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Jeff Jenkins has graciously (and apparently posthumously since I had added his site to my links graveyard a while back) released a second version of his XNA 360 Controller button graphics for use in your XNA created games. What's that you say, why did I say "second", well that's because many, many moons ago he released his first XNA Button pack! The only complaint that I have with these button packs is that, well, he's a much better artist than I am, so when I stick them into my games it just reminds ...
If you've already said yes, good for you! If you haven't, then you must live more than 1,000 miles away (any closer and I can't imagine you not taking a quick road trip). But just on the off chance you're not even sure what a PAXNAUG is, just head on over to the newly launched Portland Area XNA User Group site and see for yourself. Our first meeting is going to be coming up towards the end of March. Don't forget to reply to the meeting announcement post on the PAXNAUG site letting us know you're ...
For those of you that know me offline, you already know most of this story. For those of you that don't, let me catch you up. For the past several months (basically since November 2007), I have been pulling double duty as Daddy and Mommy and living a life filled with more than a tad of stress and worry. You see my wife was pregnant with our fourth boy and was put on bed rest around that time. That's typically done with pregnant women when there's a risk and danger of the baby being delivered too ...
http://jobs.gamesondeck.com... The XNA Developer Connection (XDC) is looking for software engineers with a strong interest in game technologies who are passionate about helping the world's leading game developers with tough development issues. Engineers in this position will support internal and external game developers directly, debug and analyze game development problems and develop responsive solutions, as well as write sample code and technical ...
Microsoft has always provided great deals for college students. I remember when I was still in school being able to purchase "Academic Editions" of Windows and Office at fractions of the retail price from the college bookstore. This time around, Microsoft is making it even better to be a student with the introduction of Microsoft DreamSpark. DreamSpark gives students access to the same Microsoft developer and design tools used by the industry professionals at no charge. DreamSpark currently offers ...
This is a story I mentioned in the wrap-up entry for today's Computers 2K8 radio show that I co-host but I also wanted to be sure it got an entry of it's own so people find out about it. Microsoft's DreamSpark program gives university students Microsoft professional-level developer and design tools for FREE. This includes Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition, Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition, Microsoft Expression Studio, and the XNA 2.0 Game Studio. The program is currently available in 11 ...
"Good morning everybody, you're tuned to Computers 2K8 on sports radio 850 The Buzz" and so began today's show as we do every Sunday morning from 8am - 10am here in Raleigh, NC. You can download the show from the show's website or you can listen do us live as we stream the show across the web. Here a few of the topics discussed on today's show... Installing Windows Update Without an Internet Connection A caller this morning wanted some clarification on using a restore CD to take his machine back ...
"Microsoft will start offering the XNA Game Studio 2.0 development tool kit for free, which lets people develop software games. While anybody can do it, Satchell acknowledged that you will need some expertise in writing software code. The games can be written in Microsoft Word and then migrated to Xbox." http://www.foxbusiness.com/... Start offering XNA for free? Start? Microsoft... Word... W.T.F?!? There's so much wrong with ...
If you're a VB.NET geek like me, and you're working on something fun or interesting in VB.NET, I'd like to hear about it. If you're doing samples in VB.NET for a technology that only shipped with support for C# (for example), I want to know about that too. If you need project, blog or forum space for your VB.NET work, I have you covered. Come by www.ILoveVB.net and I'll get you all set up. No charge, No monthly nonsense. If you're looking for XNA VB Code Samples, we've got that. If you're looking ...
So once again I am 24 hours late on the news here. Bill Reiss yesterday told me of these news: You will soon be able to develop games for Zunes with XNA Studio! I think is sooo cool. What's the possibilities? BillR and I talked briefly about some crazy ideas playing an extension of a bigger popular game like some puzzle solving away from the XBOX. I was then thinking a of possibly carrying your "avatar" with you on the Zune to show off to friends and possibly find new players if they have the app ...
