Windows Phone Thoughts - Daily News, Views, Rants and Raves

Check out the hottest Windows Mobile devices at our Expansys store!

Digital Home Thoughts

Loading feed...

Laptop Thoughts

Loading feed...

Android Thoughts

Loading feed...

Go Back   Thoughts Media Forums > WINDOWS PHONE THOUGHTS > Windows Phone News

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-10-2010, 12:00 PM
Darius Wey
Developer & Designer, News Editor Emeritus
Darius Wey's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 12,959
Default Microsoft Announces XNA Game Studio 4.0 for Windows Phone

"As I was sitting on the plane heading to GDC 2010, I started reminiscing about the explosive growth we've seen in developing for the mobile gaming industry over the last few years. It wasn't long ago when we had to show up early to learn about anything related to game development on portable devices. This year, however, developers are already lined up to learn more, as mobile gaming commands several summits at GDC and is woven in throughout the conference. At GDC this week we're giving everyone a first look at the latest and greatest, XNA Game Studio 4.0, which provides a powerful, productive, and portable technology for game development on Windows Phone 7 Series, Xbox 360, and Windows PC."

Image courtesy of Engadget.

If there's anything about Windows Phone 7 Series that you should be excited about, it's definitely the gaming potential. Microsoft has just announced XNA Game Studio 4.0, which will give developers the opportunity to deliver highly immersive and highly integrated gaming experiences on the Xbox 360, PC, and Windows Phone 7 Series. Engadget has a deluge of screenshots, a video, and some details on achievements and upcoming titles for your perusal, so scoot over there and check them out. As an avid gamer, I'm pretty excited with where this is heading and look forward to jumping into Xbox LIVE not just on the Xbox 360, but on the Windows Phone, too.

Want the latest news, views, rants and raves? Visit our portal. Wish to contact me? Send me a private message or e-mail.
Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-2010, 02:36 PM
Craig Horlacher
Contributing Editor
Craig Horlacher's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 524
Default Please, physical buttons!!!

They're finally getting good graphics but, in my opionion, you need physical buttons for a good gaming device!!! The last WinMo (PocketPC) device that had that, at least in the US was the Casio E125. Now everyone wants analog sticks as well as a dpad and some other buttons. I do miss playing great action games Turjah II and MetaLion on my E125! That was truly a gameboy killer!!!

I don't think any of these mobile phone makers get that. Sure, they'll sell a ton of games at first because the graphics are good. After that, people will start going back to their DS's and PSP's or buy them if they don't have them. There are very few touch based games that are really good and the control is best for them that way. The only one's that I can think of are Solitaire, Minesweeper, and Snails.

Oh well, bring the games!!! Maybe I'm totally wrong.
Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-2010, 05:31 PM
Jason Dunn
Executive Editor
Jason Dunn's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 29,160

This is the kind of synergy we've been waiting's taken YEARS longer than it should have, but Microsoft is FINALLY putting all the pieces of its ecosystem together in a smart way. For too long it's been Apple that has combined the desktop + iTunes + mobile experience together into one coherent offering, but now that Microsoft is headed down the path with something that no one else has - Xbox - this could be really, really good.

I also agree with Vector though that control pads and physical buttons are really great for gaming - I've bought maybe six games for my iPod Touch, and they're all based around one silly touch-based control or another...and none are very good. I'm a physical button guy, so that's one thing I don't much like about Windows phone 7...
Want to contact me personally? Use this. Want to read my personal blog? Check it out. Want to follow me on Twitter? Here you go.
Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-2010, 05:51 PM
JonnoB's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 1,768
Send a message via AIM to JonnoB Send a message via MSN to JonnoB Send a message via Yahoo to JonnoB

Having two analog thumbsticks on a device much like the PSP (which has only 1) would make this a great portab le gaming platform. I see that perhaps there will be a growing aftermarket for bluetooth addon controllers. I don't think anyone wiill put those on a phone by default.
Jonathan (JonnoB)
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." -Edmund Burke
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 07:26 PM.