Microsoft Gives Away Xbox Design Tools
Ask almost any kid what a really cool job would be when they grow up and you're certain to hear the words "video game developer". I even think for some adults / kids who never grew up, if the opportunity came, I'd.... uh, I mean they'd quit their job in the press of a rapid fire button to go develop video games.
Now, Microsoft is making it possible by offering a public version of it's XNA Game Studio Express for free on August 30th, which is what Microsoft developers use to develop games for the Xbox 360. A full version will be out by the holidays. (article here)
Guess what's on my Christmas list???