How to Add Bootstrap

Hello again! In this blog post, I am going to show you how to add Bootstrap to an HTML page, picking up where we left off in my previous post, Building Your First Node.js App and Publishing to Azure. Last time, we built sarahsays.azurewebsites.net, a basic chat application that provides a bi-directional communication channel between a client…

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Building Your First Node.js App and Publishing to Azure

Hello everybody! In this blog post, I am going to be talking about publishing open source code on Azure, compiled in Node.js, written using a free Microsoft-made text editor program called Visual Studio Code, and stored publicly in GitHub, an open source repository. Learn how to build your very first Node.js app and publish it…

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Export a Game from Unity to Windows 8.1

Publishing to the Windows Store You’ve been working hard on creating a polished, fully-functional video game in Unity, and now you’re finally ready to publish it to the app stores! When you want to export your game to the Windows Store, here is a walk-through for how to do it.  Prerequisites: In order to build apps for Windows…


First Game Advice

List of tools for building a first video game: Unity 5 & Visual Studio Community edition for 3D and 2D games. (Two hour download time) Construct 2, GameMaker: Studio, or Stencyl for simple 2D games. (One hour download time) RPGMaker for Role Playing Games.  RenPy for anime-style Visual Novels.  Adventure Game Studio for adventure games like Monkey Island. Inform or Twine for text-based games. For assets like…


Introduction to Unity3D and Building your First Game Part 1

1. Downloading Unity Online: Open your web browser and navigate to www.unity3D.com. Click “Get Unity 5” from the link on the homepage. Scroll down to “Free Download” below the Personal Edition column. Click “Download Installer” and then click the UnityDownloadAssistant… .exe executable file that eventually shows up. Take note of the destination where you save the…


What Skills Does a Game Designer/Technical Evangelist Need?

In short, all of them. Almost anything that you can be good at can become a useful skill for a game designer. Here are some of the big ones, listed alphabetically:  Animation — Modern games are full of characters that need to seem alive. The very word “animation” means “to give life.” Understanding the powers…

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PAX South 2015 Feedback

(Photo credit: Justin Pierce) PAX SOUTH, January 22-25, 2015| San Antonio, TX http://south.paxsite.com/ | https://twitter.com/paxsouth 45,000 attendees 6 games and 7 arcade cabinet games showcased at the Microsoft booth 24 hrs total of expo time (Fri-Sun) Booth exposure to about 30,000 people  Microsoft hosted a “Texas Indie Game Lounge,” where local game developers we work with got…


DeVry Construct 2 Game Workshop

On November 25, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Microsoft partnered with DeVry University to hold a Gaming Workshop featuring Construct 2. This event reached approximately 30-40 students total. Tim Benroeck and I went to Gurnee, IL to hold a Microsoft Programming Development Event with DeVry University. The workshop was also broadcast to two…


Northwestern University International Women’s Hackathon

On Saturday, November 8, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., I co-ran an event that reached 12 college students, ages 18-25, that were 100% women and 91.7% ethnic minorities. The theme of this hackathon was a Disaster Response Challenge: “Build a game to help organizations & communities prepare for effective response after natural disasters.” Microsoft provided personnel and prizes (water bottles, headphones,…


Running list of Chicago Video Game Groups

1. Voxelles: Chicago’s Women in Game Development – Voxelles.com – How to get in contact: Ask Sarah Sexton! – audience: Supporters of women in the Chicago Video Games Industry   2. PETAL et al. – hosted by PMac – Petaletal.org – How to get in contact:  http://www.meetup.com/Indie-Game-Developers-Association/ – audience: Students in the entertainment technology arts industry   3. Sugar Gamers -…