WOWZAPP 2012: Want to get involved?

I’m truly excited about WOWZAPP 2012: Worldwide Hackathon for Windows, and it’s great to see all these cities from all over the world joining the party. But what happens if you want to be part of this thing but don’t have a local place to go? Why not run your own WOWZAPP 2012 mini-party? We’ll…


Imagine Cup 2012 Game Design Finalists – Phone

Just as impressive as the games in my last post, here are the ten finalists headed to Sydney to compete for the Game Design Phone category of Imagine Cup. You’ll see a great variety of countries, game concepts and pretty much everything else, and all of this on the Windows Phone. I want to reiterate…


GlobalGameJam – It’s On, We’re There!

I’m totally excited for this weekend. It’s the annual GlobalGameJam where hundreds of places all across the globe all spend 48 hours creating video games for a multitude of platforms. I love GGJ because it grows organically – each organizer decides to host their Jam site and puts up their own links and does their…


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…