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    C++ and Physics/Game engines

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    There are a number of physics/games engines being used within academia and with the release of Windows 8 the following video  discusses how to consume a non-WinRT C++ Code set see: Building Windows Runtime Components with C++.

    Box2D

    Box2D is open source physics engine, and it is used in number of solutions including Physics Helper, coco2dx and Construct2 by Scirra.com

    http://www.box2d.org

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    For the Unreal Engine article see: http://epicgames.com/news/unreal-engine-3-debuts-on-windows-8, available for Windows RT at http://www.unrealengine.com/en/platforms/

     

    Autodesk Scaleform 4.1 now supports Windows 8

    The Autodesk Scaleform 4.1 states that it does support Windows 8 Metro in the 4.1 version, http://gameware.autodesk.com/2013-features/, you can download the tool for non-commercial use.

    Other really useful tools

    UniSwf

    UniSwf simply publish assets from Flash and they seamlessly appear in the Unity editor. see http://www.uniswf.com

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    How do you become an Xbox Live Publisher on Windows Phone, Windows 8, XBLA, Xbox360/Kinect and Web

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    This week at LaunchConference I had a number of questions form student interested in become Xbox Live publishers on Windows Phone and Windows 8 and develop games with the Xbox Live functionality.

    • Title groups
    • Title-managed storage
    • Near real-time, cross-screen multiplayer, and matchmaking
    • Leaderboards
    • Achievements

    Well here is the answer from the BuildWindows.com Session Building Cross-Device Xbox Games http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2012/3-054 

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    2 years to go before Windows XP is unsupported, and how do you move to Windows 8?

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    I have had a number of questions recently from institutions..

    Simply asking.

    How can we move from Windows XP to Windows 8 to allow my students to use the latest developer tools and build apps and portfolios for Windows Phone and Windows 8?

    A key issues many institutions even point out to me is that many of their students were born after XP was released, yes Windows XP was released in 2001 so well before things like Xbox, Skype, LinkedIn Video Chat and many more things we simply take for granted.

    So  if your interested in moving away from 11 year old Y reg car. to Windows 8, you need to plan carefully the migration, and this October holiday will be one of the first opportunities for many of the classrooms around the country to be updated.

    Welcome to the Springboard Series

    Springboard Resource Guide for Windows 8

    This series of resources is focused on the five key stages of rolling out Windows 8, and provides information that answers key questions:

    • Explore - Windows XP is good enough, why should I care?
    • Plan - Does it work in my environment? How do we prepare?
    • Deliver - What can I do to make deployment easier and faster?
    • Operate - How do I manage risk? How do I maintain control?
    • Support - Where can I find help and support?

    The Resource Guide has links to over 70 detailed documents which will help you to understand what Windows 8 does, how to plan the deployment, and what tools are available to make it easier.

    For an education institutions, there are a number of documents which would be especially useful, including information on:

    • Bitlocker – to encrypt sensitive data on staff computers, especially laptops
    • Windows To Go – to create a Windows 8 environment on a USB stick that staff or students could use on non-managed PCs (for example, to have a
    • AppLocker – to allow you to control which applications are run on which computers
    • Microsoft Security Compliance Manager – to allow you to support a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategy whilst maintain information securit

    Download the Spring Resource Guide for Windows 8

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    Looking forward to three thing game at the University of Hull

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    Here are the list of teams and the three thing game words which must be used within their games

     

    Team Name

    Thing1

    Thing2

    Thing3

           

    A Druish Princess

    Invading

    Marvel

    wearing glasses

    Aint no partly like a kambham-party

    Steaming

    Spam

    copyright infringement

    Beta Jester

    Tron

    Speed

    attack

    Battle Brothers

    Something beginning with P

    Ship

    Spoon

    Brayshawshank-Redemption

    Pink

    Nuts

    In the rain

    BRB

    Snowing

    Spendthrift

    Banker

    C Hash

    Keyboard cat

    Vampire

    at midnight

    Chicken Dippers

    Chicken

    Hamster

    Parade

    COMPUTER SCIENCE FC

    Ghost

    Yoghurt

    Gangnam Style

    Did you mean "Uncle Mikes Recursive Prolog Party?"

