Microsoft XNA is a set of tools with a managed runtime environment provided by Microsoft that facilitates video game development and management. XNA attempts to free game developers from writing "repetitive boilerplate code" and to bring different aspects of game production into a single system.

The XNA toolset was announced March 24, 2004, at the Game Developers Conference in San Jose, California. A first Community Technology Preview of XNA Build was released on March 14, 2006. XNA Game Studio 2.0 was released in December 2007, followed by XNA Game Studio 3.0 on October 30, 2008. XNA Game Studio 4.0 was released on September 16, 2010 along with the Windows Phone 7 Development Tools.

XNA currently encompasses Microsoft's entire Game Development Sections, including the standard Xbox Development Kit and XNA Game Studio.

The name "XNA" originated out of the project's development name, Xbox New Architecture. Instead of being released under the Xbox name, the Xbox 360 was released (2005), and XNA came to stand for "XNA's Not Acronymed".

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About Junkcraft Armada with 0 comments by MysticRiver on Oct 25th, 2014

Until recently I had this feeling, why should I leave an injured crew member behind in battle? or let it burn when fire is spreading everywhere, with no capability of pulling injured crew members from those dangerous places it became frustrating in some events, losing them because I couldn't extinguish the fire on time, well not anymore, now you can carry injured crew members and put them in a safe place so medics can cure behind the lines, or you can carry enemy robots destroyed and try to hack them or get spare parts from them, but beware trying to hack enemies can result in booby traps too!, in a future update funerals will be also available for the fallen ones, why is this important? your crew interact with each other so losing a friend will affect them and having a funeral will help them overcome the loss, though if some crew members do not care nothing will change for them.

Also added current local time in your ship, this will allow the player to know the standard time in your ship, why is that necessary? well crew members need to eat and sleep, so according to the time shown on the corner you can see when night time is coming, though there isn't really a night time in space, but still your crew need to sleep. In this case I overworked my crew and they slept on the floor, later I will show the crew bunks where they can go and sleep. There is also a robot carrying another broken robot which I am planning to hack later. Robots do not need to sleep but need to recharge.

Beware, do not leave bodies to rotten in your ship, your crew will be affected emotionally if they see dead people, some may not even properly sleep for a long time.

Lastly, I've been working on the injury system, now crew members health can be monitored and see which part of the body have been damaged, they can loose limbs or internal organs and more advanced medic facilties will be needed to repair or replace limbs, a missing leg will not allow a crew member to walk, or a missing hand will not allow a crew member to wield double handed weapons like rifles, only pistols. Depending on where the injury happened some crew members may develop phobias.

Some body parts will be easily replaceable with 3d bio-printers and other machines while others may permanently affect your crew member, a damaged brain will impair some of the capabilities but if proper equipment is acquired it may be possible to save them, I will leave the medical facility for another post.

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Jdawgg25
Jdawgg25 Jun 12 2013, 2:40am says:

Microsoft abandoned XNA but for the most part XNA is free to download, free to install on to Visual Studio and free to use. To port your game to Xbox 360 and test your programs on it, you have to download the XNA dev kit on 360 and it usually runs $100 per year to have this feature. It’s essentially a membership. You see this is great, because it allows anyone to test their games or programs on 360 for $100. That may sound like a lot but that is essentially your license with Microsoft to run the programs you create on 360. You see, years ago Homebrew games were illegal games ported to console platforms and the reason they were considered illegal is because many people porting their games they created to consoles like Xbox and PS2 did not have a license. XNA already existed. It was a dev kit for “Professional Developers”. So Microsoft create a free version of XNA for anyone to use in year 2004, before Xbox 360 launched. This diminished Home-brew games somewhat and allowed anyone to safely create games for 360 if they paid $100 per year. Check out MonoGames to port your XNA projects to other platforms. I recently found out about it.

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Jdawgg25
Jdawgg25 Jun 12 2013, 2:38am says:

Just to be very clear, XNA is not a game engine. I don’t have any problems with people calling it a game engine but that doesn't fully make sense. XNA is not a game engine, it’s a framework. What I mean by that is, XNA essentially is a set of Helper Classes to help game developers save time programming their games. Those classes are saved into .dll files which are a set of library files. This is where I think Microsoft slipped up some on the “tools” part but I am starting to understand why I am confused when people are saying XNA is dead and turn to Unity. XNA does not come with features like tilemaps, particles, scripts, physics, level editors, etc. but if you are a XNA Community Member, you can go to their forums and download sample projects created by Microsoft to help you primarily learn about these things and save time creating your own. So you have to either create your own or use an existing engine built upon the XNA Framework. Unity is entirely a separate game engine of its own with its own physics engine, its own graphics engine, and its own support for multiple platforms, its own level editor… I think you get the picture.

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zerglingno7
zerglingno7 Apr 2 2013, 1:38pm says:

simple for game deverloper

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Jdawgg25
Jdawgg25 Feb 3 2013, 3:26pm says:

XNA is a great resource and I am grateful to have it. I am programming and designing a game engine built upon the XNA framework. See more at this link: Indiedb.com

The page will be updated gradually over time with more pictures, videos, and features. I hope you like it so far. Check it out and post comments letting me know what you think. With that said, just to be clear, I am not a professional game programmer with tons of experience. I am teaching myself and updating my engine as I go along. Thanks and I would greatly appreciate your support.

Sincerely,
Jdawgg

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atsebak
atsebak Aug 29 2012, 9:28pm says:

xna is great framework for 2d games too bad its not supported for visual studio 2012

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Arethrid
Arethrid Jan 26 2013, 7:25pm replied:

Actually it is possible to make XNA work for VS2012 with some adjustments. Search for "Coding Made Easy" on youtube, he made a tutorial on how to do it.

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#Tilbie
#Tilbie May 6 2012, 11:36am says:

There is an error in the description: XNA stands not for "Xbox New Architecture", it stands for "XNA's Not Acronymed".
Also I have to agree that XNA is not an engine.

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ds9490
ds9490 Feb 9 2012, 7:25pm says:

XNA is not an engine it's a development libary it's just Direct X with some code already provided.

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pulka103
pulka103 Dec 29 2011, 3:14pm says:

Magicka is create on XNA and .NET 3(.5)

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IceIYIaN
IceIYIaN Dec 7 2011, 11:43pm says:

Visual Studio 2010, C# / XNA Game Studio 4.0
developer.WindowsPhone.com

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It's not an engine, its a framework basically a template to directX. I really like it because it allows you to develop for 3 Microsoft platforms and can port them easily.

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