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  • Blog Post: Tower Game Starter Kit gives you a head start on your game!

    Woot Studio has released an HTML Cross platform Tower Game Starter Kit! One of the challenges of building games is the time it takes to build art assets, game logic and multiple levels. That’s why starter kits and re-usable art assets are so helpful. Christer Kaitila (aka MCFunkyPants) has developed...
  • Blog Post: Learn how to use Unity for Windows 8 and Phone

    Attend the Microsoft Virtual Academy session, or check out the Dojo session to learn how you can take your existing Unity game and bring it to Windows Phone or Windows 8. Whether you are using Unity Pro or Unity Free, the add-ons for Windows Phone 8 and Windows Store are available free of charge. So...
  • Blog Post: Why update your app to Windows 8.1? Make money with consumables!!!

    With Windows 8.1 your app can have consumable in app purchases If you are looking to make money with your app, there are a few models that can be effective: Time limited trial – this gets users to download your app, get hooked and when the trial expires users pay to continue using it Feature limited...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 is now available!

    Windows 8.1 is here and it brings with it some amazing new features If you haven't heard already some really big news for Windows users was announced this past week. Windows 8.1 has officially launched . When Windows 8 launched last year, it brought with it a new, modern OS that was a big change...
  • Blog Post: Free Space Art Assets to help you build your game

    Want to build a game but don’t have the time (or for some of us, the talent) to create the art assets? Check out the free Space art asset pack! Always wanted to build a game but thought it was too hard? Having beautiful art assets gives your game a much more polished look and feel and makes the game...
  • Blog Post: Bring your Unity game to the Windows Store for free

    How do the Unity announcements change the price to publish your Unity app or game? Let’s take a look. At the recent Build conference and yesterday morning, some big news was announced concerning Unity and Windows. One of the biggest pieces of news is that the pro add in for the Windows Store...
  • Blog Post: Free Fantasy Art Assets to help you build your games

    Want to build a game but don’t have the time (or for some of us, the talent) to create the art assets? Check out the Free Fantasy art asset pack! Always wanted to build a game but thought it was too hard? Having beautiful art assets gives your game a much more polished look and feel and makes the game...
  • Blog Post: Learn how a little extra code can enhance HTML5 games

    With a little code, you can add new game elements to make even a simple game like Pong more engaging You can download the complete source code for this project here ( http://sdrv.ms/10B0H6l ). Also, check out my GitHub, it’s stuffed full of free to use templates and projects to help you get started developing...
  • Blog Post: Step-by-Step – Making Windows 8 Pong for a complete beginner

    I nstead of building Hello World to get started learning Windows 8 development, consider customizing your own version of Pong. “I want to build a Windows 8 app/game, but I don’t know how to get started.” “I want to do a workshop with some kids but I am not sure what to do.” “I want to do a workshop with...
  • Blog Post: Step-by-Step creating an app to find the nearest…

    Can you really just take a template, change the data source and have a useful app? If you find the right data source, then the answer is yes. OpenDat a is an amazing concept. Organizations (especially municipal, provincial, and federal government) give the public access to their data so it can be used...
  • Blog Post: How to update your app in the Windows 8 store

    How do you submit a new version of an app to the Windows store after you have made updates to the code? You’ve submitted your app, and now you’ve made some improvements based on comments or feedback from users, or maybe just because you had some time to improve it. Let’s see how you submit an update...
  • Blog Post: Video of the week: Favourite Windows 8 promotions

    There have been a few really creative videos out there for Windows 8, when you want a smile and distractions, check out my favorite Windows 8 videos I have no idea who created these or which ones are official, I just know each of them made me smile :) If you know of any others let me know, I love creativity...
  • Blog Post: Tips and gotchas for Windows 8 apps: Day of the Living Dead

      A team of students from Vancouver talks about the experience of bringing a Unity game to Windows 8. This series features interviews with student Windows 8 app developers who share the lessons they learned building windows 8 applications. This week’s interview features Team Hungry ECE Programmers...
  • Blog Post: Join the Developer Movement Twitter Grand Finale Party #DevMov

    Join us for the #DevMov Twitter party – an hour of tweeting, Q&A, prize giveaways, and more. Lots of students have already received rewards for their apps from Developer Movement . The Developer Movement program winds down at the end of June, but it’s not over yet! To celebrate the Grand Finale and...
  • Blog Post: ZipApp – Can a non-coder use it to create an app with great content?

