It's Christmas time and what better thing to do than to build a game to give away as a Christmas gift? Especially one that works on many different devices?
To get started you will need to make sure you have one of the versions of Visual Studio Express, Visual Studio Professional or Visual Studio Team Systems, any will do for our effort right now.
First off make sure to uninstall the beta version of XNA 3.0 if you have it. Click on start and then Control Panel then use the Control Panel Home, click on Uninstall a program. Then look for Microsoft XNA Game Studio 3.0 (Beta), uninstall it.
While removing the Beta version of XNA Game Studio 3.0, plan on 10 or more minutes watching this dialog box, joyful times:
The wait is worth it though, once you have XNA Game Studio 3.0, you can develop games for
Now you have to do the downloading of the XNA 3.0 from Microsoft XNA Game Studio 3.0, and then do the installation. I would recommend that you download the deployment file to your local machine and do the installation directly on your machine.
You will see the following dialog boxes: