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  • Blog Post: Dream, Build, Play – XBOX 360 XNA Game Development Competition- $75 000 Prize Pool

    Are you a student, developer, or hobbyist interested in developing or learning to develop an Xbox 360 XNA game and are 16+ years old? If Yes, sign up for this amazing competition. It includes a free 1 year XNA creator club trial membership. Teams have a chance of winning a piece of $75,000 in cash prizes...
  • Blog Post: Student day @ Tech Ed 2008

    What a fantastic event, Student Day (SD) attracted over 1200 students both from Universities and High Schools around NSW and some interstate. Student Day was the platform for the official launch of Microsoft Dreamspark and StudentstoBusiness (S2B) in Australia. If you haven't heard already, Dreamspark...
  • Blog Post: Good beginners resource for building Xbox games in XNA Games Studio

    The ground swell of interest in XNA Games Studio never ceases to amaze me - it's truly an underground phenomenon! Accordingly, there's never a shortage of materials produced by members of the community teaching you how to do things with XNA. A while back I posted a video of a great presentation that...
  • Blog Post: XNA Gamefest presentations are now available online

    Gamefest is probably the biggest game technology event on the Microsoft calendar. The 2007 conference hapened earlier this year (in the U.S, of course), and the presentations and some of the audio from speaker sessions have now been posted online for download. There's some very useful stuff here f you...
  • Blog Post: (What could be) Australia's first XNA2.0 beta demo in Melbourne tomorrow.

    OK, as many of you will know, 'Mix On Campus' is going down in Melbourne tomorrow from 10am to 4pm. Why would you know this? Because it's all that I've been harping on about of late (you can get more details here ). Anyway, amongst our esteemed guest presenters is Glenn Wilson , XNA / DirectX MVP...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup Australia Update - register now for IC08

    I run Imagine Cup each year in Australia. It's (primarily) a software design competition, and is open to university students worldwide. The prizes are great, students get treated like rockstars and it's all a cracking good time. The following is from my Imagine Cup blog (all Imagine Cup news will be...
  • Blog Post: Luke Drumm presents XNA Games Studio at UNSW

    Luke Drumm's a great guy. And he's also a senior consultant for Readify , who just so happen to be one of the top .NET consultancies and training firms in Australia. Luke's also a game developer hobbyist, and has presented at Tech.Ed and Australian Code Camp on Microsoft XNA Games Studio . Luke Drumm...
  • Blog Post: Channel 8 - New student community site launched on Sunday!

    Exciting news from the U.S Academic team this week - Channel 8 has gone live! Before anyone gets really excited (as I did) and starts imagining a TV channel dedicated solely to IT students, Channel 8 is not a television station (although that would be great - anyone with a few million lying around, please...
  • Blog Post: Lessons learnt in games development degrees

    Nick Hodge , Microsoft's Professional Geek (yes, that is his actual job title), recently interviewed Ross Brown and Penny Drennan from QUT about lessons learnt from the first ever semester of teaching the Bachelor of Games and Interactive Entertainment degree . Forgetting for a minute some of the...
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