ArmoredBlitz, a first person tank shooter and a real-time strategy game all in one, was selected as one of the five winners of the Silicon Minds contest. Its creator, Jacob Liechty is a freshman at Purdue University studying Computer Science. Jacob also devotes much of his time apart from his studies to video game and graphical programming, spending the month leading up to contest deadline creating ArmoredBlitz and its assets from the ground up using XNA and C#.
I called Jacob to deliver the good news on Sunday, February 3rd. He was very happy, and so was I. Rise. Then I spoke the obligatory words of caution: we needed to check eligibility. Eligibility? Yes, things like making sure that the contestant resides in an eligible country - the US is eligible, so no problem here - and that no close family member works for Microsoft. Panic. You mean, like my brother? What do you mean your brother? My brother, Adam Liechty is a developer at Microsoft! Demise.
Well... you could... fire my brother? Just kidding, I'll try not to stress out :)
Dura lex sed lex. The Law is hard, but (hey) it's the law. There is no way on earth the fact that Adam works for Microsoft could have given Jacob an advantage. Yet, just to make sure there is not the shadow of a doubt, the rules need to be this hard.
So we're putting this blog post together to honour Jacob's efforts, and the fact that it was the Law that killed his game. We are researchers: we loved it and had selected it as a winner.
Joaquin Quiñonero Candela, Microsoft Research Cambridge
Here is a photo of Jacob:
And here are some links:
· Silicon Minds contest: www.dreambuildplay.com
· YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Io6gBC8lnw4