The applications background music overlaps the users selected music

To solve this issue this was the approach that I took. I added code in the constructor for the game to call the guide and ask a what music he wants. There is a boolean to control which sound is played.

if (askForMusic && !MediaPlayer.GameHasControl)
               if (!Guide.IsVisible)
                   Guide.BeginShowMessageBox(“Select Music Of Choice”, “Do you want to play the game music”,

                   new List<string> { “Yes”, “No” }, 0, MessageBoxIcon.Alert,

                   asyncResult =>

                       int? returned = Guide.EndShowMessageBox(asyncResult);
                       if (returned == 0)
                           playMusic = true;
                   }, null);
               askForMusic = false;

12 Hours of my life building a video game

Alright here goes my Story last saturday I took the challenge of building a video game in 12 hours started at 1:30 worked till 12:30 which was 11th hours but it was a ton of fun. Below are my email reports to my friends while this was going on. Btw this started with a conversation in  a bar like most things worth doing.

Note: Info on white is my reports to my friends
Info on blue is my thoughts narrated.
Red is the time for the next status


At 1:00 I was like I need to find out what I’m capable of doing in 12 hours lately i‘ve not been forcing myself at all. At 1:32 I’m going to use Expression Design and Xna let me start drawing and see what I want to make the game about. Hmm Gnomes sounds like a good idea.

Time 2:10

Like I said yesterday I’m going to try an attempt to make a game today so that I can feel a bit less useless in life. So far this is what I got:


Get Off My Lawn!


They are Gnomes in Your lawn you need to toss them out for points. Some of them give more points depending on their hat colors.

Building on C# for the windows 7 phone.

Time started:

1:37 PM


1:37 AM

What I got currently:

I drew the Gnome:


Next Task:

Make the loading screen And make the board

Next Report at 3:00

After sending the report is well I’m committed at this point if I don’t do it everyone is going to laugh at me what is the game going to be about hmm maybe whack a mole clone. I’m going to keep drawing so I can get a better idea.

Time 3:02

What Got Accomplished in the last Hour:

-Created the gnome as an asset

-Decided on the title used Cute blonde friend suggestion

-Created the starting screen

-All the art assets for the board.

P.S. this is the last msg with a ton of images.

The images are attached.

Next Task:

-Create Project In Visual Studio and follow a scene pattern to make the 3 scenes and load all the Assets

Next Report at 4:30

Seems like drawing took a ton of time I’m also going to need to get something to eat this kinda sucks I already sinked in 2:00 hours. I’m going to keep going and see where does it goes.

Time 4:33

What Got Accomplished in the last Hour:

-Created the scene pattern for the project

-Made Starting screen

-Got interrupted by the SLk test team

-Realized I need to make some library to handle the touch controls for my app

The images are attached.

Next Task:

-Working on the touch input library for the application and the actual game screen.


Next Report at 6:00

The progress in the last block off time was pretty incredible at this point im fully into this note I have still not gotten any food so I was starving but wanted to keep going and see if I was really finishing this.

Time 6:07

What Got Accomplished in the last Hour:

-Got the Game screen done(Looks kinda Icky I think im deleting the border

-Selected the music for the game

-Created library for swipes

Next Task:

-Working on classes to handle the apparition of gnomes in the scene.


Next Report at 8:00

I decided that it was worth paying 25 dollars and buy the music. Took a break from the coding which at this point I was sure that I could finish the game functional even if it would need a ton of polish and that became the goal something. Got a visit from a friend and I was explaining to him what I was doing an in my mind I was like he must think I’m crazy. But to myself I was thinking this is awesome I haven’t this into something in a long time.

Time 8:13

From: Sexy Redhead

Can I be the end boss?

Maybe  But you would need to draw Yourself

What Got Accomplished in the last two Hours:

-The gnomes dance now and got a score board

Next Task:

-Making so u can actually kick the gnomes off the lawn

-Adding dying animations.

-Figure out if I want to pay $25 for music or make my own.

Next Report at 10:00

I had a score system and you could loose but could not actually play I started feeling tired and wanted to go home got up for a bit and decided on some cookies and some milk after all I haven’t had any food so far.

Time 10:11

What Got Accomplished in the last two Hours:

-Got the end screen working

-Finished the Swipe controls

Next Task:

-Making so u can actually kick the gnomes off the lawn ( Got bugs in here)

-Adding dying animations. (This is sorta working)

-Figure out if I want to pay $25 for music or make my own. (I’m probably going to buy them)

Only missing the ability to play the game properly it felt like a monumental task at this point but it was the only thing missing also in my mind I was so undecided about the music this game was just me testing myself why would I spent some money on it ?

Next Report at 12:00

Time 12:13

What Got Accomplished in the last two Hours:

– Finished the Gameplay WOOT Everything works

– Bought the music

Next Task:

-Missing adding the music and the gnome screaming sound when they die.

-Eta to finish 30 mins 😀

Next Report When I’m Done with screenshots 😀

Bought the music from It feels like done I tweaked the little things like the music and decided to make a video to show it out also a reddit post. So late and I just want to go home.

Time 12:44

It’s done The game works

Attached is the video in case anyone is interested in seeing it

Woot Heading home.

Completed the mission. Decide to do a video so the gameplay could be seen that took me 30 more mins but I was done and immense sense of satisafction while I headed to the car Open-mouthed smile