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The Windows 8 Game Dev Fest

Games. You know you want to write them and seek fame & glory, so give yourself an excuse to jump in by joining in the Windows 8 Game Dev Fest.

**This just in! John Pile at Champlain College has 16 laptops ready to go with Windows 8 for attendees!**

The launch of Windows 8 is right around the corner (October 26th!), and there’s a big opportunity for games in the Windows Store. You can make games in ways you might expect (C#, VB, C++, XAML, DirectX), but HTML5 and JavaScript can now be used as well, and other tools and frameworks are available to make things easy.

We’ll kick things off with a tour around game development for Windows 8, looking at the various options. Then, it’s all about hands-on coding. Join up with others to form a team or bravely run as solo game dev champion. Near the end of the Fest you can demo your game (in whatever state of readiness it’s in) and have a chance to earn prizes for your coding, design, and creative prowess!

NEED WINDOWS 8 FOR THIS EVENT?? Here's a link to downloading an evaluation copy. Look for a link on that page that says how to run Win8 in a virtual environment if you aren't ready to commit your laptop to Win8 yet)

This *fest* will be led by Chris Bowen, Principal Technical Evangelist at Microsoft, focused on Windows 8. Chris is a fantastic presenter, teacher and all around awesome guy. We're always thrilled to have him and his equally awesome cohorts come visit Vermont. Chris tweets at @ChrisBowen and blogs at

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  • Mark H.

    Absolutely great. I learned how to avoid several of the obstacles that were keeping me away
    from game design!

    September 27, 2012

  • Julie L.

    22 signed up via Meetup but in fact, I heard that there were 50-60 at the event! Fantastico!

    September 23, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yeah it was a great turn out. I'll post photos as soon as I have them.

      September 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great turn out. We'll try to get more laptops setup next time! Perhaps food and drink next time as well.

    September 22, 2012

  • Mike J

    Lots of great creativity.

    September 21, 2012

  • Mike J

    I don't have Win8 on my laptop yet. Can I still participate with Win7?

    September 12, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Chris, What version of VS 2012 should I install in my windows 8 laptop? Thanks,

      September 17, 2012

    • Mike J

      thanks for the eval link. Looks like VS Express can create Windows Store apps. I also have access to Ultimate - but already activated a lic on my corp PC.

      September 19, 2012

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