    ZipApp is a tool that claims to allow non-programmers to build Windows 8 apps quickly. Their claim seems to be accurate! As Windows 8 matures, more tools and templates are appearing to help developers and non-developers create Windows 8 apps. Two weeks ago, I tested IdeaPress . Today, I will test...
  • Blog Post: OIGC Gaming Conference Student Challenge

    The Ottawa Gaming conference has a gaming challenge for students, and you could win a Surface RT . What happens when SteamPunk and OuterSpace meet Zombies? That’s what we want to find out! We’ve got three packs of game art you can use to build something fun! Why not chill out and get a little creative...
  • Blog Post: Template of the week: Platformer HTML5 Game

    Woot Studio , MC Funkypants and Plexi Pixel have just released a Platformer Game Starter Kit for Windows 8 You can find more templates and starter kits here . Platformer games are always popular. Most of us remember the first time we made Mario hop over a mushroom or got Sonic to roll along bouncing...
  • Blog Post: Game developers unite in Edmonton, Ottawa, and Vancouver (or just online!)

    Games are some of the most popular downloaded apps on mobile platforms and they are just plain fun to build! Get a jump start on building a cool game in person, or with some great online resources. Finally, we can get serious about games! Join us at the Windows 8 Gaming Development Clinics, we’re visiting...
  • Blog Post: How does a student get a DreamSpark account for free software and store accounts?

    DreamSpark gives students access to free software and free accounts for the Windows Store but how do you sign up? DreamSpark ( https://www.dreamspark.com/ ) is a program that provides students with free Microsoft software. Chances are your school is already signed up for DreamSpark and all you need to...
  • Blog Post: Turn your WordPress site into a Windows 8 app without any coding. Really?

    IdeaPress claims you can create a Windows 8 app from your WordPress.com or WordPress.org site without any coding! They are right! As Windows 8 matures, more tools and templates are appearing to help developers and non-developers create Windows 8 apps. Today I decided to test one of those tools: IdeaPress...
  • Blog Post: Double Points for Developer Movement until May 10th!

    Developer Movement is offering Double points for every Windows 8 app you publish until May 10th and you could win a $500 gift card! The Developer Movement program which gives Canadian developers points for publishing cool apps to the store has a new challenge! Until May 10th, for every Windows 8 app...
  • Blog Post: Template of the week: Game starter kit with high score table

    This game starter kit contains everything you need to get started game programming for Windows 8 including online high scores with Windows Azure. You can find more templates here . This HTML and JavaScript game template kit comes with an example game you can modify and play with. The code is all in one...
  • Blog Post: The best discussion forums for Windows 8 and Windows Phone developers

    Started coding or publishing and got stuck? Which discussion forum should you turn to? Forums are a great resource when you get stuck. Here are some good ones for Windows 8 and Windows Phone developers. If you’ve found any great ones I should add, please share! Don't forget apps published by...
  • Blog Post: I don't feel like working, let’s procrastinate together and build a quick game!

    Let’s build the ultimate version of Pong! Each post I’ll give you simple element to add or change, we’ll combine the best to make the ultimate version! Sometimes work feels like work, today is one of those days. So I need to have some fun. I have a template for building a Windows 8 Pong app with HTML5...
  • Blog Post: Two more months to get great rewards for your apps!

    Canada’s Developer Movement promotion that allows you to earn rewards for your apps has been extended to June 15, 2013. So you started an app and haven’t had time to finish it. Right now you are in the middle of exams, so I know you are swamped . Great news! Canada’s Developer Movement campaign has been...
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