NGUI – Free Version won’t compile for WP8 – How to FIX

So I am working on porting the Skeleton Dude starter kit I built to Windows Phone from Windows 8 Store and ran into the following problem…

“Error building Player: Exception: Error: method `System.Byte[] System.IO.File::ReadAllBytes(System.String)` doesn’t exist in target framework. It is referenced from Assembly-CSharp.dll at System.Byte[] NGUITools::Load(System.String).”

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Build a 2D Top Down Game – Zero to Published – Part 2

This is a continuation from part 1.  If you have not completed part 1, please go back to part 1 and complete it as this is an addative series where each part builds on the previous part.  Part 1 covered the basics of creating a character controller that supports keyboard input and touch.  Part 2 will primarily cover animation. Continue reading

Build a 2D Top Down Game – Zero to Published – Part 1

Hello All,

Many of you know I have been waiting for the final stars to align so that I could write this article.  I am pleased to announce that all issues technical and legal have been resolved, and I have been able to complete my game “Skeleton Dude”.  The completed version of this game is published to the Windows 8 store and is available for download for FREE!  This link will take you to the final version.  So lets get started!

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Design a Game – Concept to Polish

On Monday, 4.15.2014, Gregory Avery-Weir of the Charlotte Game Dev Group did a really great talk on how to design a game.  He presented a fantastic step by step approach and broke down into manageable pieces how to design a game from concept to polish.  This article is a summary of his talk such that the world may have access to this extremely valuable knowledge.

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NCSU Video Game Development Club – PUBLISHED!!!

 

So the NCSU Video Game Development Club has finally published their first game to the Windows 8 Store!!!  This is a huge milestone not only for the individuals who now have a permanent piece to their gaming portfolio and a shipped piece of software, but also a milestone for the club.  They have legitimized the club as a club that not only acts as a central hub for aspiring developers at NC State, but also in shipping real product to the world.

Download version 1 here:  http://apps.microsoft.com/webpdp/app/1d2eb593-97be-4ab1-9a98-1025a44bb6c3

 

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Test Your Unity Game on the Windows Phone!!!

Mobile devices are very popular choices for game deployment.  The Windows Phone Store has over 4 billion store downloads, which makes it a great place to market your games.  But before you add a game to the Windows Market, is a good idea to test your games on an actual mobile device .  This article explains step-by-step how to get your Unity Game deployed to a test device!

Karl on phone

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Optimizing Mobile Games in Unity

I had a great meeting with the Charlotte Area Game Development Group last Monday night. The Group is sponsored by Meridian Technologies, and is hosted by the Charlotte Microsoft Office.  I met the team leader, Matt Duffield, who is doing a fantastic job running and organizing the Group. The key presenter that evening was Dan Russell Pinson, the creator of Monster Physics and the upcoming game Tower Math!  Dan’s work can be found on his website.

The focus for Tuesday’s meeting was on Optimizing Mobile 3D Games in Unity and exploring some of the tools, tips and tricks for deploying to the various platforms.  Continue reading