Mono a C# compiler for linux/unix is becoming very popular. It is being used to develop cross plaform applications for mobile devices. MonoGame is a framework that can be used to make a silverlight xna game and port it to Windows 8/ipad/iphone/android. The power of XNA…. too bad m$ is canning it.

Setup is quick and simple. Start a template import some xnb files then test your build. Once you get the blue screen of life from xna you are ready to rock and roll. From there it is straight xna development. Touch inputs can sometimes be a pain as they are handled a little different from one tech to the next.

Animations go smoother if you put all frames on one large image as opposed to lots of iny single frame images. Touch/mouse/gamepad all need to be explicitly added.  I am very excited to start developing with this.

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