This is the email newsletter I send out each month for our local XNA User Group. If you want to get on the list, just drop me a line at XNAEvents@gmail.com and I'll be happy to add you to it. Hey everyone, I've got some potentially HUGE XNA news today, from the GDC. Keep reading. Also, if you haven't RSVP'd for tomorrow nights (2/21/08) meeting, please do so ASAP so we can order enough pizza, etc. 2008 UG Calendar February 21st - Game AI Techniques (THIS IS TODAY!!) March 20th - INETA Guest Speaker ...
If you're in the Twin Cities area, be sure to stop by for tonights XNA UG meeting.  This month we are focusing on Game AI and have some interesting talks lined up.  We'll also be showing some of the DBP warmup winners.

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Big announcement at the GDC in San Francisco today. Microsoft has launched a community driven service that will let amateur creators build and distribute games via XBOX live. I was amazed to find out that XNA had been downloaded 800,000 times and there are more than 400 universities worldwide that are using the package. There are not that many high schools teaching XNA. I'd like to see more XNA training for faculty so that high school teachers would feel comfortable teaching it. Last summer, I took ...
This just might be the best week ever, or at least the best one in a long time... Sunday I watched the new Knight Rider which was a lot of fun. I hope they make it a series. My tablet finally showed up yesterday and its working GREAT. My XBOX 360 has been repaired and is on it's way. (edit: FedEx says it will be here tomorrow.) I just finished tech editing a (IMO) terrific VB 2008 book for O'Reilly. Yesterday I got a nice letter from Microsoft, not just informing me about my MVP status & benefits ...
OH HELL YEAH! If you aren't watching the GDC video... you're missing huge news. 10:56 am PT -- It's changing today. For the first time, community games will be distributed through Xbox Live. 10:57 am PT -- "'Xbox Live Community Games' will give creators a huge audience to share their creativity with. Game distribution will be democritized, allowing the community to control the content. Create, Submit, Peer Review, Play are the four key steps." "We want creativity to flow through this pipeline," says ...

This morning, Microsoft Corp. announced that it will be giving away Visual Studio 2005 and 2008, SQL Server 2005, Windows Server Standard Edition, XNA Game Studio 2.0, and its Expression suite of products to college students worldwide -- and eventually to high school students.

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates announced the program, called DreamSpark, today on the company's Channel 8 site.

I'm sure that Alfred Thompson from Microsoft will be blogging more about this free giveaway. Great news if you are a college student you can get Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition, Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition, Expression Studio, XNA Game Studio 2.0 with a free year-long subscription to the XNA Creators Club, SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition and Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition. When Windows Server 2008 is released to MSDN, it will be available to students as well. Bill Gates ...
Dear Students, You've been punked! j/k Actually you've been just awarded the coolest kit to start the next big thing, all for free! All you have to do it go to Channel8 website and proceed to: https://downloads.channel8.... Here is a video of Bill Gates speaking to Ch8 about this amazing program: Bill Gates talks about Free Software, Students, and Technology Here are the products you will get once you register: Expression Studio Sql Server 2005 Express Sql Server Developer Edition Virtual PC ...
Today in class, I shared with my students a video that Logan and Buzz did in their XNA online Programming class located at 3dbuzz.com. The training was excellent preparation for me to be able to teach my students game programing. My students have learned how to program in C# ,the basic concepts of decision making, repetition etc. and needed to see how all of this applies to game play so the Bouncing X video was needed at this time. There are 2 class files that are created in this application. One ...
Over at the creators club site is an online video tutorial entitled Beginner's Guide to XNA Game Studio Express that is new and will teach you how to create a 2d and 3d game. Charles Cox, a Developer Educator from Microsoft does an outstanding job at explaining how to code these two games. In addition, he reviews the hardware and operating system requirements of being able to run XNA Game Studio Express and how to install as well. What I liked was part of the Introduction steps you through how to ...
