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Microsoft Energize IT

Jim McGinley from TOJam contacted me a while ago, asking if I'd like to present TOBam at the Microsoft Energize IT conference in Toronto. Well, it went really really well. There were about four teams who presented their XNA-related TOJam entries and we got to talk closely with some people in the games industry, some people from the XNA team, and some people from Microsoft. It was a great opportunity and I would like to thank Jim McGinley and Mark Zielinski for all the work they put into both TOJam and Microsoft Energize IT's GameCamp. Make sure to check out the pictures!

TOBam Posted

I got a short and sweet e-mail from Jim McGinley informing me that TOBam was posted on the TOJam website. He did a great job putting the page together, making sure the video was there, the groovy screenshots. He even wrote a nice note about the game:

"Did you see all those planes? That's NUTS! While it starts seemingly like Capcom's 1943, the sheer number of planes makes this a different beast altogether. I love playing this game on hard. When level 3 hits - you're DEAD. Perhaps the most thrilling game created at the jam. The movement of your plane is subtle and classy, and Toronto makes the perfect scrolling background."

TOJam Entry "TOBam"

The main menu has been implemented and it looks pretty good. I used some very nice articles posted on the XNA Creators Club website. Now that I have the base game state system of the game down, I can move onto gameplay.

TOJam Has Begun!

The Toronto Indie Game Jam has just begun. We're given two and a half days to create a video game. I'll be attempting a top-down forward scrolling shooting game using XNA. I will also be posting a status update every stepping stone.

XNA 1.0 Refresh and PongXNA 2.0 RC1

Microsoft has come out with XNA 1.0 Refresh. This release now officially supports Microsoft Vista and comes with a number of new things. Although I'm having the connection problem they talked about when attempting to deploy to the Xbox 360, I'm happy that they now official support Microsoft Vista. Download it!

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