The XNA Creator's Club sponsored Dream-Build-Play contest, a contest in which XNA developers create a game in hopes of getting it published to the XBLA, just announced the twenty finalists moving onto the next round. Among the top twenty are some beautiful games (HurricaneX PC and Burning Angels), some that are quirky (Viduce) and some that are very jolly (Big Sky). And soon the top three winning XNA games will be announced on August 13th during Gamefest 2007 when we'll get to see which game will be making its way to the XBLA. Long live XNA, huzzah!
Dave Weller, XNA's official guru, pointed out an impressive demo of what XNA can do in skilled hands. Found on a Japanese website (in English here), the game is a 3D shooter and it looks very nice for a home brew project. The game's website includes multiple screen shots and videos of the game as it progresses in development. While the game includes some placeholder graphics and looks somewhat generic, it's important to note that everything you see has been accomplished in only a month's time. It's part of the previously announced Dream-Build-Play contest, so we may be hearing about it again. Check out the video after the break.