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The Quest, is a new six-part web series following a real-life Imagine Cup team, FlashFood, as the students made their way to Sydney, Australia, for the 2012 Worldwide Finals.
Microsoft sent a camera crew to their campus in Arizona, on the plane to Sydney, and on the ground during finals to document this experience from the inside.
The Imagine Cup team will be releasing new episodes every week through mid-November. Buckle up so make sure you follow their journey and get ready for your journey.
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Microsoft’s Imagine Cup is the world’s most prestigious student technology competition, bringing together student innovators from all over the world. If you have a great idea for a new app, bring it to life through Imagine Cup. With Microsoft resources and support, you can make a great app and win travel and cash prizes!
This year, Imagine Cup opens the door wide with three big competitions
The biggest prizes in the history of Imagine Cup.
1st Prize: $50,000
2nd Prize: $10,000
3rd Prize: $5,000
And we’ll fly the UK finalist team to St. Petersburg, Russia, in July of 2013 for the thrilling showdown at Worldwide Finals.
For more details see http://www.imaginecup.com
Pre Order your Surface with Windows RT
Who says that pretty can’t be practical?
It’s time for a tablet that’s more than meets the eye. Powerful processing and beautiful design unite on Surface. Whether you’re working hard or hardly working, Surface’s integrated Kickstand and revolutionary Touch Cover let you work, play, and connect with others like never before. Plug into external displays like projectors and HDTV, and share your world1. Pre-loaded with Windows RT, Microsoft Office 2013 RT2, Xbox apps, and other essentials.
64 GB with Black Touch Cover £559.00 incl. VAT
32 GB with Black Touch Cover £479.00 incl. VAT
32 GB without Black Touch Cover £399.00 incl. VAT
Your order will ship by October 26 and arrive by October 30.
For more details and to order see http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msuk/en_GB/pdp/productID.257929400?WT.mc_id=FY13WinHH
Check out the Surface Your tube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/surface
Follow Surface on Twitter @surface
So you want to build a game for Windows 8?
Well we want to make it as easy as possible for you to do so. That’s why we thought it would be a good idea to compile all the resources you could use to develop a short course for your school, college or University students using Scirra Construct 2 and HTML5.
Example Course Schedule
Tasks to undertake
Topic to be discussed
Developing Games for Windows 8
Start your Portfolio:
· Start your design portfolio
Build a game:
· Create a Powerpoint based Storyboard for your game
· Build a simple game using a Construct2 tutorial and post it to a hosting site
· Beginner's guide to Construct 2
· Modify the game using art, sounds you discovered online
Create online presence
· Create a Blog (documenting your learning experience, and application creation, ideas reasons why your doing this)
· Generate a “professional” Facebook Page for your App
· Generate a LinkedIn account (to promote your employability)
· Create a YouTube Channel (for demonstrating your game/app)
Design Processes, you are required to meet with your assigned teams and discuss the following:
· Review what you should put in a blog with respect to game design
· What is a design portfolio?
· What are the available tools to make a video
· Review simple games
· User Experience Design Fundamentals
Before class make sure to read:
o The Windows 8 Store App Design Solution
o User Experience Design Fundamentals
o Applying User Experience Process to Windows 8 Store Applications
At the end of class session turn in:
· Turn in your Facebook baseline report
· Turn in your baseline Blog analytics
Discuss Design Principles in first three reading modules
Game Design for Slats:
Adding another level to your game:
Review of Treasure Map example
· Read: Introduction To Windows 8 Store App Design Principle: Do More with Less
· Turn in Documentation
Discussion about doing more with less, demonstration of design and implementation
Student demos of design considerations
In class lab:
· Students will gather design documentation from other students and then begin to break down the scenario implementation
Making a great app
· Discuss and experiment with scenarios
· Students will demonstrate and discuss their “platformer” games
· Feedback on games
· Discuss Windows 8 Store App Design Principle and Pride in Craftsmanship
· Quality software and how to create quality software
· Team Foundation Services
In Class Lab:
· Check-out lab component, modify and check-in modified component
· Addition of Scoring and simulated Leaderboard to your Themed game
· Marketing plan for your Game
· YouTube Video about your game
· Discuss what it means to be Authentically Digital
· Discuss Agile Design
· Selected Students Demo their Holiday game
· Review of selected YouTube Videos
· Discuss what a contract is and how to implement in it your code
· Selected students will demo their Holiday game
· Discuss “Promise” and “Then”
· Discuss Scrum approach to design
· Update your “Hello World” Game to incorporate the Search Charm
· Update your “Hello World” Project to Incorporate Settings Charm
