Project Spark is a cool new game development tool being developed by Microsoft. It is a game that allows you to make games for Windows 8 and Xbox one.
Imagine the fun of those in-game level editors in Halo or Tony Hawk. It’s like that, but instead of just a new level, you can create a whole new game. You can make a game on your console, desktop or tablet, and then play it with your friends on xbox live. There is already a growing community of developers making new assets and tools within the game for people to make awesome games.
Fellow Microsoft Evangelist Michael Palermo interviewed Henry Sterchi and Mike Lescault from the Project Spark team on his latest episode of DevRadio and talked with them about it.
If you’d like to learning more about it, I would recommend listening in! I found it interesting.
Once again you can get GameMaker Studio Standard free from now until March 2nd, as well as upgrade from Standard to Professional for just $35.
Normally GameMaker Studio Professional is $100, with the free upgrade to Standard that means you can get it for $65 off.
This isn’t the first time YoYoGames has offered GameMaker for free or discounted the Professional version, but you never know when a deal like this will come around again.
How to redeem:
- Download GameMaker
- On the welcome screen, click the “Upgrade to Standard for Free” banner
- Enter your email address, and then confirm it on the second screen.
- Check your email, and copy/paste your brand new Standard edition key!
If you don’t already have Standard, there is no reason not to jump on this and get yourself a free copy. That way if you ever decide to mess around or doodle something in GameMaker, you won’t be limited by number of resources.
Windows 8 App Madness is a challenge for current college students to create apps for Windows 8 and get paid. Create and publish a Windows 8 app by April 14th, 2014 and you could win a $50 gift card. If your app is good and receives over 100 downloads, you’ll then have a chance to win an additional $50 gift card. Just follow these three steps:
Step one: Make an app
Never made an app before? Not a problem! Microsoft has a bunch of resources and all the tools you need to get started and create awesome apps. Just go to http://aka.ms/GetStartedNow for more info. You can also check out my resources page for game developers.
Step two: Publish and submit to challenge
Once your app is published in the store, submit it to the challenge at http://aka.ms/appmadnessappsubmission
Step three: Market your app
Get a 100 downloads for your app to qualify to win an additional $50. Confirm 100 downloads at http://aka.ms/appmadnessdownloads
What about the legal fine print?
Open only to students who are legal residents of the 50 US (+DC) 16+. The challenge is limited to the first 500 eligible apps received by 4/14/14. Taxes are the responsibility of the recipient. Allow 6 – 8 weeks for delivery. No purchase necessary. Ends 4/14/14.
See http://aka.ms/appMadnessofferterms for full rules.
Anything else I need to know?
That’s it! Go out there and make some apps!
The open source GameMaker: Studio game I made, Gem Run, is now live in the Windows Store if you’d like to download and play it.
I made Gem Run as an example project for a Windows 8 application in GameMaker. You can read my original explanation/list of features here.
Are there any features you’d like to see me add to the game? Let me know about it.
In the mean time, you can download the game now and play it.