Windows Phone 7 Game Development Tutorial Lesson1
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Welcome to my lessons on how to make a game for windows phone 7.
In this lesson we will make sure you have everything you will need to begin your journey into game development.
I assume you have a (Windows 7) PC. Just because we will develop for a phone does not mean that we will do so on a phone.
Windows 7 is important as Microsoft decided, that the tools only work under Vista and 7. So in theory a Vista system would be sufficient, in praxis … well let’s say, i advice you against it.
If you do not have access to a Windows 7 system, don’t worry, not all is lost. There are some (yes, legal) ways to get it.
Students (School, Univesity etc.): Your keyword is MSDN AA. Ask your school.
Other mere mortals: You could of course buy it … but you did know that already …
Type into a search engine the words ‘Windows 7 trial’ … i recommend google, but you can try others.
One of the first links you see is to a Microsoft technet page with a 90 days trail version of Windows 7 Enterprise.
I suggest you use a virtual machine for this. The benefits are, that you do not loose your now (hopefully) stable running system and after the trail period you can simply delete the vm (virtual machine) and everything is back to normal. BEFORE YOU DELETE YOUR VM: Please backup your projects and every data you produced on it.
Now you should have a Windows 7 running. On your PC or in a virtual machine on your PC:
The next step is to surf to the Microsoft App Hub, found here.
Download the free tools and install all updates.
After you installed everything you start the Windows Phone Developer Tools.
You will hopefully be greeted by this screen.
Select ‘New Project’ and than ‘Windows Phone Game (4.0)’ on the nect screen.
Congratulations, you just created your first WP7 Game. It’s not doing much at this point, but we will change that in lesson2.
Have fun looking around or continue with lesson2 (if available).