Building a Breakout game and Steve Jobs

 Taking a slight diversion, the rumors about Steve Job’s health do not seem to be confirmed, and let’s hope this innovator is healthy.  I hope that he is just sick of MacWorld and is hanging around with his wife and four children, working on the next new thing to give Microsoft a run for the…

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Why start game design by using Popfly to do your design?

You have basically two choices in getting started with your game: 1. Pull out the crayons and start drawing game levels, if you are wanting to get started quickly, you will need to make it a side scroller like the template game: Platformer, which shows up when you do File-New Project and it has an…

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So you got an XBox for Christmas and you want to build games for it!

Or maybe you were looking at this blog thinking: "Why didn’t Sam finish up on how to build games for the XBox?"  Good question, one I would rather ignore, however, let me explain.  My job at Microsoft is to work with students and professors at colleges in SoCal or Southern California to help them understand…

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Jobs in computer science or information science appear to be solid!

Your homework today is to open the platformer template A slight change in course from building free Christmas gifts I would like to show the current job employment data.  In the table below, the percentage of unemployment is running low for jobs that require a 4 year degree, and Computer related occupations appear to be…

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Build fun games for gifts for your friends and family!

Build a Yuletide Game for your family and friends!  It’s that time of year for many cultures that thoughts turn to family, friends and exchanging gifts! Winter has descended upon my family here in Southern California (SoCal as I like to think of it) and with the lengthening of the night and bitter cold, my…

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Installing XNA 3.0 Game Studio getting ready to build a Christmas Gift!

It’s Christmas time and what better thing to do than to build a game to give away as a Christmas gift?  Especially one that works on many different devices? To get started you will need to make sure you have one of the versions of Visual Studio Express, Visual Studio Professional or Visual Studio Team…

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Error Handling or Exception Handling

In writing code, error handling is important, and it is often overlooked when studying in college.  This video shows how error handling works in C#, but doesn’t show you good examples of how to design error handling.  The examples are simple examples to show how the try,catch,finally works in a method, and how it works…

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Using XNA

XNA, this is not a three letter acronym, XNA is three letters that stands for FUN and creating FUN stuff for you and your friends to use!  You can use XNA with Silverlight, XNA drives the latest games on XBox and on Windows.  What is odd, you can’t use XNA on mobile devices.  This is…

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