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Beginning XNA 3.0 Game Programming: From Novice to Professional by Riemer Grootjans, José Antonio Leal de Farias, Bruno Evangelista, Alexandre Santos Lobão

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Introduction

According to the point-of-sale information compiled by NPD Group (http://www.npd.com), a leading US marketing information provider, computer and video game sales totaled more than seven billion dollars in each of the past three years. The video game software industry accounts for more than six billion dollars of this total. If we include portable and console hardware, software, and accessory sales, in 2006, the video game industry generated revenue of close to twelve and a half billion dollars, exceeding the previous record of around two billion dollars. These figures alone might be reason enough to interest someone in learning XNA and becoming a game developer, trying to get a share of a market that's more profitable than the ...

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