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Nick Bruty Rich Sun. Co-Founders. Gunpowder Published by Microsoft, for Windows 8 and RT Physics Puzzle Game Infected Published by Glu Games, for iOS and Android Multiplayer Tower Defense Game SushiChop

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  • Nick Bruty

  • Rich Sun

Co-Founders


  • Gunpowder

    • Published by Microsoft, for Windows 8 and RT

    • Physics Puzzle Game

  • Infected

    • Published by GluGames, for iOS and Android

    • Multiplayer Tower Defense Game

  • SushiChop

    • Self-Published, for iOS, Android, Mac, PC, Nook, Amazon Fire, Windows 8 and RT

    • Slashing Action Game

Studio Portfolio


Gunpowder demo


Developing for Windows 8


  • New Platform – some trickiness, but nothing out of the ordinary for a new platform.

  • Xbox Live – Microsoft Publishing gated

  • RT/.NET Framework – Not Mono

  • Visual Studio – Native/Managed Debugging

Unity 3D for Windows 8


Basic workflow

Unity3D authoring

build

C# and/or C++ managed wrapper code and VS Projects / Solution

build

Appx package or Debug deployment to Windows 8 Modern UI


David, on using MonoDevelop

David, on getting to edit and debug in VS

Visual Studio is the bomb.


  • WACK – vaguely annoying but useful.

  • Store API – debug / release management

  • Unity Windows 8 Startup Time

  • Managed/Native boundary performance

  • 3D Driver Support (external)

  • Surface performance issues (typical ARM stuff)

    • Load times

    • Fullscreenfx

    • Too many Draw calls

    • Complex shaders

    • Excessive Alpha overdraw(?)

  • Tile Updates are tricky

  • Ratings/GDF Files

  • Notable Pitfalls


    • XAML

    XAML splash screen

    Loading video

    Tips and Trickery

    <Storyboard/> and animations

    <MediaElement/>


    • How to communicate from Unity-land to Windows 8 C# land

    • The plugin approach (not covered)

    • Windows 8 side delegate registration

    Unity3D side C#

    Tips and Trickery

    Win8 side C#


    • MS Build and CS Proj hacking

    CODE SAMPLE!!!

    Conditional build steps

    Tips and Trickery


    • Powershell is your friend

    • Msbuild is very powerful, a bit underdocumented

    • How to build from commandline, from a powershell script example:

    • Commandline building w/ msbuild

    Tips and Trickery


    • Once framework in place, porting/making a new Win8 game is pretty easy

    • Released March 24

    • Added PubCenter ad units

    • Lifetime Unique Users:

      • SushiChop Android: 2,117,120

      • SushiChopiOS: 2,800,718

      • SushiChop Win8: 6,544

    SushiChop


    SushiChop Demo


    Thank You!

    Questions? rsun @ roguerocketgames.com


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