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  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Keyboard: Speed demon or just a demon?

    Is the Windows Phone Keyboard just another piece of crud from the “soft” keyboard crowd?  Or is it something that has a lot of thought behind it?  I am going for the lot of thought behind it. As a person who views the lame keyboard system on the iPad as a way to slow down thinking and entering...
  • Blog Post: Free Game Design tools, just in time for Christmas 4/5: Sprites & Backgrounds

    To make the Platformer app look like a Christmas app, you will need to modify the sprites used, as well as background images. To see all of this post you will need to scroll down as there is more to the post than what I can include in a single screen. And ok, this is kind of late for Christmas, but...
  • Blog Post: Building Windows Phone Apps, Windows Phone Apps, Windows Phone Apps

    The economy at the end of 2011 is not going well for many groups of people.  Scams are all over the place, I must get hit up by at least one scam a month, and these are what I call “honest” scams, well meaning people who think they have a good idea and they want me to invest.  Not happening...
  • Blog Post: Game tutorials For Imagine Cup Phone Game Category: Freaking AWESOME

    Using Silverlight with your game can be helpful in making something that looks good and gives you a reason for using Expression Blend 4.0 for Phone that is supplied with the Windows Phone SDK 7.1. Get to Windows Phone 7.5 #1: From XNA to SLXNA Get to Windows Phone 7.5 #2: Adding FAS to XNA Get to Windows...
  • Blog Post: Free ly thinking: More discussion about the MediaPlayerLauncher class or how to show a video in WP7 XNA

    Let's face it, in MSDN documentation there is often a very constrainted information about development tools, often to the point of being unusable. But there are many ways to get around that, one way, read blogs, not just this one. For example you might type in “Video Class XNA” into my...
  • Blog Post: Free Windows Phone 7 Cheat Sheet

    Here is a cheat sheet that one of my co-workers shared with me: Dreamspark: http://www.dreamspark.com Registration is first step in getting a free AppHub account for students. Free software downloads, community APP HUB: http://create.msdn.com All Things Windows Phone 7; set up developer...
  • Blog Post: Design Windows Phone Applications, for business or games, using free or sort of free stuff

    I guess games are a business.  To get started with really rapid prototyping you will need to install the Expression Ultimate studio 4 (for business you would only need this one) and for games you will need to also add Expression Blend 3 and then either install the Windows Phone SDK or reinstall...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Game Design: Removing an image background using Paint.net

    In the previous post, I showed you how to use PowerPoint as an image editor, but what if you don’t have PowerPoint? You should buy it. But if you are short on coinage, then you can use the “free” Paint.net. I use the quotes around the word free because Paint.net needs your donations...
  • Blog Post: 170 Free Game Audio Files, Free as in non-Exclusive, Worldwide, Royalty-Free

    Wow, this is cool, FREE as in Microsoft Permissive License (MS-PL), you do have to include the Ms-PL license in your distribution files, so make sure download it when you download these files.  That’s all you got to do.  COOL! http://create.msdn.com/en-US/education/catalog/utility/soundlab...
  • Blog Post: Game Design for Windows Phone and the Imagine Cup 2012, part deux

    Like I said in a previous blog: The tutorial on http://create.msdn.com/gamedevelopment may be the best tutorial ever on game design. Really. If you disagree let me know where the better beginning tutorial is located. After reading the entry, I found a couple of things that could be confusing. There a...
  • Blog Post: Project ideas for Imagine Cup and senior projects

    Normally I would have posted this on my http://blogs.msdn.com/research blog, but this is just an amazing source of ideas for student projects with videos.  The videos are also an excellent example of the way student videos should be done for any classes that I teach. Here is the link you should...
  • Blog Post: Free jumpstart for Windows Phone 7

    If you are getting started with Windows Phone 7, take a look at the links included on the page: http://create.msdn.com/en-US/education/catalog/article/wp7_jump_start Although this is an older overview, I have done a quick review and found that it was fine for getting started.  You will need to work...
  • Blog Post: Using the Windows Phone 7 Accelerometer simulator

    If you don’t have access to a Windows Phone 7, it is difficult to figure out how to make a game that uses the accelerometer, and often we just use the finger flip, which isn’t nearly as cool. So if you need a simulator, get thee over to: http://wp7accelerometerkit.codeplex.com/documentation...
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