Since writing about games for Zune on Wednesday, I found a couple of demo games over on ZuneBoards.com, along with instructions on building and deploying them (you do need to install either Visual C# 2008 Express Edition or Visual Studio 2008 Standard Edition or above, then install the XNA Game Studio Express CTP in order to build and deploy games for Zune).
I deployed the games to my red Zune 80, and figured I'd shoot a quick video of Alien Aggressors in action, along with a demo of the Zune clock app, also from Zuneboards.com:
As usual, any downloads are at your own risk, and keep in mind that XNA Game Studio Express 3.0 is a community technical preview (CTP), which means it's pre-beta, which means don't go installing it on your mission-critical machine and then complain that it messed something up.
That's seriously nifty, and I'd love to develop for Zune myself (a lot better than the thought of struggling with Objective-C), but sadly the Zune Zone has not extended to cover New Zealand yet, nor is there any indication that it ever will.
Are there any plans to produce an emulator?
Even in cases where I *do* have a device I'm always more comfortable doing early development against an emulator.
The Zune team is notoriously tight-lipped about future plans, and I'm not aware of any emulator plans at present.
If it's any comfort, it works on my machine. :-)