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Dear clueless fools who stumble upon my blog as a result of Google searches, I do NOT work for Microsoft. You may occasionally see the Microsoft logo on my site. If you look closely, you'll see it's always part of a larger design. It does NOT mean I work for Microsoft. I can not fix your xbox 360, no matter if it's the RROD or otherwise. (I realize this is because my blog is the FIRST hit for "xbox 360 return process" but come on people... look around.) I can not help you if you bricked your Zune. ...
Zune Game Development Using XNA 3.0 by Dan Waters will be released on March 23rd. Here's the product description: XNA 3.0 brings you the ability to create games that will run not just on the PC and Xbox 360, but also on the Zune mobile device. While creating games for Zune is, in many ways, similar to working on the other platforms, it also presents its own unique set of challenges and opportunities. Smaller screens, limited storage, and less processing power all affect the way you need to think ...
This week, Thursday March 19 at 6:00PM: The Twin Cities XNA User Group will feature Andy (The ZMan) Dunn. Andy will be discussing Best Practices for submitting your game to the XBOX Live Community Games, along with some interesting stories of how (and how NOT) to work with peer review to get your game passed. Those of you who have met Andy before know what an entertaining speaker he is. If you haven't heard one of his talks, then you really don't want to miss this one. After the meeting, we'll be ...
I love Xbox 360 when we talking about: 1) XNA - great free tool for game developers 2) Boku/Kodu – great visual game language system 3) Games – plenty good games awesome Xbox Live 4) X360 Prize – not too expensive and good quality (now… http://gizmodo.com/5099721/... I hate and it’s drive me crazy when we talk about X360: 1) XNA – free tool but it’s not available in Poland! No Xbox Live… 2) Boku/Kodu – I made Polish translation for Kodu and I show ...
Once again we return to the scene of the crime from last year for another evening of geeks getting in touch with their inner musicians. So let the concert begin! Let’s start with a Euro-guy and his rendition of Enter Sandman if the lead singer of Sepultura was on vocals: Video: MVP09-EMP-EuroGuy-EnterSandman Next we have The Elder channelling Garth Brooks… Young man…you must use MVC…I said young man…to learn it who should you see?…how bout, that guy…what’s his name? Don’t you know?…Why its Jef-rey-Pa-a-ler-mo… ...
I logged in this eve at 10pm UK time to sort out some Xbox 360 account stuff for my son – but twitter gave me a tweet from Scott Hanselman which directed me to http://www.kyte.tv/shanselman – a live stream of video and audio from a meeting Scott was attending. The quality is totally acceptable – both video and audio. And… you can interact. Type a message and Scott reads it – as do the other 69 folks on with me watching it. Sweet stuff ...
I'm starting a new RPG project, using XNA and targetting the XBOX 360. I'll be doing the project in C# although I'm leveraging a lot of the code and work I did in VB.NET & Heroic Adventure. I got some interesting ideas from the RPG in a week page (here: www.gamedev.net/reference/a... though I won't be doing mine anywhere near that fast. I spent a few hours over the weekend doing some basic design and coding the inital data structures. So far things are going pretty smooth. ...
I was just thinking about how far things have moved on in the last five years….and in thinking I got to examine my own home network…. So my home network serves a number of purposes: 1. Providing access to the internet for all it’s users: me, my wife and daughter when at home from Uni, my other daughter when she calls (iPhone usage). 2. My network joins my gaming experience to the outside world 3. My net work streams music around the house 4. and streams video around the house 5. Provides centralised ...
ETICS: Is it ethic that companies like Microsoft and Apple selling products which are not ready? Conclusion for Xbox360 and iPhone 3G – it was that clear that selling not fully tested products was not ethic at all. Apple for me was more dishonest than Microsoft. Anyway both companies make great profits and take big part of market. Microeconomics: Oligopoly, Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PS3 as duopoly in seventh generation consoles. Some analysis, calculations, statistics and data from NPD. Currently ...
