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Marmalade and Windows Phone
On the 19th of Nov we ran a dedicated day for developers building Windows Phone apps using Marmalade Marmalade Windows Phone Offer https://legacy.madewithmarmalade.com/wp8/faq https://www.madewithmarmalade.com/offers/wp8 Here are some video for those who could attend the event.. Building your first Marmalade...
24 Nov 2013
Unity3D - Getting Started on Building/Porting to Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8
Getting started with the basics for Unity The Unity Getting Started guides cover everything you need to know: configurations, SDKs, general considerations and first steps Getting started on Windows Phone (663 KB) Getting started on Windows Store (720 KB) Porting to Windows tips Once...
18 Nov 2013
Installing XNA on Windows 8 with Visual Studio 2012
Guest blog by Simon Grey Lecturer in Games Development Studies at the University of Hull XNA is a great framework for creating games, and we use it as a tool to motivate students to learn how to program whilst creating great games at extra-curricular events such as the three thing game. For us, a tools...
12 Nov 2013
Microsoft Marmalade Developer Day 19th Nov at Birmingham City Uni
Marmalade and Microsoft along with Birmingham City University are hosting one of the largest Marmalade and Windows Phone 8 porting events in the UK and they would love to see you there! By attending this free one day event you’ll receive the latest information regarding Marmalade 7 and Windows Phone...
6 Nov 2013
Do you Accelerate, Incubate or Seek Investment
The Microsoft Accelerators, Incubators and Investment opportunities are the great demonstration of Microsoft interest and involvement in the UK Start-up community. Last week at Games Industry Fair conference I had the opportunity to speak about this very matter. Accelerate Microsoft Accelerator – http...
7 Oct 2013
Great news for Cocos2D and XNA developers Cocos2d-XNA
Cocos2D-XNA is a 2D/3D game developer’s framework that is written specifically for XNA. XNA is the game API developed by Microsoft for independently published games on Xbox Live Arcade. To support other platforms than the now deprecated Microsoft XNA targets, Cocos2D-XNA supports the MonoGame runtime...
6 Oct 2013
DirectX immediate mode rendering in your C#/XAML app using the SharpDx library.
Last week we had a huge Microsoft representation at Eurogamer ranging from Xbox360, XboxOne, Windows Phone and Windows 8 demonstrating our devcies, services and latest titles. During the event I had a lots of interesting discussions with game devs, educators and students, one of the key themes...
4 Oct 2013
Touch Develop Inspiring the next generation to code - Scheme Of Work for GCSE
In 2012 the Computing in Schools project looked at the current provision of education in Computing in UK schools, the Royal Society report was informed by evidence gathered from individuals and organisations with an interest in computing. Key points of the report include: The current delivery of Computing...
24 Sep 2013
Testing and Publishing your GameSalad created Games/Apps to Windows 8
GameSalad Creator is a 2D object oriented tool that allows you to create completely original games using a drag and drop interface, enabling you (the user) to create applications for Windows 8, iOS, Android, HTML5, and even for the Mac Platform without typing a single line of code so perfect for those...
24 Sep 2013
Windows Azure Game Developer Stories & Resources
Have you got your game face on? Take it to the next level with Windows Azure . Whether you’re targeting iOS, Android or Windows, Windows Azure has the tools you need. Windows Azure allows game developers to focus on making great games and scale in the face of unpredictable demand. Learn how...
19 Sep 2013
Getting started building Windows Phone Games with Unity
With the release of Unity 4.2, you can now take your Unity games and quickly port them to Windows Phone 8 and extend your reach to Windows users. Getting started building a Windows Phone 8 game with Unity To develop, compile and submit a Unity game to the Windows Phone store, you will need: ...
11 Sep 2013
For the past few months I have been having a good play with Project Spark and been really impressed with what can be achieved. I am really impressed how easy kids can pick this up and make some beautiful games. The experience and Project Spark got shared more widely at GamesCom Europe and here is a video...
1 Sep 2013
GDC/GamesCom 2013 Cologne
Last week I had a hectic week in the city of Cologne, Germany. Why Cologne well simply because Cologne was serving as host to both GDC Europe and Gamescom 2013. I had the opportunity to meet many of my European colleagues and represent the UK developer ecosystem on the ground for two of the...
