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Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 Game Development

Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 Game Development

Available now: my new book will tell you everything you need to know to program games for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices with C# and MonoGame.
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RSS Central

A fast and powerful RSS Reader for Windows 8 and Windows Phone.
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8th May, 2014 RSS Central can now be purchased once and used on Windows Phone and Windows 8

RSS Central is now available as a "cross platform" app, meaning that you can buy it just once, and that will get you both the Windows Phone and the Windows 8 version of the app without needing to buy both separately.

I always wanted to allow users of RSS Central on Windows Phone to be able to use the Windows 8 version without having to buy it again, but until recently this wasn't something that the Store supported. This changed over the last few weeks however, and so now I can finally join the two versions of the app together.

To those of you that have already purchased the app on both platforms: thank you all so much for your support -- it is hugely appreciated! For those that have purchased it on just one platform, you should find that it is now automatically marked as purchased on the other platform too, so please give it a try.

I know that both versions could use some updates too, and don't worry, they are on their way. The Windows Phone version will be updated with proper WP8 support soon and perhaps some WP8.1 features too, and the Windows 8 version will support some new features and better window size support. Watch this space for more details over the coming weeks.

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7th April, 2014 WordsUp v1.2 for Windows 8 now available

Another quick update to WordsUp for Windows 8 brings the game to v1.2. This is a bug-fix release that addresses a problem whereby each game started with the same letters.

WordsUp is a fun strategic word game for between 2 and 4 players. Each player takes it in turns to place letter tiles on to a game board to form words and score points. Unlike other word games, WordsUp allows you to stack letters on top of those already on the board, changing those words and forming new ones.

If you'd like to try the free trial, you can download it now from the Windows Store.

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29th March, 2014 WordsUp v1.1 for Windows 8 now available

A new version of WordsUp for Windows 8 is now available to download from the Windows Store.

This update significantly increases the number of words available in the game's dictionary and also contains a couple of bug fixes.

If you'd like to try the free trial, you can download it now from the Windows Store.

The Windows Phone version of the game is complete and working, but I want to get the internet play option implemented (for Windows Phone and Windows 8) before I release it. The internet play is well underway now so I should have more news on this shortly.

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30th January, 2014 WordsUp v1.0 for Windows 8 now available

My latest game for Windows 8, WordsUp, is now available to download from the Windows Store.

WordsUp is a fun strategic word game for between 2 and 4 players. Each player takes it in turns to place letter tiles on to a game board to form words and score points. Unlike other word games, WordsUp allows you to stack letters on top of those already on the board, changing those words and forming new ones.

The more tiles there are in each word you form, the more points you score. As the stacks of tiles keep getting higher, so do the scores. Can you score the most points and become the WordsUp champion?

You can play WordsUp against your friends (hot-seat or "pass and play") or against the computer. The computer has four difficulty levels, from "beginner" through to "expert" if you fancy a real challenge. You can set games up with any combination of human or computer players. Please note however that internet play is not yet supported in this version of WordsUp. I will be adding this to a future version shortly.

If you'd like to try the free trial, you can download it now from the Windows Store.

I will also be bringing WordsUp to Windows Phone too -- stay tuned for more information about this over the next couple of weeks.

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24th December, 2013 RSS Central v2.12 for Windows Phone now available


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The latest version of RSS Central for Windows Phone is now available from the Windows Phone Store.

Version 2.12 contains a number of additions and bug fixes, including performance improvements, the "mark all as read" function is now an app bar button instead of a menu item, fixes to tiny fonts appearing in some articles, and more. Full details can be found on the RSS Central page.

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12th July, 2013 New app available for Windows 8: Frotz8

I am pleased to announce the availability of a new free app for Windows 8: Frotz8.

Frotz8 is an interpreter for "interactive fiction" games (also known as "text adventures"). This is a genre that I have loved since the 1980s, and when I realised that there was no interpreter available for Windows 8, I set about creating one.

Frotz8 is based on the popular and capable Frotz engine, and can play games written to the "Z-machine" standard. This includes all of the original Infocom adventures, as well as hundreds of newer games available from The Interactive Fiction Archive.

I have spent some time working on the user interface for Frotz8, allowing quick and easy access to adding games, integration with the IF Archive so that you can download and install games with just a couple of taps or clicks, and full support for devices with touch screens and hardware keyboards. It'll also recommend a new game for you each week giving you plenty of new experiences to try.

This first version is not perfect and has a few features missing, but it should already be quite stable enough to offer you years of adventuring -- I hope you like it!

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6th July, 2013 Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 Game Development now also available in paper and for Kindle

My book is now available from Amazon too. It can be downloaded to your Kindle, or bought in good old paper form too.

You can find the book's page on the amazon.com site here, or on the amazon.co.uk site here.

I'd also be extremely grateful if you would consider leaving a review on the Amazon web site -- thank you!

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25th June, 2013 Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 Game Development is now available to download

My new book, Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 Game Development is now complete and available to download! It can be purchased from the Apress web site in PDF, EPUB or MOBI formats.

The paper version of the book is in progress and should be available from Amazon and other online retailers shortly -- I'll post another update once it is available.

I really hope you like the book and find it useful -- if you have any comments or feedback, please do let me know.

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18th May, 2013 RSS Central v1.1 for Windows 8 now available

A long-overdue update to the Windows 8 version of RSS Central is now available.

Version 1.1 adds many of the features that people have requested that were missing from the initial version, including import and export of OPML files to the local file system and via SkyDrive, category filters, and a fix to the feed search function.

You can find the update to RSS Central in the Windows Store now, with a full free trial as always. I hope you like the update.

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13th May, 2013 RSS Central v2.9 for Windows Phone now available

Another update to RSS Central for Windows Phone is now available. Version 2.9 fixes the problem with importing and exporting the subscription list via Dropbox, and also adds support for viewing YouTube videos directly from the article previews, there's no longer any need to open the full web page first.

The update is available now from the Windows Phone Store.

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