Friday, January 15, 2010

Programming for the Zune HD

Well I got a Zune HD, and after extensively playing with all of the fun features for a few months, I'm thinking about learning C# to program games/applications for my Zune myself. As of right now, I'm able to use XNA Game Studios 3.1 with the Zune extensions to deploy my own code to teh device, but Microsoft hasn't yet opened up the device fully to developers (so no access to WiFi or 3D features) although I can't see that as being a limiting factor since I've only just begun to learn C#. I'm hoping they do open it up at some point though, since I know there are a lot of very capable developers who would love to take advantage of Tegra and distribute their apps officially through some sort of online store.

I'll post updates on any programs I make (along with source code etc) as I chug my way through tutorials and other open source code.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Natal Optimist - Twitter

If you've been following the gaming scene for the past year or so, you've probably heard of Microsoft's Project Natal (name may or may not be pending since it's already been named one of the best inventions of 2009 by Time along with plenty of coverage from around the net). I'm not sure if it's the gamer or geek in me that prompted the creation of NatalOptimist, but I'm looking forward to more news/tech demos within the next year regardless.