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The other day I blogged about Server Quest which is a little game Microsoft has put out to shine a spotlight on the I.T. Pro. Having played it for a bit tonight I have to say it's a crazy mix of old school graphical gaming, think something along the lines of an I.T. Themed "Maniac Mansion" for those who may remember that one :) Anyways it's full of some subtle references to gaming from the old days, and it's a neat way to pass some time. If you never played any of those old games, you may not like ...
TechNet interactive campaign lets the geek get the glory Just when you thought your eyes had finally healed from years of straining to make out pixelated adventure game graphics, Server Quest rolls into your browser like an avalanche of early nineties gaming action. This spring, prepare to be ushered into a world where the IT pro reigns supreme. "Don't they already?" you might ask. Maybe so, but this is your chance to prove it. You play as Matt and Alicia, IT geniuses navigating their way through ...
Sony have recently announced that the PS3 has overtaken the XBOX 360 in Europe - unfortunately they are wrong. The industry web site: http://www.vgchartz.com/ still shows XBOX 360 leading in the others area (Europe). What I have found interesting, though, is why are people buying PS3's in Europe - for the gaming? No it is because it is the cheapest way of buying a Bluray player with the latest software at a very sensible price!!! For real gaming the XBOX 360 is still the best (I classify the WII ...
Welcome, I thought I'd use my first post to set expectations. This is as much for my benefit as it is for anyone who might stumble across my blog. It's amazing how the act of writing something down really forces us to solidify the idea. My current intention for this blog is to use it as a place to occasionally come and capture some kind of thought that I either want to share or remember. Either way, I want that thought to be available to anyone who might also be interested. The funny thing right ...
Nearly 400 U.S. colleges and universities, including MIT and Carnegie Mellon, now offer formal training in game development, ranging from elective courses to full degree programs. The increasing complexity of computers and game systems requires teams of dozens of artists, producers, and programmers to create a game. "Twenty years ago, a game was made by one guy, or two or three people," says International Game Developers Association executive director Jason Della Rocca. "The games you see now take ...
So, as usual, I'm apologizing for not updating my blog for a (long) while, but I've got a lot on my plate. So, here is what I'm working on right now. I've been planning a D&D application for a long time. I want to do something that no one has been able to do, capture ALL of the rules in code. Several people have tried, with varying degrees of success, but I've got some ideas that might make it a reality. I don't want to go into too much detail, but what I've started coding up looks very promising ...
If you're interested in joining Microsoft's beta program for games, you'll be interested in the following email I received. We are gearing up for a year of great betas. To prepare for these upcoming betas we have a new survey on the beta website. Please follow this link to access the new survey: (link removed). We will be using this new survey to select participants for our betas. If you do not complete this new survey, you will not be able to participate! But don't worry, the survey is quick and ...
Well I'm confused. It looks like Gibson is suing Activision for patent infringement in their Guitar Hero series. To be brief Gibson guitars are the licensed guitars in the game, they always have been since the first game. The suit revolves around simulating a musical performance using an instrument. Last time I used a Guitar Hero controller it was just that, a controller. I can't recall being able to actually make music with the "instrument" only push buttons in time with the discs. With friends ...
I was just told about the death of Gary Gygax. I think the gaming world has lost a true gem, and someone who was able to bring make-believe and fantasy into a tangible, real form for millions. Image from IGN.com. Used without permission, but I hope they understand ...
Twin Cities XNA User Group - March 20, 2008 3D Game Development March Guest Speaker: Nick Landry This session quickly skims over the basics and takes you through an iterative approach towards building your first 3D game: a remake of the Space Invaders classic! Using live demos we’ll discuss the structure of a game, including the game loop, game time, initialization and workflow, explore the managed code libraries that form the XNA Framework, work with the XNA Framework Content Pipeline that allows ...
I haven't been this sad since Johnny Cash died. I think I listened to Hurt about 50 times that day. I think maybe an all day classic D&D session might be in order. This sucks. I met Dave Arneson, and always wanted to meet Gary Gygax. Now I'll have to wait a while longer. The publisher of D&D co-founder Gary Gygax, Troll Lord games, reports that Mr. Gygax died today in his home at age 69. For more information, go to: http://www.freeyabb.com/php... ...
(Article from the February 2008 RV.NUG Newsletter) Code Camps If you have been around me more than two minutes in the past month, you’ve probably heard me mention the Roanoke Code Camp 2008 which is on March 1st at Virginia Western Community College. Why do I think this is such a big deal? Two things: FREE top-notch technology event and WESTERN Virginia What you will see at Code Camp · A conference-style event with multiple tracks allowing you to choose from five sessions during each time slot (Attend ...
