XNA Creators Club Online has announced brand-new developer content for “Creating Games for Windows Phone 7”. All samples are playable on the Windows Phone 7 Emulator, which is included in the XNA Game Studio 4.0 Beta.
The series includes articles and source code downloads; it is made up of the following sections:
- 2D Touch Game Lab (Catapult Wars)
- 2D Graphics Sample
- 2D Particles Sample
- Sound and Music Sample
- Landscape/Portrait Orientation Sample
- 2D Asset Types Article
- Gestures Article
- Intro to C# from Objective-C and Java
Based on the educational roadmap, there will be tons more developer content in the coming months. Here are a few pointers on the upcoming excitement:
September – October: Acceleration techniques
- Performance-heavy game lab
- Hardware benchmarking
- GPU-CPU Optimization Articles
- Best Practices
- Social Game Lab
- Best Practices State Management
- Location and Photo Integration
- Augmented Reality Sample
A complete list on upcoming content and links to samples, such as creating your first game, accelerometer basics, game state management etc. can be found here.
I am not a game developer, but I am pretty excited about these resources. These days I am hooked on some games on my IPhone, as I can even play them on the go. I may not come up with the “next big thing”, but to be able to do some experimenting with game development in a familiar development environment truly sounds tempting!