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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. ...
Website: http://www.charityfragathon... Where? Microsoft 8300 Norman Center Dr, Suite 950 Bloomington, MN 55437 When? Wednesday September 24, 2008 Time? 6-10pm The Twin Cities XNA User Group is throwing their first ever charity event! Admission to this event is $10 (ten bucks!!) and that covers entry into what just might be the biggest Halo 3 tournament you've ever seen. We'll also have a room set aside for Rock Band 2 and of course XNA games for anyone who wants to check out the new Xbox Live ...
I've finally arrived!!! Three years ago as we were building our house I had the whole thing wired with CAT-5. Everyone said I was crazy since WiFi was working so well. I responsed with, "yeah, WiFi is great for my laptop, but when I'm streaming my TVs through my computer, I'll be happy it's hardwired". For the past year I've been streaming my movies to my XBox 360, and that's been great. None of that compares to the excitement I've had using TVTonic to download the Olympics and stream them to my ...
My buddy Donald Belcham made a suggestion that I post an entry with links to all the entries in the Ignite Your Life series. To that end, I’ve implementing a couple of things to make it easier to find the blog posts: First, I’m now updating the second post in the series which gave an overview of the 5 R’s with links to the posts. You can access (and bookmark) that page here. Secondly, on the left hand side of my blog you can find a list of links to the posts (they’re listed just under my XBox gamer ...
So this is a step up I suppose from getting "Stupid Prizes" from Community-Credit in the past...how about winning an MSDN Subscription or an XBox for your participation in the developer and user group community? I plugged in my points and ended up one of ten winners this quarter for the INETA Community Champion program. I found out yesterday after getting home from an exhaustive day of memory and cognitive tests related to my brain-aches when I opened up the latest INETA newsletter. Congratulations ...
so a few of you (including my parents) have been wondering what this "big idea" of mine was. It's not another game store, although don't rule that out permanently. It's not a video game studio, although again... never say never. No, this is something truly magnificent. I give you the Charity Fragathon. www.charityfragathon.com The Twin Cities XNA User Group is throwing their first ever charity event! Admission to this event is $10 (ten bucks!!) and that covers entry into what just might be the biggest ...
Nintendo, Nintendo, Nintendo. We need to have a little talk. See here's the thing, it's not me, it's you... So Nintendo wrapped up their E3 conference a bit ago and here's the recap. _____ Oh sorry, I fell asleep, BORING! Couple new Fit-board utilizing games, 2 new peripherals, some new games, and zero excitement generated. The biggest news? It's probably either between the new motion sensor thingy, or the reveal the Mario and Zelda teams are both working on new Wii games. But they said 'new titles', ...
Since I'm at work at can't access video, I'm going to post my thoughts on the Microsoft Press Conference based on numerous live-blogs I read updates on. First thing I'll do tonight though is watch all the videos of it. I thought the MS conference was quite unimpressive overall. Initial reactions to Fallout 3 were varied due to the seemingly early nature of the demo/game. RE5 came out and demo'ed some co-op but we knew co-op was coming for awhile now and the game seemed quite similar to RE4 (not that ...
http://www.torpexgames.com Microsoft and Torpex Games announced today the release of Schizoid for Xbox LIVE Arcade. Billed as "the most co-op game ever", Schizoid creates a new category of action gaming where teamwork equals survival and players must protect each other from waves of glowing enemies. Available for download now, Schizoid is the first-ever Xbox LIVE Arcade title built using Microsoft's XNA Game Studio. Microsoft's Schizoid page: click me I am really really excited about this. It's great ...
Jaime Rodriguez on DeepZoom, Pete Brown on on Publish/Subscribe pattern in SL, Shawn Wildermuth on XAML Controls, Tim Heuer on new Videos, Bill Reiss on SLStreaming, Philip Beadle on File Uploader, Adam Kinney with updated GamerCard, Brad Abrams focused on Data, Scott Barnes on DeepZoom, SilverlightSDK on MSDN Searching, Mike Snow on SL Transparency and SL Policy Server. From SilverlightCream.com: Working with Collections in Deep Zoom. Jaime Rodriguez almost snuck this one by me, but I caught it ...
I 'retrieved' the latest version of Pong from my laptop last night and upon looking it over, it really is much more functional than I has previously though. Oh sure it needs work, lots of work, but many of the core elements on the 'work board' were mostly finished. For example, the game saves just fine, I just need to place the auto save code in a few spots and save all the right items. See, since I don't have all the awards and stuff programmed, I don't have what I need to fully save done. There ...
Recently I bought a new router. My existing Linksys Wireless B router (a nearly vintage BEFW11S4 v.4) was up to 4 reboots a day. Those of you who have experienced this fun little ritual know what I'm referring to: One minute you're working just fine and then all of a sudden, no internet connection. Doesn't matter if you're wired or wireless. So, being the thrifty (cheap bastard) type, I put off replacing it as long as possible. I also hate hate hate dealing with networking stuff, so that was another ...
