Game Panel Discussion

Microsoft @ UConn Stamford DMD

UConn Stamford Digital Media & Design Program presents:

Microsoft – Game Design & Development
Panel Discussion
April 9th, 2015

Prospective students, applicants, or current majors in the DMD program, are invited to attend our Digital Media Career Series at UConn Stamford. Learn from industry professionals about the digital media careers and internship opportunities that exist right here in the New York metropolitan tri-state area.  We encourage you to follow us on Facebook, which will allow you to see other event announcements and UConn Stamford DMD happening.

To attend this event, you must RSVP to Katie Huntington ( and include ‘DMD Stamford Digital Media Career Series’ in the title of the email.

Make sure to mark your calendars for this exciting event!


Want to learn more about careers in Game Design and Development?

Join the UConn Stamford Digital Media and Design program on April 9th as they host Microsoft, and a number of game developers for an info session on careers in game design and development. If you’re interested in working as an independent game developer, a designer at a company like Microsoft Studios, or how games are being utilized in the world of business, you should consider attending this event.

This event will be in a panel discussion format, including the following individuals:

MODERATOR: Joshua Drew, Microsoft – Sr. Technical Evangelist New England

  • Jason Walters, Microsoft
  • Adnan Agha, Nevernaut Games
  • Vivian Allum, Nevernaut Games
  • Brian Johnstone, Darkwind Media

Jason Walters is a game developer and creative coder, living in NYC, whose work ranges from full body interactions to immersive virtual worlds. He uses code as a tool of artistic expression and enjoys working at the intersection of art and technology. He is self-taught and experienced in a variety of languages, open source technologies, game engines, and design tools (2d and 3d). Jason has worked with emerging artists, boutique studios, and most recently the advertising industry where he was hired as the second Creative Technologist at BBDO. At BBDO he helped shape the Creative Technology department, specialized in rapid prototyping, and gave interactive creative direction on projects for At&t, Exxon, GE, FedEx, and more. He is currently working at Microsoft in NYC as a Games Evangelist. To learn more, please click HERE.

Adnan Agha is the designer and programmer at Nevernaut Games. Having worked on SlashDash since its initial conception, he’s witnessed and been a huge part of its evolution over the last two years. He works on everything from fine-tuning the movement to dealing with cloud storage on the Xbox One. He has a one-eyed cat named Cow.

Vivian Allum is a programmer at Nevernaut Games. She has a computer science and game design background and utilizes both in her work. Vivian has also been a part of the SlashDash project from the start when it was still a school project. She works in all areas, from bug fixing to adding in more features,including programming in artistic assets and dealing with cleaning up code.

Brian Johnstone graduated in 2008 from Rochester Institute of Technology with a BS in Software Engineering. Darkwind Media was founded in 2007 with 3 other RIT students. Johntone started a graduate degree while the company grew and by 2009 it was his full time job. Darkwind Media started doing non-game visualization contracts before eventually doing some contracting for NVIDIA.  After that, they began contracting for Unity Technologies and in 3 years ported their engine to 6 platforms and ported over 100 game titles. Darkwind has worked on many excellent games including Kona’s Crate, Skylanders: Cloud Patrol, Deus Ex: The Fall, and Republique. Currently Johnsone is focused on their upcoming premier 2D Roman decapitation simulator called Wulverblade.

Announcing Best App a Month Contest – Hartford

Best App a Month

I am pleased to announce a new contest we are running from April to June 2014 that might be of interest to some of you working on your Windows 8  apps. It’s called Microsoft’s Best App a Month Contest or BAM!.

We want to find and showcase cool and innovative apps and games on the Windows 8 platform. Have you created something recently we should know about and have attended one Studio Time that month? Do you have an idea for a cool Windows 8 app or game and you’re just getting started? If so, enter your app / game into the Best App A Month Contest, where you could win a new Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet.

Dell Venue Pro







Read more “Announcing Best App a Month Contest – Hartford”

Day of Unity

Day of Unity

Free, hands-on developer workshop | Register today

Join Microsoft and Unity for a free “Day of Unity” at your local Microsoft office. This fun event is ideal for both beginners and advanced builders, so don’t miss your chance to learn about Unity and the Windows platform. We’ll also have some awesome prize giveaways and will keep you fueled with free food and beverages.