2 1/2 weeks until Roanoke Code Camp. I can hardly wait. I haven't been home in close to 4 years. I've actually made a list of places to go and things I want to see while I'm in town. North Star Restaurant (Buchanan, VA) - I hope this is still open. I used to eat breakfast here with my dad every weekend, even after we moved to Roanoke, we would make the trip. Mill Mountain Star - This is hard to explain if you haven't seen it. Imagine a huge neon star sitting on top of a mountain. The star is less ...
Blizzard Entertainment's World of Warcraft is ostensibly the most popular massively-multiplayer roleplaying game available in the present market. It was released to the United States in November of 2004, and just last fall reached 7 million subscribers. It seems to be the holy grail of online gaming - imagine, at $15 per month (the U.S. price - international prices vary), 7 million subscribers sends a cool $105 million per month to Blizzard out in California. Now of course they've got consistent ...
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 ...
At CES in Las Vegas last week, UK incumbent telco, BT, and Microsoft announced a partnership that, starting in mid-2008, will allow BT broadband customers who also own Microsoft Xbox 360 gaming consoles to access BT's Microsoft Mediaroom-powered IPTV service, BT Vision, through the Xbox 360. Existing BT Vision customers, who currently access the service through a proprietary hybrid (DTT/IP) set-top box, will now have the option of also accessing it (minus Freeview DTT channels) through the Microsoft ...
Over at the MTV News and games blog, you too can share your first video gaming memory. There are some great stories being shared as well. My first video game really had to be Super Mario Brothers on my kid's Nintendo. What was your first game? Technorati Tags: video games ...
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 ...
O)rlando Elec(tron)ic (I)nteractive Entertainment (Con)vention The inaugural event in 2006 attracted more than 16,000 to experience how the cultural phenomenon of video games is changing everything from art to education to business to military training. Otronicon is uniquely Orlando and spotlights Central Florida's growing digital media industry. Last year's event in January 2007 attracted an incredibly diverse audience of 18,000, including parents with kids, grandparents with grandchildren, couples, ...
Technorati Tags: Vista,games,NVidia,drivers I have two machines, one is my laptop that I use for WPF development and other development work. It runs Vista and I can't say that I've ever had a problem with it, except when running games. I like a lot of new features of Vista and recommend it to people regularly. My other machine is strictly a gaming machine and today I'm removing Vista from it. Why? Not because of some arcane reason, but because the Nvidia drivers for non-8000 series video cards are ...
The World of Warcraft "Ancient Enemies" FragMat Mousepad review Let me start by quoting the marketing materials: "The World Of Warcraft® Ancient Enemies FragMat Gaming Mouse Pad from Ideazon™ provides your mouse with a smooth surface ensuring precise and accurate control. It is made of high quality materials for both laser and optical gaming mice and provides you with high gaming performance. With Non slip under-padding, slim profile of 0.07-inches and a excellent gliding surface, this Mouse Pad ...
We have the best readers on the planet. This is a comment I got from Justin Etheredge in response to my post XBOX 360 Repair Saga - Part 2 - The CSR That Stole Christmas. Hey, where do you live? I would be more than happy to overnight my 360 so you can borrow it. I would hate to see a kid's Christmas ruined because of a broken Xbox 360, and I honestly don't play mine all that much. Send me an e-mail, I'd love to help out. Thanks, again Justin. We decided to buy a second 360. We had been contemplating ...
I don't get many chances to play games any more, at least not for lengthy periods of time. It's usually a few minutes here and there. I haven't played WoW in well over a month, although I sign in periodically just to stay updated on patches. So I'm not really sure why, but I picked up a copy of Hellgate London a few weeks ago. I think it was the cool looking box that did me in. I even bought the Collector's Edition in the big ass box. I'm a sucker for packaging, what can I say? Anyway, I let the ...
Speaker registration form at: http://codecamp08.fladotnet... We have been receiving speaker proposals, should have enough rooms to accomodate anyone who wishes to speak and will get the sessions posted on the website soon. The tracks (subject to change) are: - Intro to .NET - Web Development - Windows / Smart Client - SQL / Data / BI - .NET New and Cool - Agile / CI - Architecture - Frameworks - Office Development - Gaming - SharePoint - Spanish To attend this outstanding free event, register at: ...
Dream of writing the next Halo? Want to retire to a tropical island on the revenue from selling your independent game company? Or do you want to write and share your vision of gaming with the world? Then check this out: http://www.imgdc.com What is IMGDC? The Indie MMO Game Developers Conference was an incredible success last year, full of passionate designers and developers. The excitement and pure dedication to the art of building virtual worlds was apparent and astounding. A strong focus on networking ...