30 Aug 2013
Unity3d competition over $100,000 in cash and prizes to be won in our new Windows and Windows Phone contest
Unity and Microsoft are inviting Unity developers to enter a new contest by submitting beautifully crafted, high-quality new or existing games or content for the upcoming Windows Store Apps and Windows Phone 8 platforms. Over $100,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to a number of talented...
22 Jul 2013
Building apps for Windows devices using Microsoft Open Source Technologies http://msopentech.com/
Are you are a mobile developer and want to extend your reach and your customer base? Do you want to make your mobile app available on more stores? Are using open source technologies? Well lets look at the opportunity of using open source technologies to build apps for Windows Phone and the Windows...
15 Jul 2013
WALES’ GAMES DEVELOPERS ARE INVITED TO BAFTA ‘POWER UP’
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in Wales, BAFTA Wales has today announced that it is to team up with Microsoft and Nokia to present an exciting opportunity to budding Game App Developers in Wales. The ‘Power Up’ competition, invites developers in Wales to create a game app...
26 Jun 2013
Windows Azure for Game Developers
Windows Azure allows game developers to focus on development and scale in the face of unpredictable demand. These resources showcase how real-life game developers are benefiting from Windows Azure. Quotes from developers “With Hadoop on Windows Azure, we can mine data and understand our audience...
15 Jun 2013
Dare To Be Digital 2013
The UK students game competition Dare to be Digital 2013, is now LIVE . I recently had a trip up to Scotland to meet with Elaine Russell programme manager for Dare to be Digital to be introduced to the 15 teams from all around the world who have come together for the next nine weeks...
12 Jun 2013
BAFTA Breakthrough Brits is a new initiative that supports and celebrates up-and-coming British talent
BAFTA is searching for talented newcomers in Film, TV and Games as part of a brand new initiative. In partnership with Burberry, Breakthrough Brits will showcase and support the next generation of creative talent. Applications open: 04 June Application Deadline: 08 July at 10am Jump to the detailed information...
12 Jun 2013
What is Nokia/Microsoft AppCampus?
Background to http://www.Appcampus.fi Appcampus.fi is a joint effort between Nokia and Microsoft to build a new global mobile eco-system around the Windows Phone platform. Nokia and Microsoft selected Aalto University as a partner to accelerate the development of the eco-system globally. Aalto...
7 Jun 2013
Making games in partnership with local Schoolchildren
Guest blog by David Renton Reid Kerr College This year our HNC Games students at Reid Kerr College worked in partnership with a local Primary School, Lochfield Primary in Paisley , to produce games for their HNC Group graded unit project. This is the third year we have worked in partnership with Lochfield...
5 Jun 2013
Lemon Moose Games a student to indie studio story
Guest blog from James Mintram Director Lemon Moose Games Lemon Moose Games was founded during my, and my business partner Tomasz Kandziora’s, first semester of our second year at Northumbria University . Northumbria University offers a great enterprise development department which helped us register...
5 Jun 2013
Windows Azure as a Cloud Gaming Platform – half day technical briefing, Monday 1st July, 2pm, London
This half day technical briefing is designed for developers, designers and architects in the games industry to help you explore the Microsoft’s Windows Azure platform, and discover how it can be used as a powerful and flexible cloud platform to extend and enhance your current games or the ones...
3 Jun 2013
How to publish and update your Windows 8 Store App
For the last few weeks, I have been attending a number of final year project submission meetings across the UK. I have seen a number of amazing apps/games and projects from students across the UK many of these have been produced as part of their academic coursework and now being used to demonstrate the...
2 Jun 2013
TouchDevelop.com Create Apps and Games Anywhere on all devices
Do you remember this? Well now you can do much more… on any device which supports Html5 So what is Touchdevelop.com •Create apps on mobile devices for mobile devices •Create and run apps instantly on any HTML5 enabled device (PC, Laptop, Phone, Tablet) •Requires HTML5 Web browsers (IE10, Chrome...
29 May 2013
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