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XNA Game Studio 4.0 Programming: Developing for Windows by Dean Johnson, Tom Miller

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Introduction

So You Want to be a Game Developer?

We’ve worked in what you would call the “game industry” for years, and during our time, we’ve met many people and developers. They almost universally share a similar trait in that they either have been or at some time wanted to be a game developer. Games are everywhere—in movies, television, and the Internet. The audience of people playing games has expanded, too, with the popularity of online social media sites such as Facebook.

Much like a book or a movie, games can be a journey. They can tell a story and put the person experiencing it into a whole new world. Unlike a book or a movie, though, games are interactive. The player actually has an effect on the world. People can get immersed in ...

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