  • Psychotext 20 Feb 2008 20:45:49 55,032 posts
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    There were some people interested in this so I'll post the PR here:

    Xbox 360 Becomes First Video Game Console Ever to Invite the World to Create Original Games and Share Online With Millions

    Flood of community-created games to double leading games library.

    SAN FRANCISCO — Feb. 20, 2008 — In a landmark announcement during the keynote address at the annual Game Developers Conference (GDC), Microsoft Corp. promised to soon allow Xbox LIVE members to play, rate and share community-created games. As the first in the industry to pioneer high-speed online gaming and high-definition games, Xbox 360 once again broke new ground by introducing a new, open distribution service for games created by the community and soon playable by its 10 million Xbox LIVE members. Community-created games on Xbox LIVE will quickly double the size of the Xbox 360 game library. By the end of 2008, Xbox 360 owners will have access to more than 1,000 games, making it the largest, most creatively diverse library across all next-generation platforms.

    “The time has come for the games industry to open its doors to all game creators, enabling anyone to share their creations with the world,” said John Schappert, corporate vice president of LIVE, Software and Services for the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. “Our goal is to drive a creative and social revolution in games with the same transformative power that we’ve seen in digital music and video sharing.”

    Inviting Everyone to Share Their Own Games With Millions

    Demonstrating a look into the future potential of community-created games on Xbox 360, Chris Satchell, general manager and chief XNA architect at Microsoft, announced that seven games created using XNA Game Studio 2.0 would be available immediately for Xbox 360 owners to download from Xbox LIVE Marketplace:

    · “JellyCar.” Created by Walaber from the United States, this game is about driving a squishy car through squishy worlds, trying to reach the exit.

    · “Little Gamers.” This is a 2-D high definition action side-scroller based on the famous Web comic “Little Gamers” created by Loïc Dansart, a 24-year-old software developer from Belgium.

    · “Dishwasher.” An intense 2-D action platform game created by James Silva from the United States, “Dishwasher” has a unique, highly stylized look and fast and fluid action.

    · “TriLinea.” This puzzle game created by Edison S. Prata Jr., Renato Pelizzari da Silva and Davi da Silva Prata from Brazil mixes fast-paced action with strategy.

    · “RocketBall.” Created by Tyler Wanlass, Patrick Murty and Todd Barrons of the United States, this neighborhood game of dodgeball explodes onto the street with fast-paced multiplayer action.

    · “ProximityHD.” This game, created by Brian Cable from the United States, takes the essence of strategy games — battles for control of territory and armies — and distills it down to a simple, easy-to-understand set of rules for casual players.

    · “Culture.” Created by independent game development company Hidden Path Entertainment from the United States, “Culture” contains challenging games and puzzles based on beautiful flowers.

    An Xbox 360 community game created using Microsoft’s XNA Game Studio software and XNA Creators Club membership will be able to be submitted for distribution on Xbox LIVE. Each community-created game must then undergo a thorough peer-review process and be evaluated for accuracy in representation and appropriateness. Community game developers will be able to beta test the process this spring and will be able to distribute their games on Xbox LIVE by the end of this year.

    I'm actually really tempted to dust off the old skillz and have a go. =)
  • Khanivor 20 Feb 2008 21:13:40 41,253 posts
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    Eliminates one criticism of MS and even more importantly provides gamers with loads more games and small devs with a foot in the door. Everyone wins.

    Should also lead to mods for games.
  • steoc4 20 Feb 2008 21:19:07 1,665 posts
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    Grr I want to try these but I don't have a wireless adaptor for my 360 and the PC I was using as a bridge is out of commission the last few weeks.
  • GeeMacca 20 Feb 2008 21:47:46 2,806 posts
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    Jelly Car is actually Elastomania and I claim my five pounds.
  • mcmonkeyplc 20 Feb 2008 21:56:23 39,566 posts
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    Errr I cant find these on market place?

    Come and get it cumslingers!

  • GeeMacca 20 Feb 2008 21:57:08 2,806 posts
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    You have to download XNA launcher, then from games library, download the XNA trials.
  • jozz 20 Feb 2008 22:06:01 4,871 posts
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    I can't see shit! Where is this XNA launcher of which you speak?
  • mcmonkeyplc 20 Feb 2008 22:07:52 39,566 posts
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    jozz wrote:
    I can't see shit! Where is this XNA launcher of which you speak?

    What he said!

    Come and get it cumslingers!

  • jozz 20 Feb 2008 22:09:13 4,871 posts
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    Ah, New Arrivals>Game Content> scroll down to the bottom.

