Windows 8 Game Development using C#, XNA and MonoGame 3.0: Building a Shooter Game Walkthrough – Part 5: Animating the Player/Ship and Creating a Parallaxing Background

Overview In Part 4 of this blog series, we added the ability for the user to interact with the game using all forms of User Input, (i.e. Touch, Mouse, GamePad, etc.). Now, we need to make the game much more graphically astute and provide a more pleasurable experience. To do this we need to add…


Windows 8 Game Development using C#, XNA and MonoGame 3.0: Building a Shooter Game Walkthrough – Part 4: Adding and Processing Player (User) Input

Before we get into adding the code to receive and processing input from the player (user) of the Shooter game, there is GREAT news in the MonoGame 3.0 world. Drum Roll Please…. The MonoGame team announced the immediate availability of MonoGame 3.0 Stable version on Jan. 21st. The MonoGame team had this to say about…


Home for the Holidays? How about a Holiday App Challenge to Pad those Worn Pockets..

  Want to Have a Very Appy (yes Appy) Holiday? Looking for a way to make some Extra Money ($$) over the holidays? You happen to be a student?   Well do I have a Holiday Deal for you…Take the Windows 8 Student Holiday App Challenge and win $100 for each published Windows 8 app!…


Get Appy: The Windows Store is Open For Developers

Are you ready for the good news? Ready to Get Appy?  Well here it is, the Windows Store is open for Developers and we’re all anxious to see all the cool apps you develop and place into the store!  What’s even more exciting is that all eligible MSDN subscribers receive a free, one-year Windows Store…


Windows 8 Developer Camps – Coming Soon!

Ready to dive in and learn more about Windows 8 and the developer opportunity it represents?  Then get ready for the series of Windows Developer Camps!  These are free, full-day, developer-focused events featuring a combination of sessions and hands-on labs, and we’ll have 10 of them right here in the east: Windows 8 changes everything….


Students Vying to Be the Big App on Campus: You Can Help!

This year has been exciting to be a Developer Evangelist covering the Academic space.  It’s been fun for me working with Student developers across the Greater Southeast.  Developer Evangelists all over the world have been engaging with students to inspire the next generation of developers to create unique experiences for Windows Phone. A few months…


Want to Get and Keep a Job…Coding Seems to be the Key

  Today I read a commentary out of the San Francisco Bay Area, that discussed the fact that in the Bay Area they are not feeling the effects of the 8.9% Unemployment rate due to the overwhelming need for technologists and the growth of technology companies.   In fact, the article from Market Watch (that can…


Want Fame? The Big Apps On Campus is the Way

Hopefully by now if you are a student at any College or University, You have heard about the Big Apps on Campus contest and the upcoming Hackathons being held on various campuses across the US. Big App on Campus Big App on Campus (BAOC) is open to US College and University students who build apps…


Been Camping Lately? Get resources from the HTML5 and Windows Phone 7 Developer Camps

Many of you have attended a HTML5 and JavaScript Web/Game Camps we’ve conducted in the East Region and/or are very interested in HTML5, JavaScript and the associated tools.   In addition, many of you may have attended one of the Windows Phone 7 Camps we’ve conducted up and down the East Coast as well.  Well this…


Never Too Young or Too Old to Be a Developer or a College Student: Meet 15-year old JUNIOR at Morehouse College – Stephen Stafford

I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving.  I am thankful for the great experiences of being an Developer Evangelist.  Why?  This story is a superb example: On last week, during my XBOX Gaming applab session (XNA) at Atlanta University (Spelman College, Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University) , I asked one of the really astute, very…