Today I released the first Beta of the next version of Axiom. Axiom is a C# 3D rendering engine. This year marks the 6th year of it’s existence. I have been maintaining it for the past 3 years. I am particularly excited about this release because for the first time we are shipping some brand new features. XNA Renderer The largest feature that was added for 0.7.5.0 was the XNA Renderer. It has been in development for the past year. A large hurdle for the XNA renderer was the absence of any fixed function ...
HELLO! Oh man I've missed you guys. I haven't posted in forever and I'm very sorry for it! I'm trying to get this damned Windows Live Writer working with GWB and absolutely cannot get it to work (have been trying since 12/4!). I've found other GWB posters that have written about it but I think Live Writer came out with a new format and they haven't updated something. Either that or I have something wrong, if anyone can help PLEASE let me know. In recent news I've gotten an Xbox! Which means XNA development ...
I, like many others, download Windows 7 Beta build 7000 on the day it hit MSDN after reading about its availability from Bink.nu. It came as an ISO so was easy to build into a virtual machine however on my home laptop I've partitioned my HDD and had XP in one partition and Vista in the other. Vista rarely gets to see the light of day simple because it is always doing something with the hard-disk! Checking! Scanning! Indexing! All driving me nuts as it slows down the performance of my machine. So ...
Remember how annoying it was to get two computers on a network to share files between each other? I don’t mean on a domain or anything, but on a typical home network where you don’t have a domain controller or anything at that level, and at most you had a workgroup value assigned to each machine. With Windows 7, getting your computers to talk to each other is SO SIMPLE. In fact, the least amount of work you have to do to get it working is entering a password. Here’s how it works. Homegroup When you ...
Yes you can… The wave of software + services is starting to pick up momentum. It’s amazing the level of integration that can happen when you start thinking about what your customers need or better yet, what they want. Don’t even need to leave your couch or put down your TiVo remote to order your pizza now. I’m guessing you will be able to do the same soon on XBox Live. I love it! Thanks for checking out this post! Cheers, Murray Gordon ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation http://blogs.msdn.com/MurrayG ...
For those who don't want to go through the long post that follows, here's the short attention span summary. <Short Attention Span Summary> Windows 7 is a pretty neat. Installs quick, seems to have lots of neat features and I'm looking forward to watching this progress to RTM. Only thing I don't like is the loss of the "classic" start menu option. </Short Attention Span Summary> So just like so many other MSDN subscribers yesterday, I raced over to download the Windows 7 Beta that was ...
Well, wifey called me (and the world) to task, so I figured I should step up. I'll admit, I was being one of the debbie downers reflecting on everything that I didn't get done this past year. So, well here it is, some reflections on things that I did well and accomplished in 2008. It' all about the family and I made sure I focused on that. My wife and I had a great year. I mean, a REALLY REALLY REALLY good year. Our relationship has never felt stronger (and well, I feel we've been pretty strong from ...
In this issue: Damon Payne, Bryant Likes, Expression Blend and Design BLog, Jesse Liberty, and Kevin Dockx. Shoutouts, and almost as many of these as Silverlight posts: This isn't Silverlight, but the Shoutouts aren't necessarily :) ... Bill Reiss announed that Dr. Popper now on Xbox Live Community Games... very cool, Bill! Joe Stegman has an Update on Silverlight and Opera from yesterday's post... if you're using Opera and Sivlerlight, give this a read. Jeff Paries has entered the MIX 10K Challenge ...
So it finally came! The big St. Louis Day of .NET event. Man was I tired afterwards. We had it at CAIT and we reached our limit of the number of bodies that were supposed to fit into that facility. We had to finally shut off registrations because we were afraid there would not be enough room for everyone to sit! CAIT is a teaching facility so the rooms were laid out with workstations and plenty of desktop space. We rented chairs to fill in the blanks. Some rooms were VERY tight. Next year, we'll ...
For the past ten months, I have been waiting and waiting sometimes patiently and sometimes not so patient for the DreamSpark program to be available to high school students. Back in February with a huge announcement by Bill Gates about the DreamSpark program, I have been waiting. So here's the program: The Microsoft DreamSpark student program www.DreamSpark.com makes available, at no charge, a broad range of development and design software for download. The program is now available to more than 35 ...
