An Interview with WP7 Game Developer Jeff Weber

1)Have you developed Apps for any other platforms before? If Yes What are they?

I have developed 4 other web games using Silverlight. Diver, Tire Storm, We Are Bugs, and Diver2Krashlander, the game I’m working on now, is my first game for a mobile phone.

Prior to these games, I’ve developed a bunch of half-finished games and game demos but nothing good enough to release.

2)Why did you choose WP7 as a platform of your choice?

I chose to develop games for WP7 because I’m already very familiar with the development tools and framework.  WP7 supports Silverlight so it’s a natural fit for me.  Plus, I think the IPhone platform is already very saturated while the WP7 platform is just getting started and therefore has less competition when it comes to games.  At least for now.

3)Which one do you think as the single most feature you liked in WP7?

The development framework and tools are easily my favorite "feature" of WP7.  Outside of the tools, I love the metro style interface and the Panorama style UI.

I also like how Microsoft is dictating that all phones follow a certain spec.  This will make development easier as we’ll be able to assume a certain minimum functionality and common interface. 

4)Are you satisfied with WP7 Platform development tools?

Very satisfied.  It’s as though Microsoft made them just for me and my skill set. 

5)What are the Apps you are developing now in WP7?

Currently I’m working on my latest game, Krashlander. It’s a game with a unique set of touch controls in which you ski down large mountains and crash into and destroy robots.

6)In what way Microsoft can improve their WP7 or What does WP7 lacks from?

Personally, I’d love to see a little more integration between the two sets of development tools for the phone, XNA and Silverlight.  Currently you can use either to make apps/games, but in the future I’d love to see them merge a bit.

As for the phone itself?  I have nothing specific I can think of that needs improving.  Possibly once it’s out and I have some time to use it I’ll find some things.

7)Future Plans of you?

I have a long list of game ideas. I plan to keep working through the list.  Making games is what I love to do in my spare time and I plan to keep doing it.

Apart from these questions, Other things you want to share with the community?

Keep an eye of for Krashlander in the WP7 marketplace when it launches.

You can check out my current games and blog at: http://www.farseergames.com/

You can follow me on twitter here: @jeffweber

And you can join the Farseer Games Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/FarseerGames

Thanks Jeff for sharing with us.Expecting more of your Silverlight games in WP7 Platform .

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