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I really like it when students discover things on their own and get excited about their own learning. This week, my students have been modifying an existing XNA Pong game. They have just learned the concepts of putting sprites on the screen, moving sprites, and sprite collision.  There were two games they could select and some selected the game Dan Waters put together on his blog and the other was from Bill Reiss.  Basically, they had to change game play in the pong game.

Some added more paddles, changed the velocity of the ball when hitting the paddle, moved the paddle locations, different scoring, etc. One student learned how to use the XBOX controller keys and the methods on his own to have his controller move the paddle and he even added vibration as well.

Needless to say, as his teacher, I was psyched about him learning this on his own and sharing his knowledge with others who wanted to learn.  Needless to say, I'll be reviewing all of these methods with my students this week.

Next is learning how to create a 2D shooter game.

 

Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 9:35 AM | Back to top

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