Introduction to JavaScript Animation and Windows 8 Games

Unless you’re aiming for the next great text-only game, chances are something’s going to move in your game. From ships and planets to fireballs and monsters, what are some ways to get them going? JavaScript-based games in Windows 8 can take advantage of many different options.  Here are some of them: Animate DOM elements with…

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Using CreateJS in your JavaScript-Based Windows 8 Game

So, you’re making a Windows Store game using JavaScript and HTML5?  Excellent! The good news is many others have created games with web-based technologies and, with many common features that games need, some great libraries have emerged to make things easier. CreateJS is a set of JavaScript libraries and tools for games and other kinds…

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HTML5 Game Development Resources

The first series of HTML5 Game Camps concluded yesterday, helping attendees to learn HTML5 by diving in and writing games.  Here’s a summary of links and resources for anyone who would like to get started. The events featured introductions to the underlying technologies (HTML5, JavaScript, graphics) then a look at engines that can make game…

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List of Game Development Podcasts

As you might know from my list of podcasts for .NET devs, I’m a big fan of podcasts to help make travel time less… [annoying | mind-numbing | wasteful]. As my recent work has focused more on game development, I’ve been keeping an eye out for relevant podcasts.  Here are the ones I know of…

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HTML5 Game Camp Series Coming Soon

Update:  Slides and links from the events are now available. Ready to learn HTML5?  Enjoy games, too?  Join in the HTML5 Game Camps, free events offering a chance to learn about the next wave of web standards including HTML5, CSS3, Canvas, SVG, and more.  And while you gain practical knowledge about HTML5 and JavaScript techniques,…

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Student Game Camps in Rochester and NYC

Microsoft’s two-day Game Camps, coming to Rochester, NY and NYC, offer students a chance to learn while designing and developing games for the Imagine Cup competition’s game design category. While this weekend’s event in NYC (2/4-2/6) is full/waitlisted, the Rochester event still has room.  If you’re a student (anywhere, not just RIT) and can make…

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Kodu Game Lab for PC Technical Preview Now Available

Kodu Game Lab is a game development environment designed to make it fun and easy for kids to create games while learning programming concepts (but you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy it.) It’s been available on XBox LIVE for some time now (needing only a game controller to use), and now Kodu…

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Learning XNA: A Guide for .NET Rocks Show 501 on XNA Game Development

If you’re a listener of .NET Rocks! (“The Internet Audio Talk Show for .NET Developers”), you may have heard Show #501 on XNA that Michael Cummings and I recorded last week. You can download the show here (59 minutes – MP3/WMA/AAC). We mentioned a lot of things on the show, so here are core resources…

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Kodu (Game Programming Environment) Now Available

On an earlier Roadshow (winter 2008), I gave a preview of a great environment from Microsoft Research for making game programming friendly and accessible to a wider audience, and especially children.  At the time it was called “Boku”, but was since renamed “Kodu”. As of yesterday, Kodu is now available on XBOX Live Marketplace as…

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Boston XNA Developers Group June 24 Meeting – XNA Game Studio 3.1

Tonight’s meeting of the Boston XNA Developers Group (6:00 in Waltham) will feature Michael Cummings speaking on what’s in the newly-released XNA Game Studio 3.1.  XNA Game Studio helps you create games that can run on PCs, XBox 360, and Zune, all on top of the .NET Framework. Some of the new features in 3.1…

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