The past weekend marked the end of my Code Camp "tour" covering 4 states and 4 Code Camps in 4 weeks straight. October 6th - Attended Richmond Code Camp 4, Richmond VA - arrived a little too late to fill in a speaker slot for someone who dropped, had fun in my very first code camp as an "attendee only" :) October 13th - Helped host South Carolina Code Camp 4, Charleston SC - also gave a presentation on Windows Mobile Gaming for Fun and Profit October 20th - Spoke at Charlotte Code Camp, Charlotte ...
My local .NET user group (CRINETA) has had a bumpy road recently after loosing several key contributers. I stepped down as leader of the group around 10 months ago. Since then, I've tried to stay involved the group through email, but I'm typically unavailable to attend meetings. The information below are some of the lessons learned during my 3 years running the user group. I hope that other user group leaders find this information helpful. Associations There are many International and National organizations ...
I will be presenting "Developing with the Virtual Earth SDK" at ReMix07! If you missed Mix 07 in Vegas, you should come join us for this 2 day event in Boston! You can get a $100 price break on registration too! Just because you read my blog! When registering, use discount code: RM07EXTB What to expect at ReMIX07 Boston … If you’re in the web business, learn about: Building a better user experience to unlock new revenue opportunities Forging tighter, stickier customer connections Building innovative ...
1 Hour of Silverlight training promotion offered from innerworkings.com via SilverlightCream.com; Bill Reiss Discusses Particles on SilverlightGames101; Delay posted a Sudoku game board to help solve puzzles; Silverlight Adventures Part 1 and 2 from DannyT; Mike Ormond discusses running a Silverlight Project in the context of a website; Silverlight Cream Promotion - 1 hour of free training! This was posted through Silverlight Cream, and is a promotion from innerworkings.com. I'll post it like I got ...
I have found two new inspirations for excellent user experience in a most unlikely place; my kid's toy box. Well so to speak anyway. The first inspiration is innovative from both a marketing perspective as well as a User Interface perspective. If you have a child from 5 to 15 you probably know about Webkinz. A very short explanation for those that don't. A toy manufacturer named Ganz sells little stuffed animals with a tag on the toe. The tag has a special code that allows you to care for and interact ...
So have you ever wondered how fast a large grid Computer could rip through your homework? Do you have an assignment for Uni regarding freak weather systems and are dying to get time on some serious hardware to see if your assumptions stack up? Or are you really just interested in Gaming with freakish frame rates? Well wonder no more, sign up here for some free time on Sun's Grid Utility? ;-)) ...
Introductions-- My name is Maryanne Sweat and I'm a geek. <Audience Response: Hi Maryanne> Currently, I am a Software Automation Engineer for a firm in North Carolina. I am working my way through the trials and tribulations of Mercury QuickTestPro and home grown VBScripts. So I suppose that makes me a geek in the professional sense. In the personal sense, I enjoy playing several video games, the least of which is World of Warcraft. I've also gotten into playing Lord of the Rings Online. I'll ...
I bought my first PSP back at the launch. The lack of good titles for several months drove me to want to trade it in. My oldest son liked it, so I gave it to him for his birthday along with a couple of new games. A few months later he also got frustrated with the lack of titles so I bought it back off him so he could get a video iPod. Flash forward two years, my youngest son saved his money for months and used his end of year report card money along with some game trade-ins to buy a used one. The ...
The big news of the day is that Microsoft's Steve Ballmer introduced Microsoft Surface. A table computer that allows the end user to interact with the computer through their fingertips! No keyboard - no mouse. First thing you should do is take a look at the movies Microsoft made about this: http://www.microsoft.com/su... The ability to drag and drop items around with your fingers. The ability to place a digital camera on the table surface and automatically pull the images / send them / edit them ...
If you're a gamer, ex-military, active military, or just feel like supporting the troops, or gamers, or whatever... you should read this: Reality Check Games is accepting donations of gaming supplies to send to Ziggurat Con. What is Ziggurat Con? It's the first gamer convention ever held in a war zone (Iraq.) The convention is being put on by and for OUR troops and they need our help getting stuff together to be used. We (RCG) have put out a large box for people to donate any gaming supplies they ...
Charlotte .NET University Code Camp was a great success Have you heard about .NET University (www.dotnet-u.com)? It provides presentations and hands on labs for WPF, WCF, WF and Cardspace. We built our spring 2007 Code Camp on that content. We started by offering two .NET U tracks but had to expand to three. We also offered a presentation track and an XNA hands on lab track. Our presentations included Orcas and LINQ, SharePoint and ASP.NET sessions. All sessions were very well received. Our facility ...
Tonight I was made aware of a bug in a library that I wrote that implements the cryptographic authentication sequences used by Blizzard Entertainment's Battle.net gaming service. The user reported that his code simply stopped executing; it never occurred to me that he might just be swallowing an exception (particularly if his code was running on a secondary thread). But when I reviewed my code, I saw that all of my loops were deterministic, and although I had a couple lock { } blocks throughout the ...
