XNA Gaming Nights

Am vergangenen Donnerstag, sowie an dem davor war ich Vortragender auf zwei wunderbaren Microsoft Student Partners Veranstaltungen, naemlich auf zwei XNA Gaming Nights. Die erste war an der Uni in Bonn und die zweite an der Fachhochschule in St. Augustin. Das Format beginnt am fruehen Abend mit einem Vortrag/Workshop Teil, der die Grundlagen fuer ein 2D Spiel mit dem XNA Framework erklaert, also Texturen laden, Sprites anzeigen, Eingabegeraete abfragen, Sounds abspielen. Danach ist dann freies Programmieren angesagt, wobei die besten Spiele am Ende (1:00-2:00) praemiert werden.

H.E.L.D. Alpha 2

A few years ago, a small german amateur game development group called Elitepigs started a remake of the classic C64 “HERO” game. This game was called “H.E.L.D.” (german translation of hero). Last time I contributed only the level editor while jrk coded the actual game. But unfortunately the game was never finished as the game’s sourcecode got lost, so the only remaining parts of the alpha version are a compiled binary and the graphic/sound assets.

Die Verbotene Welt

Last weekend we had another sechsta sinn development meeting in Cologne. After I finished some LUA 4 serialization code (really ugly stuff… after the project is finished I will burn this particular code file) I played a short game against our AI player on Raphael’s really beautiful dust map and decided to make a panorama shot out of it. The result can be seen below:

Palm Pre Follow up

With different blogs reporting that the European version of the new webOS (1.3.1) won’t be available until the end of November, I decided to just use the English Sprint webOS 1.2.1 version. Due to the detailed guides at WebOS Internals the update was very easy and done in a few minutes. Afterwards the whole world of custom WebOS patches and execellent homebrew applications through the fantastic Preware was available. I installed patches for landscape email, on-screen keyboard, and better notifications as well as the new music player, the homebrew Facebook client, and some free games. Together with the now working (probably due to fixes in WebOS 1.2.1) Exchange synchronization (yeah baby, two-way! :)) I’m very satisfied with the device. The battery only lasts a day with 3G, push-mail enabled, and moderate use but I think that is a problem that all current smartphones face.


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