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…


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…


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…


A splash screen and then your game screen: Zombie Santa Claus Level Programming

It’s so simple that you might now quite get it, there is a first screen, like a splash screen, then the main play screen appears.  You could add code to include a help screen, etc.  Or not. In this case a splash screen appears for 3 seconds, total time, then another screen appears that has…


USC: Screen Orientation

Here is a simple example that shows how to determine the Screen Orientation on Windows Phone 7 The example project is zipped at the bottom of the code. You may need to scroll down to see it. Leave a comment if you do download it! Orientation using System; using System.Collections.Generic; using System.Linq; using Microsoft.Xna.Framework; using…


UCLA Material: Using Gestures

This is the code that is used at the pre-Hackathon training session on Thursday. The code is explained using the “Flower” type of comments (don’t use this in production, it is used by me to illustrate many points in the code). If you do not open the attached (scroll down to the bottom of the…


Free Design Tools just in time for Christmas, 2/5: Installing the tools

Just Talking First off, a quick note to Dr. Shin Liu students, please check Dr. Liu’s class online blackboard for my direct contact information. Next: Don’t lose your keyless entry fob for a Prius, holey moley, $102 programming charge and $214 bucks for the FOB with the extra key.  And yes you can avoid the…


Free ly thinking: WPF and Kinect and NUI, but not NUD

My favorite new guy on the team, Jerry Nixon, (click on his name to see his blog), my favorite because he is the only new guy.  But considering my own seniority at Microsoft, most everyone is a new person.  And I sent him an email yesterday, similar to the following: **************************************** Jerry, http://bit.ly/crenshawkinectdigestive Most of…


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…


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…