· Expand use of “Promise” and “Then”
· Discuss Live Tiles and Notifications
· Selected students will demo their “Hello World” Use of Charms and how they implemented their code
· Code Profiling
· UML and Game Design
· Discuss Snap, Fill and Full Screens in Windows 8
· Selected Students demonstrates Promise and Then
· Designing for the Windows 8 Phone
· Selected Students demonstrate their Holiday Themed Projects
· Discuss the Submission Process
· Students run WACK test on their Projects
· Students are assisted in determining how to fix their WACK test failures
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· Review of design process
· WinRT and what it is
· Selected Students will demonstrate their submitting games
· Students will consume an existing C# based WinRT project in their Hello World Project
· Introduction to C++
· Demonstration of how to create and write a C++
· Students will explore and implement a simple Module and then consume it in their “Hello World” program
· Creating an online leaderboards
· Discussion of Leaderboards and how to implement them using existing tools
· Selected students will demonstrate their games
· Class Evaluations
· All students will play the other student’s games and give feedback
Microsoft OEM (for "original equipment manufacturer") hardware partners are about to unleash a wave of new Windows 8 devices in all shapes and sizes. For consumers and businesses, that breadth offers you the chance to find just the right PC no matter what your needs.
With the launch of Windows 8 rapidly approaching, a new wave of tablets, convertibles, hybrids, notebooks, Ultrabooks, and all-in-one PCs are set to hit the shelves later this month here is a quick run down of what Windows 8 devices will be available in the UK.
Windows 8, breadth of technology bounty boils down to one thing for students and educators: choice.
On Oct 26th Microsoft will be releasing Windows 8 and our OEM Partners will be releasing a number of new devices from small and slim tablets to big and beautiful all-in-ones, the new capabilities in Windows 8 have opened the door for a huge array of new and reimagined devices.
So what types of devices will there be?
For anyone on the go and far from a desk, tablet PCs provide a comfortable, versatile, and convenient computing experience. Support for multitouch is already giving Windows 8-based tablets a big boost. While consumers are looking for the convenience and flexibility of tablets such as the ASUS Vivo Tab RT, major OEMs are also designing tablet PCs with specific features to suit enterprise scenarios for example, the Dell's Latitude 10 tablet, which features fingerprint capabilities and a smart card reader for heightened security requirements.
Convertibles and hybrids Touch is a convenient way to interact with a PC, and there are also times when people want the speed of a keyboard and the precision of a mouse. With new convertible PCs such as the Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro and hybrids such as the HP Envy X2, users don't need to make an either/or decision. Both feature a traditional clamshell laptop design plus a touch screen that separates from the keyboard and transforms into a tablet.
All-in-ones All-in-ones such as the Acer Aspire 7600U feature large, touch-sensitive displays that can either detach from the desktop station or rotate to lie flat.The Sony VAIO L Series that feature the X-Reality proceeding engine found inside BRAVIA TVs. Select models offer latest-generation "glasses-free" 3-D technology, turning your office PC into cutting-edge entertainment device.
Notebooks and Ultrabooks For anyone who needs to combine portability with power to compose and create using traditional keyboard and mouse input, today's notebooks and super-slim Ultrabook computers still offer a premium PC experience. Those who want a big display for movies or design work may want a full-size notebook such as the Toshiba Satellite U845W, with its true HD wide screen that is perfect for getting a great view of the action. Ultrabook form factor, such as the sleek new HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 or the razor-thin ASUS Zenbook PRIME UX21A Touch.
Want to learn more? Do you want to learn more about all these new PCs? Check out the Microsoft OEM newsroom highlights the latest hardware innovations, product news, reviews, events and other press materials for Microsoft products across a variety of devices.See http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/presskits/oem/
Recently our device maker partners held events where they showcased their amazing Windows Phone 8 hardware for the first time. In case you missed the events, check them out below, or see the full line-up on windowsphone.com.
Windows Phone offers a compelling approach to bringing distinctive apps to its customers, offering an experience not found on other platforms. Similarly, the Windows Phone developer platform is designed to help you build apps that extend the experience throughout the phone in easily discoverable ways. Check out this podcast on designing great Windows Phone apps using our design team's philosophy of "fierce reduction" – making the most out of animation, pivots and other key Windows Phone visual elements.
For even further guidance on how to build outstanding apps for Windows Phone – check out our favourites below.
