February 20, 2008
Microsoft Announces Xbox Live Community Arcade
After two years of keynotes and press events, Microsoft seems to have finally committed to their "YouTube of games" with Xbox Live Community Arcade. Based of the XNA development software, gamers will soon be able to make games on PC and move them to either the Xbox 360 or the Zune.
Using peer reviews, Microsoft hopes that "Game distribution will be democratized, allowing the community to control the content". (Chris Satchel, Game Developer Group General Manager). Gamers will be able to create a "creator identity" similar to that of their gamer tag (though couldn't they use the one they already have?) so users can find preferred game makers, as well as games that suit their tastes based on descriptive sliders.
This could potentially be huge, considering how big social networks and YouTube have gotten. Hopefully Microsoft can make an experience as cohesive as the rest of the Xbox Live experience.