Windows Phone 7 Development in UBC – Omri Wallach – MSP

  Battle of the Apps is underway, and some fellow UBC students and I had a chance to meet with Dana Epp from Scorpion Software, a Microsoft’s MVP (Most Valuable Professional). More than 80 students learned about XNA, Silverlight, and using Visual Studio to create our own Windows Phone 7 Apps. With Round 2 of…


Introducing XNA: A tri-platform game development framework – Part 1 By Alexander Yakobovich – MSP

If you do a quick search for XNA tutorials, you’ll notice that the majority of articles introduce XNA as either a platform-specific (PC, Xbox or Windows Phone 7) tool or a completely generic (platform independent) game development framework. Introduction of the framework on all three platforms simultaneously is rare perhaps due to the – supposed…


Microsoft Code-a-Thon: Waterloo University – Day 1

Waterloo University – Day 1 Velocity is everything that students say it would be; warm with the right atmosphere to promote innovative development.  It is the perfect place where incubation happens along with a big screen television with all the games to enjoy.    Microsoft gathered at the main lobby at the Velocity residence to…


Microsoft Research & Development: Kinect – Part 1: An Innovative New Approach

  Happy New Year! 2011 is going to be a huge year and wishing everyone the best!  2010 just passed us but it was not with some big announcements.  Microsoft released the much anticipated Kinect hardware for the XBOX 360 entertainment gaming console.  To kick start the new year, in this 10 part weekly mini series…


Sudoku3D: XNA Mobile Game Development Experience By Alexander Yakobovich – MSP

Back in November of 2008, Microsoft launched the Xbox Live Indie Games Channel, giving indie developers a chance to publish to a platform that was once exclusive to major game studios. At the time, I was experimenting with C# bindings for OpenGL and DirectX purely out of interest. But the never before seen opportunity to…


The Imagine Cup Journey – Part 1: "The small IDEA"

The day that I decided to participate in Imagine Cup 2010 is not exactly clear.  Having heard of the Imagine Cup Global Competition event through friends and the Microsoft Student Partner Program, I had always thought that maybe it would be fun to give it a try.  At the time, we did not know how…


Windows Phone 7 App Review: Impossible Shoota

Title:  Impossible Shoota   Category:  Shooter Costs:  Free Difficulty:  Medium Rating:  4/5   A fantastic game that really demonstrates the standards that Microsoft set out for their hardware manufacturers to have.  The rich graphics are displayed throughout all Windows Phone 7 devices in this new accelerometer based shooter game.  Having played many shooter games ranging…