Home-brew games arrive on Xbox Live

All those years of bedroom coding are about to come to fruition. Er, well they would be if we'd actually spent the last few years buried under Pot Noo

All those years of bedroom coding are about to come to fruition. Er, well they would be if we'd actually spent the last few years buried under Pot Noodles, drinking Red Bull and bashing out Doom mods.

Others, however, have – and Microsoft's now giving these have-a-go game-makers the chance to proffer their efforts alongside Halo 3 and Guitar Hero, by uploading their DIY titles to Xbox Live.

One of the first already up there is Little Gamers (pictured), a cartoony 2D side-scrolling epic from the Swedish webcomic of the same name. You'll have to get your skates on to get hold of it as it'll only be available until Sunday, and then only for 16 days of play once downloaded.

Also trumpeted at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco was a Brazilian puzzle game, Trilinea, and 'street' dodgeball sim, Rocket Ball, fresh in from the States.

Microsoft reckons the move has the power to cause a "creative and social revolution in games with the same transformative power that we've seen in digital music and video sharing". And a nice way of picking up some free games, we add.

Contact: Microsoft