Thanks to Jeff Brand, Microsoft DE and self-proclaimed .NET Sex Symbol, for making this happen!! Spaghetti Code Video: http://www.slickthought.net... Spaghetti Code Podcast: http://www.slickthought.net... The sound on the video is a little low in some spots, but hey... I look fabulous. ;) ...
It's hard to believe that we started this class a month ago and we are moving along to finish the C# learning before we begin our adventure to learning XNA. Students are programming assignments utilizing the if statement. We reviewed the switch statement and how that is used as well. In addition, we covered webcast 3 overview of Game Elements that Digipen has available. This webcasts covers graphics, input, sounds and networks. My students only have time to program 2d games in XNA but I wanted to ...
All of my students went on a field trip today to visit the Orlando Science Center and participate in workshops that instructors from the Full Sail School in Winter Park, FL put on. The Instructors were extremely knowledgeable and had a great deal of patience answering questions from teenagers. The Science Center sponsored Otronicon over the weekend and the field trips were part of it. One workshop was on 3d modeling with Maya software and the other was on designing games using FPS Creator. Students ...
If you're using XNA and would like to provide some feedback to Microsoft, take this very brief survey on Connect: https://connect.microsoft.c... And if you're among the proud, the few, using XNA with VB... well, you know what to do. There's a spot on there for you too ...
This is something I'm pretty excited about. The xna3way gang is proud to announce: The Community Games (using XNA Game Studio) DVD Project! This project is a showcase of work being done by people in the XNA community. It doesn't matter if you are a professional developer, hobbyist or student. As long as your game is complete and playable, and you don't mind sharing the source code then there's room for you on the disk(s). This is a living project, so there aren't any hard deadlines. Once enough projects ...
Recently I read a post by Jeff Atwood called, "The Magpie Developer". In there, he likens many software developers to magpies, which always get distracted by shinier things. But of course he notes that he gave up following all of that because it gets tiring. I'd have to agree with this. Scott Hanselman and many others will post new and notable projects and code. How are we supposed to keep up with this and expected to be deep in anything, yet a well rounded developer. Am I a Magpie? I always wonder ...
Today, I purchased my tickets to go to Seattle for the MVP Summit which will be held in April. The MVP Global Summit is a four-day invitation-only event hosted at the Washington State Trade and Convention Center in Seattle and at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington. With more than 400 sessions and a variety of networking opportunities, the MVP Global Summit enables Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) and Regional Directors (RDs) to: Connect with other MVPs and RDs Engage with Microsoft ...
Next week our class will be talking about the taxonomy of games. I showed students some XNA games and told them that we will be learning XNA by the end of February. Lots of C# learning ahead like decision making, repetition, classes, structs and arrays. Students will be learning about collision with the Brix Game that they are programming. They will replace some code to make the bricks disappear upon collision. Needless to say, the motivation of my students is up and we are moving forward. We have ...
When doing research for my XNA Game Programming class, I came across a great site that Jay Crossler has that had lecture slides that I could download and use in my class. One slide deck on the Theory of Fun will be used soon with my students. The slides review why are games not fun and how do we think. In addition, there's a section on how people choose games and reviews Bartle Personality Types. Finally, demographics are reviewed, time spent playing games, occupational status, what do players want ...
The Twin Cities XNA User Group meeting is coming up this Thursday. The topic for this month is TorqueX. When: Thursday, January 17th at 6PM Where: Magenic Training Room If you're in the area and would like to attend, please visit http://www.twincitiesxnause... and click on the RSVP link (bottom left) to register. February meeting features talks on various AI techniques. March meeting features Nick Landry, courtesy of INETA ...
In my game programming class next week, my students will be learning about C# data types and working with variables. I have several small programs for them to program so that they feel comfortable programming in C# and working with the IDE. These are console applications and will be easy for them to master. The students will start to learn how to program a basic windows game called BRIX. Here's a description of the game. Game Design Overview As its name implies, this is a Windows-based game named ...
