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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 ...
This week, my fiance' and I got a Wii. I say that wii both got one, but in truth, we got it because (I am not making this up) she wanted one. We played one at a friend's house, and on the way home, within minutes of getting in the car said "Can we get one of those, do you think?" I almost wrecked the car. Sheri is definitely one of the most understanding people in the world about my fascination with geeky stuff, and thinks it's part of my "charm" (her word, not mine). However, I wouldn't have evar ...
Okay, so here is a little gaming history on me. I started as a traditional pen-and-paper D&D gamer way back in the 80s and I played the classic "Gold Box" games like Pools of Radiance. But at some point, I grew up, got a job, got married and had kids. With each transition came less and less time for games. Now I find that I have no time for lengthy gaming endeavors such as D&D, World of Warcraft, or even Oblivion. What I have found as a fun replacement are the transitional board games that ...
I got through Groundhog Day without a bunch of repeats. As it turns out... that wouldn't have been such a bad thing. Yesterday was FANTASTIC!! After I finally got back to Greenville, I caught a quick powernap, a much needed shower and I was off to Reality Check. The weather wasn't enough to hinder the day's activities and we had a steady stream of people coming in. It was also release day for Planar Chaos, the latest set from Magic the Gathering. Our UPS guy showed up around lunch time with 7 large ...
So last weekend I wanted to re-install Windows XP on my home PC, which is now my gaming rig since we do all the regular day-to-day stuff on the Mac. The install went fine (well, the second time around it did anyway), but when I went to activate it, I was told that it had exceeded the allowable number of activations. Alright...I guess I'm calling Microsoft. So I give them a call, and wait for about 6 minutes. Then I get this woman who sounds a little flustered and seemed to try and push through her ...

Intersting note from the MSDN Canada UG Leader Conference Call we had today: MSDN will be making available Game Development Kits to enable user groups to create gaming camps, where the focus is XNA development!

More info is yet to come out, but if you're in the states you might want to check with your local DE to see if theres something coming out for you similarly down there.

