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  • 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: 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: 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: This Week on Channel 9: Feb 8th Episode

    This is Episode #2 of This Week on Channel 9 a weekly recap show of our favorite things for developers including Channel9 videos, samples, bloggers, news, and much more. This week we cover: 0. Changes to the show based on feedback, our name courtesy of Ian and ChadK , and Benny Hill style...
  • Blog Post: Personal Note to Joystiq: There is no Coding4Fun Wii60 Conspiracy

    Some of you may have seen the recent Joystiq post "MS gift guide suggests Wii controller", also linked to here and here quoted below. Ever since Peter Moore made his famous statement ostensibly encouraging people to buy a Nintendo Wii , the Wii60 ideal of Nintendo/Microsoft solidarity has become something...
  • Blog Post: XNA Open House Pictures, and the XNA Acronym

    As Major Nelson mentioned in his blog post , XNA had an open house on Monday night at the Xbox campus. Here's a video of the launch event including Major Nelson interviewing Dave Weller . Unfortunately I only had my camera phone, so the pictures aren't great, but here's an XNA game running on the Xbox...
  • 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: Xbox 2 and XNA Studio at GDC

    Xbox 2 will have a multicore processor and be able to perform one trillion calculations per second. Not only that, you can use XNA Studio , built on Visual Studio Team System to develop games. Sweetness . Quoted from the Microsoft press release A well-balanced system that will deliver more than a teraflop...
  • Blog Post: Summer of Express Contest

    In coordination with the launch of the Express products , I'm “Super-Excited”™ to announce the Summer of Express Contest on Channel9 !!! It's time to break out the hot dogs and belt out some code as the good folks at Channel9 our hosting the Summer of Express Contest! All you need...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Red vs Blue PDC Special Edition!!!

    [Keller and I just watched this classic] There is a special Red versus Blue  advertisement on GDN. It's an absolute must see and even includes the timeless Steve Ballmer "Developers, Developers, developers..." clip (he says it 35 times).  
  • Blog Post: Rockets on Prisoner Award

    /. mentions the "Academy Awards of Halo Videos," the first annual Rockets on Prisoner award , including categories like: Best Movie Best Cinematography Best Screenplay Best Musical Score Best Editing, Sounds, Visual Effects Best Documentary  ...
  • Blog Post: Halo, H4x0rs, and the life of a Blogosphere story

    Semi-random stream of consciousness... Halo EricGu turned me onto Red vs. Blue while we were at the speaker lounge at TechEd and I started having uncontrollable fits of laughter in what was a quiet room.  They're making 22 episodes, so make sure to donate to the cause. ...
  • Blog Post: Home Networking

    I somehow managed to have both a relaxing and busy Memorial day weekend as my "Mrs." was in town and she helped me finish unpacking all of my junk.  I also finally got around to setting up my wireless network.  My apartment complex has a T1 line which residents access through a...
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