Unity Learning Journey #4 – Building Infinite Runner games, Tips and Tricks

As always, building your environment with level arrangement involves properly arranging your SORTING LAYERS: Background layer, where assets in the background are placed. Character layer, where your playable, moving characters live. Foreground layer, where doorways and assets that your runs through and behind are placed. Default layer automatically generated by the program. Here is how…

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10 Milestones to Building a First Video Game

Work flow is important to keep in mind when designing a new game. Trello is a free web-based project management application that you can use like a corkboard where you can pin up index cards. The index cards correspond to task lists. The cards progress from one column to the next (via drag-and-drop), mirroring the flow of a feature from…

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Unity Learning Journey #3 – Video Games!

The exciting life of a Technical Evangelist requires you to be willing and able to jump on an airplane at a moment’s notice! Before I’d even unpacked from the week-long offsite training event in September in Denver, Colorado, I was asked if I wanted to fly to Dallas, Texas for a “Day of Unity” training event in two days’…

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Bit Bash: Indie Game Festival

  So I’m the new girl gamer in the Chicago metro area. You might already know that I started at Microsoft on July 7th immediately after graduating from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. But here’s a little about me that you might not already know: My favorite game genres include side-scrolling platformers, adventures, puzzles, role-playing,…

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How’s everything in Chicago? How’s working at Microsoft?

Thanks to everyone out there who’s been checking in on me! I got a lot of lovely birthday wishes around August 19th and everybody seems to want to touch base and see how the transition to Microsoft and Chicago has been going for me so far. Chicago itself is a very noisy city. Buses and…

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App Building Learning Journey #2: Published Apps!

I present to you: My first venture into publishing a Universal App (for Windows 8.1 computers & phones)! My publisher and developer name is Saelia, just like my twitter handle, @Saelia. You can search for this in the stores to find my apps. Link to download “Sarah Says” app for the Windows 8.1 (computer) Store: http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/sarah-says/b88123dd-b8dd-48a6-950b-e579f71b3805…

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App Building Learning Journey #1: Misadventures

As of August 5, 2014, I have built three mobile apps for Windows so far.  All of them have turned into a different idea then what I originally set out to build.  First App: “George Takei Media” for Windows Phone 8.1 Set out to make: Microsoft Acronym Glossary phone app They throw so many acronyms at us here, it’s…

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What MGX Felt Like, in Pictures

Last week I went to Microsoft Global Exchange! [Microsoft Confidential information left out, of course.] MGX is an annual conference for Microsoft employees from all around the world.   I connected with my peers… (Photo below: I’m the ginger)     Learned that being a Microsoft Academy College Hire (MACH) is awesome     Learned to…

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First Week of Work Highlights

Describe your typical workday (what tasks you have to do for your job). Nothing is “typical” yet, first of all. It’s a 40-hour work week, but definitely not a 9-5 type of job. This week I am going through New Employee Orientation and shadowing a more senior Tech Evangelist, Martin Schray, so I can get to…

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"Drinking from the fire hose"

Joining on with Microsoft is not for the weak-spirited! I had 13 emails in my new @Microsoft.com inbox before I even had a way to check them! Hi, I’m Sarah, and I am currently transitioning to a new city (to Chicago from Seattle), starting a new job (Technology Evangelist), and trying not to explode from getting sprayed…

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