Tiled, Toasted & Raw? Was it that New Year’s party or Azure with WP7? You Decide

I will admit it, I didn’t do much on News Year Eve, but there have been other News Year Eve night that I won’t talk about, mainly because they were boring to most people.  Ok, anyone other than me.  But supposedly some people do get tiled, toasted and raw, and that is just messages from…

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Social Game is the thane: Quickly implementing Pushy Phone Notifications

While watching MacBeth, MacBeth is a “thane”, what is that?  Is it like being a vice president at a bank?  No, it is a rank below ealdormen or high-reeves, or a retainer, not quite an earl.  Likely higher than an esquire.  Got that?  Me neither.  I think it was someone who might possibly get a…

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Social WP7 Game: Isolated storage and notification

As said in MacBeth (still working on the video): It [life] is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing Wow, did Shakespeare know about blogging, Twitter or Facebook?  Wow!  Well, here is my tale of sound and fury told by an idiot, oh wait, does that mean I am…

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Social Games Part Bazillion of Katrillion: Make Phone App Social

I have been watching MacBeth with Patrick Stewart as MacBeth, and I kind of get it, but it is one of the most intense Shakespeare Plays I have ever seen, sort of like Gears of War, except more confusing and no weird weapons.  And I have been following the use of Trillion for the US…

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Free Game Design tools, just in time for Christmas 4/5: Sprites & Backgrounds

To make the Platformer app look like a Christmas app, you will need to modify the sprites used, as well as background images.  To see all of this post you will need to scroll down as there is more to the post than what I can include in a single screen. And ok, this is…

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Dude, where’s my accelerometer? And can I get a gyro with that?

Oh crude, what is that headline, what has happened to my titles?  Have I gone crazy?  No, no more than normal.  Ok, maybe. The accelerometer is turned on in the phone by using the the following reference and using statement in your code.  Gyros may be available in the future, Set a reference to: Microsoft.Devices.Sensors…

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Free ly thinking: Maybe MSDN isn’t such a bad thing for WP7.1 beginner devs

Just when I thought that MSDN was a big pile of out of date information, confusing search returns, it morphs into a better place then I was thinking it about.  Or it might be that I h ve been listening to closely to the students who make up most of my customers.  After all, Steve…

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Game tutorials For Imagine Cup Phone Game Category: Freaking AWESOME

Using Silverlight with your game can be helpful in making something that looks good and gives you a reason for using Expression Blend 4.0 for Phone that is supplied with the Windows Phone SDK 7.1. Get to Windows Phone 7.5 #1: From XNA to SLXNA Get to Windows Phone 7.5 #2: Adding FAS to XNA…

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Positioning fonts on the Windows Phone 7 Screen

Lecture for tonights class, which I would like to share with you dear reader, the first part is about how to position fonts on the screen using the least number lines of code.  Unfortunately, it requires a lot of variables, but there you go, complexity comes in many forms.  Variables are easy to understand, but…

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Free ly thinking: Codecs that are supported by Windows Phone 7

Often I think about the Codecs supported by Windows Phone 7, and when I do, I take a look at the URL: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff462087(v=vs.92).aspx Pretty nifty, but always make sure to check to see if the codec is really supported by your device targets. And in this case MSDN does a good job of listing the…

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