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    Creating your 1st Game (3 of 5) - by Ben Coley, Academic Developer Evangelist

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    Last time, I promised this article would include interactions with objects like enemies and points. So I started to implement these features in the game we’ve started building. As with all programs, sometimes you have to go back and modify some code so...
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    Creating your 1st Game (2 of 5) - by Ben Coley, Academic Developer Evangelist

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    Welcome back! So if I remember rightly, the last thing we did is write some basic game-play. We have a basic world, an animated game character, and some boundaries. So what next? I’m thinking a level. We have boundaries at the edges of the screen...
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    Creating your 1st Game (1 of 5) – by Ben Coley, Academic Developer Evangelist

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    Back in September last year, I wrote a small guide on how to set up XNA Game Studio Express . What I didn’t do was show you how to build your own game from start to finish! In this first of a five part guide, I’ll walk you through how to create...
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    Video Poker System – By Robert Cross

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    When I was given the task of leading a group in a University group module to create a Video Poker system with AI that could not only play the game, but beat you, I was slightly dumbfounded. The decisions that needed to be made were quite daunting. I made...
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    Enjoy a Menu Bursting with XNA – By Kris Athi

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    Please pull up a chair and make yourself comfortable. A waiter will be with you shortly to take your order. You will be pleased to hear that with the release of XNA 2.0, our Menu has had a fresh redesign to tickle your taste buds! Starters Only in the...
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    New Look

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    The UK StudentZine blog has a new look!! Check back for more updates soon.
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    Microsoft Robotics Studio

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    by Paul Foster To start designing and programming robots you don’t need anything more than a Windows PC. Even if your goal is to enter one of the most advanced research challenges in the world - as the Princeton Autonomous Vehicle Engineering or PAVE...
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    Inspiration Tour

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    by Ed Dunhill , Academic Developer Evangelist This year the academic team have been touring UK universities talking about Microsoft’s bleeding edge technology and relating it to career opportunities. Since October we have travelled in excess of six...
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    All I want for Christmas....is a Silverlight enabled Cool Wall!

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    by Mark Johnston , Marketing Manager, Microsoft The “Dear Santa” Christmas list is about as popular these days as a Geocities homepage to the Facebook generation! The team at DotNet Solutions in Windsor have come up with a novel (not noel) solution...
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    Vista Gadgets

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    by Ben Coley I don’t know about you guys, but I love Windows Vista. Amongst other things, it offers powerful performance, stability, security and a rich User Interface (UI). Part of this new rich UI is the Windows Vista Sidebar; a place on the side...
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    Channel 8

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    By Will Perry – Microsoft Student Partner With lectures, coursework deadlines and long evenings in the SU, how can anyone possibly be expected to keep up to date with technology too!? Luckily the nice folks at MS have packaged together all you’ll ever...
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    Mix: On Campus

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    By Kris Athi - Microsoft Student Partner We have all been there, a mentally dull lecture that just seems to drag on for an eternity which is more than likely based around an aspect of computing your heart really isn’t interested in. It usually all...
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    Imagine Cup 2008 Update

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    By Anna Liza Lomibao We’ve had a brilliant response to Imagine Cup registrations across the country. Many of you are rising to the challenge to put your ideas into practice and in boosting your future careers. If you haven’t as yet registered – you...
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    MSP @ Video Games Live

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    by Ben Nunney Video Games Live, a huge multi-national sell-out event designed to celebrate the music of video games both old and new, came to London on October 22nd to kick off the 2007 London Games Festival. The event was held at the newly refurbished...
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    The Imagine Cup

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    Do you like technology? Want to kick start your career while at university? Fancy the opportunity to win a week in Microsoft headquarters in Seattle (Redmond) shadowing the Popfly team (amongst many prizes)? The opportunity to win an Xbox 360 Elite just...
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    Design and Develop @ MIX:UK 2007

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    by Dominic Green MIX:UK is an annual tech event held by Microsoft, focused on development and design for the internet. Earlier this year MIX was held in Vegas and showcased a wide range of new Microsoft technologies especially Silverlight, which...
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    MIX UK: the talks, the interviews and the swag!

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    by Kevin Pfister For those that were wondering, MIX UK is a premier web designer and developer event to find out about new technologies and software solutions and how to use them to create rich media experiences. Apart from the amazing talks, MIX...
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    Customising Search Engines – ‘No More Moth’

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    by Ian MacGillivray Much though I like to take the odd swipe at Windows Live Search, especially using the classic Microsoft joke of talking about how I've " Googled Live Searched" for something, I think I've found something that may actually convert...
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    Developing for the Xbox 360 using XNA

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    by Ben Coley , Developer Evangelist Intern If you’re like me and do own an Xbox 360, you’ll already know that there are some simply fantastic games created for the Xbox. (If you didn’t know that, you do now!) Ever wondered if it would be possible...
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    Developing for Facebook with .NET

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    by Ben Coley , Developer Evangelist Intern Ah Facebook. The place where many people can come together to view photos, view blogs, find people and organise events. Has anyone noticed that recently, the developers over at Facebook released a new expansion...
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    Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 – codename ‘Orcas’

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    A simplified overview, by Ian MacGillivray First things first - what is Visual Studio anyway? Just like Word is a program you can use to write documents, Visual studio is, at its most basic level, simply a program you can use to write code. It...
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    Check out WPFopoly

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    By Matt Duffin, Microsoft Student Partner Perhaps you’re thinking about entering the Imagine Cup this year or you’re looking to add that extra something to an upcoming project to help you to really stand out. Or perhaps you’re about...
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    I Want My DinnerNow!

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    By Matt Duffin. I have gained a bit of a reputation around the office. Far from the brilliant, enigmatic persona a bright-eyed Matt wanted to portray at the beginning of the placement, I’m seen around here as a bit of a - how should I put it - gourmand...
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    Why did I become a Microsoft Student Rep?

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    By Kevin Pfister (Student Rep Alumnus - now a Microsoft Student Partner) Like many young people, I am actively involved in the latest technology and try to use it most effectively in my life. It’s great to talk to people with the same ideas and attitudes...
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    The Seedlings meet Bill Gates

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    By The Seedlings (Imagine Cup 2007 UK Final Winners) Can you Imagine getting an email one day (on the 21st May to be precise) telling you you're off to meet Bill Gates to present your idea? Well, we definitely couldn't... until it arrived! It all sounded...
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