    Fighting

    Toast

    Party

    Double Jump

    Atomic

    Bath Sponge

    Raider

    Fresh Pot

    Shark

    Saxaphone

    At the Zoo

    Honeybadger Productions

    Ninja

    Mountains

    Defence

    Left 4 Dev

    Cooking

    Neon

    Apocalypse

    LightMass

    Evil Wizard

    Cricket Bat

    in the graveyard

    M.C.S.

    Camel

    Bus Stop

    Werewolf

    Men On A Mission

    Sneaky

    Assassin

    With a moustache

    Michael Jacksons Indian Takeaway

    Poptart

    Deoderant

    Teddy Bear

    Mr. Parse

    Jelly

    Orchestra

    Four Letter Word

    Mulan

    Daft Punk

    Rhymes with Truck

    Pinball

    No Method(), No Class{}

    Caffeine

    Monkey

    under attack

    Pigs Might Fly

    Pirates

    Duvet

    racer

    QWERTYUIOP

    Lion

    Skeleton

    Swimming

    Red Light:Green Light

    Heroine

    Nick Cage

    wearing a tutu

    Rusty Spoons

    Roman

    Motorboat

    Pig

    Sheerware Games

    Flying

    Bombs

    Tank

    SkyNet

    Bungling

    Bread

    Pie

    TBC

    Zombie

    Butler

    Swimming Pool

    Team HAL 9000

    Dragon

    Spider

    goes fishing

    Team Plan B

    Gazebo

    Javelin

    word processor

    Team Titans

    Lonely

    Robots

    find love

    The C Hashes

    clone

    Vampire

    Apocalypse

    The Compilers

    Underwater

    Atom Bomb

    bike ride

    The Cosmic Corn Snacks

    Students

    Bishop

    assault

    The Infamous Two Sirs

    Goldfish

    Plug hole

    Invasion

    The Runners Up

    Grunting

    Spring

    Light cycles

    The Y-Nots!

    Fruitcake

    Banana

    temptress

    Three Men

    Lightning

    Kung Fu

    plays piano

    Three Game'o'holics

    Fighting

    Desk

    In a Dress

      

    My favourite has to be Team HAL 9000. With Dragon, Spider, goes fishing that could be interesting.. and really excited by the Windows 8 games which are going to be produced.

  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    Using the right tone of voice for your brand

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    Many of you are aware that a few months ago my colleague Andrew Spooner (@andspo) developed a series of films which focused on various aspects of digital design and user experience.

    A number of UK Universities used these videos as part of their guest lecture series, with the launch of Windows 8 Andrew is currently producing a new set of videos, the first of which has been taken up by .net magazine.

    The concept of the video is based upon how we use words in our applications and how we can use tone of voice more consistently across communications, from the application to the error message.

    Andrew simple focus is help you understand, that when you consider the wider context of an application and the various places where you talk to your users, be consistent with your tone and ultimately, create more beautiful applications.

    Here’s a link to the article and the latest film:

    http://www.netmagazine.com/features/using-right-tone-voice-your-brand

    Andrew has presented a number of  design events and spoken in more detail about the series of films. If you have creative events coming up, or if any of your interested in hearing from a expert design/UX  speakers from Microsoft for large events, do get in contact.

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    Welcome to Windows Store App Labs!

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    Windows Store App Labs are physical locations in more than 30 cities where you can access Windows 8 devices, get design help, and meet with Windows experts to make your app great. All for free! The UK Location is at Modern Jago, Club Row, Arnold Circus, Shoreditch, London, E2 7ES

     

    Check out and test on the newest Windows 8 devices

    Test your app on a variety of screen sizes, input methods, and chipsets with the latest Windows 8 devices including Windows RT tablets, Ultrabooks, All-in-Ones, and more.

    Get design guidance from leading edge design agencies

    Designers will review your app mock-ups or your complete app and provide feedback on how you can improve your app’s layout, navigation, live tile, and other UI elements.

    Get technical guidance from Windows 8 experts

    Our Windows experts are on hand to help test your app and offer any technical advice you need. We can help you with coding tips, debugging, and prepping your app to submit to the Windows Store.

