Portland Code Camp

The Portland Code Camp is coming up in less than 2 weeks, and I’m pretty excited to be a part of it. Not only is it my first Code Camp that features a Game Development track, it’s also my first trip “out west”… Yes folks, that’s right… the mighty worldwide explorer (I sailed the Atlantic, the Persian Gulf, the Mediterranean & the Caribbean) has never set foot west of Texas… oh the shame!

Anyway… these are a couple of the tracks I definitely want to hit…

A Business Developer’s Journey Into 2D Gaming

Chris Goldfarb
Do you have a great idea for a new game or interested in harnessing DirectX for use in a business app, but don’t know where to start? We will explore what can be accomplished when you combine Winforms, with Managed DirectX and WebServices. Learn how DirectDraw works and tips for optimization; differences between exclusive (full-screen) and windowed modes, and sprites and animation – all given from the perspective of a business developer with no prior game development experience.


Message-Oriented Architectures in Gaming

Jason Olson
Games by nature can be incredibly complicated beasts. If gone unchecked, dependencies will take over your streets and crimes of greed and passion will rule all. Modules can and will declare war on other modules all in the name of “The Almighty User.” What is the best peacekeeping measure you can use as a developer besides weapons of mass destruction (how do you spell “format C:\”)? In this session, we will discuss using the power of messages to create a message-oriented game architecture that will help decrease the number of dependencies in your game as well as make your game easier to maintain and enhance.

and of course, my own session…


Implementing Creature AI

Chris Williams
Fear and Loathing (along with a healthy dose of greed and lust) in dark and dangerous places! Chris Williams, creator of Heroic Adventure! (a VB.NET role-playing game) and author of the upcoming Apress title Beginning RPG Development with VB.NET, discusses the stimulus driven behavior model for creature AI, with code samples in VB.NET.

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