Building a Game: The Model, View, Controllers approach

The goal of these series of blogs is to create a simple Silverlight Game that you can build on.  This will be done by doing the following: Create a game based on MVC (Model, View, Controller) principle Test the game with the MVC Unit tester (let’s give it a spin) Work with documentation and architecture…


Expression Blend 3: Free Download! Comments about Blend 3 and purchase justifications!

WOW! Expression Blend 3 is IMPRESSIVE! Download it for free from this site: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=a04aa0ae-87be-4201-a65e-e792859122fc Here is a table for your justification to purchase Expression Blend 3 by your company when it comes out, you have time to make sure it gets in the fiscal year end budget.  If you are student employee or intern, start…


MMOG: Silverlight solutions?

Using Silverlight to build a Massively multiuser online game, (MMOG) what would a specification, less the play and fun. Physics Engine: First of all, you need a physics engine, and I would recommend the Farseer Physics Engine, this engine is well designed, and the designer does a great job in upgrading and working with others. …


Silverlight games: Joy in a time of depressing news

Oh happy days, unemployment going up, stock market going down, GM going bust, and what the heck is going on with AIG.  But the outlook for Silverlight Games, looks bright! Let’s review a bit of the history of games as I see it.  There may be games that I talk about that you have never…


Flash versus Silverlight: Do you really want to be stuck using only one language in your game?

Programming in Flash is pretty simple, you MUST use Actionscript, which is a form of ECMASCRIPT.  Yawn, boring. In Silverlight you can program with the following languages: Languages supported by Flash Languages supported by Silverlight Actionscript F# C# C++ Javascript/Ecmascript Visual Basic Python (not Iron Python) Iron Python (as different from Python) Ruby Lua (I’ll…

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Silverlight: Quick Post

Busy today, but I am really digging into the use of Visual Web Developer with Expression Blend, and frankly it is a blow away product grouping.  The XAML is very easy to work with.  Now I am thinking about how to implement a game using these tools, of course Visual Web Developer won’t do all…


Silverlight games: Review of tutorials for Silverlight games

There is a fantastic tutorial out Anatomy of a Silverlight Game: Avoid Common Mistakes When Building Online Games, which is as up to date as you can find on the web.  I have been going over a few of the tutorials and this is the best one I have encountered.  Bill Reiss writes a good…


Silverlight games: Creating an online business based on games

The evil economic times are hitting many of us, not me, my managers at Microsoft have made good decisions and we are doing well, but certainly others.  Say what you will about Microsoft, their management is very sensitive to the needs of the workers and, although I do complain about them, they are great people. …


Fun Game using Photosynth to get immersed into the movie: Angels & Demons

Wow!  The Movie Angels & Demons is advertised on MSN using a combination of Flash and Photosynth.  Well I would have liked to see Silverlight utilized instead, but the result is a fantastic combination of the two products.  It does prove that Microsoft didn’t create Silverlight to steal market from Adobe, and that Adobe isn’t…

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Silverlight Games: Building a profitable web site

How do you build a profitable web site?  Is it expensive to get started, or can you do it as a hobby and build value over time?  Should you just use Silverlight or should you be able to consume and utilize any game type that can be consumed by browsers? Let’s take a look at…

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