My First Sprite – the Bouncing Cod

Folks that have been reading my blog know that since I joined the XNA team, I have had this desire (fiercely impeded by my day job, laundry, car repairs, cat crises, and the tendency of my day job to be my night job) to write an XNA game. You will note that, I did not…

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XNA Game Studio 2.0 released!

My man Michael Klucher ( who was up all night incidentally, as was Dean) has more of the info you need to know on the release of XNA Game Studio 2.0:  http://blogs.msdn.com/xna/archive/2007/12/13/xna-game-studio-2-0-released.aspx And once you’ve absorbed the new features of the framework and tools, put them to great use in the Dream Build Play contest!…

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Thanksgiving & some Technical Thoughts of Gratitude

Let’s all give it up for the Internet. While some things on it have scarred me for life, never has the human race been able to collaborate so profoundly with such speed. Let’s also give it up for the cell phone. When disaster calls, you can be sure that every cell tower will be jammed….

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I’m not green, which is why I am still at work

Here’s the dilemma. If I were to have taken the bus, I’d be home now. (though perhaps after a more than hour ride)If I opted to work from home in my pajamas eating ice cream, I’d be home now. (after no ride at all but perhaps after about 5 lbs had been added) If I…

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Microsoft Women’s Conference 2007

Yesterday was the first day of the conference, and before I descend into “I’m about to speak on a panel” neurosis I thought I’d mention a few of the insights I picked up at the sessions yesterday. (My panel today is on Web 2.0 with some powerhouse women from Windows Live so I hope I…

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Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture – A dude who lives it vivid

 You can find everything here…. http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~pausch/ This has been going around the Internet, mainstream press. If you haven’t seen it, it’s worth taking the time to see the lecture all the way through, including after he stops presenting, then go read the followup stuff about his medical news. Sometimes we all get too tied up…

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Autumn’s here and so is the Women’s Conference

Yes it’s been a month since I last blogged, thereby ruining my blogging new year’s resolution. Some of that is Bioshock and Halo3-related, what can you do ? On the bummer-to-say-goodbye-but-wish-them-well side: Bubba Murarka who I got to work with briefly while in Live Search (his team took on QnA) Ye Ol Fish Pirate Rory Blyth (now…

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Community work: the time of your life

I’m staying up late to write a shoutout to Sandy Khaund, who is moving on to a new gig   He’ll be doing the startup thing in San Francisco and bringing the same energy, management skills, and no doubt baseball bat to his new team. I take great pride in being part of the fire hose…

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XNA Gamefest 2007 – first day and Dream Build Play winners

Apologies – all my photos have to be links tonight. Well, if you are at Gamefest for the second day, be sure to drop by the Dream Build Play exhibit area where you can get hands on experience with these games. I played Shuggy while doing booth setup Sunday and it had that great swoopy…

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XNA Gamefest 2007 – this should be fun!

In sort of a last-minute maneuvering, I am going to  Gamefest this year. Gamefest is Microsoft’s game technology conference, and after seeing the session tracks I am really stoked to go. Not only will the XNA framework posse I work with be showing off the cool tools and capabilities of the framework, there will be…

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