Sunday, March 27, 2011

A follow-on to "IC Game Design – A Key Tip for Success"

Michael Quandt posted a good tip about entering your WP7 app into Imagine Cup Game Design: basically, don't put your game in the Games Hub! The emulator doesn't include the Games Hub, which means when your .xap file gets deployed to the emulator, your game won't be accessible.

But how to actually fix this? Luckily, it's a simple change: in your project, find the WMAppManifest.xml file and change Genre="Apps.Games" to Genre="Apps.Normal". Now when you deploy your .xap to the emulator, it'll show up in the app list rather than the Games Hub.