Digital Spy: Xbox Community Games

Digital Spy writes: "The gaming industry is built on a foundation of hobbyists creating their own games, with many of today's programmers learning their trade by swapping sleep for long nights of bedroom coding. Whether it was on Atari or Commodore, out of the box computers could code a fully functional video game with (what was then) current generation visuals, gameplay and sound - as long as you knew the language and had a flair for design. While home programming has always been active on personal computers to this day, on consoles it's become a lost art (Sony's PS1 Net Yaroze and PS2 Linux kits proved too expensive) and the only way to get a foot in the industry is an expensive trip to university."

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