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Microsoft Talks XNA Games for Windows Phone 7

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This week at GDC, Microsoft showed off XNA games running on Windows Phone 7 and the screenshots are pretty darn impressive.

Microsoft has unveiled its new XNA Game Studio 4.0 for developers who want to work on games for Windows Phone 7 Series, the Xbox 360 and Windows. According to a blog post by Michael Klucher, Lead Program Manger for the XNA Development Platform, XNA 4.0 packs visual studio integration, which means developers can build a single project and with just a few tweaks, have it run on all three platforms.

Klucher's post also revealed that though Microsoft will continue to support game development for the Zune HD via XNA 3.1 and migrating games from the Zune to Windows Phone 7 will be really easy, the Zune won't be included in the XNA 4.0 release. Rumor has it Microsoft will be launching a Zune HD2 later this year that will be compatible but there's no official confirmation on that.

So what does gaming on Windows Phone 7 look like? Impressive, to say the least.

Engadget describes this title, The Harvest, as "a good looking touch-controlled dungeon crawler with destructible environments." It was put together in two or three weeks and mostly from scratch.

Check the screenshots below.

Read more here and here.

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    Lewis57 , 11 March 2010 05:12
    Do people actually use phones for games? I used to in the days of Snake, but they're just a waste of battery now.
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    Dandalf , 11 March 2010 06:46
    I hear you Lewis, phone gaming seems pretty pointless to me.
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    mi1ez , 11 March 2010 14:55
    Actually, I often play a bit of solitaire when I go for a dump
    [/shame]
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    tinnerdxp , 11 March 2010 15:40
    Sudoku... on N1650 :) ))
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    zebzz , 11 March 2010 16:45
    Sudoku on the iPhone when I'm in the Think Tank.
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    Clintonio , 11 March 2010 17:17
    mi1ezActually, I often play a bit of solitaire when I go for a dump[/shame]

    Don't worry, I chat with people on MSN and Skype while crapping...

    As for phone gaming; I don't need it. It really is a waste of battery (+1Lewis57).
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    weefatbob , 11 March 2010 19:10
    Mi1ez....you and me both mate, solitaire or bubble breaker helps pass the time during a Greyfriars
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    cynewulf , 11 March 2010 20:26
    I commute to work on the train so I play games on the mobile all the time.
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    habit12 , 22 August 2010 07:42
    How about they shove the games where the sun don't shine and work on lowering there sky high fee's for cell service?