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Microsoft Phases Out XNA and DirectX?

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  • XNA was my introduction to video game programming and is fun/useful for Game Jams, being an interesting middle-ground between rolling your own engine and using something like Unity 3D. Assuming this is true, I'm sad to see it go.

  • They did the same thing to the DirectShow MVP's a couple of years ago (of which I was one). They do it when they decide that they aren't going to further the development, doesn't mean that the product line still doesn't need copious amounts of support - since the replacement product is typically incomplete for a number of years (or incompatible with all but the latest operating system version).

...when fits of creativity run strong, more than one programmer or writer has been known to abandon the desktop for the more spacious floor. - Fred Brooks, Jr.

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