Just One More Week To Enter The Rock Paper Azure Fall Sweepstakes!

Normally I like to write my own text for my blog posts, but my team mate, Peter Laudati, has done a great job of telling you what’s going on so, in his words…   Week #3 of the Rock Paper Azure Challenge ended at 6pm EST on 12/9/2011. That means another five contestants just won…


Cool Apps – Parcel Tracker

I am constantly discovering super cool apps for the Windows Phone and a team mate suggested I should start highlighting them so that others might find them too. Parcel Tracker is an application that does one simple thing, and does it well. It allows you to track parcels from a number of shipping companies (the…


Game Design Scoring Rubric 2012

One question that crops up a lot when I talk to students about the Game Design competitions is how will their games be scored. It’s an understandable concern – if you know what the judges are going to be looking for, then you know how to build your game in a way that maximises your…


Where to start… Windows Phone applications

In a recent post, I walked through the process of getting up and running with DreamSpark, AppHub, finding the tools, and ultimately publishing your app or game to the marketplace. There was one step I half-skimmed over though, because it’s one of those “whatever YOU want to do” kind of things. The actual application itself….


Where is MrAndyPuppy this week?

I truly love my job. It takes me to exotic places like Cairo, Warsaw and Paris. It gets my adventurous spirit going when I get to fly to Colorado, Texas and DC. It makes me smile when I drive through Binghamton, Ithaca, and Syracuse… Yes, it does – every place has a story, every school…


Create and publish your own Tower Defense game

Want to make a game with little to no code? Read on! Want to make a game with little to no code that you can run on a Windows Phone? READ ON! Want to make a game with little to no code that you can run on a Windows Phone and publish to the Marketplace…


Winter XNA Games – Learn, Compete, Have Fun!

We’re holding another game camp, this time a mega-one! We have four different activities to choose from – learning XNA from scratch, learning how to build Windows Phone applications and games, discovering HTML5 games and applications and finally, if you’re up for it, a 40 hour challenge to build a game and win prizes. Sound…


Game Design Office Hours

To make it easier to ask questions about Imagine Cup and Game Design, I’ve set up a series of “virtual office hours” where anyone can connect in, online or on the phone, and get in touch with me directly. These are scheduled for approximately every two weeks between now and the close of Round 2…


New York Code Camp – Register before it’s too late

The sixth New York City Code Camp is just around the corner – have you registered yet? It’s going to be held on October 1st at Pace University, conveniently located in downtown Manhattan. And whenever an event is held at a university I like, little birds chirp happily somewhere in the world. There are plenty…


Phone Camps are GO!

A Phone Camp is an all day event where you get to go hands on with Windows Phone 7.0 and 7.5, learning how to develop for the phone platform and build both applications and (I’m sure you won’t be surprised with my predilection for entertainment) games. I am joining a bunch of very smart people…