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  • Blog Post: Fun Silverlight Game: Crayon Cannon

    Kudos to the Popfly team for adding new features in their July update. My favorite features are the pre-loading of assets which will pre-load images, audio, video before a game starts so it doesn't lag out and the High Score service. The full list of features can be found on the Popfly Team blog.  ...
  • Blog Post: Bioware Knights of the Old Republic MMO Coming!

    Woohoo! From Joystiq , Bioware has officially spilled the beans that they are building a MMO based on the Knights of the Old Republic game. The first KOTOR game was amazing, clearly one of the best Xbox games ever and an amazing twist at the end...in short, a masterpiece. Hotness! Here are the...
  • Blog Post: New Popfly Game Creator Features

    Adam Nathan recently blogged about some of the new features they've added to Popfly Game Creator including the color swapper for skinning actors, guidelines and snapping for aligning characters, actor stamping for easier tiling, new events, and the ability to clone a level! All-in-all, this should make...
  • Blog Post: Coding4Fun Talk at TechEd

    At TechEd this year, I gave what can only be described as an overly ambitious talk given I only had 45 minutes: Coding4Fun: The Secrets to Programming YouTube, iTunes, Microsoft Zune, Windows Vista Peer-to-Peer APIs, and Even World of Warcraft I say overly ambitious as YouTube, Vista P2P, and Warcraft...
  • Blog Post: AddOn Studio for World of Warcraft V2 in the works

    I recently posted a high-level feature specification for version 2.0 of AddOn Studio for World of Warcraft on the projects Wiki which you can check out here .   Note: If you're new to Warcraft programming or are interested in getting started, I highly recommend getting World of Warcraft Programming...
  • Blog Post: Popfly Game Creator Alpha Launches!

    Popfly Game Creator Alpha launches today and It's amazing. Kudos to Adam Nathan as he's really shown how Silverlight can build incredibly rich applications. I can only imagine what he'll do when Popfly moves to Silverlight 2! Here's the Channel 9 interview with Adam building three Popfly games from scratch...
  • Blog Post: Session Notes: Life on the Bungie Farm: Fun Things to do with 180 servers and 350 processors

    Speakers: Luis Villegas, Sean Shypula from Bungie Distributed client/server system split up, runs it in parallel processes user submitted tasks in parallel 180 rackmounted machines 300 processes can use Advantages speed up time consuming tasks - (rendering goes from day to a few hours) see results of...
  • Blog Post: Panel: Future of MMOs

    Speakers: MC of event, Jon Wood - Managing Editor MMORPG.com Jack Emmert - Founder, Cryptic Studios, Champions Online, City of Heroes/Villans One other person, Mark Jacobs or "Matt" from Cryptic Ray Muzyka - General Manager of Bioware, haven't released one yet Min Kim - Free-to-play, Cart Rider...
  • Blog Post: Session: Star Wars, The Force Unleashed

    Full Title: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed: How LucasArts is Building a Game Development Team and a Technology Pipeline...at the same time Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is a new, upcoming title Storyline: Darth Vader's secret apprentice, between episodes 3 and 4 Designing the Game Big 5 questions -...
  • Blog Post: Top 10 Interesting Nuggets from the Microsoft GDC Keynote

    The US video game industry revenue is now $18 Billion and continues to grow. Games have not only surpassed the movie industry, they have also surpassed the music industry (source: Jupiter Research) 7 different Xbox titles sold over 1MM units in the 2007 holiday season Xbox has the highest number of games...
  • Blog Post: Session: WiiFit: Creating a Brand New Interface for the Home Console

    Speaker: Takao Sawano WiiFit Examples Family weighing themselves and tracking health Father doing push ups on balance board Mother doing yoga on the board Games: Kid taking headers playing soccer goalie Games: Grandfather using ski-jump Games: Mother walking on a tightrope   - Sold over 1.4 million...
  • Blog Post: Session: Rules of Engagement: Blizzard's Approach to Multiplayer Game Design

    Speaker: Rob Pardo, Blizzard Entertainment Rough notes below   Game Balance - solo to max level - important role in a group, raid, and group PVP - Starcraft - Race totally different - Better players can win games fast - Offense over defense (don't want Starcraft 2 as a Sim City simulator) - Creative...
  • Blog Post: Session: Taking Xbox LIVE Arcade Games to the Next Level

    Note: I'll be regularly blogging on session at GDC (Game Developer Conference) Rough notes Speaker: Scott Austin: Xbox LIVE Arcade, Microsoft I just interviewed Scott and we'll be posting the video on Channel 9 in the next few days Games N+ - Level editor P2P versus server (doesn't need to be policed...
  • Blog Post: AddOn Studio for World of Warcraft now available!

