Session Notes: Life on the Bungie Farm: Fun Things to do with 180 servers and 350 processors

Speakers: Luis Villegas, Sean Shypula from Bungie Distributed client/server system split up, runs it in parallel processes user submitted tasks in parallel 180 rackmounted machines 300 processes can use Advantages speed up time consuming tasks – (rendering goes from day to a few hours) see results of work more frequently which means more iteration which…

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Session: Star Wars, The Force Unleashed

Full Title: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed: How LucasArts is Building a Game Development Team and a Technology Pipeline…at the same time Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is a new, upcoming title Storyline: Darth Vader’s secret apprentice, between episodes 3 and 4 Designing the Game Big 5 questions – What’s the story, what thing is…

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Top 10 Interesting Nuggets from the Microsoft GDC Keynote

The US video game industry revenue is now $18 Billion and continues to grow. Games have not only surpassed the movie industry, they have also surpassed the music industry (source: Jupiter Research) 7 different Xbox titles sold over 1MM units in the 2007 holiday season Xbox has the highest number of games rated > 80…

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Session: Taking Xbox LIVE Arcade Games to the Next Level

Note: I’ll be regularly blogging on session at GDC (Game Developer Conference) Rough notes Speaker: Scott Austin: Xbox LIVE Arcade, Microsoft I just interviewed Scott and we’ll be posting the video on Channel 9 in the next few days Games N+ – Level editor P2P versus server (doesn’t need to be policed) RezHD Input Achievements…

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This Week on Channel 9: Feb 8th Episode

This is Episode #2 of This Week on Channel 9 a weekly recap show of our favorite things for developers including Channel9 videos, samples, bloggers, news, and much more.     This week we cover:0. Changes to the show based on feedback, our name courtesy of Ian and ChadK, and Benny Hill style set adjustments including more light! (0…

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Personal Note to Joystiq: There is no Coding4Fun Wii60 Conspiracy

Some of you may have seen the recent Joystiq post “MS gift guide suggests Wii controller”, also linked to here and here quoted below. Ever since Peter Moore made his famous statement ostensibly encouraging people to buy a Nintendo Wii, the Wii60 ideal of Nintendo/Microsoft solidarity has become something of a phenomenon. The idea of the…

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XNA Open House Pictures, and the XNA Acronym

As Major Nelson mentioned in his blog post, XNA had an open house on Monday night at the Xbox campus. Here’s a video of the launch event including Major Nelson interviewing Dave Weller.   Unfortunately I only had my camera phone, so the pictures aren’t great, but here’s an XNA game running on the Xbox   Here’s…

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XNA Game Studio Express RTM’d – Create Pong on your Xbox

Congratulations to the XNA team for getting XNA Game Studio Express out the door!  You can Download Game Studio Express here  Clint has a good summary on the Coding4Fun blog  XNA Blog Announcement Details  To get you started, Coding4Fun’s ZMan has a how-to article on building your first XNA game, Pong, err, TinyTennis. XNA Party Tonight…

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Xbox 2 and XNA Studio at GDC

Xbox 2 will have a multicore processor and be able to perform one trillion calculations per second. Not only that, you can use XNA Studio, built on Visual Studio Team System to develop games. Sweetness. Quoted from the Microsoft press release A well-balanced system that will deliver more than a teraflop of targeted computing performance A multicore processor…

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Summer of Express Contest

In coordination with the launch of the Express products, I’m “Super-Excited”™ to announce the Summer of Express Contest on Channel9!!! It’s time to break out the hot dogs and belt out some code as the good folks at Channel9 our hosting the Summer of Express Contest! All you need to do is write code and you could win…

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