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Recently I have been working on a very cool project called Triangler. This is a multiplayer game that you play on your mobile phone. You play in one of two teams that compete with each other. The goal of the game is to position yourself in a way that you create equilateral triangles on a map. So you and your teammates have to move around to get yourself in the right position. To get points you have to enclose people from the opposite team inside this triangle.The game has been nominated for the International ...
(O)rlando Elec(tron)ic (I)nteractive Entertainment (Con)vention will be at the Orlando Science Center for ten days. OTRONICON brings together the entertaining world of consumer video games with a behind-the-scenes view of the art, technology and science that form the foundation and the future of both the videogame and simulation industries. Families and individuals of all ages will have a tremendous range of places and opportunities to explore. There will be old school games and new ones displayed ...
This post is directed toward my direction in my 3D education. My first step started with Managed DirectX 1.1. I read Tom Millers first book, and I read a bunch of articles online for it. I absolutely loved MDX. I started playing with MDX 2.0 when that started coming out, but unfortunately it's been discontinued. However, in it's doom came XNA to bring back the light. XNA is a wonderful step toward bringing game development to the masses. However, it's a step. It has a long ways to go to allow somebody ...
Happy birthday to my buddy Chris Williams! Chris is living multiple dreams of mine: 1. He gets to travel to Atlanta regularly (or used to anyways), home of the 2008 Superbowl Champion Atlanta Falcons! 2. He owns his own gaming store and gets to play games all the time. 3. He owns arcade games in his basement...like, actual arcade games. He's also a class act guy and I'm glad that I was able to meet him back in 2005 when I got a ride in his two door and had to lie across three other guys while cruising ...
My friend and I were having an interesting conversation last night - one of those conversations that you have when it either really late or your are drunk (which we weren't). The conversation was on personal alignment - you know, like D&D alignment. Not that we are gamers, but we were discussing our own personal alignment and the ramifications thereof. Lawful Good Neutral Good Chaotic Good Lawful Neutral Neutral Chaotic Neutral Lawful Evil Neutral Evil Chaotic Evil I personally think that I am ...
I came across a great list of gaming books that should be of interest to anyone that wants to learn more about the industry. Here are the categories: Theory Design Practice Writing Graphic Design Music / Audio Online Community The History of Games Sociology People, Projects, and Businesses Other Media and Useful Disciplines Deep Background Inspirations The list is compiled by a game designer and author Ernest Adams. The first book that I want to take a look at is Fundamentals of Game Design, by Ernest ...
Having finally gotten a chance to install Vista on a machine of mine, I was pleasantly surprised at how much cleaner and simpler the install routine for Vista is compared to previous versions. I’ve been installing Windows operating systems since Windows 3.1 and this was by far the fastest and easiest install I’ve had to with Windows. And that’s even accounting for the rather low-end machine I put Vista on…in this case a Dell I used from Code Camp and the one I was playing with XNA on (My Vista Experience ...
Or at least that's what the emails say (Doh!). If I have to believe those e-mails I won about 37 times $1,000,000 that makes me propably one of the richest persons in Belgium!Government Accredited Licensed lottery promoters.International Promotions/Prize Award DepartmentThis Lottery is approved by the Netherlands Gaming Board and also Licensedby the The International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAG international emails. held on the 29th November, 2006.all winnings must beclaim not later ...
Its gaming weekend! I went out (which I very rarely do) and got a copy of Need for Speed Carbon and Sim City 4 Deluxe Edition so it comes with both Sim City 4 & Sim City Rush Hour Expansion Pack. I've played Sim City 4 quite a few years ago but didn't really give the Rush Hour expansion pack a shot. As for NFS Carbon - I really did not expect much from this version of NFS, somehow the video's/reviews on the web failed to impress me - so I didn't go out on opening day (fight with a kid!) to get ...
PC Gamer and GameInformer magazines have mentioned my site XNADevelopment.com in the articles they wrote covering Microsoft's XNA framework. While my name wasn't mentioned, it was still pretty fun seeing my site in print in those gaming magazines. I'm pretty sure that GameInformer just did a search for "xna" and grabbed the first 10 community sites it got back in the results, but PC Gamer actually mentioned my site like they had been there. So there I have it, my 15 minutes of fame. Without ever ...
This battle report is courtesy of Heartless Gamer (one of my shop regulars) and a competitor in The Spoils pre-release event. The Spoils The Spoils is a trading card game developed by Tenacious Games Inc. that is being dubbed as a Tournament Card Game (TCG). The development team is a veritable who's who of the card gaming scene. With names like Jon Finkel, of Magic: The Gathering fame, this card game has been built from the bottom up with competitive play as the core. On top of making a game that ...
Eat this PS3: Beginning on its first anniversary, November 22, Xbox 360 will become the first gaming console in history to provide HD TV shows and movies directly to gamers in their own living rooms. Xbox 360 gamers will be able to download full-length TV shows to own, and will be able to rent movies via download from the Xbox Live® network, the world leader in online distribution of high-definition gaming and entertainment content. The initial lineup: Robot Chicken and Aqua Teen Hunger Force from ...
By looking at the recent publications at daily star http://www.thedailystar.net... I also am feeling good to dig the old memories of the first ever .Net application Virtual University and Expert System (VUES) that we developed 4 years back. visit www.aiub.edu to see it live. Omar also blogged about it...recently.http://msmvps... We used to do a lot of fun in our dedicated development room mainly network gaming. Command ...
I happened to fall across this post today on Jeff Sandquist's blog. It seems that on10 are looking to find a new leader... there is that much work to do over there and on Channel 9 that they need an extra pair of hands. What they are looking for is an innovative, futuristic, dynamic person to lead their very fun team of enthusiast evangelists. I am assuming that the role that they are trying to fill is over in the US so visa requirements will need to be taken into consideration for anyone outside ...