An XBox or MSDN Subscription to the 10 Most Active Contributors in the User Group Community each quarter. How? By doing what you are doing already, you stand to win: a) Valuable Prizes: An MSDN Subscription. And, if you already have one, you can choose an XBox instead. b) The Fame and Prestige of having an award to hang on your wall that shows that INETA recognizes your contributions to the User Group Community. c) Official Recognition on the INETA Website for one year. All of your peers will be ...
If you are a user group leader in the worldwide community of Microsoft® .NET user groups, you probably already know about INETA. Don’t know about INETA? Then you should definitely take a look and become an INETA member group. Are you already involved with an INETA member group? Be sure to check out the new Community Champions program. This is just one of the ways INETA recognizes and rewards those who contribute to the user group community and help it grow. The Champs program was specifically designed ...
Finally Microsoft launched the new Dream Build Play competition! This time around you are given the opportunity to work in a group of up to 7 people or by yourself to produce an exciting game for the Xbox 360 using XNA studio 2.0. A total of $75,000 is up for grabs which will be shared amongst the top four finalists. They will also be have the chance to receive an Xbox Live publishing contract. Good luck to all who enter ...
TechEd is going good. This years TechEd is a bit different than the many that I have been to before. The keynote was ok - not great, but not bad. I was hoping for some customers to come out on stage and present the really cool things they are doing with Microsoft's technologies. I love seeing front line implementations and the hills they had to climb to get to what they have. But there was none of that this year. They brought out a robot as part of some new Robotics group in Microsoft and they brought ...
For the last six weeks I have been working on a Master of Orion clone called Sovereign - all in XNA. Main screen Intro screen Menu screen Planet info screen All of these graphics were created with Paint.Net. All graphics, such as the logo, menu screen background, and planets, were created from tutorials on the Paint.Net forums. Current Features: Intro screen has a gear animation that moves across the screen, cracks like an egg, and an Appsguild logo flies out, complete with Fade. Menu screen has ...
Some time ago I wrote that there is a wave of HCL events sweeping through Poland. Today I'm happy to announce that we opened registration for the Code Camp in Kraków. This is the first such conference organized by the members of KGD UG for the .NET developer community. We will meet on June 7th for the chance to listen to sessions from five great speakers: The world has changed… What are the dilemmas of designing software solutions in the year 2008? - Tadeusz Golonka Reach End-Users With Next Generation ...
Microsoft has released sales figures on the XBOX 360 and they have reached the 10 million sold mark. The Wii is close behind with 8.8 million sold.
Great opportunity for game developers!
I don't like messing with DVDs and their cases when I want to watch a movie, so I went and bought a 250 GB Maxtor OneTouch 4 external hard drive. Over the next few days, I plan to rip my DVD collection to it so I can watch them on Windows Media Center via my Xbox 360. As a test, I ripped "Leon The Professional" to my new drive and attempted to play it in WMC. The movie showed up in my DVD Library just fine. However, when trying to play it, I got the following message: DVD Error: Windows Media Center ...
Sony have recently announced that the PS3 has overtaken the XBOX 360 in Europe - unfortunately they are wrong. The industry web site: http://www.vgchartz.com/ still shows XBOX 360 leading in the others area (Europe). What I have found interesting, though, is why are people buying PS3's in Europe - for the gaming? No it is because it is the cheapest way of buying a Bluray player with the latest software at a very sensible price!!! For real gaming the XBOX 360 is still the best (I classify the WII ...
Next week is the last week of teaching XNA Game Development to my students. My year long planning for the course has really paid off and I'm proud of the 2D games that my students created. All of the games were deployed on the XBOX 360 to show the game play. I've posted some of the games that they created and I hope you like them too. Here are some DO's and Don'ts when teaching XNA. Do's Stick with one version of XNA and use it for the Semester. Teach your students the art of game design. Prepare ...
Yep its finally released!! According to my sources a beta is due (possibly) sometime this summer. Anyway here are the links. Blog: XNA Game Studio 3.0 CTP Download: XNA Game Studio 3.0- Microsoft Download Link It does not yet support 64 Bit or Xbox 360, but still its only a CTP release!! And one bug mentioned so far has been that spritebatch seems to only work with certain image file types and certain sizes, more info on bugs and such to come. We all need to do our part to make it a better framework ...
Ive been doing a little research recently about the B2B capabilities of BizTalk. Based on the content currently available I thought it might be useful to have a B2B 101 style article with some background information and links to useful resources. so here goes! Background BizTalk is an integration and business process platform which can help you develop different kinds of solutions (BPM, EAI, ESB etc). One of the key scenarios which BizTalk allows you to develop solutions for is B2B. BizTalk can act ...
