I could not help to share this great news from Brian Keller with you.

Microsoft issued a joint press release on 08/31with Valve Software, the makers of the hugely popular Half-Life 2 PC game, in which Valve has endorsed Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition as the preferred tool for creating customizations to, and completely new games around, their Half-Life 2 engine. Customizing game engines (or ‘modding’) is a popular way for hobbyist and professional developers alike to develop games since it gives them a professional-grade engine to build on top of.