Game Theory

A blog by Microsoft Academic Developer Evangelist, Dan Waters

Thoughts On Writing A Book

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Author: dawate Date: 03/12/2009

Where Have I Been?

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Author: dawate Date: 03/10/2009

XNA Game Studio 3.0 is live!!

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Author: dawate Date: 10/30/2008

I Love Me Some Windows 7

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Author: dawate Date: 10/29/2008

PDC, Here I Come

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Author: dawate Date: 10/26/2008

Elevate Miami Oct 9, 2008

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Author: dawate Date: 10/09/2008

Microphone - Come Join The Discussion

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Author: dawate Date: 09/23/2008

GuitarrMatey Update – New Video Added!

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Author: dawate Date: 08/28/2008

How to Get a Job in the Game Industry

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Author: dawate Date: 08/26/2008

XNA on the Zune: Playing Sounds & Music

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Author: dawate Date: 08/20/2008

Peer-to-peer messaging on the Zune sample

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Author: dawate Date: 07/22/2008

RobotTag source updated

A reader Jason points out that the source code didn't include the ZuneScreenManager project, which...

Author: dawate Date: 06/17/2008

How to Build a Networked Zune Game with XNA Series: Part 2, The Code

And as promised, here's the code walkthrough / conclusion video (download here [39.6 MB]).

Author: dawate Date: 06/16/2008

How To Build a Networked Zune Game with XNA Series - Introduction

Well hello there! I wanted to share with you the latest installment in my Zune series: Building a...

Author: dawate Date: 06/13/2008

What is the Imagine Cup all about, anyway?

If you've ever wanted to get a brief understanding of what happens at the Imagine Cup, there is a...

Author: dawate Date: 06/11/2008

Dream, Build, Play 2008 Is Here!

Do you remember the excitement, the buzz, and the fantastic entries of last year's Dream-Build-Play...

Author: dawate Date: 06/10/2008

Zune Games with XNA - Understanding Game State Management

I've covered Game State briefly in the past, but I have always used complex switch statements to...

Author: dawate Date: 06/09/2008

Cool Feature of the Day: Windows Live Messenger Sharing Folders

Imagine yourself opening up a Messenger chat with someone who just bought a new house. "I'm so...

Author: dawate Date: 05/28/2008

What's On My Box?

It has been fifteen months since I last reformatted this machine. In that time, I've read hundreds...

Author: dawate Date: 05/26/2008

Just a quick FYI that the link to the GuitarrMatey source code has been updated (the link is still...

Author: dawate Date: 05/24/2008

Having trouble downloading the GuitarrMatey source? In the wake of the awesome new Creators Club...

Author: dawate Date: 05/21/2008

The popular GuitarrMatey blog post I wrote has been featured on the new Creator's Club website, with...

Author: dawate Date: 05/20/2008

XNA Double Whammy - New Website and Community Games Beta!

As promised at GDC 2008, the XNA team has released two major components today in their pursuit to...

Author: dawate Date: 05/20/2008

Hands On with Popfly Game Creator

Have you seen Popfly Game Creator? It's a fun and easy way to create 2D games online, like this one...

Author: dawate Date: 05/12/2008

XNA Games on the Zune - A Brief "How To"

Downloads: Source Code (zip, 83 KB) Video (wmv, 35.6 MB) As Dave Weller mentions on the XNA team...

Author: dawate Date: 05/08/2008

The title says it all... Windows Live Search

Author: dawate Date: 05/06/2008

Quick Hands On with Ford SYNC

I forgot to mention... a couple of weeks ago, I was in Los Angeles CA at the Imagine Cup US...

Author: dawate Date: 05/06/2008

Angles, 2D Vectors, and Trig Basics in Silverlight and XNA

Who Wants Some Math? One of the most simple principles in 2D games is an object that bounces around...

Author: dawate Date: 04/29/2008

How to Get Good with Names

I'm at the Imagine Cup US finals and am among a crowd of people who are very influential --...

Author: dawate Date: 04/21/2008

Imagine Cup US Finals, Day 1

We are here in sunny... well... it's Los Angeles, and we are here for the Imagine Cup US finals....

Author: dawate Date: 04/20/2008

GuitarrMatey! To Be Released For Xbox 360

On behalf of Microsoft Game Studios, I'd like to announce that my hit tutorial game, GuitarrMatey,...

Author: dawate Date: 04/01/2008

Update for Silverlight 2 DeepZoom Tutorial - Live Demo Now Available!

Last week, I showed you how to build a DeepZoom application with Silverlight 2 in fifteen minutes. I...

Author: dawate Date: 03/24/2008

Intro to Silverlight 2 Video Tutorial: DeepZoom for Dummies!

As promised, I've just completed a 15-minute video tutorial that shows you how to create a...

Author: dawate Date: 03/21/2008

Quick fix for compile errors in the XNA Pong example

This quick post references an older article I wrote regarding XNA Pong in XNA Game Studio Express....

Author: dawate Date: 03/12/2008

XNA Video Tutorials - All Available for Direct Download

Great news folks - You can now download all of the WMV files directly from my Windows Live SkyDrive...

Author: dawate Date: 03/11/2008

MiX08 Day 1

This post is a little more personal in nature than usual just because I feel that I need to rant...

Author: dawate Date: 03/05/2008

High Quality Downloadable XNA Tutorial Videos Being Made Available

You spoke, I listened! I am rendering the detailed, screen-intensive videos in 1280x1024 resolution...

Author: dawate Date: 02/21/2008

What Do You Want To Learn? Results

Well, the response from the contact form and the blog comments to my original post was pretty...

Author: dawate Date: 02/19/2008

Bill Gates demos Healthcare Future Vision and Surface at TR6

I got to see Bill Gates keynote today at TechReady6. It's the first time I've ever seen him speak,...

Author: dawate Date: 02/15/2008

What Do You Want To Learn?

Do you have a burning desire to learn how to do something with one of our Microsoft products? I'm...

Author: dawate Date: 02/12/2008

Transitioning MSDN AA to Hosted ELMS - Video

My colleague Hilary Pike posted a great video on how to transition your local MSDN AA eAcademy...

Author: dawate Date: 02/11/2008

Reporting from TechReady6!

Like many of the the 6,000 other people who just saw SteveB's keynote at TR6, I am inspired to be...

Author: dawate Date: 02/11/2008

Updated host for GuitarMatey source code

Fed up with my shoddy danwaters.com failed downloads and timeouts? David Weller of the XNA team has...

Author: dawate Date: 02/07/2008

Getting The Source To Compile

A couple of other things. First of all I'll be uploading a more deployable version of the source...

Author: dawate Date: 02/06/2008

How To Install the XNA Add-On for XSI

A little detail: To get the pipeline stuff working for XSI-XNA production, you need to install the...

Author: dawate Date: 02/06/2008

Video Series Follow-Up and Improvements

Edit: I understand many of you are having a hard time downloading the source code. I am working on...

Author: dawate Date: 02/06/2008

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