I am looking for student artists to create some game sprites that my students could possibly use in their game projects. Ideally, I'd like to create a public domain library of game sprites for anyone to download and use in their game. Full credit will be given to the designer. On that same note, I'm looking for student musicians to create game sound files that could be used in a game. These files would also be put in a public domain library. Please let me know if you can provide this to our game ...
I've only taught my Honors Programming II Game Programming class for 3 days now and I'm evaluating my students C# skills with various beginner programs. In addition, I am introducing Gaming concepts with my students using the free online book called The Art of Computer Game Design by Chris Crawford. I am also using some the Video Gaming Webcast that Microsoft has available with Matthew Mead who is a Computer Science Instructor from Digipen Institute of Technology. The Webcasts does not cover XNA ...
I've turned 21 years of age and I've experienced the wonderful joys of drinking alcohol legally... It takes all the fun out of drinking. My birthday is always shortly after the holidays, which means everyone is just finishing up their present giving, and then they see my birthday. So for Christmas I received $100 in Barnes and Noble gift cards. Then for my birthday I received yet another $50 in Barnes and Noble gift cards. So today I walked myself into the store to look for some books, knowing full ...

If you're working on something cool with XNA, check this out...  http://blogs.msdn.com/xna/archive/2008/01/07/calling-all-games.aspx

Send them your info and you might get some attention for your game.

Level one is completely done. Boss fight scene is done, Jason is working on Boss fight code now. Level two scene is done. Just need to set up the hazards. All the sounds are done, Andy is working on the XACT project. We're still using the dragon animations from the starter kit for our character, instead of the XNA3WAY guys, but hopefully we'll get those from George before too long. I have a basic splash screen done, although it's not great. Maybe Georgie will hook me up with a better one. What's ...
So today was our first day back to school after our Christmas break. We had meetings in the morning and we get the rest of the day to get ready for the next semester. I have 20 new pc's in my room so I needed to windows update each one along with installing the software for the xbox controller that the students will use in my XNA class. Here's a picture of the lab. I was able to write my lesson plans for each class that I'll be teaching and put the finishing touches on the Honors Programming II class. ...
Here is an outline of the Honors Programming II class that I'll be teaching next semester which begins next week. The curriculum that I'll be using for C# was written by Digipen and Microsoft. Introduction to C# C# Types & Variables C# Input & Output C# Expressions & Operators C# Functions & Flow Control C# Classes C# Arrays C# Structures The curriculum that I'll be using for some of the XNA training will come from Bill Reiss and Blue Rose Games. Introduction to XNA Getting Started ...
woke up early. really early. Still functioning on Central time. checked email for a bit then got up and started working. First thing we did was talk about level design for a bit. Captured a little video and then we made a quick trip out to pick up some Woodchuck (cider), Peach Fresca and a large drawing tablet so I could work on some rough sketches for the level design. I also had an opportunity to have lunch w/ some of the VB team from Microsoft, specifically Paul Yuknewicz, Amanda Silver & ...
aka "What you get when you lock 3 developers, 3 laptops, a keg of woodchuck, a 5 gallon bag of Pizza Rolls and a microwave in Jason Olson's basement" aka Game Coding Butt-Numbathon 2008 aka My Birthday!! I leave tomorrow afternoon and fly (First Class, thank you American Airlines Gold Status: Free Upgrade) to Seattle. I arrive pretty late Wednesday evening, ready to kick off nearly 96 hours of game coding madness. We've already hit one speedbump (sorry Georgie, next time though, for sure) but we're ...
I just noticed this on Amazon a few minutes ago... Learn Programming Now! with XNA Game Studio Express and C# Express Edition (Link to Amazon here.) No big deal, except the cover prominently mentions C# 2008. (Last time I checked, XNA didn't support 2008) Apparently the guy that wrote it is a devices MVP in the UK. Looks like it's published by MS Press. Here's the odd thing... Amazon says it has a CD containing Game Studio Express (which means it's 1.0 refresh at the latest) and another CD containing ...
