Wednesday, April 08, 2009

15 Great XNA Tutorial Sites

I have compiled a list of fifteen great tutorial sites for Microsoft's XNA Game Studio used to create games for the Xbox 360, Windows, and Zune. This list is in no certain order though the first few are all about beginners.

XNA Creators Club's getting started page has a couple of beginners guides. One for 2d games and one for 3d games. If you haven't seen these in your quest to learn XNA you really should drop by and check them out.

XNA Developer Center contains all the technical specs of XNA including a programming guide, XNA Class Libraries, White Papers and more. If you haven't seen this resource yet, I would certainly encourage you to do so. is a great place for beginners. The video tutorials are for complete beginners, meaning you have no real experience in coding. The tutorials here are a bit old but are a great foundation. If you know nothing of coding or very little, this is the place to start.

Riemer's XNA Tutorials has tutorials for both 2D and 3D games. The 2D series is a complete run through of creating a game from start to finish. The 4 different 3D series look at different aspects of 3D game programming.

Ziggyware has tutorials on everything from programming to graphics. One of the largest resources outside of the creators club, if Ziggyware doesn't have it they probably link to it.

Blue Rose Games, formally XNA 101, has tutorials covering 2D, 3D, sounds, and much more. There is a good amount of tutorials here.

XNA Resources has many good tutorials and other resources for learning and programming games in XNA. One of the older XNA resource sites on the Internet.

RB Whitaker's Wiki is a fairly large tutorial site. Many good tutorials here as well as RB's Game Development Kit, a list of free software for game development.

Innovative Games has good tutorials on games engines and game editors as well as other programming tutorials covering different things including advanced ideas such as matrices, quaternions, and Euler angle vectors.

Game Theory has a great series of video tutorials called Building a 3D Game in XNA From Scratch. A definite must if you plan to build a 3D game.

XNA Wiki is a place for XNA Game Studio users to collaborate and share code, techniques, and tutorials to aid others in the pursuit of game development for all.

XNA Development is another great tutorial resource that has been around since the release of XNA. Many good tutorials, sprites and links here.

Virtual Realm has a large collection of XNA tutorials and tutorials for using Blender, a 3D editor and rendering program. Both video and written tutorials here.

Learning XNA - Webcasts and Tutorials has a good collection of tutorials, webcasts, demos, and many other resources. A great collection of examples, code, and snippets can be found here.

Last but certainly not least is Catalin Zima's Blog. A great source of tutorials and how-to articles that covers many things being done in video games today.

So there you have it, my list of 15 great XNA tutorial sites. This is by no means all of the tutorial sites on the Internet, there are a lot of them. However, this should get you started in the right direction and even getting you programming in no time.


casm369 said...

Thanks, I've been looking for some good tutorials

Peter Principal said...

The Wiki tutorial is surely the best ever!
Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Very much appreciated!
I always look up to guys spending time to share their knowhow with the rest of the community.
Thanks and and cheers from Germany.

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