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Windows 8 Game Development JumpStart

Thinking about creating games, or already started and interested in learning about the new Windows 8 and Windows Store opportunity? Then join us for this Windows 8 Game Development JumpStart!

This JumpStart is a free, full day of instruction, with sessions that guide you from introductory to intermediate topics as the day unfolds. Throughout the day, we'll show you around Windows 8 development with a focus on game development, which is one of the largest areas of opportunity for app developers.

We'll cover core Windows 8 concepts and features for your games, game development concepts, and guidance on building and deploying your games. The day will also include looks at various cross-platform tools & frameworks (e.g. Construct 2, Game Maker, CreateJS, et al.) for app and game development that can help you get started quickly or bring games to Windows 8 from other platforms.


  • 9:00 – Welcome to the JumpStart
  • 9:15 – Windows 8 Platform & Features for Games
  • 10:30 – Break: Plan to unlock achievements
  • 10:45 – Getting Started Developing Games
  • 12:00 – Lunch: Refuel & Power Up
  • 12:45 – Review of Game Development Tools & Frameworks
  • 2:00 – Break: Prepare your laser focus
  • 2:15 – More GameDev Tools & Frameworks
  • 3:30 – Conclusion: Wrap up and proceed to the next level

Who Should Attend

No specific experience is necessary, and we encourage developers familiar with creating apps for other platforms to join in and learn about cross-platform options for bringing games to Windows 8.

Whether you're new to Windows 8, game development, or both, you'll leave with a practical understanding of Windows 8 features and development, a head filled with new app ideas, and the knowledge you’ll need to get in the game quickly!

Finding the JumpStart

The event will be at Microsoft New England Research & Development (NERD).  Directions and details on parking.  We'll be in the conference center on the 1st floor.

What to Bring

If you'd like to follow along and try the various tools, bring a laptop.  Ideally with Windows 8, but Windows 7 will let you run some of the tools, though you won't be able to publish to the Windows Store without Windows 8.

See you at the JumpStart!

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