     

    United Kingdom

    London

    Monday, October 29, 2012

    8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Modern Jago

    Register

    United Kingdom

    London

    Monday, October 29, 2012

    1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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    United Kingdom

    London

    Monday, November 5, 2012

    8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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    Monday, November 5, 2012

    1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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    United Kingdom

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    Monday, November 12, 2012

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    Monday, November 19, 2012

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    United Kingdom

    London

    Monday, November 26, 2012

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    United Kingdom

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    Monday, December 3, 2012

    8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Modern Jago

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    Monday, December 3, 2012

    1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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    United Kingdom

    London

    Monday, December 10, 2012

    Coming Soon! - -

    Modern Jago

     

    United Kingdom

    London

    Monday, December 17, 2012

    Coming Soon! - -

    Modern Jago

     

     

  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    Three Thing Game Winner – Team Sheerware with HyperMorpth

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    Well today marked the final of the University of Hull Three Thing Game competition.

    From the 40 team 160 students who started we had only lost a small number and throughout the night all of the teams had made AWESOME progress. 

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    Many of the teams were already testing and evaluating their and fellows teams games when we arrived back at the venue early this morning.

    I have to state that we were all significantly impressed with the number of first year students who were still in attendance when considering they had only started with XNA this week so the last 24 hours had been a significant learning curve.

    The judging was extremely difficult, I had the honour to be part of the judging teams, during the judging we were chaperoned by camera operators who captured the presentations on video @RobMiles and the team from Hull will be editing these and making them available as show real so check back soon for an update.

    Each team of judges then picked their top two entries, the top two from each group went forward into the final rounds, which consisted of eight teams. The eight teams then had to present and demo their game to the audience of fellow finalist and judges which consisted of Academics, Indie Gaming Dev’s, Microsoft and Monogame staff.

    Thanks to Rob for this lovely picture of me and the prizes you can see his full photo stream here on Flickr

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    The finalist wait anxiously to be called to present. Judges can be scary!

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    The Finals

    Finalist 1. ‘Three Game’O’Holics’, the first presenters, preparing to show off their game inspired by “Fighting, Desk, in a Dress”. This was an impressive take on the a doodle jump style game with a addictive two player mode and would make a gorgeous Windows Phone and Windows 8 app.

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     Finalist 2  ‘No Method, No Class’. with “Caffeine, Monkey, under attack”. The gameplay and sound-effects were excellent as monkeys came in for the kill. Huge Kudos to this team as the group was made up of one second year and two first year students and was significant addictive top down shooter.

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    Finalist 3. ‘Uncle Mikes Recursive Prolog Party?’” who had built a space shooter, Asteroid style but with semantic zoom to view the galaxy with a seriously addictive sound track. Again a perfect app for the Windows 8 store with the use of virtual joypad and semantics zoom control.

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    Finalist 4.  ‘Sheerware Games’ showing off their Hyper Morph Windows Phone game, made from "Flying, Bombs, Tank". Based on the side scrolling defender/Rtype game built for Windows Phone and portable to Windows 8 via Monogame.

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    Finalist 5. The Honeybadger crew with Ninja defence a superb Windows Phone with invaders storming your castle and you letting loose with arrows, ninja stars and fireworks to see them off again a polished app ready for the Windows Phone marketplace and Windows 8 store via monogame.

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    Finalist 6. ‘Michael Jacksons Indian Takeaway’ with “Spray of Duty Modern Warbear” really original game  based on a lone Teddy soldier using his deodorant to save off increasing numbers of invading poptarts of various flavours. The game had amazing use of shaders this would be excellent as Windows 8 app using either a virtual control pad or keyboard or controller.

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    Finalist 7.Battle Brothers They had created an astonishing looking space warfare game. This had great 3D graphics and physics engine. This would be a great rival to Armed within the Windows 8 store and I know it would have lots of interest and downloads.

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    Finalist 8 Two Sirs’ This was one of the most ambitious games I have ever seen, the team developed a multi-player game experience involving a battle between Kinect controlled angler fish and Windows Phone powered goldfish.

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    And the winners are!

