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Heroes
Well, I was pretty excited when I saw the previews for NBC's new show Heroes and watching the first episode last night did not leave me disappointed. I'm just crossing my fingers that NBC doesn't pull it's typical shenanigans and cancel the show before it has a chance to develop it's loyal following. Heroes follows the lives of various individuals as they begin to discover they have super powers. It has a MutantX feel, with better acting and not quite so cheesy. I'm pretty curious at this point what's ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 26, 2006 8:06 AM

If you're not down with NerdCore, what you doing blogging on GWB?
Man, I have been having an awesome week. Been getting stuff done at work, learning all kinds of game development tricks at home, playing Super Mario with my kids and doing it all with some NerdCore blasting in the background. Life is geeky. What? You say you don't know what Nerdcore is? You have GOT to be kidding me? Well, I guess I can help you stop being so lame. You can get caught up with some great mixes of some of the best NerdCore artists out there. Go grab the *free* compilation CDs for NerdCore ......

Posted On Thursday, September 14, 2006 5:50 AM

The Wizard: A new XNA tutorial covering 2D game character movement
I've posted a new tutorial over at XNA Development covering character movement in 2D games. This tutorial covers the basics of making a character move around, jump, duck and shoot. It also demonstrates using a tile sheet for your texture, simple animation, tracking character state and basic OO techniques. This little demo game was a blast to make (I am particularly pleased with the way the Wizard turned out), I always make my own graphics and I happen to really like this one). XNA game development ......

Posted On Sunday, September 10, 2006 2:09 PM

Jellies A Plenty: new XNA game for teaching kids simple addition
I've made a new game developed using XNA. I wrote this game for my son who just entered the 1st grade and loves playing with numbers (geek in the making I believe....) The game is called "Jellies A Plenty" and consists of a little Jelly guy hopping around a board answering simple math questions. Getting an answer right, rewards him with a Jelly Bean, answering a question wrong releases the Shark creature. Seems to be a hit with my son and making it was relatively simple. Only two days of actual development ......

Posted On Saturday, September 9, 2006 9:54 AM

Microsoft HS released!
Microsoft's Bill Gates has been saying for quite a while that American needs to change it's school system. It looks like Microsoft is really trying to help out with that by helping to build a new prototype school, learning and teaching process in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This is going to be a great project to watch. I hope we get lots of updates about how this school is developing and progressing. Man, what an awesome opportunity as a kid. Great job Microsoft on pushing education forward. I really ......

Posted On Friday, September 8, 2006 5:07 AM

XNA Development: Scrolling a 2D Background
Well, last night after we officially launched my wife's store, I was still pretty jazzed up from the Mountain Dew AMP drinks so I took some cool off laps with XNA. In about 15 minutes I had a little demo project up and running with an auto-scrolling horizontal background. I've posted a tutorial and the source code if you're interested. So far, I'm SUPER impressed with XNA development and just how easy it has been. The support from the XNA developers in the Microsoft forums has been outstanding as ......

Posted On Friday, September 1, 2006 7:05 AM

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