Daniel Shapiro wrote me about Microsoft’s X06: GameCamp happening on November 11, 2006 at MaRS. (*Full disclosure:* Microsoft Canada sponsored CanUX 2006 which I help organize back in September). This is not GameCamp but it does look like an excellent way to see what the Microsoft machine is producing, specially if you are part of the Toronto gaming industry (again, not it).
If building games for the Xbox 360 or Windows gets you excited then you have to be at this event. For the first time, Microsoft will take you through the details of our (soon to be released) XNA Studio Express. If you didn't already know, anyone can now build interactive, high performance games for Windows or Xbox 360. We'll take you through an introduction to XNA and XNA Studio Express. Then we'll equip you with the skills to start building games ranging from simple 2-D to stunning interactive 3-D.
Session 1: XNA Overview
Session 2: Developing Arcade Games
Session 3: Anatomy of a Commercial Game
Session 4: Real-world Development Process
Session 5: Graphics Design Deep Dive