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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Using middleware to reduce development time or cost

    by Microsoft Evangelist Lee Stott Developing high quality professional games can be costly. Developing games for multiple platforms can be complex, error prone, and even more costly. Many established game studios build tools and develop production technologies that make up their game development process...
  • Blog Post: Windows In Academia Presentations

    On the 26th of March we held an event to help raise awareness of the opportunity of Windows 8 and Windows Phone within academic gaming courses. The intention of the event was to.. 1. Introduce the latest technology released by Microsoft 2. Present the more
  • Blog Post: Welcome to the Windows Games Ambassadors

    With the launch of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, this academic year promises to be our biggest yet for the opportunity of building amazing games in a variety of technologies and frameworks including C#, HTML5/JS,  C++, DirectX , Unity , MonoGame more
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 in the curriculum

    Interview with Paul Boocock , Computer Games Programming Lecturer at Staffordshire University 1) Why did you make the decision to develop / teach for Windows Phone and Windows 8? It was an easy decision. The tools are free and easily accessible, not to more
  • Blog Post: More Windows Phone Events (UK)

    We have another couple of free Windows Phone events coming up – one in London and one in Bristol. London is on Saturday 4th Feb (I’ll be there) Bristol is on Saturday 11th Feb (my fellow evangelist Andrew Spooner will be there) For full details see the more
  • Blog Post: Star Chart–A Definitive AR App for Windows Phone

    I asked San Shepherd, co-founder of Escapist Games Ltd , a few questions about Star Chart, a high tech star gazing companion that allows you to see what’s out there in all its augmented reality glory. Q. Tell me a bit about your background and Escapist Games. "Our vision was to make the...
  • Blog Post: The AdControl Requires Certain Capabilities

    In my post last week I talked about the Advertising SDK and using the AdControl in our applications as a means of generating revenue. I should have mentioned something that could catch you out – the AdControl requires certain capabilities to be defined more
  • Blog Post: You know the Microsoft Advertising SDK for Windows Phone works in the UK right?

    If only I had a pound for every time I’ve been asked when Microsoft’s in-app advertising would be available in the UK. The Microsoft Advertising SDK was only available in the US for the initial Windows Phone launch. With the release of Mango however, more
  • Blog Post: New on the MSDN Library - how to develop Windows Phone and Azure apps

    Following our previous article on new materials in the MSDN library, t here are 5 new articles for your learning pleasure, covering Windows Phone 7 development and one article on developing applications for Windows Azure. Please let us know what you think - are they useful? Developing a Windows Phone...
  • Blog Post: Mango Jump Start Training Recordings Available

    A few weeks ago I blogged here about the Windows Phone “Mango” Jump Start Training with Rob Miles and Andy Wigley that was taking place on 23/24th August. The Windows Phone team have done an outstanding job and the recordings are already available to view on demand on Channel 9 . This is a great way...
  • Blog Post: Fancy Building Your Own Tower Defence Game?

    If you do, or you just fancy learning some more about XNA, the Coding4Fun guys have created an open source game engine for Windows Phone that might just help. Not only is it a fully-featured Tower Defence game (you can grab it from the Marketplace – search for “scripttd” - to try it out), it’s configurable...
  • Blog Post: Tech.Days Live Video: From Zero to Hero - Getting your Apps on Marketplace

    Oops – somehow this one slipped through the net. Brandon talks about Marketplace, recent and future improvements and how to maximise your opportunity by building apps customers really want. View this video as a WMV more
  • Blog Post: Wanna get creative on 24 March?

    Tech.Days Online Conference – Create.Design.Deliver | Windows Phone 7 Last Thursday more than 250 developers joined us for the latest Tech.Days online conference – it was great to see so many of you online. We’ve now added the recordings from the event for you to enjoy at your leisure. Simply click the...
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