I've run into a bit of a snag in some of the conversions I've been doing. C# has this thing called Anonymous Delegates that VB.NET doesn't. I don't really understand what they do, and as I said, VB.NET doesn't have them, so I don't have a clue how to convert them. I've done some googling, but haven't found anything that really jumps out as the right answer. So any suggestions or help would be appreciated. The code in BOLD ITALICS is what I'm having trouble with. /// <summary> /// The constructor ...
For over a year now, I've been busy learning XNA and then try to put together some curriculum for my Honors Programming II class to use. 3dbuzz has an excellent online class and. I would highly recommend their training. I am using moodle class management system with my students and it is a very convenient way of organizing a course. I'll be doing weekly blogs on the progress of the course . I am hoping more high school teachers would teach XNA to their students and we all can share games together. ...
I just got my e-mail this morning that I have been renewed as a Microsoft XNA MVP for 2008 for my work this past year. So what did I do to deserve this? Well. A lot. This past year has been a busy one for me just in general and I didn't get nearly as much done as I had planned on doing for the XNA community. But here is what I did do. If you've ever wondered just what DOES an MVP do? What is it that earns them a nomination or gets them renewed? Here's my list. I can't guarantee that by duplicating ...
Just over six months ago (at the end of June 2007), I started on a path to becoming a better developer. This was a movement started by the impressive, charismatic and sexy blogger Justice Gray (the check is in the mail right?). He hand picked me to be in on the first generation of developers dedicated to focusing the next six months of their lives to becoming a better developer. I immediately hopped on board (by "immediately" I mean after several nagging emails from Justice to get started) this movement ...
Mutex Could not be Created. Some time while running ASP.NET web application through Visual Studio you might receive following error Server Error in Application. Mutex could not be created. Few workaround for “Mutex Could not be Created.” Interview Questions | ASP.NET Interview Questions | .NET Interview Questions ASP.NET 2.0 Interview Questions | .NET 2.0 Interview Questions | SQL Server 2005 Interview Questions “Mutex Could not be Created.” Solution number 1 1. If your visual studio 2005 is open, ...
The last few days have been incredibly productive for me, in terms of cranking out VB.NET XNA samples. Not only did I post several new conversions, but I also managed to wrap up two that had been giving me trouble since day one. The Bloom PostProcess sample and the Billboard sample have both been a real pain to convert, and I had pretty much given up on both of them until just recently. I've learned a lot from converting some of the recent samples (I've learned something from all of them really) ...
One of the earlier XNA samples I tried converting from C# to VB.NET was the Bloom PostProcessing sample (original sample here.) After converting the code, I fought with it nearly every night (after work) for several weeks trying to debug it and get it to perform properly. It seemed I was plagued with problems and eventually shelved it, writing it off as one of those things you just can't do in VB.NET. After I knocked out several more samples, and learning a lot more about what works and what doesn't, ...
We had our second meeting last night and it went really well. Everyone that could make it did a terrific job and we got to see some really impressive stuff. A big thank you to Microsoft and Magenic as usual for providing swag, pizza and a terrific place to meet. Currently, the plan for January 17th (3rd Thursday) is to focus on TorqueX. Chris Williams will be speaking and demoing some beginner TorqueX stuff and we're going to see if we can get someone to do a second, more advanced session the same ...
If you're interested in XNA Code Samples, Starter Kits and Tutorials then the XNA Creator's Club Website is a fantastic resource. Unless of course, you're looking for samples in VB.NET... Fortunately, all is not lost. Yours truly has been very busy this holiday season, converting the various Code Samples and Tutorials to VB.NET just for you... I've still got a long ways to go, and I haven't touched the starter kits, but I have finished converting the 2D Collision code. (This includes all three examples ...