    For something they've freshly announced it's not exactly easy to find.

    Bloodkult wrote:
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    It's hidden in the 'spotlight' section in the Marketplace.

    :p

    I did have a look in there first off but couldn't see it :)
  • Psychotext 20 Feb 2008 22:20:01 55,032 posts
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    Just DL the XNA creators club from Games> Games More..
    Then goto games library tab over to XNA Games and hit Y to download. Running a bit slow right now (for obvious reasons).
  • Der_tolle_Emil 20 Feb 2008 22:27:20 7,301 posts
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    GeeMacca wrote:
    Jelly Car is actually Elastomania and I claim my five pounds.

    Elastomania on the 360? Sold!
  • Deleted user 20 February 2008 22:38:43
    So are these games free to download?
  • Psychotext 20 Feb 2008 22:42:25 55,032 posts
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    deathgibbon wrote:
    So are these games free to download?
    For now yeah. Also:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7255866.stm
  • jozz 20 Feb 2008 22:54:15 4,871 posts
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    Dishwasher is very cool so far.
  • MattyB2007 20 Feb 2008 23:16:17 2,752 posts
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    Yeah Dishwasher is really really good!

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  • Whizzo 20 Feb 2008 23:23:29 43,351 posts
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    Dishwasher is good but the controls made me wish I had a different controller to play it with though.

    Jelly Car is all kinds of wonderfully silly though. :-)

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  • manuel_garcia 20 Feb 2008 23:28:18 4,079 posts
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    If anybody can do the circus level on jellycar i'll eat my hat.
  • Psychotext 20 Feb 2008 23:36:48 55,032 posts
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    manuel_garcia wrote:
    If anybody can do the circus level on jellycar i'll eat my hat.
    lol, my missus did it. I should have taken a photo. :D
  • barchetta 20 Feb 2008 23:40:28 1,387 posts
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    Does The Dishwasher do a shitload of decompressing initially? Just get a black screen which locked the xbox and forces a reboot.

    Jellycar is quite nice - theres going to have to be some crazy inventive levels to keep me coming back though...
  • manuel_garcia 20 Feb 2008 23:44:08 4,079 posts
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    Holy crap. Dishwasher is excellent, gets better as you go through.

    Good stuff, I'm liking this initiative already.
  • Psychotext 20 Feb 2008 23:55:45 55,032 posts
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    barchetta wrote:
    Does The Dishwasher do a shitload of decompressing initially? Just get a black screen which locked the xbox and forces a reboot.
    First time I've loaded any of the games I got stuck on a black screen. Can't help thinking it tries to do something on live and the servers are being crushed.
  • Trowel 20 Feb 2008 23:59:16 18,054 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    Just DL the XNA creators club from Games> Games More..
    Then goto games library tab over to XNA Games and hit Y to download. Running a bit slow right now (for obvious reasons).
    For those as dumb as me who weren't understanding the second part explaining how to get the XNA games, after downloading the launcher, go to your Games Library select My Games then push right 3 times to scroll to the XNA Creators Club games list (which will be empty until you download them by hitting Y, as explained above).

    I can't be the only one who's never scrolled left or right in the My Games section... :/
  • Gruff 21 Feb 2008 00:01:30 2,947 posts
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    +1 Dishwasher, very stylish with hidden depths.

    Played the flower one, WTF was going on.

    “It's not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it's not possible to find it elsewhere.”
    ― Agnes Repplier

  • Whizzo 21 Feb 2008 00:04:34 43,351 posts
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    The Little Gamers game is as good as the web comic that spawned it.







    That's not a compliment. Rocket Dodge is pretty useless too.

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  • Psychotext 21 Feb 2008 00:04:51 55,032 posts
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    manuel_garcia wrote:
    If anybody can do the circus level on jellycar i'll eat my hat.
    2:28. :)

    http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=210dq42&s=3
  • manuel_garcia 21 Feb 2008 00:08:46 4,079 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    manuel_garcia wrote:
    If anybody can do the circus level on jellycar i'll eat my hat.
    2:28. :)

    http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=210dq42&s=3

    Wow. Either that's amazing or I'm just spectacularly crap at that level.

    Impresive work!
  • jozz 21 Feb 2008 00:14:18 4,871 posts
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    Whizzo wrote:
    The Little Gamers game is as good as the web comic that spawned it.







    That's not a compliment. Rocket Dodge is pretty useless too.
    Yep, pretty much a tarted up flash game.
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