    I'm proud to announce that AddOn Studio for World of Warcraft is now available to download from CodePlex ! This was one of those personal projects done in my "free" time, but its amazing to see how well it turned out, kudos to our extensibility team and to the amazing folks at EPAM for building...
  • Blog Post: Wiimote Library for Developers on Coding4Fun

    Brian Peek just published his latest article, a .NET library for easy programming of a Nintendo Wiimote controller . His article and project on Channel9 includes the full source code for the library and how he built everything. The cool part is of course how easy it is to use the library as shown below...
  • Blog Post: XNA Game Studio Express RTM'd - Create Pong on your Xbox

    Congratulations to the XNA team for getting XNA Game Studio Express out the door! You can Download Game Studio Express here Clint has a good summary on the Coding4Fun blog XNA Blog Announcement Details To get you started, Coding4Fun's ZMan has a how-to article on building your first XNA...
  • Blog Post: VS Express New Partner Announcements: Z-Wave Home Automation & Flight Simulator X

    Last week, at Digital Life , we announced two new partnerships which expand the reach of hobbyist and enthusiast developers even further than before. Intermatic and ControlThink Partnership Microsoft has partnered with Intermatic to better enable DIY developers to create custom home automation projects...
  • Blog Post: Warcraft "Motivational" Posters

    I just discovered these.... love them! Epic Loot 50 DKP Minus Talent Review PVE Servers my defensive response: I was #1 on KBs yesterday on the cross-server realms so I know this is BS :) Pugger Guild Drama Agro Control Classes Druids Druids #2 Paladins PVP Mage...
  • Blog Post: E3 Reactions on the Web

    I’ve been on vacation but been totally fascinated by the blogosphere news on E3 , but it sounds like Nintendo and Microsoft did well at the show, but Sony seemed to have bombed. The Inside Microsoft blog had a post “ Reaction to Sony @ E3…Uh…Not Great ” with lots of links to stories talking about how...
  • Blog Post: Half Life 2 Rube Goldberg Device Contest

    There's a Half Life 2 contest using Garry's Mod to create Rube Goldberg devices (an incredibly complex device designed to accomplish a very simple task). This video shows a hilarious one Source: Digg.com
  • Blog Post: Halo 2 = November 9th

    From 1stUp , Halo 2 will be released November 9th. Mark your calendars, and prepare for a 1-2% drop in productivity. There will also be a limited-edition version pre-order version: “Microsoft also confirmed that gamers will be able to pre-order a limited-edition version of the game. The special...
  • Blog Post: EA supporting Xbox live!!

    Wohoo!! Electronic Arts is fully supporting Xbox live!!! Gamespot has the inside scoop . “This evening at in Los Angeles, two of the biggest names in games--Microsoft and Electronic Arts--announced a new partnership that will fundamentally alter online console gaming.” Here are just...
  • Blog Post: Xbox News

    Halo 2 It looks like Bungie has officially stated on their web site that Halo 2 will be released Fall 2004 . Halo 2 will be Xbox Live enabled and it's going to be sweet. I hope the Cornershot gun makes it into Halo 3. EA to support Xbox Live? IGN is reporting that Electronic Arts, makers of games...
  • Blog Post: LAN Party Gear & the new old backup technology

    GearGrip The next time you're heading out to that LAN party and you need to transport  your tricked out computer, don't carry it by hand, instead use GearGrip to transport both your PC and monitor. Tom's Hardware has the product review .   DV Streamer Tom's Hardware...
  • Blog Post: The easiest way to connect your Xbox wirelessly

    The Microsoft Broadband Networking team just released this wireless adapter supports both 802.11b  and  802.11g (54 mb). If you're a newbie to networking, you should also definitely check out the How to Use Your Network section . The cool thing looks like the management interface...
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