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I installed Windows Vista build 5536 on Friday and I have been blown away. I know everyone's experience, like mileage, varies. However - having installed all the previous builds this is the first one that has me thinking they may make their projected ship date. Here is a report after kicking the tires for four days: The speed is very nice. I have not yet had an instance of Vista just "taking a break" and spinning its wheels for a couple of minutes. Everything I have thrown at it has executed crisply ...
A couple of weeks ago the site www.notfornoobs.com went live. It showed a television with the company logo's of Microsoft and Razer. The first couple of days after the launch nobody could confirm whether or not this was a bogus site collecting email addresses since you could register to be notified when the site went live. So a couple of days later Microsoft employees confirmed that the site was legit so what big announced did Microsoft had for us? Rumours were that they would finally release a PSP ...
Well, after all the hype of yet-another-Microsoft-viral... their latest teaser site, NotForNoobs.com, turned out to be a hype builder for a gaming mouse, and not for the Zune or the Xbox 360. The big news is that they've teamed up with Razer for this one, and the result is the Habu, a high-precision, 2,000 dpi laser mouse with interchangeable side button panels, high speed motion detection, and the ability to adjust DPI on the fly. Oh, and it's wired, too, doesn't sound like they're ...
Yep, that's my first bit of non-swag Gamefest news I want to share. I know it's not very technical, but she was the closest thing I met to a celebrity there so that elevated the coolness of it. Just who exactly is E.Gauger you ask? And I ask you, you mean you don't read Kotaku yet consider yourself a geek? Shame on you. But, just so you don't get embarrassed next time this comes up, seriously check out Kotaku, it's this geeky gaming news website which does all the work for me by collecting all gaming ...
It galls me that in this day and age some companies will still release an RPG that you can't solo play. We have seen the success of WoW, and one of the reasons it has done so well is that you can login for 20 minutes and DO something, without spending 45 minutes getting a group of people together to start a 2 hour dungeon. Admittedly this model kinda falls down at end game levels, but I'm not here to harp on WoW today, no, no, I have a much better target for my vitriol. Dungeons and Dragons Online, ...
Your XBox can now blog! based on your gaming habits and who knows what else, your XBox submits blog entries to a web address based on your gamertag. I will need to have a talk with my XBox before it is allowed to blog – I don't want everyone to know just how bad I am at Madden 06 …
Obstacles are inefficient, follow your intuition, free your inner soul and break away from tradition…Let’s get it started in here! -Black Eyed Peas So this week, I have been busy living my real life and haven’t had a lot of time for WoW. But today at lunch, I had a great conversation with Chris J. Fox (one of my main partners in crime at work and the one that got me started on WoW) about different online games and what makes them successful. He actually has a ton of thoughts about ...
Interesting article on Grimwell Online (linked from Slashdot...no clue what-the-hell Grimwell is, but interesting article nonetheless) about whether MMORPG's are taking away from the rest of the gaming market, which is considered in a slump here in 2006. They list a few key facts about the currents state of afairs: The video game industry is in a slump this year. People expect the slump to end in 2006, when the rest of the 'next gen' consoles hit the market. PC sales aren't in a slump – they ...
[Edit: There appears to be something wrong with the Code Camp site, I'm sure it will be up soon, but for now just note that the links I've provided for the Code Camp do not work. I'm assuming that Jason Maeur is on the issue, but so far I haven't heard anything from him.] [Edit: Well, apparently the site has moved servers and it's just taking a while for the changes to propagate. The links should be working again soon.] [Edit: The Code Camp site is working again for me, so it should be for you as ...
I first heard about this on Tim Absath's blog (yeah hes the super duper cartoonist behind Ctrl+Alt+Del). He does give a pretty accurate run down on video game addiction if you might call it that. Then again it was on Lockergnome, no sorry Real TechNews. Technorati : Gaming ...
Here comes another Express contest / starter kit / resource guide. What will they think of next!? Hey, at least they are trying to hit every possible segment of the market with this, unlike our competition*, wait what competition?! Microsoft - we got something for everyone! More: http://www.upgradeyourgame.... [*non-Microsoft platforms, not GWB Gaming Contest] ...
I just happened to have the television on while writing my winning entry in the GWB gaming contest and the Andy Milonakis Show just came on. OMG. WTF?!?!?! Is this actually a show? And why am I still watching? OMG, LMAO, ROFL. I can't believe this show. It just keeps getting better and better. Okay, I'm just speechless. What is up with this rapping? How old is this kid? OMG. I can't take my eyes off the screen, I'm transfixed. This is nuts. It's utterly crap but it's utterly funny. "Pork fat in my ...
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I came across this article after it was syndicated in The Australian newspaper. A small Adelaide company, Digislide, based at Dry Creek, is earning worldwide attention after inventing a miniature projector to solve the problem. The Digismart is a thumb-sized micro-optical device that can project on to a wall a 43 x 28cm full-colour image from a range of hand-held devices, including mobile phones, GPS navigation systems, MP3 players, portable media centres, gaming machines, PDAs and laptop computers. ...
I was chatting with my friend Andre, who happens to be working on a gesture-based game for the experimental gameplay competition. I like Andre (obviously, since I call him my friend) but... I hate gesture based games. Seriously. *I can't count the number of times I screwed up and accidentally slapped my pet in Black & White when I meant to praise him. Ruined a perfectly good game, in my opinion. One of the earlier Elder Scrolls games, don't recall which one, used gesture based combat... try playing ...
I am now XBox 360 bound :D. It was one hellish of an experience getting one (that, and an HDTV). I called around to at least six different GameStops and EBGames in the Portland area. Not a single one had a single 360 in stock (hell, at this point in time, I was willing to buy just a core system and buy the various pieces in the bundle even though I would be spending more money in the long run). At this point, I'm thinking that Microsoft must be _SOOOO_ rich that they don't even want my money in the ...
I need a new gaming video card. I don't want to spend more than $300 Cdn on it...and it needs to be a good GAMING card...I have an ATI Radeon 9800 right now, but my old first generation Radeon was more stable (which could be my system, but I doubt it... P4 2.4 GhzP4BE Asus Mobo1 Gig Ram The only thing that I can think of that might be a kicker is either my hard drive is starting to crap out or something, but its running really slow and it takes forever for my login screen to show up on my monitor ...
Not that I follow that saying but well, I gave in for it this time around - the PSP is way too tempting and cool for me to resist it any longer - yeah I cant remember when was the last time i bought a gadget that didn't have Microsoft software on it - but a couple of weeks ago I bought a SONY PlayStation Portable. BTW - one factor that really made me go out and buy a Sony device was the fact that the U.S Sony PlayStation web site uses ASP.NET (http://www.us.playstation.... :-) Its a ...
So apparently, Palladium, the publishers of RIFTS, TMNT RPG, Robotech RPG and a lot more are in some serious financial trouble due to some sort of internal betrayal or embezzlement. Personally I was never a huge fan of their products, but I know a lot of folks that just love them. I hate to see ANY company (especially small press) go through this kind of stuff. So... if you're interested in helping out, the link is below. edit: this is apparently a list of some of what happened/was stolen... Reprinted ...
Today, I happen to see an conversation video about managed code framework for windows mobile device. A nice one and worth to watch it.Chris Muench, a Mobile and Embedded MVP gives speach to Channel9 about how to write a managed Direct3D application for Windows Mobile devices.There is a point he mentioned about "dark ages of gaming world" when the developers where fiddling around with assemblers to develop something. He very nicely specified about how much we changed from assemblers to C++ and now ...
I'm trying to come up with the perfect name for a gaming store. I've got a few that are ok, one or two that (I think) are pretty good and a whole bunch that truly suck. So... I'd like to hear your suggestions! Some of what I've got on paper so far... Reality Check (I kinda like this one) GameZone Endless Adventures Campaign Headquarters Game Central Beardy McBeersteins Shack O' Smack (not my suggestion) Heroic Adventure! (yeah yeah I know, but I love the name) Little Wars Strategic Advantage Geektopia ...