Read more “Day of Unity”

Microsoft Store at Westfarms Mall in Connecticut

Microsoft Store @ Westfarms

The celebration kicked off on Thursday February 27th with a reception at the newest Microsoft Store in Connecticut. It is located at the Westfarms Mall in the upper level near Macy’s and Center Court. The store looks great! The product displays are excellent. The staff is friendly and excited to help.

While this event was invite only, local businesses had the chance to walk around the store. Look at and demo products. Speak with the knowlegdable staff. And most of all have a great time. Read more “Microsoft Store at Westfarms Mall in Connecticut”

Is Your Windows Device Ready for the Super Bowl?

This years Super Bowl (or should I call it the “Big Game”) has a few interesting plot lines. Will Peyton Manning quiet the critics by winning the game with the most explosive offense we have seen since the Brady Bunch back in the 2007 season?

peyton manning


Will Richard Sherman live up to the “best cornerback in the game” quotes (or you should I say rant)?


Will New York and New Jersey be able to host a cold weather game?

Will there be any commercials worth talking about on Monday?

Once we get past the plot lines we can focus on the real things that matter…the food and beer at the party.

While you bring chips, wings, ribs, beer, drinks, I will be bringing the apps to my Super Bowl party. Not apps as in appetizers but apps in Windows apps for tablets and phones.

Here is my list.

Windows Phone Apps that are Super Bowl worthy.

  1. Nokia Camera – You need to have the Lumia Amber update but is a great app to maximize your devices hardware. Great for the pre-game pics as well as some embarassing moments.
  2. 6tag – After I take those pics I can use 6tag to show them off on my Instagram feed. #Hashtag away!
  3. Untappd – While you are sitting there and drinking some craft brew, “check-in” and follow your brewery with this great app.
  4. Touchdown Run – During the halftime special or some local commercials, check out this game. Simple yet addicting.
  5. Waterville Resort – Since my beloved Patriots are not in this years game and I dont have a team to root for I will be investigating some great ski resorts to spend my Sundays at.

Windows 8 Apps that will get everyone talking.

  1. Sports Memory Match – This is a fun game to keep the excitement going of the BIG GAME. Take a break and play this one for a bit.
  2. WTD in Seattle – If all this Richard Sherman talk got you motivated to take a trip to the left coast and check out Seattle, what better app to download and see whats happening out there.
  3. Are We There Yet – Since this will be the last weekend most of us will be glued to a TV set watching Football, our family gets us back. What a perfect time to start thinking about trips and travel.
  4. Take Me Out to the Ballgame – And speaking of travel and no more Football, we can start looking towards Baseball. This app helps you get there with ease.
  5. Cholesterol! How Much – Since we just chowed down a ton of food and beer for the past Football season, we can now start getting back in shape. First lets see how healthy we are with this app.

Good luck!

3 Windows Store Games to Check Out from Small Dev Shops

We all know about the LARGE development shops that create the popular games. At some point in time the makers of Angry Birds (Rovio) were small. I am not saying any of these games will be the next Angry Birds on the Windows platform, but, they are entertaining and worth checking out.

Zombie Pop

Zombie Pop

Fight back the unthinking, undead hordes with your zombie-swapping, color-matching prowess. In this fun twist on classic match-three games, the jewels are zombies who must be stopped. Slow the creeping menace by tapping crowds of three or more zombies of the same color, and watch them collapse, even as more join them. Can you stem the tide, or will you succumb to the zombie invasion

Zombie Lines

Zombie Lines

How long would you last during a zombie apocalypse? Take the test with this new kind of zombie game and find out. Clear rows of advancing undead with a unique matching system. Group sets of three or more matching zombies to kill them (again) and fight back. Compare your score with friends to decide who is most likely to survive when the dead walk the Earth!

Junk Rocket

Junk Rocket

Aliens have destroyed all of the best and brightest in the world, and now it’s up to one brave soul and his crew of poorly trained technicians to mount a desperate counterattack. Use your junk cannons to prepare your ship for the ravages of space, and then navigate your way to the alien overlord for a thrilling showdown!