Yesterday I posted about how the XNA Framework Games at Swedish Game Awards 2007 gives an idea of what you can do using Microsoft Visual Studio and XNA Game Studio Express, and I figured that it would make sense to follow up that post with resources available for getting started using XNA Game Studio Express.
Creating a game is an excellent way to become familiar with the tools used by developers and programmers.
From the XNA Games Studio Express site:
XNA Game Studio Express is based on Visual C # Express Edition, and allows you to create games for Windows PC’s and the Xbox 360. XNA Game Studio Express contains the following:
- The XNA Framework, a set of managed code development libraries that make it possible for game developers to be more productive when creating games for Windows and the Xbox 360.
- The XNA Framework Content Pipeline, which is a set of tools that allow developers to more easily incorporate 3D content into their games.
- XNA Game Studio Express also contains a full set of documentation, how-tos, and starter kits that demonstrate how best to use the content pipeline and XNA Framework.
Here are some resources to help you get going with XNA Game Studio Express:
XNA – Creator Clubs Online – Excellent resource for learning how to use XNA. This resource includes samples, and video tutorials to help you get going. There is even a link – New to XNA Game Studio Express, Start here.
There are quite a few tools on the Microsoft Developer Network site:
- XNA Developer Center – Microsoft’s Developer Network resource. This resource has a lot of links such as access to forums, FAQs and help getting started using XNA.
- XNA Game Studio Express Product Documentation, in case you actually want to RTFM.
- Learn XNA Game Studio Express a good place to get started, with links to additional resources.
XNA Team Blog – Get information directly from the team working on the product. I read this blog to get the initial information about the Swedish Game Awards. They have great posts such as this XNA Game Studio Express Video Tutorials Available for getting started.
These are resources to initially get you started. As you start reading in the forums, you will learn access to additional resources.
If you get stuck and have questions, use the forums, and ask questions on the blogs. When you are just learning how to use these tools, no one expects you to know everything up front. Search the forum for your question to ensure that the same question isn’t being repeated. Searching the forums might also give you additional ideas of information you hadn’t thought of yourself.