XNA is coming to USC

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University of Southern California is one of more than 10 universities adding Microsoft’s XNA Game Studio Express into their curricula. PodTech’s Rio Pesino spoke with Michael Zyda, who is the Director of USC’s Gamepipe game development school, about the impact XNA will have on its program.

Reporters Notes: Even the biggest Sony/Nintendo fanboys have to admit, Microsoft and gamers will benefit greatly from XNA. Aspiring game publishers will now have access to software tools for free and, for 99 bucks, get to create games and share them amongst friends. XNA will also help Microsoft grow its already popular Xbox Live network, give them fresh new gaming ideas and who knows, maybe they’ll find themselves a developer or two. It’s a win-win situation for both parties.

Joystik unfairly compares XNA to Sony’s Net Yaroze, a system of coding tools that let games develop for the Playstation. Microsoft has also opened up an XNA blog with an FAQ for those who want to learn more about it.

– Rio Pesino

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