Microsoft to Let Regular Joes Develop Xbox Games

The house that Gates built will be launching XNA Game Studio Express, a set of (dumbed-down) development tools that will allow hobbyists and their ilk to develop games for both the Xbox 360 and the PC. Initially, these homebrew (is it still considered “homebrew” if you’re using official tools?) games will only be playable to other coders part of a so-called “Creator’s Club,” a nice way to say that Microsoft will charge you $99 for a one-year subscription to play such games. —Microsoft to Let Regular Joes Develop Xbox Games (Gizmodo)

I’m not surprised Microsoft wants a piece of this pie.