GDC 08: Community Games Coming to Xbox Live

During the Microsoft keynote Game Developers Conference today, chief XNA architect Chris Satchell announced "Xbox Live Community Games," a new project that will allow independent developers to freely distribute their games on Xbox Live.

The service will be "democratized," allowing gamers to create a game, submit it for distribution, rate the titles, and review them.

Developers will be given "creator identities" which function similar to GamerTags, tracking which games they have created. If a submitted game is reviewed well--with other creators applying judgment on subjects such as "violent content" using simple sliders--it will then be allowed for full download on Xbox Live.

Demos of the first games developed under the project are already available on Xbox Live.