If you have a machine still running Windows XP SP2 and you’d like to play with some fun simple game development code, check out XNA Game Studio Express.
This install requires Visual C# Express to first be installed. Visual C# Express can co-exist with the full versions of Visual Studio and does not share any settings, so will not interfere in any way. Visual C# Express Download Page
What is GSE?
GSE is a game development environment for Visual Studio. GSE is provided to the community to stimulate a healthy hobbyist and student game development ecosystem. By having a common (and free) platform people can develop, learn and share games and code libraries.
Where can GSE created games run?
Currently on Windows computers. Next they will be able to run on Xbox 360 systems. Beyond that, the imagination is the limit. Keeping in mind that basic graphics services and 3D rendering are needed.
What’s the best way to get started?
Install Visual C# Express. Then install GSE. Open Visual C# Express and Create New Project. Choose "Space Wars Project"
Space Wars is a sample project that implements a simple game. This game watches user input, loads and renders graphics, plays sounds, ad simulates some simple physics. There is plenty here to explore.
Read more about the history of Spacewar!
In my next post I will give a bit of a tour of the Space Wars sample.