A code monkey in Research

One developer's view of (a little bit of) Microsoft Research, Cambridge

Microsoft Research Project Waterloo

The Research Games team in Microsoft Research, of which I’m a member, has just published its first game, Project Waterloo (or, to give it it’s full, if somewhat verbose, name, Microsoft Research Project Waterloo).

This is an example of a Colonel Blotto style game, one of many economic games we want to investigate. Placing it on Facebook, we want to explore the game in a non-lab environment, and to see how well such a game spreads on social networks.

For those who are interested, the client side of the game is pretty much entirely CSS and JavaScript (what else could it be?!) and the server is running an ASP.NET MVC 3 application (hosted on Azure) with a SQL Azure database back end. Maybe I’ll describe the implementation in a future blog post or two…