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Twin Cities Code Camp 7
October 24th is the date for the next Twin Cities Code Camp and registration is open. TCCC is an awesome, free event that everyone that can make it should attend! For those who don't know, the code camp is a free event held on a Saturday that focuses on many aspects of programming (definitely not only Windows stuff!). The day is packed with multiple rooms all featuring presentations by great developers so you're bound to learn something. After every TCCC I'm always pumped to look into something I ......

Posted On Monday, June 22, 2009 5:18 AM

Geekdom Strategy Comparison
Last night a few buddies and I geeked out by sitting around for 5 hours and playing the strategy board-game Descent. It was my first time playing and although we lost, I feel I got a decent 'welcome' into Descent. And, other than Dungeons & Dragons, was the first strategy game I've ever played (yes, I have never played Risk). While I understand the appeal of the game, I didn't enjoy it as much as I do when I play D&D. Though, it's really apples and oranges considering in Descent I was a Hero ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 17, 2009 3:24 AM

Project Turf
Awhile back, after the release of Pong I started work on a new engine to fix all the issues I didn't like with Pong. Every sprite in Pong was hard coded and was unbearably large because of that (some sprites had 20+ lines dedicated to them just to place and check for user input). I started work on an engine I called 'Turf' because I had no idea what kind of game I wanted to make at the time so I developed simple parts of it such as rendering and saved it until I had some time to fully develop it. ......

Posted On Friday, June 12, 2009 1:44 PM

One Week Healthy
It's been one week since I've started really focusing on what I've been eating and my lifestyle. My interest was piqued two weeks ago when the health center part of the company I work at mentioned a summer 'Healthy Lifestyle' program where you would follow a table of things to do every day for a month (with 3 calendars for 3 months) and get points for each item you do on the list each day, at the end the most points would win prizes. The items on this calendar range from getting 30 minutes of exercize ......

Posted On Friday, June 12, 2009 9:16 AM

XNA Game Studio 3.1 Released!

XNA 3.1 has been released bringing Avatar support and many other features.  Check it out:

Also of large note, with that release Microsoft is changing Xbox Community Games to Xbox Indie Games.

I'm not a fan of the name change.

Posted On Thursday, June 11, 2009 9:12 AM

New Keyboard
I decided last night that after 5 years of the same keyboard it was time for a new one. I purchased Microsoft's Natural Ergonomic 4000 (yes, my keyboard has a 4000 on it's name, like 'SuperJuicer 9000'). The keyboard is very nice and has some nice features but the biggest problem is two-fold. 1) I've never used an ergonomic board before. 2) I taught myself to type (rather incorrectly at that) so now that my keyboard has a giant split in it, I need to learn to type properly. I'm training myself at ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 10, 2009 8:29 AM

E3 Press Conference Impressions
E3 was promised to be back and big again this year and it sure seemed to be with Microsoft leading the press conferences on Monday. Microsoft's main focus was on 3 items, new games, a new peripheral, and new Xbox updates. Typically these are always the things they focus on though usually when they get to one section or another the audience groans in boredom (for example, when they drone on about Scene It! and other goofy family games no one watching will typically care about), but this year MS came ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 2, 2009 1:10 PM

How To Not Get Programmers
I recently went back to one of the online development forums I had talked within a bunch awhile back and had a greeting of 10 new messages of people asking for me to join their project (I had requested a project there awhile back). Here's one message in particular that got my attention: "hey well im lead programmer ATM, i must say I started learning C++ 3 weeks ago. I know this sounds stupid making a game while you dont know about templates and stuff. But i feel like i known C++ for a year. I can ......

Posted On Monday, June 1, 2009 10:42 AM

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