Red Gate Software launched a competition three weeks ago: three prizes of $10,000 to be won for the best Windows Phone 7 application, as judged by panels of developers. Now I’ve always had a hankering to write a game, particularly one involving 3D graphics. Microsoft made me hanker some more when they released the XNA framework a few years back. And, would you believe it, you can use the XNA framework to write 3D games for the Windows Phone 7.
Now it just so happens that I have 3 unplanned days in my schedule between tomorrow morning1 and the competition deadline on December 19th. And my colleague Vinod has had an idea for a memory game with a twist.
Taking stock, what do we have?
- An incentive. Provided by Red Gate ü
- The Tools. Cheers, Microsoft ü
- The Windows Phone 7 Programming bible. Thanks, Charles Petzold ü
- A germ of an idea. Nice one, Vinod ü
- And 24 hours clear in the calendar …
So, what do you think? Can I learn the XNA framework, and produce an award winning game in just three days? There’s only one way to find out.
On my marks … Get Set … Go!
1. Yes, I am writing this at 1 o’clock in the morning. I couldn’t sleep for excitement. Sad, am I not?