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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.
  RSS Central

RSS Central

A fast and powerful RSS Reader for Windows 8 and Windows Phone.
WordsUp: A word-based board game with a twist! Available for for Windows Phone and Windows 8.
Highway Pursuit: An action-packed 3d blast along roads filled with enemy agents -- but also with innocent civilians that you should protect at all costs.

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5th November, 2014 RSS Central v2.13 for Windows Phone now available

Today another update for RSS Central for Windows Phone was released. This is a bug-fix update that fixes a number of glitches and issues that people have reported to me.

A recurring "something has gone wrong" error that was being displayed for some people when refreshing their subscriptions has been fixed, as have some navigation and feed display issues.

The update is available now from the Windows Phone Store.

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1st November, 2014 A rant about Virgin Media

This isn't the sort of thing I would normally post on my site, but I'm so frustrated by the awful service I've received from my ISP, Virgin Media, over the last week that I felt the need to vent and let off steam.

On Monday, six days ago, my cable broadband service went offline. This isn't entirely unheard of, but normally rebooting my modem resolves it. If not, it usually comes back on its own afer a couple of hours. I was a bit fed up when I couldn't get it back online, but assumed it would be back to normal the next day.

It wasn't, the service was still down and I was unable to work on Tuesday. Virgin Media's 'service status' page showed no problems, so I guessed it must be a problem with my modem. I called Virgin Media and they arranged an engineer visit for Wednesday. Later, on Tuesday afternoon, I received an email telling me that they had identified an area fault and so the engineer visit was cancelled. Their service status page updated to show the fault, with an estimated fix time of 16:00 on Wednesday.

Wednesday afternoon rolled past and the fix time was pushed back to 20:00. Later that evening it was pushed to 20:00 on Thursday. At this stage with a 48-hour outage and no end in sight, I was getting pretty fed up.

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24th September, 2014 WordsUp v1.3 for Windows 8 and Windows Phone now available

I am pleased to announce the release of WordsUp v1.3 for Windows 8 and also now for Windows Phone.

The Windows Phone version is compatible with Windows Phone 7 and 8, including low memory devices. WordsUp is a "universal" app, so buying the Windows version will also give you access to the Windows Phone version, and vice versa.

New features in this version include network play so you can play games with others over the internet, and various tweaks to the rules as requested by several WordsUp players.

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 for Windows 8 and Windows Phone.

Tags: [games]  [wordsup]  [windows 8]  [windows phone]  []  [shareware]   Comments

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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