today over at the xna team blog, michael klucher announced the release of the xna game studio express. this is a free tool to aid in the development of pc and xbox360 game development.
yes, xbox360. .net + xbox360.
how you say? well, although the xna game studio express tools are free, the ability to deploy them to the xbo360 will require membership in the xna creator's club. oh sure, wha'ts that a million dollar fee? actually no. it's $99 US a year. pretty reasonable i would say. this helps you get it on the xbox and in the creator's club list on xbox live. i think it is a pretty cool concept and may even try a few myself.
to purchase the xna creators club membership, you go through xbox live marketplace -- read michael's post for details.