Richard Campbell highlighted this Monitor Switch on the Mondays.

I was like Woah!! Has a lot of ptential way beyond the audio stuff. This would be awesome for gaming dont you think ;)

I can see why Microsoft wont run this – I can hear the anti-gaming, anti-violence, anti-everything groups now. It just isn't the kind of press Microsoft needs another headache over. That being said, it is still the best damn commercial for a gaming system I have seen and absolutely and brilliantly visualizes the XBox 360 “Live” experience. Kudos to Matt Hester and his posse for uncovering this … ...
I spoiled myself today. I received my annual bonus at work and I outright spoiled myself. Actually, for me, that would be an understatement. I splurged so much it isn't even funny. What did I do? I went out and bought a 4GB iPod Nano _and_ a PSP (and all sorts of accessories for both of them). When I came home and unpacked my babies from their packaging, I came upon a realization: both of these devices are incredibly sexy. I don't mean they are sexy as in "cool". I mean they are "feel a tingling ...
From CNET News.com This is a very intriguing idea, some while ago I was having a play with some tools like NetStumbler for *discovering* WiFi networks and also came across some maps from Julian Priest - The State of Wirless London who had effectively taken an Audit or Census of London's WiFi capabilities back in March 2004, complete with coverage maps, etc. I would imagine that nearly 2 years later we would be just about saturated with full cover across most of London? Does anyone else have any updates ...
The Orlando Science Center is sponsoring a10-day event that will celebrate the science, art, careers, culture and fun of videogames and simulation through games, competitions, workshops, seminars, displays and much more. There will be opportunities for families, adults, kids and teens. The event is called Otronicon and for $14.95 which is considerably cheaper than I local theme parks, you can do any of the following: Play on more than 100 gaming stations, including Playstation 2, Game Cube and XBox. ...
Well I've seen so many 10 reasons to date a geek that I thought I would go with the opposite, having dated a few in the past! Share the knowledge so to speak! Bear in mind that I am also a geek so there will be clashes there! OK so here goes.... 1. They prefer to talk to you via the computer than directly to you. 2. If it were a choice between computer or female they will choose the computer. (Don't ask me why they just seem to! - Something to do with online gaming I believe!) 3. They actually think ...

MainFunction has a host of interesting links to educational gaming articles this month.

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So last night was the advanced screening of Pure Pwnage Episode 9, organised by my m8 Skrie, who is quite well known on the Pure Pwnage forums. About 50 people turned up, and some of the well known forum peeps stayed overnight. Several hundred people apparently turned up at the Toronto screening!Overall it was a great success, and a testiment to how popular Pure Pwnage is becoming in the gaming community worldwide. ...