April 30th Regina.NET and Regina IT Pro held the hereos community launch event. As far as I know, this was going to be the largest locally run (local speakers, facilities and sponsorship) IT community event. We booked 3 - 100 person classrooms and we had 3 speakers providing sessions that run concurrently, then repeated. The schedule looked like this Windows Server 2008; Room X SQL Server 2008; Room Y Visual Studio 2008; Room Z 6:30 AD, Hyper-V New Datatypes, Resource Governer LINQ, AJAX 7:30 AD, ...
Well, my advanced programming students finally have a 2d shooter game that they have almost completed. It's been fun watching the development of their games. Some students are tweaking their sprite graphic, some are adding different sounds. Dan Waters from Microsoft will be coming to speak to my students on Tuesday about the new XNA framework that will allow you to create a game for a Zune. Dan has a great blog on XNA and I used his resources during the semester. I have been experiencing deploying ...
I recently purchase an Airport Extreme to get the 'N' coverage my Home Hub doesn't provide. As I have BT Vision (works very, very well) I couldn't scrape my Home Hub. I have a number of computers that need to hang of this not least my XBOX 360 and PS3 (bluray player not games machine note) so I approached this with a little trepidation. My computers are a mixture of Wintel PC's and Laptops + 3 MAC's (note each also runs Vista). Advice from my friendly MAC shop was just to use the supplied Airport ...
Recently, while getting fired up for a family Rockband session, our XBox died. Red ring of death. Put down the guitar controller - the third one nonetheless - first one got its strum bar stuck, second one had a miscalibrated tilt sensor - and go through the routine... call, ship, wait. We'd only done it three times in the last two years, so yes, we know the routine. Two weeks later (life without an XBox isn't all that bad, really - did you know there's a whole world outside the front door) the box ...
This seems to be a hot topic right now. Are you getting GTA IV and if so are you getting it on the XBOX 360 or PS3? The answer to this question for most people is probably on the console they own. D' uh. But we have both. We bought a PS3 for Bluray movies and have a far larger collection of games on the 360. But I am buying it on the PS3! Screw the extra content on the 360. Why I am doing this? 360 hardware failures. I am sick of them. If you have read my blog for any length of time, you may already ...
Introduction Hey there. As promised, I'm covering the Egyptian Developers Conference 2008 that took place last Sunday/Monday. WARNING: I have so many sheets of notes that I don't know when to write, so, I'll either stop writing at some point or throw a very big pile of text to you :D. For the same reason, I'm not sure whether I'll be able to make well-sized sub titles, also, will relay on referencing to related resources when possible. DISCLAIMER: This is still a very personal perspective thing. ...
Last night, I fell asleep at my keyboard for a bit. (Cut me some slack, it was 2am.) While dozing off, I had a dream about the MVP Summit. Not so much a dream really as a kind of an instant replay. I do this sometimes... it's my brains way of processing things later (on a separate thread I guess.) In my dream, there were several semi-related events boiling down to a single slide-show: 1. Drunken Podcast in the Westin Hotel lobby. I watched several intoxicated MVPs attempt to pontificate on (something... ...
I haven't mentioned this but I've got some wonderfully awesome, tutorial greatness I've written! (end shameless promo number 1). Anyways, I'm still working on this series but I've had lots of amazing feedback from lots of people that have benefited from them. Here's the complete list: XNA Development Tutorial 1 Downloading and installing Microsoft Visual C# Express Edition, XNA Game Studio Express, and connecting Visual Studio with your Xbox 360 console. XNA Development Tutorial 2 Starting a new ...
And so the Twin Cities Code Camp came to an end yesterday, and Jason and his team did a phenomenal job once again. The turnout was even higher than last year, and the presentations and speakers were a who's-who of talent from Minnesota and the surrounding states. I was able to connect with a few new faces, like Javier Lozano, Chris Sutton, Bryan Sampica, and Chris Johnson, among many others. It was a great community event. My afternoon presentation on Developing ASP.NET with MVC without the MVC Framework ...
LeeOnTech blogs about a SL Modal Dialog, Scott Guthrie on Existing UI == UserControl, Chad Campbell has an update on his book, Chris Carper started blogging about the Business of SL, Adam Kinney blogged his new GamerCard, Dan Wahlin on ItemsControl Templates, Jaime Rodriguez on SL2 Instantiation, Jesse Liberty on SQL to DataGrid via WCF/LINQ, and Laurent Bugnion on a bug with skewing and opacity masks on reflections. I forgot to mention that Pete Brown of Irritated Vowel has changed his RSS feed ...