    In Third Place.  Battle Brothers with their Lego prizes and I’m looking forward to seeing this amazing 3D Space Shooter in the Windows 8 store soon.

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    In Second Place. Honeybadger Productions clutching their prizes of Microsoft Kinect sensor and Microsoft T shirts prizes. Well deserved and a game with great potential and look forward to seeing this is the Windows Phone marketplace and Windows 8 store soon.

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    And the Winners!

    Sheerware get the big prize of Windows Phone, Windows Phone Design Guide, Limited Edition Windows 8 T Shirt, and USB drive. I am really looking forward to downloading Hyper Morph from both the Windows Phone marketplace and Windows 8 store soon.

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    The People Choice Winner – Voted by all the participating teams in the competition.

    The prize of Star Wars Lego Advent Calendars and Exclusive Ubelly.com T Shirts went to Sheerware.

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    So the key message

    Get students undertaking competition such as this, ensure students develop real portfolios uploading apps/games to the Windows Phone and Windows 8 stores to demonstrate their competences and skills. All Students get free Windows Phone Marketplace, Windows 8 and Xbox developer accounts and store accounts for FREE via www.dreamspark.com for more details see www.DreamSpark.com and http://create.msdn.com

    Samples and References

    For students interested in developing for XNA we have lots of resources available for FREE see

    Microsoft Faculty Connection Resources - http://www.microsoft.com/faculty
    XNA Creators Club Education Samples - http://xbox.create.msdn.com/en-US/education/catalog/
    Windows 8 Development for XNA using MonoGame

    Getting your apps in Store

    You may be building great apps and games but don't forget to add the features that will make them shine

    Windows 8 app certification requirements http://Aka.ms/storereq

    Resolving certification errors after submitting to store http://Aka.ms/storefix

    Other Competitions

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    The Inter University Game Jam 2012 is taking place on 17-18th of Nov so if this was interest please enter or get your students to enter via http://www.devsoc.co.uk/game-jam.

    ImagineCup

    The Imagine Cup 2013 the premier student world wide student game development competition. http://www.imaginecup.com

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    Windows Phone 8 launch event to be held in San Francisco on October 29th

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    Today is a important day for Windows Phone, Come see what’s new in Windows Phone 8. Join the webcast at 10 a.m. PT on Oct. 29, live from San Francisco.

    Wp8

    Resources for Windows Phone 8

    Youtube - http://www.youtube.com/windowsphone

    Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/windowsphone

    Windows Phone Blog - http://blogs.windows.com/windows_phone/b/windowsphone/

    Pininterest -  http://pinterest.com/windowsphone/

    Webcast - http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/presskits/windowsphone/liveevent.aspx

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    Windows 8 Camps Students, Educators all welcome

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    Windows 8 DevCamps

    For Developers & Designers who want to get hands on help to kick start their Windows 8 app development

    The Windows 8 Camp is open to everyone and offers an experience catered to your background and technology preference. Find out how to make sure your app is in the Windows Store by the time Windows 8 hits the market.

    We don’t expect you to have finished your application in one day (although that’s not impossible). You will at least understand the Windows 8 operating system, what makes a great Windows 8 style application and the development paths that are available to you. If you choose to take advantage of one of our 1:1 UX labs, then you will also leave with a set of wireframes that you can use to start your base your Windows 8 style application on.

    You can then return to one of our future camps to carry on with your application build and take further advantage of our Windows 8 experts who will be present all day to personally answer your questions.

    Windows 8 DevCamps

    For more details and resources see http://www.microsoft.com/uk/msdn/windows8/

    For students and educators get all the necessary software and windows store accounts from www.dreamspark.com

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    Visual Studio 2012 Events

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    Hearing directly from our experts is the best way to get a really good understanding of Visual Studio, especially now we’ve launched Visual Studio 2012. We have scheduled free in-person events on Application Lifecycle Management capabilities of Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server for you to come and learn more about the new version.

    In the meantime we will continue to add ad hoc events and helpful videos which will cover all aspects of the latest Developer tools from Microsoft.

    If you would like to attend one of these events please register here http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/en-gb/visual-studio-events

    Want to try Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server in your teaching and learning see http://www.dreamspark.com

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