X07: WarPong built by 10th grader on XNA

By Dan Zuccarelli . August 29, 2007 . 11:11am

Most of you may not know it, but on top of writing for Siliconera I also run thebbps.com. We had a few writers attend the Microsoft X07 expo in Canada and while there weren't any huge announcements, a few fun things popped up that I wanted to share.



First up is the XNA game called "WarPong" that was completely developed by a 10th grader. It's pong… with guns. And from what I've been told it's darn fun.


WarPong is exactly what it sounds like, and that’s a very good thing. Think Pong, but armed to the teeth. In addition to bouncing the ball back and forth a la Tennis for Two, your paddle is weaponed up and ready to dispose of the opposing paddle as best it can. Power-ups cause the size of the paddles and their weapons to grow, providing a surprisingly fresh experience for a title that until now had been done to death.


As a testament for the simplicity of XNA the game was also developed to be cross-platform, and is "Games for Windows" ready. Not to shabby for a high school kid. Here's a little taste of the action, though be warned the quality isn't what you'd call "good"


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  • http://www.zoglog.com zoglog

    10th Grader = high school sophomore

    I’m pretty sure we stop using the grade designations once they reach high school, even if it is an attempt to make them seem younger.

  • http://thebbps.com Jim Squires

    Actually, up here in Canada we don’t say things like “sophmore” or “freshman.” It’s all Grade 9, 10, 11, and 12 to us. :)

  • Aoshi00

    I think here in the US I still hear 9th grader/10th grader being used everyday, that’s how kids announce themselves anyway. like people ask what grade are you in, you say “12th” rather than what year in high school.

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