Microsoft Opens Game Creation to Users

Games made by gamers for gamers coming to XBox Live
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2008 4:01 AM CST
Microsoft Opens Game Creation to Users
Wavy effects and strange atmospheres permeate BioShock, a big hit with XBox 360 players. Microsoft has announced a new initiative to bring user-created games to XBox users, but experts don't think it'll put video game makers out of business. (AP Photo/HO/2K Games,File)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Microsoft says it's going to bring democracy to video game creation and distribution, MSNBC reports. Microsoft's game-making kit has been a popular download, and the company is now introducing a way for gamers to share the games they make with millions of fellow enthusiasts. They plan to launch a YouTube-style XBox Live Community  this fall where gamers will share, play, and rate their creations.

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"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,” declared a Microsoft boss. Details are still a bit fuzzy on exactly how the user-policed community is going to work, or what rewards makers will see if their home-made creations become big hits, but Microsoft has already put a few sample user-generated games up on XBox Live. (Read more Microsoft stories.)

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