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LightSwitch for Games Part 1: Introduction to Building your Game Data Network with LightSwitch

March 19, 2013 6 comments

NOTE: Although this series is aimed at small game developers, it is equally applicable to anyone wishing to learn how to use LightSwitch.

Most modern video games have an online component nowadays. For games with online leaderboards, stats tracking, world-viewable awards and achievements, online virtual currency and distributed non-real-time turn-based games (for a very simple example, play-by-mail chess), a server is required with a database to store the information, and some way of retrieving and updating the data in a secure manner.

A typical and traditional way to achieve this is by using PHP and MySQL: you merely create tables in the MySQL database for the information required, and provide a series of PHP scripts or endpoints which can be passed data via HTTP GET queries (standard browser URLs with no additional data except that in the query string), and return the results – typically either the requested data, or a flag indicating whether the data was updated successfully or not. Your game code calls these endpoints as required to query and update the server-side data. Read more…

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Installing Simple2D and Compiling your first application

May 21, 2012 34 comments

Simple2D is my graphics library for students and beginners looking to experiment with drawing 2D graphics in C++ in the simplest possible way. It is based on the Direct2D API but removes almost all of the complexity. This article contains instructions on installing the software and all of the extras it requires, and shows how to compile your first program using Simple2D.

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