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Sponsored Feature: Xbox Live Community Games


November 5, 2008 Article Start Previous Page 5 of 6 Next
 

Play!

The most exciting part has arrived! Community Games are fully integrated into the New Xbox Experience. Gone are the days of getting a creator code, downloading a title player, and hitting an X to get into the special section of Marketplace. Xbox LIVE Community Games are open to everyone on Xbox LIVE now.

Download and play

To get and play a community game, sign into your Xbox 360 console. Community games are in the Game Marketplace.

After selecting Game Marketplace, select the Community Games store front. Although it is not shown in the following screenshot, you'll be able to browse the community games by Most Popular, Most Recent, Title, and other filters.

As you can see, your box art is prominently displayed. Also note that we have added a Community Games banner to your box art. You do not have to create this. You can drill into the details of a game by selecting it.

Here you'll see that all community games have a trial version that is free. This enables the players to try before they buy. Do you remember the game information you submitted? Your screen shots, game capabilities, and description also show up in this area.

After you download the game, you can either Play Now directly or play it from the Game Library. Just as in Marketplace, Community Games have their own area within the Game Library.

Trial version

Every community game will have both a timed trial and full version of the game. A splash screen tells you the trial is over. The screen gives you the option to unlock the full game.

Game invites and rich presence

Of course, integration wouldn't be integration without cross-game invites and rich presence information.

Cross-game invites enable you to join other players in their community game even if you are not currently playing the game. Below, RumbleMasterII has invited me to join his game!

If you do not have the game, you are invited to download the game from LIVE Marketplace.

In addition, XNA Game Studio 3.0 enables rich presence strings in your game. Not only can you now see which community game your friends are playing...

...but also, what they are doing!

Last, but not least, once your games are on Xbox LIVE Marketplace, you can buy them from Xbox.com, and even put them on your Xbox 360 download queue from the Web!

As you can see, Community Games are treated as first class citizens in the console and on Xbox.com. A few exceptions do exist, however. Notably, community games do not support achievements or leader boards.


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