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For those of you that know me offline, you already know most of this story. For those of you that don't, let me catch you up. For the past several months (basically since November 2007), I have been pulling double duty as Daddy and Mommy and living a life filled with more than a tad of stress and worry. You see my wife was pregnant with our fourth boy and was put on bed rest around that time. That's typically done with pregnant women when there's a risk and danger of the baby being delivered too early (that's a bad thing). With three young children running around the house, my life was pretty chaotic and busy. Trying to take care of Wifey, taking care of the kids, taking care of the housework and trying to keep up with everything XNA was becoming quite the chore. On top of all that my role at work had changed as well and I was learning how to adjust to that. It was a busy time. Thankfully, we have a great network of family and friends though so it wasn't completely overwhelming (thanks everyone!).

Once we finally got into the safe zone for it being ok to deliver, that was almost more nerve wracking because after waiting so long, we just wanted the baby to finally BE HERE NOW! Well, during GDC something special happened. Microsoft made some HUGE announcements regarding XNA. These announcements were SO exciting, that they got the the little guy super excited and on Saturday, February 23rd, Tennyson Wehland Clingerman burst into the world and started working on his game.

 

babygeek-01Tennyson (affectionately referred to as the Professor) first start getting caught up on the XNA 2.0 framework. He wants to be ready because now that Microsoft has announced there will be an avenue for community submitted games to be delivered via the XBox360 he's got to start on his game right away. He wants to make sure that it's ready and polished by the time the beta program for community submitted games starts. He found this article on Gamasutra particularly interesting and can't wait for this program to become a reality.

It's going to be interesting to see how this program works out and see just what kind of ideas spring up from the community now that there's an avenue like this to showcase their hard work and creative genius.

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Next, he wanted to really get a close and start forming a bonding relationship with his Zune. Once he heard that he can use the XNA framework to make games for the Zune, he's gotten really attached and keeps staring at it just imagine the games he might make for it. He's really excited too because he's always loved 2D games (just like his daddy) and he's looking forward to seeing that genre get popular as the community begins creating games for the Zune. I would like to get my Zune back from him at some point, but I guess I need to learn to share a little bit.

babygeek-02Well, after getting caught up on everything XNA, reading blogs, reading posts in the forums and doing some small game samples. Poor little Tennyson was all tuckered out. So he did what every good little game developer does during the day, he took a quick little nap with his favorite blanket. In this case it's a T-Shirt of his XNA game developer inspiration James Silva, the creator of the Dishwasher (I want my shirt back at some point Tennyson, that was *MY* favorite shirt before you took it from me!).

If you haven't heard of the Dishwasher I highly recommend you start reading up on this game and it's up and coming game developer. He was the winner of the first Dream Build Play competition and was awarded an XBox Live Arcade publishing contract from Microsoft. Keep your eye out because you'll be able to buy his game soon. I can't wait! And while Tennyson can cuddle with the T-Shirt and be inspired by James, it's going to be a while before I let him play the Dishwasher, it's a daddy only game until he can drive.

 

Now that The Professor is taking a nap, I think it's time for me to head on over to the Community Games trial Microsoft has going on. You can download several community created XNA games and get a sample of what it will be like to download and play games submitted by the community. You'll need to hurry though because the samples will only be available for a short time.

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Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 11:48 AM XNA Development , XNA | Back to top


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Congratulations on the 'The professor' lets hope he becomes a better programmer than you :D

Hope to see more interesting posts from you now!
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Congratulations George!

Looks like quite a kid you got there. Has he checked out http://www.microsoft.com/careers/ yet? :-)
Left by Shawn Hargreaves on Feb 27, 2008 9:51 AM

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Congratulations! :)
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Congratulations! Check out www.blazblue.com!
Left by Jonathan Paullin on Feb 27, 2008 8:32 PM

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Big congrats! At that pace he'll be sure to get his first MVP nod when you get re-upped next year! :D
Left by Jim Perry on Feb 28, 2008 12:41 PM

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Congrats man!
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