Before I move on to other topics...I wanted to do one last post on STLDODN 2008. Now for some random event thoughts: The event was held this last weekend and it was one of the longest weekends of my year. As an organizer I spent last week stressing over many of the final details and anxiously awaiting final shipments of swag. I also spent a significant amount of time with my assistant* packing take-home bags. At one point I even paid each of my three girls $10/apiece to help stuff pens into bags ...
If you are a Microsoft Partner and are not a member of this group, please join us on December 18th to find out more about the group. The format of the meetings has changed, so if you've been before and decided not to come back, please reconsider and join us for the 2009 season. We have alot of great things in store! When: December 18th from 4:00 – 6:00 Where: Major’s Sports Café 6440 Wayzata Boulevard Golden Valley, MN 55426 Why: The local chapter of the IAMCP would like to provide an opportunity ...
Though some of you that were on the fence or have not year head about the MSDN Dev Con, are now more interested in coming out. It’s a tiny price compared to PDC and is coming to a city near you! A good group of local celebrities will be presenting along side proven Microsoft experts at the Orlando event. I will be in the attendance and around any community areas. And any social after event :) Bayer White (Jacksonville), Joe Homnick (Boca Raton), Christopher Bennage (Tallahassee), Rob Eisenberg (Tallahassee) ...
Good grief. Yet another XBOX has failed, this time it’s the new one from last year. The DVD drive stopped spinning up right after the NXE update. Microsoft is footing the bill again and thankfully we have 2 so nobody will have to stop using their Lancers. I made it in just under the 1 year maintenance agreement. But this is by far the least reliable product I have ever owned. It was this same time last year we had failure #3. Technorati Tags: microsoft,xbox ...
I wrote last time about setting up my Linksys router with DD-WRT and sharing my media on the local network with a USB storage drive. I had intended to also install a Universal Plug and Play (uPnP) media server on the router, but never could find a good media server that ran on embedded Linux. I tried uShare, and it worked OK, but only with my pictures. I also attempted to run TwonkyMedia, but never could get it installed on the router. A friendly request in the Twonky Vision forums went unanswered, ...
I'm writing this post for two reasons: 1) To preserve the details of the steps I took to get this all working, and also 2) To help others who might be looking to do the same thing. While I'm not a complete Linux noob, some simple things still are not clear to me, and in other cases, there is conflicting information available on getting DD-WRT running with USB and Samba, so I'm clarifying here what worked for me. Background I've had a Windows server running over the years for various reasons. As of ...
Well so far so good. I downloaded the New Xbox Experience last night (all in all there isn't much choice). I was a bit apprehensive with NT 4.0 SP5 flashbacks coming to mind. But it downloaded fairly quickly in maybe 3 minutes or so on my 5Mb FIOS service and a few minutes to install. I setup my little Mii with legs avatar and went about figuring out the new layout. I did not find anything really that much better albeit the layout is different than the blades. There is a bit more scrolling than before ...
I received the following email the other day: Jason, We would like to extend our thanks for your participation in the INETA Community Champion program and your commitment to the developer community. You faced some challenging competition yet your accomplishments speak for themselves. The Community Champion team is thrilled to inform you that you are one of our top ten winners for Q3 2008. Congratulations Jason! INETA will be announcing the winners this week in our November INETA Newsletter as well ...
*Moved to: The great Xbox update I hope everyone is looking forward to the new Xbox live experience that will be going Live tomorrow! Hopefully we are passed the days of the ring of death from the update, unless you have a hacked box :)Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
Life is sometimes sweeter than we realize. Sometimes we just forget to see it. We complain about work, bills, co-workers and spouses and sometimes forget to look at how awesome our lives really are. I LOVE being a programmer. I've done a lot of different jobs and I didn't come to programming until my mid-to-late twenties, so I've experienced some really crappy jobs that paid even crappier. At my current job, I was given the freedom to choose how I would develop this new project, what language, what ...
Recently I've begun programming a new game I'm trying to keep under wraps a bit, although most close friends know what it's about already. Although the game is quite new I'm already excited about the code. In PongRPG, every sprite you see is positioned in code, there are lines that load each sprite personally and set them based on values in the code. So, if I wanted to change the position of some item on the pause menu, I'd have to go into the code, track down that line, and change the value. Not ...
