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  1. XNA 5

    Please continue to work on XNA. It's a great way for indie game developers like myself to make games and give them to the world. XNA gave us the ability to put our games, easily, on the most popular platforms, and to just dump XNA would be therefor heartbreaking... I implore you to keep working on XNA so we C# developers can still make amazing games!

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      220 comments  ·  Games  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Provide us with a project type that officially supports the development of VGA-heavy applications from managed code

      With the official announcement: “XNA Game Studio will not support Metro style apps” XNA has been marked as a legacy platform.

      Please provide us with a replacement that:
      -Fully satisfies .NET library design guidelines.
      -Allows direct access to the VGA.
      -Implements most strong points of XNA and learns from its mistakes.
      -Has a feature set that is ON PAIR with DirectX 11.1 and stays UP TO DATE with future DirectX releases, at least ones that are accessible on WinRT.
      -Enables developers to make applications capable of running on WinRT, Classic Desktop (at least on Windows 8), and at least on…

      359 votes
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        16 comments  ·  Games  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • C++: Windows Phone Development

        Allow C++ development in Windows phone, to the level of making it possible to use memory display of data to optimize cache accesses.

        58 votes
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          1 comment  ·  Games  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Better XNA-Support and more samples

          The phone-development tools were great, no question about it. But they seem always as a plugin, that doesn't really belong to VS. For testing on phone, you have to dig out the deployment tool out of the deepth of your file system... why is there no special VS-Environment, when working on a XNA-Project? Making the UI dark (look at premiere), so you can see immediately, which type of project you're working on. This coloring of the UI, depending on the project-type would be great... or it is possible right now and I'm too dumb, to find it out.

          Shot: Better…

          50 votes
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            3 comments  ·  Games  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Make XNA open source

            XNA is an incredible framework. It gave a lot to game developers. Don't bury it please. It's not too late. Open the sources!

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              1 comment  ·  Games  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • support opengl es 2.0 in winphone 8 and later

              Both IOS and Android support opengl es 2.0, hope Windows Phone 8 and later will support opengl es 2.0, so we can reuse the source code!!!

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                3 comments  ·  Games  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Kodu

                Publish a .NET Kodu API for 3rd party extensions written in C#/VB:
                - figures
                - physics engine
                - algorithms of all kind.

                This should enable us to develop all kinds of 3D figures as well as strategy games.

                Kodu is an excellent environment to teach the ideas of programming. However the smooth path to VS/.NET coding which would be attractive to students is missing.

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                  0 comments  ·  Games  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 13 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Games  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Intergrate DirectX SDK. So we can directly get started with making games. Without having to put them in ourselves.

                    It would be nice if you guys would intergrate the DirectX SDK so we won't have to define libs and stuff. And a DirectX Template would be cool, and handy for beginners who would like to make games with DirectX.

                    11 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Games  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • VB powered for Games Developing

                      I know that XNA is very very useful, but... why could not be released a XNA version for vb.net? Not all the windows community program in C# or C++... In my opinion that could be a useful program...

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                        1 comment  ·  Games  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • GPU Developing

                        Add full feature of GPU Editor on Visual Studio Editor to make developer build efficient work geometrics shape.
                        that can improve games shaders styles with easy steps modifier like ComposserFX and MonkeyShader editor and made existing projects solutions built geometry files to help developer for faster learning of GPU Pixel/Vertex Shaders.

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                          0 comments  ·  Games  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Hardware Accelerated Graphics for C# and Visual Basic.Net

                          There is currently a gap for hardware accelerated graphics support in both C# and Visual Basic.Net. With no more support for XNA(full support was never even given in Visual Basic.Net) and the latest version of DirectX not supported in C# and Visual Basic.Net we are left with outdated or unmanaged solutions that provide hardware accelerated graphics operations.

                          How are developers expected to create advanced games in C# or Visual Basic.Net without proper support? This is unacceptable and should be addressed immediately.

                          I propose that, since Microsoft has taken a stance to no longer support XNA, to allow programmers to develop…

                          3 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Games  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Directx Initialization and use on Xbox one with C++

                            I believe we could make Directx initialization(Direct3d etc) easier, is not that much time is spent on Initialization but it would really speed things up if we could just create an instance of a Direct3d device and change its properties as desired afterwards and start rendering something on the screen. the simpler the better. Most of the properties whenever possible could be set through enums, this could be an additional set of classes that you could provide with each Directx version, so we always keep things simple from the very start.

                            Also aside from all this, we should be given…

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                              0 comments  ·  Games  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add Functionality to display Normals in Model Viewer

                              For the model Viewer it would be helpful to be able to display (/Add/Calculate) Normals (face vertex, etc)..

                              this will assist in simple debugging

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                                0 comments  ·  Games  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Xbox Hardware, Software, Cablebox Ecosystem

                                Perhaps Micrsoft can repeat history by creating another ecosystem stategy with the Xbox. Microsoft could allow hardware vendors to manufacture Xboxes and allow software developers to develop software Apps for the Xbox in addition to games. Many huge firms created by becoming PC builders and software firms. Perhaps, they could repeat this by working with cable TV vendors, wireless, dish providers to allow people to buy their own Xbox cable boxes instead of renting an old slow cable box that can't do anything well. Allow the cable companies to buy and rent out the Xbox cable boxes, but also allow…

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                                  5 comments  ·  Games  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • I have a game of "up the toothbrush down the lolly" (snakes and ladders) that like for the internet and mobiles. any help.

                                  The SupertoothNDK project needs a internet and mobile phone presence to end decay the most common global disease that almost affects every one at some time in life.
                                  "up the toothbrush down the lolly" (snakes and ladders) is one project we would like to develop but none of our volunteers have the skills.
                                  Can anyone help?

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                                  • Microsoft Solitaire Collection/Freecell

                                    Freecell in Win 8 has been visually updated, but is poor in operation. Why do the cards complete a game so slowly as to add up to 6 seconds to a players time. While it is an excellent idea to time games, it becomes meaningless when some operations are too slow.
                                    This includes card movement by sliding & click/move is unstable is selection or new placement.
                                    Developers, please reintroduce the speed elements used in Win 7.

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