The third annual Dream-Build-Play global game development competition by Microsoft has started at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, inviting aspiring and hobbyist developers to create new and innovative games for Xbox 360.
Starting Monday, April 6, developers will have the opportunity to submit their game creations to the competition for a chance to win a cash prize and an opportunity to sign an Xbox Live Arcade publishing contract. Winners will be announced this fall.
More than 7800 members had taken part in the competition last year, submitting over 350 completed games using Microsoft’s free XNA Game Studio tools. Winners took home more than $70,000 in prizes and have since become top sellers on the Xbox Live Community Games Channel.
“The level of innovation and the number of submissions we receive each year to Dream-Build-Play has increased exponentially because the development community is becoming increasingly familiar with the XNA Game Studio,” XNA General Manager Boyd Multerer said. “I’m really looking forward to seeing what developers are able to create with the latest LIVE features and updated tools at their disposal.”
The guys over at Bizarre Creations are hosting a Photo competition that will let Project Gotham Racing 3 compete for great prizes including a limited edition PGR3 faceplate, a Bizarre Creations t-shirt and a professionally framed print of the winning photo signed by the team.
All one has to do is go into the game’s new Photo Mode and take pics within the game. There are four categories – Best Car, Best City, Speed and Style – all focusing on the major points of the game. The last date for entry is August 31.
Having accidentally announced it earlier, Microsoft has officially announced the “Free Xbox Live Gold Weekend” sponsored by Verizon. Unlike the previous announcement, this free weekend will run from March 31 through April 2 and will be open to Xbox 360 gamers in the United States.
The “free” weekend will also be host to various competitions, with players getting the chance to take on Ubi’s Frag Dolls, as well as “Xbox insiders” to various sports and action games.