I just got the INETA November newsletter and as I'm skimming carefully reading every word of it, I see my name on the awardees list for Community Champion. Not knowing if it was me or another Chris Williams, I dropped a quick email to INETA and sure enough, it was me. Very cool. Once a quarter, INETA will recognize leading contributors as Community Champions. In addition to claiming this prestigious title for twelve months, awardees also receive a letter of commendation, a certificate of achievement, ...
With XBox Live Community Games (XBLCG) going live soon, I've been thinking a lot about things that are going to help all of us be successful. One of those things is encouraging hobbyist and independent developers looking to get their game out to the public to consider the quality of the game. Flooding XBLCG with a lot of poorly implemented games missing most of the polish that regular XBox Live Arcade (XBLA) titles have will quickly sink our ship. Microsoft has already made some effort encouraging ...
I should preface this by saying I spent a fair amount of time working in the TorqueX Platformer Starter Kit (PSK) when it first came out (back in the XNA 2.0 days.) I think it's great that Microsoft included this in the XNA 3.0 release (especially for the bargain price of FREE) and I certainly want to encourage them to continue doing this sort of thing, but I have to be honest and say that I'm not quite as impressed with this as I am/was with the TorqueX PSK. Of course Garage Games support of TorqueX ...
Too often lately I've been bitching in my blog, so I'm going to try and post more positive content. I love my XBMC. The xbmc is a xbox that has been modified** to primarily play videos from either a large built-in IDE hard drive or over a network from a shared folder on a Windows PC. Now I've had PCs connected to a TV before but it didn't work nearly as well as this does. Back in 2003 I had a spare PC that had a TV out and a wireless IR keyboard with thumb joystick mouse to play divx movies from. ...

Yesterday featured another day packed with sessions and started with a great keynote showing off the new Windows 7, what's coming onto us with .NET 4 and the new development environments (starring Visual Studio 10) as well as innovations in the field of Office (web office is going to allow editing and synching documents online).

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Thursday, November 6th, 2008. 5PM-7PM Sign Up Now What's this XNA thing I keep hearing about? Presenter:Chris Williams Abstract: This session will cover what XNA is (and isn't) along with what's needed to develop with both XNA 2.0 and the 3.0 CTP. We will also cover key differences between the two versions along with the features and limitations of each. Target platforms of Windows, XBox and Zune will be discussed. We'll go through some demos and take a look at some code, identifying key aspects ...
Came across this today and it's on my Xmas wish list (or is that the pre-Xmas list). The Xbox 360 fanboy web site had a posting about the GoW2 branded Zune that is coming out on November 7th (The GoW2 launch date for those that didn't know). Engadget has a posting with some images while the Zune Insider talks about the price and who will be offering it. Nice to see that the deal is available in Canada as well. Now Amazon.ca, the Source.cs, FutureShop.ca, and BestBuy.ca are all suppose to carry this ...
I have, for quite a while now, used virtualization technology for all of my development. Multiple versions of installed tools, beta development kits and specialized setups have made the maintenance of a single machine too complex to support everything needed for every project. It has been much easier to create a virtual machine for a project, install whatever is needed, work on it, and tear it down at the end. If an installation fails, or if CTP software has destabilized an operating system. then ...
My son informed me yesterday that we have the notorious 3 flashing red lights on our Xbox 360. This is the third time in three years that we've had this problem. http://support.microsoft.co... I called Xbox support, initiated a repair order, and will be waiting another month before my son can play it again. I'm amazed by the lack of quality hardware in the Xbox. Fortunately they keep repairng it at no cost to me, but I'm getting tired of annual repairs ...
So we got a Microsoft Surface machine at Phenomblue a couple weeks back and the tech team freaked, as expected. Everyone from art direction to programmer to business development were all over the machine from the moment we received the thing from Fed Ex. After the quick and rather ravenous un-boxing, the attempt to follow terribly inaccurate documented setup procedures, and ultimately an undocumented trial and error period, we fired up this future box for a test drive. From the first attract application ...