Windows Phone UX Guidelines
Windows Phone Design Resources
Design Day Event
Windows Phone UX Style Design
App Design Best Practices
Prototyping in Blend
Windows Phone Design Assets
PNG Grid (Useful in Blend)
SDK (contains Blend and icons)
Windows Phone Tool Kit (contains extra controls for prototyping)
Faculty and Student Resources
FREE Windows Phone developer kit and store accounts from DreamSpark and teaching resources and curriculum from Faculty Connection
Windows Phone Developer Support Did you know you can visit our forums and connect with the community of Windows Phone developers to ask questions and get answers? For the top issues and answers being discussed, check out the following:
Register and manage account
Submitting and publishing apps
Payouts and reporting
Stay tuned, because Microsoft's BUILD conference is rapidly approaching, and Windows Phone will be there. BUILD sold out in record time this year, and if you weren't one of the lucky few who got a spot, don't worry, because the entire event will be streamed live. We're looking forward to going in depth with you on what's new in Windows Phone 8 for developers. Watch Channel 9 for session content 24-48 hours post-event.
We are thrilled to announce the availability of YoYo Games support for building Windows Store games
YoYo Games was founded in 2007 by a group of leading Games and Entertainment industry executives. The company, headed by CEO, Sandy Duncan (ex-Vice President of Xbox Europe), was created to support the founders' belief that a new generation of games development talent and devices was emerging and there was an opportunity to incubate and showcase some of the very best of this talent on these new and existing platforms.
GameMaker is available today under a variety of licensing tiers, including a free tier, from the YoYo Games website (www.yoyogames.com) and has been downloaded more than 5 million times since 2007. In addition, GameMaker is the teaching product of choice for more than 5,000 schools and Universities worldwide. In September 2011, YoYo Games introduced GameMaker:HTML5, unleashing the games development talent of hundreds of thousands of gamers on the web. YoYo Games estimates that over 130,000 games have been developed using the YoYo Games platform.
YoYo Games announcement - http://www.yoyogames.com
YoYo Games Windows 8 Opportunity - http://www.yoyogames.com/gamemaker/studio/multiformat/windows8
YoYo Games Windows 8 Contest - http://www.yoyogames.com/competitions/windows-8
Download - http://www.yoyogames.com/gamemaker/studio
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Modern ‘Atari Arcade’ Experience Features Fresh Graphics, Social Connectivity and Tablet Touch Gameplay, Play Now for Free at Atari.com
Atari, one of the world’s most recognized publishers and developers of interactive entertainment, has developed a partnership with Internet Explorer to launch the Atari Arcade. The browser-based portal is a next-generation collection of Atari’s classic games reimagined in HTML5 with fresh graphics, gameplay and integration with Facebook and Twitter.
Atari Arcade shines in Internet Explorer, but also works well in other modern browsers. Because of the quality of the IE experience, an ad-free version is made available to all Internet Explorer customers when they play Atari Arcade.
In celebration of Atari’s 40 year anniversary and the upcoming launch of Internet Explorer 10, classic games like Asteroids, Pong, Lunar Lander, Missile Command, Centipede, and others have been developed with new graphics and gameplay features. Like the arcades that first popularized gaming, players can go head-to-head with friends in competitive, real-time battles for high scores and leaderboard placement in the next evolution of Atari fan favourites like Super Breakout and Combat.
Atari Arcade demonstrates what’s possible when you couple HTML5 along with a fast and fluid browser that is perfect for touch, which is precisely what you get with Internet Explorer 10. Now together with Internet Explorer and HTML5, we get to see some of our favourite games jump into the next generation of gaming on the web – which is pretty fantastic.”
Atari’s new platform will grant developers access to CreateJS, a suite of tools for creating cross-browser, cross-device HTML5 gaming and media experiences. This new offering will give developers a platform to publish and monetize games with the ability to utilize features like Facebook integration.
Atari has released a promotional video for the event in which game industry luminaries Nolan Bushnell and Grant Skinner provide their perspective on 40 years of video games and HTML5’s impact on future development. The video may be viewed at: http://youtu.be/3qaF9-W2Dvg.
Visit the Atari Arcade now at Arcade.Atari.com.
For more information about Atari games and the latest news: - Visit our website: www.atari.com - Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/atari - Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/atari - Subscribe to our YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/atari
For more on Internet Explorer, please visit http://www.beautyoftheweb.com/
For developers http://atari.com/arcade/developers/