OK, so I've listened to the .NET Show episode on Managed DX (http://msdn.microsoft.com/theshow/Episode037/default.asp ) and read a whole bunch, downloaded the code samples, etc. and realized, this thing rocks. It's not (yet) for first person shooters, but heck, for any other type of game, wow.
I love Media Center. I copied the extracted WMV file that contained the show to the MCE box, and sat back and watched it with a nice Crown and Coke on Ice. Nice.
I've actually found a lot of great Blogs with links to Managed DX tutorials (google to the rescue, once again), and am looking forward to my book arriving for Chapters/Indigo ( Managed DirectX 9 Kick Start: Graphics and Game Programming: Graphics and Game Programming ), but I'm not holding my breath. Last time I ordered something that was “in stock” for delivery, I got it three months later. We'll see.
I was thinking of having a little fun with building an app that would work nicely in Windows Media Center, especially with the remote. Maybe a cool media library explorer, browser, or something similar. Had a great suggestion to build a 3D solar system model with the planets spinning, etc. Maybe I'll take that and make it into a pinball game or something....
M. Cassell is starting an Academic .NET User Group for the Greater Toronto Area. I think this is such a cool idea. Can't wait to go an present to them on something fun.
Oh yeah, Register for VSLive in Toronto http://www.ftponline.com/conferences/vslive/2004/to/ and use the 'adam' in the priority code for an extra 10% discount. Should be a GREAT conference.