You will be asked for your Microsoft LiveID. If you already have your own Microsoft Live-ID lcgin, you can enter that information. You will need to continue through the next two screen (that say email was sent to your registered address), but this does not happen. Just hit the "Continue" button for each of these screens and a screen will come up with the Registration Key. Copy and paste this into the prompt from C# 2005, and we are in business. If you do not have your own Xbox LiveID, let me know so that I can enter my LiveID on your system and get the software updated.
We want to take time to review some background materials on 3d Concepts in lecture.
In terms of a current topic, there is the recent IEEE Institute
10 March 2009 feature story
Play to Learn
along with the IEEE announcement of sponsoring contest "Can a Video Game Save Earth?"
Devise a Game to Save the Earth The IEEE Committee on Earth Observation has launched a pair of computer-game design contests referred to as the SaveEarthGame. Contestants are asked to create a concept for a computer game using Earth observations that addresses areas such as disaster prevention, energy conservation, and climate control. Entries for the first contest are due 10 April. The second contest starts on 1 May, with entries due 30 June. Submissions should focus on using Earth observation data to forecast and respond to environmental challenges. For more information, visit bmsmail3.ieee.org:80/u/14285/03794724
These international news items from the IEEE professional society demonstrate that game programming is being recognized as a valued activity and that our study of this field in this class helps keep you current in our field of computing.
I hope this helps by helpiing you see the big picture. We need to understand only a few of the details of the 3d concepts that are key to our work with XNA this semester.
Right-handed coordinate system with vertical Y-axis
Parts of a 3d shape
Fully transforming the cube