In Canada Microsoft is inviting students and hobbyists who are interested in game development to a free event in Toronto next month. It sounds like a lot of fun and a great chance to learn about XNA Studio Express. I wish I could go myself. Not only is it free but I understand there will be food as well. No one expects you to learn while hungry.
Here’s the abstract and schedule for the day.
If building games for the Xbox 360 or Windows gets you excited then you have to be at this event. For the first time, Microsoft will take you through the details of our (soon to be released) XNA Game Studio Express. If you didn’t already know, anyone can now build interactive, high performance games for Windows or Xbox 360. We’ll take you through an introduction of XNA and XNA Game Studio Express. Then we’ll equip you with the skills to start building games ranging from 2-D Arcade to stunning interactive 3-D.
The day starts at 9am so be there. Game On!
Register Now At: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032312244&Culture=en-CA
Session 1: XNA Overview
Session 2: Developing Arcade Games
Session 3: Anatomy of a Commercial Game
Session 4: Real-world Development Process
Session 5: Graphics Design Deep Dive
** Please note that since this event is taking place on November 11, Microsoft has made a donation to the Royal Canadian Legion and will be providing Poppies for each attendee. The event will pause for 2 minutes of silence at 11am.