Benjamin Nitschke is the founder, lead programmer, and game
designer at exDream entertainment. He is 26 years old, and lives in
Hannover, Germany. He became a DirectX MVP of Microsoft in 2006 for
his outstanding work in the DirectX community, especially with the
free game Rocket Commander.
He started young — at the age of 9 he bought his first
computer, a C64. He did not have many games, but he was very eager
to type in commands on the C64, and from that to writing the first
applications and games in Basic was not a big step. A few years
later, he finally got a PC (386) and started some small game
projects (Tetris clones, shoot-em-up games, and so on). exDream
entertainment was founded 10 years ago, and it released a couple of
smaller games before the first RTS game, Arena Wars, was created.
Arena Wars was the first commercial .NET game ever and was released
in 2004, where it received more than 20 awards worldwide,
especially for the great multiplayer modes.
Recently, Benjamin has developed a couple of free open source games
such as Rocket Commander and the XNA Racing Game Starter Kit, along
with many game modifications. These games feature many video
tutorials and a good documentation and code style to help beginners
create their first video games. The video tutorials have been
viewed more than 100,000 times and the games were downloaded and
played even more often than that.