Yes folks, we're finally back after a slightly longer than intended break. I've known George for years, and he's one of my closest and also farthest away friends. We get to hang out about once or twice a year for the MVP Summit and my birthday jam. George is a very busy dude between work and his XNA Development website, but I'll let him tell you all about both of those, and everything else, in these NINE Questions with George Clingerman: 1. Where are you from? (How did you end up there?) I’m from ...
Just in case you didn't know, XBox Live and the Creator's Club website are both down today. You can read the XNA team blog for more details. But all is not lost, you should have plenty to do in your spare time. One thing you could do is head over to XNAResources.com. That's right, they're back! And they're starting a new 2D tutorial series that looks like it's going to be an extremely useful set of tutorials for the community. (Welcome back guys! It feels good to be recommending your site again.) ...
Last February, Bill Gates announced a free software giveaway to college university students and high school students as well. Here is what was offered to them: Microsoft developer tools. Visual Studio is the Swiss Army knife of computer programming. These professional-grade products provide a security-enhanced and reliable environment, enabling students to program everything from a cell phone to a robot or to create their own Web page. Students will also be able to invent compelling new gaming content ...
That's the life of an XNA MVP. When you play with XNA, you're in the power seat. The world is your oyster. When people find out you know how to make games using XNA, doors open. You skip lines. People look at you and think, "Who the heck is that guy? And why did he just walk into the post?"...wait? what? Ok, so maybe day dreaming all of that while walking isn't such a great idea. But after you regain consciousness and the bump on your head heals, you might just find out that one of those things is ...
The Charity Fragathon (http://www.charityfragatho... is only THREE days away. We're hosting a HUGE HALO 3 tournament and a Rock Band 2 Room. I am SO CLOSE to hitting the mark on this, and really need your help. Magenic (my awesome employer) has committed to matching 100% of the first $3000. I'm just a few hundred bucks short of maxing this out, and I need your help to make it happen. If you've been thinking about attending, but haven't registered yet, please do so. We've got some great prizes ...
I've known Jason pretty much since I moved up to Minneapolis, although I had heard of him long before that via his books and the Magenic tech lists. In addition to being a total languages geek, Jason's a pretty interesting guy with an eclectic background and a broad set of interests... it's probably why we get along so well. He's also a busy community guy, so I'm glad he was able to spare a few minutes to knock out this interview. So here it is, NINE Questions with Jason Bock: 1. Where are you from ...
I took some time today to update the source code for my Cops and Robbers game demo for the XNA 2.0 framework. While I was at it, I ported it to the XBox 360 as well. I had begun to the port to the Zune when I discovered that some of the XNA API calls I was using for the PC and 360 weren't available for the Zune! Mainly no ResolveBackBuffer method for the GraphicsDevice object. Total bummer. I'll have to see if I can figure out another way to do the things I'm doing to achieve the motion blur. The ...
I took some time today to update the source code for my little color key collision detection sample, "The Road Not Taken". I haven't gotten the tutorial updated just yet, but the source code has been converted to work with the XNA 3.0 CTP Framework. (hopefully the 3.0 framework comes out soon and I can get it working with that as well). I also took the time to make the sample work on the Zune AND the 360. The 360 project had to be done in the XNA 2.0 framework since the 3.0 CTP doesn't support 360 ...
Microsoft has been lowering the price of the XBOX 360 in different countries recently and North America is the latest where there are price drops happening. You can get the low end version of the 360 for 199 bucks. That's an 80 dollar difference. The higher end sells for $399 and originally sold for $449. One has to question if another model is coming out in the distant future! Technorati Tags: Microsoft, XBOX ...
Yag (Yair Alan Griver) put up some tweets* last night about about a new beta software offering called PlayOn from Media Mall Technologies, and it sounded interesting so I thought I’d check it out. Here’s the general idea: Media Mall acts as a video source for your PS3 or (in my case) XBox 360. It then allows you to browse various channel content, including ESPN, Hulu, and YouTube. More on the offerings later, but let’s talk about setting this up. I hit the download page and got the latest version. ...