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  • 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: 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: Where is MrAndyPuppy this week?

    I truly love my job. It takes me to exotic places like Cairo, Warsaw and Paris. It gets my adventurous spirit going when I get to fly to Colorado, Texas and DC. It makes me smile when I drive through Binghamton, Ithaca, and Syracuse… Yes, it does – every place has a story, every school and college is...
  • Blog Post: Create and publish your own Tower Defense game

    Want to make a game with little to no code? Read on! Want to make a game with little to no code that you can run on a Windows Phone? READ ON! Want to make a game with little to no code that you can run on a Windows Phone and publish to the Marketplace so that others can play it? READ ON! UPDATE 1: Quick...
  • 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: Imagine Cup 2011 Game Design Competitor Showcase Part 10

    The tenth and final part in a series showcasing the competitors from this year’s Game Design category in the Imagine Cup competition. Links to the complete series: Part 1 - http://bit.ly/ICGD11a (_dreamBender – BJTU_YF703) Part 2 - http://bit.ly/ICGD11b (Bliizz – CodeOne) Part...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2011 Game Design Competitor Showcase Part 9

    The ninth part in a series showcasing the competitors from this year’s Game Design category in the Imagine Cup competition. Links to the complete series: Part 1 - http://bit.ly/ICGD11a (_dreamBender – BJTU_YF703) Part 2 - http://bit.ly/ICGD11b (Bliizz – CodeOne) Part 3 - http...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2011 Game Design Competitor Showcase Part 8

    The eighth part in a series showcasing the competitors from this year’s Game Design category in the Imagine Cup competition. Links to the complete series: Part 1 - http://bit.ly/ICGD11a (_dreamBender – BJTU_YF703) Part 2 - http://bit.ly/ICGD11b (Bliizz – CodeOne) Part 3 - http...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2011 Game Design Competitor Showcase Part 7

    The seventh part in a series showcasing the competitors from this year’s Game Design category in the Imagine Cup competition. Links to the complete series: Part 1 - http://bit.ly/ICGD11a (_dreamBender – BJTU_YF703) Part 2 - http://bit.ly/ICGD11b (Bliizz – CodeOne) Part 3 - http...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2011 Game Design Competitor Showcase Part 6

    The sixth part in a series showcasing the competitors from this year’s Game Design category in the Imagine Cup competition. Links to the complete series: Part 1 - http://bit.ly/ICGD11a (_dreamBender – BJTU_YF703) Part 2 - http://bit.ly/ICGD11b (Bliizz – CodeOne) Part 3 - http...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2011 Game Design Competitor Showcase Part 5

    The fifth part in a series showcasing the competitors from this year’s Game Design category in the Imagine Cup competition. Links to the complete series: Part 1 - http://bit.ly/ICGD11a (_dreamBender – BJTU_YF703) Part 2 - http://bit.ly/ICGD11b (Bliizz – CodeOne) Part 3 - http...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2011 Game Design Competitor Showcase Part 4

    The fourth part in a series showcasing the competitors from this year’s Game Design category in the Imagine Cup competition. Links to the complete series: Part 1 - http://bit.ly/ICGD11a (_dreamBender – BJTU_YF703) Part 2 - http://bit.ly/ICGD11b (Bliizz – CodeOne) Part 3 - http...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2011 Game Design Competitor Showcase Part 3

    The third part in a series showcasing the competitors from this year’s Game Design category in the Imagine Cup competition. Links to the complete series: Part 1 - http://bit.ly/ICGD11a (_dreamBender – BJTU_YF703) Part 2 - http://bit.ly/ICGD11b (Bliizz – CodeOne) Part 3 - http...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2011 Game Design Competitor Showcase Part 2

    The second part in a series showcasing the competitors from this year’s Game Design category in the Imagine Cup competition. Links to the complete series: Part 1 - http://bit.ly/ICGD11a (_dreamBender – BJTU_YF703) Part 2 - http://bit.ly/ICGD11b (Bliizz – CodeOne) Part 3 - http...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2011 Game Design Competitor Showcase Part 1

    This year I wanted to highlight just how good the competitors were in the Game Design competition. I did this last year too, but it took me a while to get around to it, so I’m starting early. :) There will be approximately ten parts coming out over the next few weeks, with screenshots of each...
  • Blog Post: Meet the Finalists – Mobile

    This is the second part of a short series highlighting the finalists heading to New York City. The first part can be found here . [UPDATE: Now including Gameplay Videos for all five games. Complete series of gameplay videos can be found here ) Team Name: Close World Mobile Game Name: Hilomi...
  • Blog Post: Meet the Finalists – Xbox/Windows

    I was completely amazed at the high quality of games submitted into this year’s competition and I’m definitely planning on showcasing all of the round 2 entries because there were some unbelievably cool entries that didn’t quite make the top five in each track. But for now, I want to...
  • Blog Post: Video Game Design – a worldwide phenomenon

    As we have now published the list of teams who have progressed to round 2 in the Imagine Cup Game Design competitions, I thought it was important to recognise just how widespread participation was this year. Round 2 only allows a maximum of 50 per track to go through and as many countries had multiple...
  • Blog Post: 100 Students, 22 Schools – Now THAT’S a Game Camp!

    WOOHOO! The third game camp for New York is at a close and it finished off an amazing February with a BANG. We started with a smaller game camp at St Francis, then the awesome 48 hour challenge at RIT we named We <3 Games, and now this one. Held at Pace University in downtown Manhattan, just minutes...
  • Blog Post: Want to learn how to build your own games for Xbox or Phone?

    If you do – I strongly encourage you to keep an eye out for game camps in your area or even better pitch for something to be held in your city. While I know I am pretty vocal about the ones I run in New York and surrounding areas, I know that there are other academic evangelists happy to consider doing...
  • Blog Post: Game and Phone Camp – NYC – Feb25-27

    As promised – another game and phone camp is headed to New York City – this time at Pace University. Here are the details: Ever thought "hmm, I wonder how hard it would be to build a video game?" or "man, I have this fantastic idea, but I bet I couldn't make it myself"? You're not...
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