The British can have gamejams too! Microsoft organised one last month at the University of Derby, with students and indie gaming types convening to bash out some 48hr game prototypes in XNA. The games, as well as stacks of video diaries, can be found here. They all have the theme “evolution” and there’s a strong whiff of early-stage Spore about them. Unfortunately, for now at least, you need all this nonsense installed to get them working. (I surprised myself by having all this stuff installed already, presumably from judging IGF games.) Apparently a Microsoft volunteer will soon be rebuilding the X48 games to make the titles more immediately executable on your PC. Congratulations to all those involved, and we look forward to seeing output from the next one.