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  • Blog Post: Student Game Camps in Rochester and NYC

    Microsoft’s two-day Game Camps, coming to Rochester, NY and NYC, offer students a chance to learn while designing and developing games for the Imagine Cup competition ’s game design category . While this weekend’s event in NYC (2/4-2/6) is full/waitlisted, the Rochester event still has room.  If...
  • Blog Post: Learning XNA: A Guide for .NET Rocks Show 501 on XNA Game Development

    If you’re a listener of .NET Rocks! (“The Internet Audio Talk Show for .NET Developers”), you may have heard Show #501 on XNA that Michael Cummings and I recorded last week. You can download the show here (59 minutes – MP3/WMA/AAC). We mentioned a lot of things on the show, so here are core resources...
  • Blog Post: New Cape Cod XNA Group – First Meeting Friday 10/23

    The new Cape Cod XNA user group will offer a chance to learn and share knowledge about creating games with XNA (which builds on .NET to make games for the PC, XBox 360, and Zune.) The group’s first meeting is this Friday, October 23rd, at Venture in Hyannis:       Cape Cod XNA...
  • Blog Post: Kodu (Game Programming Environment) Now Available

    On an earlier Roadshow ( winter 2008 ), I gave a preview of a great environment from Microsoft Research for making game programming friendly and accessible to a wider audience, and especially children.  At the time it was called “Boku”, but was since renamed “Kodu”. As of yesterday, Kodu is now...
  • Blog Post: Boston XNA Developers Group June 24 Meeting – XNA Game Studio 3.1

    Tonight’s meeting of the Boston XNA Developers Group (6:00 in Waltham) will feature Michael Cummings speaking on what’s in the newly-released XNA Game Studio 3.1 .  XNA Game Studio helps you create games that can run on PCs, XBox 360, and Zune, all on top of the .NET Framework. Some of the new features...
  • Blog Post: New Channel 9 Screencast on XNA Game Development

    I’ve created a new screencast on creating games with XNA and, thanks to my teammate Brian Johnson , it’s now available on our Northeast page on Channel 9 !   Northeast Roadshow - XNA Game Development Based on the Spring Roadshow session, this is an introduction to the world of XNA and game development...
  • Blog Post: January Boston XNA Meeting Postponed

    Due to the threat of significant snow this Wednesday, the January 28th Boston XNA Developer Group meeting has been moved out one week to February 4th at 6:00 (in MPR-B). The Boston XNA Developer Group normally meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at he Microsoft office in Waltham, MA.  It is...
  • Blog Post: Boston XNA July 23rd Meeting on 2D Role Playing Game Development

      The Boston XNA Developers Group is an open user group for anyone interested in learning about game development with the .NET-based XNA framework.  Attendance is open and everyone is welcome, including students and parents with their programming-interested children. Tomorrow night (July 23rd...
  • Blog Post: Giving Two User Group Talks on XNA This Week!

    Some coincidental scheduling has given me a chance to speak with both the Boston .NET and Beantown .NET user groups this week, both on XNA ! You'll have two chances to get up to speed on how to create games easily for Windows, XBox 360, and the Zune using XNA and .NET. The Boston .NET meeting is on Wednesday...
  • Blog Post: June Boston XNA Meeting Canceled

    Unfortunately, tonight's (6/23) meeting for the Boston XNA Developers Group will have to be canceled.  A last-minute scheduling problem has come up, so we're going to punt on this month's meeting. We'll continue as usual with the July meeting. If you're new to the group, the content of these meetings...
  • Blog Post: Northeast XNA Game Developer Featured on CNN

    [Thanks to Lindsay for the heads-up!] Currently featured as the lead Tech story is an article featuring the Northeast's own James Silva and the story of his creation of a game called "Dishwasher: Dead Samurai" using XNA (coming later this year to Xbox Live Arcade.)  Way to go, James! Hailing...
  • Blog Post: Boston XNA Developer Group Wednesday

    Just a reminder that the Boston XNA Developer Group will be having a meeting at its usual day/time (fourth Wednesday of the month), tomorrow, May 28th at 6:00 at the Microsoft office in Waltham, MA. Michael Cummings will be presenting. The content level is still introductory, so if you're new to XNA...
  • Blog Post: XNA Game Studio 3.0 CTP Released

    Been waiting to try your hand at creating XNA games for the Zune? Want to use Visual Studio 2008 (express, standard, or higher) as well? Check out the XNA Game Studio 3.0 Community Technology Preview (CTP) ! The XNA Team Blog has the details: http://blogs.msdn.com/xna/archive/2008/05/07/announcing-xna...
  • Blog Post: Boston XNA Developers Group Update

    The Boston XNA Developers Group is dedicated to learning and using XNA to create games for Windows and Xbox 360 (and later on, the Zune!) No game development experience is required! Next Meeting Our next meeting will be on April 24th, 6-8 PM at the Microsoft offices in Waltham . Note that this is a Thursday...
  • Blog Post: Learn XNA at the Next Boston XNA Developers Group Meeting

    On March 26th at the next Boston XNA Developers Group meeting, we're starting the process of learning XNA . (The first meeting was a non-technical overview of the world of XNA.) Join Michael Cummings and me as we walk through creating a basic 2D game with XNA from scratch, zilch, zero. No game development...
  • Blog Post: Boston XNA Meeting Resources

    Thanks to everyone who came to the first meeting of the Boston XNA Developers Group ! It was a casual evening to talk games and down Pop Rocks. We introduced the concepts behind XNA and Game Studio, took in some of the news from GDC, and had a look at some of the games that you can create with XNA. Michael...
  • Blog Post: Boston XNA Developers Group Meeting Wednesday 2/27

    A reminder that the first meeting of the shiny new Boston XNA Developers Group ( http://bostonxna.org ) will be this Wednesday, February 27th, from 6-8 PM at the Microsoft offices at 201 Jones Road (6th Floor) in Waltham, MA. The group is open to everyone and no background in game development is required...
  • Blog Post: Huge XNA News at GDC '08

    The XNA team made two very big announcements at the Game Developers' Conference . Cutting right to the chase, the biggest news is that the wait will be over for community XNA games on Xbox LIVE! Coming this holiday season, people will be able to share, peer review, and play user-created games! From the...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Boston XNA Developers Group

    Like games? Interested in creating your own using C#? I'm excited to announce that we have a new user group in the Boston area, focused on game development with the XNA Framework ! Join the Boston XNA Developers Group 's inaugural meeting on February 27th at 6:00 at the Microsoft offices (201 Jones Road...
  • Blog Post: GameDev Day '07 Agenda and Additions

    GameDev Day '07 is this Saturday at Harvard and I'm very pleased with how well the agenda has come together. We have an incredibly strong group of presenters from the gaming industry with interesting sessions throughout the day. First, a change in logistics. We are now in Emerson Hall (room 105) , which...
  • Blog Post: GameDev Day '07 Boston - XNA, Gaming, and Game Development

    Like games? Wonder how they're made? Want to know how to make them yourself? Come to GameDev Day '07 , a free event being hosted at Harvard University on December 1st, sponsored by Microsoft in association with the Harvard Interactive Media Group ( HIMG ). The Details What: GameDev Day '07 Boston Who...
  • Blog Post: XNA Game Development News

    It's great that with XNA, my job now officially lets me combine my hobby of gaming with my profession of software development. With the announcements at the 2007 Game Developer Conference , the XNA Creator's Club Online site and the Dream-Build-Play contest site have moved into full availability. ...
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