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  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2013 Games Finalists Announced

    So! The moment has arrived! The teams selected for the Worldwide Finals in Russia have been announced. Here’s the list: Team UMA, Angola – Don’t Fret Zeppelin Studio, Austria – Schein WickedGames, Czech Republic – reSOUND Banzai Lightning, France – SEED Seven Worlds, France – Kameon Solite Studio, Indonesia...
  • Blog Post: Quick Coaching Session for Imagine Cup Games

    As the deadline is fast approaching for the online Imagine Cup Games competition, we thought it might be a good idea to quickly cover what we’re looking for during the judging. If you’re in a team competing in the Games competition and are looking for info on what makes a great entry, check in on this...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2012 Game Design Finalists – Phone

    Just as impressive as the games in my last post, here are the ten finalists headed to Sydney to compete for the Game Design Phone category of Imagine Cup . You’ll see a great variety of countries, game concepts and pretty much everything else, and all of this on the Windows Phone. I want to...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2012 Game Design Finalists – Xbox/Windows

    Here we are again! Another year and another brilliant batch of games that have wowed the judges. This year we only have two tracks, recognition of the increased quality of games built in HTML5 and Windows 8 providing native support for HTML5 development, but we’ve also increased the number of finalists...
  • Blog Post: GlobalGameJam – It’s On, We’re There!

    I’m totally excited for this weekend. It’s the annual GlobalGameJam where hundreds of places all across the globe all spend 48 hours creating video games for a multitude of platforms. I love GGJ because it grows organically – each organizer decides to host their Jam site and puts...
  • Blog Post: Just One More Week To Enter The Rock Paper Azure Fall Sweepstakes!

    Normally I like to write my own text for my blog posts, but my team mate, Peter Laudati , has done a great job of telling you what’s going on so, in his words…   Week #3 of the Rock Paper Azure Challenge ended at 6pm EST on 12/9/2011. That means another five contestants just won $50 Best Buy gift...
  • Blog Post: Game Design Scoring Rubric 2012

    One question that crops up a lot when I talk to students about the Game Design competitions is how will their games be scored. It’s an understandable concern – if you know what the judges are going to be looking for, then you know how to build your game in a way that maximises your chances of getting...
  • Blog Post: Winter XNA Games – Learn, Compete, Have Fun!

    We’re holding another game camp, this time a mega-one! We have four different activities to choose from – learning XNA from scratch, learning how to build Windows Phone applications and games, discovering HTML5 games and applications and finally, if you’re up for it, a 40 hour challenge to build a game...
  • Blog Post: Game Design Office Hours

    To make it easier to ask questions about Imagine Cup and Game Design, I’ve set up a series of “virtual office hours” where anyone can connect in, online or on the phone, and get in touch with me directly. These are scheduled for approximately every two weeks between now and the close...
  • Blog Post: Meet the Game Design Judging Panel!

    We always strive to provide a world class judging panel every year for Game Design. One that will be able to both judge the games effectively for Imagine Cup as well as being able to provide the students with good, solid feedback. In previous years, we’ve been able to select from a respected pool of...
  • Blog Post: Game Design: The Tools You Need

    In my last blog post about Imagine Cup , I mentioned that we provide you all the tools you need to get started on your own Game Design, so I thought I’d fill you in on what you need, and where you can get it all from. XNA Game Development Building games in XNA is incredibly easy, and getting...
  • Blog Post: Kotaku's View: IC2010 Game Design Finalists

    Just a quick post today to link to Kotaku's preview articles on the finalists for Imagine Cup 2010 Game Design. By Implication's Wildfire: http://www.kotaku.com.au/2010/07/wildfire-preview-power-to-the-people/ NomNom Productions' Shift: http://www.kotaku.com.au/2010/07/shift-preview-staring-at...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2010 Game Design Finals

    WOW AWESOME WOW Three words that cannot come close to describing just how cool, inspiring and breathtaking the Imagine Cup was this year. As you know if you're a reader of my blog or Twitter feed, I had the privilege of being the Game Design Captain for Imagine Cup 2010. As such, not...
  • Blog Post: Finalists for National Imagine Cup Announced

    I love my job. Sorry if you’ve heard me say that before, but I do. And it’s for moments like these. I got to tell the five teams who made it to the Australian Finals of the Imagine Cup that they had indeed succeeded in Round 1 and would be presenting their solutions to a judging panel and general public...
  • Blog Post: Are you the DEVSTA for 2008?

    Microsoft Australia are looking for the ultimate software gun – think you’ve got what it takes? Prove it. On October 8th, at 8.08am, the DEVSTA competition launches to find Australia’s brightest coder (you don’t have to be a professional – you just need to be able to work under pressure and get the project...
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