Microsoft will be releasing a new set of tools called XNA Games Studio Express based on the XNA platform for games development. The great thing about this is you will be able to develop games to use on your own Xbox 360 in your living room!
XNA Game Studio Express will be available for free to anyone with a Windows® XP-based PC and will provide them with Microsoft’s next-generation platform for game development.
Check out the press release at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2006/aug06/08-13xnagamestudiopr.mspx
If you are currently teaching a course on games development in Australia and interested in using these new tools for your teaching as well as support from Microsoft Australia please email firstname.lastname@example.org