Getting started Breakfast was had (great buffet like last year, and the dining room is pretty impressive and huge!) Trying to recognize known faces, but no luck yet! I also registered and got my goodie bag. The notebook looks great, even nicer than last year (I am still using last year's one, actually, and the pen). Apparently the myspace.com gadget is a CD opener. Man, that's bad engineering! These CD cellophanes are actually so damn hard to open that someone has to come with a gadget! Wouldn't ...
Many people are picking sides in the console war. But not GameStop. They just want you to spend all your money on every system. Hey, at least they are honest. From yesterday's GameStop newsletter: Certain cultural phenomenon have often divided friends. Coke vs. Pepsi; Star Wars vs. Star Trek; Marvel vs. DC. Today, video games are the new battleground with a clear line drawn in the sand between the Nintendo Wii and PS3. Either system offers incredible gaming experiences, so take out a second mortgage ...
In preparation for the gaming course that I'll be teaching next school year, I came across these interesting facts about the industry that is put out by the Entertainment Software Association: TOP 10 INDUSTRY FACTS US computer and video game software sales grew six percent in 2006 to $7.4 billion – almost tripling industry software sales since 1996. Sixty-nine percent of American heads of households play computer and video games. The average game player is 33 years old and has been playing games ...
Scott Johnson over at the ExtraLife web site linked to this article in Wired, You Grew Up Playing Shoot'em-Up Games. Why Can't Your Kids? I'm a dad of two young boys now, ages 4.5 years and 19 months. I know I've been pretty cautious about letting them watch me play any games on my XBox 360 or on my PC. I normally play once they go to bed because I really don't want them to see me playing Gears of War, Lost Planet, or GRAW. And the one time that my oldest woke up he snuck downstairs and found me ...
At the MVP summit, I learned about Grava. This new educational product from Microsoft is both an authoring and developer tool. Here's an example of what I mean: If you've been in the education market for long you can see that this application looks like an application created with Hyperstudio. What's different about Grava is that the product has its own SDK built on Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and provides a programming model and tools for building rich educational experiences. I learned ...
[reposted] D'Arcy posted about free old school gaming icons from the Icon factory for your desktop. I'm a gaming geek from the 80's so this brought back some extra special memories. I'm no artist so finding sources of icons is worth noting. Besides the Icon Factory the other site I've found with both free and commercial icons is GlyFx and both sites have great quality images. [UPDATE: Via The Daily Grind #965 Mike mentioned another site, http://www.neatui.com/, where they have a free set of core ...
Announced at this years Cebit the brand name Commodore has risen from the ashes to title a range of some rather high speced PC's. These machines are aimed fairly and squarely at the PC gamer. Amongst the distinguishing features of these PC's is the option to chose a different piece of art-work for your case called a 'C-Kin'. The art-work is very contemporary in style and ranges from recent game-titles to street art from simply garish to - not '3' bad. The PC's themselves have the highest speced graphics ...
I don't know about you, but my first home computer was a Commodore VIC-20 longer ago than I care to admit. From there, it was a Commodore C64, then a C128. After that, we got our first IBM PC compatible, a Goldstar made PC clone. I never really got in to the Commodore Amiga, although the graphics and operating system where definitely ahead of it's time. The Commodore line sort of died out in 1996 with the Amiga, and hasn't been heard in the mass-consumer market since then. That's all about to change! ...
Lord of the Rings Online, a MMORPG from Turbine apparently uses .NET. The system requirements explicitly say so. I am not sure what parts of the game are .NET and which are native code, but I assume that the launcher is written in .NET and I did spy some resource assemblies being downloaded in the update process. The version of .NET required is 1.1 with Service Pack 1. Which means on a Vista box framework 1.1 gets installed in the LOTRO setup. Hmm need to explore more. Anyway's here is 2 incriminating ...
The mobile gps game Triangler that I've been working on has won two prizes at this year's International Mobile Gaming Awards. One for most innovative game and the overall Grand Prix. I'm really happy !!!! All the hard work has paid off! The offical press release from the jury : 'The Jury of the International Mobile Gaming Awards picked 6 winners out of the 26 nominees from the US, China, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Thailand, India, the UK, the Netherlands, France, Denmark, Spain, Poland, Sweden ...
Alfred Thompson who works for Microsoft invited me to go to this event. Alfred is a former high school computer science teacher and I worked with him on the Microsoft Faculty Advisory Board. He works hard promoting high school programming for his company. So why the AHOY? Well, this event is on the Disney Wonder Ship and it sails to Nasseau, Bahamas and the Disney Castaway Island. I'm sure you think that I'll be getting a good tan during my time there but the agenda is packed with interesting speakers ...