// you’re reading...


Academic – X06: GameCamp (Toronto)

Microsoft Logo

Microsoft will be hosting an event, centered around their soon to be released XNA Studio Express. And while I’m not particularly excited about building games for Windows, I do find some appeal in console gaming.

“If building games for the Xbox 360 or Windows gets you excited then you have to be at this event. For the first time, Microsoft will take you through the details of our (soon to be released) XNA Studio Express. If you didn’t already know, anyone can now build interactive, high performance games for Windows or Xbox 360. We’ll take you through an introduction to XNA and XNA Studio Express. Then we’ll equip you with the skills to start building games ranging from simple 2-D to stunning interactive 3-D.”

It would be quite awesome to see Forces or Evasive Maneuvers rendered with Xbox360’s GPU. Simply put, the software and hardware are game centric, and a lot of students first get excited about programming and computer science precisely because of games. Something I would be interested in checking out, and since the event is in Toronto anyways, it is easy for me to attend.

The event will be held on November 11, 2006 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada). Located near the University of Toronto, at 101 College Street, Suite 100 Toronto Ontario. Welcome Time: 9:00 AM.

  • Session 1: XNA Overview
  • Session 2: Developing Arcade Games
  • Session 3: Anatomy of a Commercial Game
  • Session 4: Real-world Development Process
  • Session 5: Graphics Design Deep Dive

Register Online. The Auditorium is not that big (similar event at the University of Waterloo had more people attend), so try to register in advance, and arrive early.

Let me know if you’ll be there,
– Tony

Read more


  1. Posted by zylum | November 7, 2006, 4:32 pm

    I guess they are trying to kill two birds with one stone. I would be very interested in participating in this event but microsoft is also holding the college puzzle challenge on the same day from 12pm to 12am (http://www.collegepuzzlechallenge.com/Default.aspx). I am surprised Waterloo doesn’t participate as UofT, MIT, Stanford and others are participating.

    I guess I’ll attend the first couple of hours and then get back to UofT as I am the team capitan and have to speak to the coordinators to get my team started.

    Tony, maybe next year you can get microsoft to host the even at Waterloo too. It’s really quite fun. Last year the gave away an xbox 360 before it was released.

    P.S. If anyone wants to go with me let me know (compsci.ca PM)

    Reply to comment

  2. Posted by Tony | November 7, 2006, 7:28 pm

    Rather interesting. It says that “the event is organized by Microsoft employees who are alumni of the participating schools”. There are plenty of UW grads at Microsoft (supposedly more than from any other particular University), so I’ll see what can be done.

    I might also stop by College Puzzle Challenge later on in the day, if that would be applicable.

    Reply to comment

  3. Posted by Adam aka Windsurfer | November 10, 2006, 11:08 pm

    Heh, I am already learning C# and it seems neat. Have XNA installed. Similar syntax to Java. Forces will be on the 360 by the summer, I can guarantee that.

    Reply to comment

  4. Posted by CompSci.ca Blog » XNA GameCamp 06 | November 13, 2006, 12:41 am

    [...] Yesterday I went to the Microsoft’s GameCamp 06, a session on programming Xbox360 games with XNA, and I’ve promissed to write about it for those unable to attend. This is it, read on. “This one time at game camp…” (from the free t-shirt) [...]

  5. Posted by Daniel Shapiro | March 26, 2007, 4:47 pm

    I saw that you posted the info from our November GameCamp in Toronto.

    Check out the new GameCamp site http://www.gomental.ca


    Reply to comment

  6. Posted by xbox 360 | March 30, 2007, 4:16 am

    XNA rules, its a really sweet bit of kit for the xbox 360, I cant wait to see the first batch of XNA games released onto the Marketplace!

    Reply to comment

Post a comment

XHTML: You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>