First of all - a huge thanks to all those folks in Atlanta who pull this thing together each year. They really do put on a good event in Atlanta and I look forward to it (almost to the point of bugging Jim via e-mail) each year. This was actually my 2nd code camp where I didn't speak...though I did have some slide decks ready in case there were some last minute cancellations. I actually missed a chance to speak since I was helping Bill move furniture while Jim was looking for me to cover a session. ...
Well, we are in the home stretch of our learning of XNA. We have used the excellent tutorial by Charles Cook that is located on the XNA creators club site. Beginner's Guide to XNA Game Studio Express This all-in-one tutorial is everything you need to get started with XNA Game Studio Express. Follow along with in-depth video tutorials with source code examples to learn how to create 2D and 3D games from scratch. I'm hoping this tutorial can get updated to XNA version 2. My students concentrated on ...
A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to present on SharePoint at a Wine and Cheese Server 2008 Launch event. It was quite an event. The event itself had over 150 attendees' signup and was very busy. And to hold true to most all events there were some terrific raffle prizes. One guy actually went home with a new Xbox 360 and Guitar Hero III. It is still amazing to me the acceptance and the challenges people are facing with SharePoint. On one hand companies are implementing SharePoint at a break ...
The first meeting of the Portland Area XNA User Group was a complete success! We had a great turnout for our first meeting with just over ten people showing up (for as inexperience we are at running a user group, we were THRILLED with this turnout). I apparently love the sound of my own voice and managed to talk about XNA for over an hour. I wasn't really planning on talking that long, it kind of just happened. I didn't see anyone sleeping and I got some great feedback afterwards so hopefully I wasn't ...
The first meeting of PAXNAUG is tonight! If you need directions or more information about the time, look at the PAXNAUG meeting post. Looks like it's going to be a small turnout, but for as new as we are to running a user group, that's probably a good thing. We have the pizza ordered and we're making a run for the few other remaining supplies we need right now. We didn't get sponsorship for the first one, so this meeting is on us. We figured we'd aggressively hunt sponsors for the higher number meetings. ...
I really like it when students discover things on their own and get excited about their own learning. This week, my students have been modifying an existing XNA Pong game. They have just learned the concepts of putting sprites on the screen, moving sprites, and sprite collision. There were two games they could select and some selected the game Dan Waters put together on his blog and the other was from Bill Reiss. Basically, they had to change game play in the pong game. Some added more paddles, changed ...
OK, so techniques for managing our time are common place such as calendars and to-do lists. But what about managing your thinking? Being an Architect is a practice, not a process, so arguable the most important tool we have is our brain as it is our central repository for knowledge and logic but it's not like a computer. Often useful information comes flowing out it, almost randomly in no particular order that's if your lucky. Sometime the brains requires some exploration and provocation to tease ...
Twin Cities XNA User Group - March 20, 2008 3D Game Development March Guest Speaker: Nick Landry This session quickly skims over the basics and takes you through an iterative approach towards building your first 3D game: a remake of the Space Invaders classic! Using live demos we’ll discuss the structure of a game, including the game loop, game time, initialization and workflow, explore the managed code libraries that form the XNA Framework, work with the XNA Framework Content Pipeline that allows ...
Not sure how Rock Band determines what is appropriate for Xbox Live but it denied our band "The Ballmer Dance" but allowed drummer "Rocktard". Technorati Tags: video games,rock band,steve ballmer ...
For those of you that know me offline, you already know most of this story. For those of you that don't, let me catch you up. For the past several months (basically since November 2007), I have been pulling double duty as Daddy and Mommy and living a life filled with more than a tad of stress and worry. You see my wife was pregnant with our fourth boy and was put on bed rest around that time. That's typically done with pregnant women when there's a risk and danger of the baby being delivered too ...
Today marks the second birthday of my xbox 360 and it's still going strong.  Since day one it's stood vertically and hasn't been moved an inch.  In these days of rrod ridden horror stories I thought i'd share...
http://jobs.gamesondeck.com... Do you want to work with world class game studios responsible for hit titles like Gears of War, Halo, Viva Piñata, Forza, Jade Empire, Fable, Age of Empires, Project Gotham Racing and others? Like the idea of getting your hands dirty on next-generation games like Mass Effect, Alan Wake and the forthcoming Marvel MMO? Microsoft Game Studios is looking for seasoned developers to join the high-powered publishing engineering ...
This is the email newsletter I send out each month for our local XNA User Group. If you want to get on the list, just drop me a line at XNAEvents@gmail.com and I'll be happy to add you to it. Hey everyone, I've got some potentially HUGE XNA news today, from the GDC. Keep reading. Also, if you haven't RSVP'd for tomorrow nights (2/21/08) meeting, please do so ASAP so we can order enough pizza, etc. 2008 UG Calendar February 21st - Game AI Techniques (THIS IS TODAY!!) March 20th - INETA Guest Speaker ...