Call me crazy, call me stupid. I’m preparing a project where I will simulate the possible behaviour of the Steam database as an ASP.NET MVC solution. My goal is to prove that it could be possible to have a database as large as the Steam database with a similar payload and still have an adequate community API which doesn’t sacrifice flexibility, comfort and data delivery for performance savings. I understand this project more than a prototype for the Steam Community API and therefore will focus completely on a redesigned web service interface and its according data layer.

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I tried to install XNA recently on my new Windows 8 notebook to continue some old work and run immediately into problems. So what exactly did not work? When trying to install the Windows Phone dev tools where XNA is part of the installation fails. The issue is discussed in detail here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/astebner/archive/2012/02/29/10274694.aspx

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Indie is in. More than ever. It’s chick, just because it’s different. the most amazing genre, the most interesting people. Here are some of in my opinion greatest indie titles. Games that had more content, gameplay and depth than AAA titles, games that made me destroy one controller, two keyboards, one mouse and a ruler. Back to the toplist. This isn’t a real toplist since I wont’t give a rank or rating. All of the below games are awesome in their own way.
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I use Subversion as a versioning system for all my projects, no matter if web application, game, phone app. It works great and has everything I need and much more. I personally use the AnkhSVN plugin for Visual Studio integration. It’s a great plugin and the only thing I can Name as a contra is that you Need additional merge and diff tools. But thats all. You can specify nearly every popular merge and diff tool in the options menu of Visual Studio, so don’t worry about that. I’m usually a friend of complete solutions so I was looking for more alternatives which would be more complete than AnkhSVN but couldn’t find one with that good VS integration.

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