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Learning Windows 8 Game Development by Michael Quandt

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Live tiles

Live tiles are a unique feature of the Windows platform. They allow developers to include information in the "icon" of the application. A great example would be an e-mail count indicator or a summary of the weather for the day. These tiles can update in the background even if the application is not running and provide a rich out of app experience.

Games can take advantage of this feature in any way they want, and some examples include showing a screenshot of a great achievement in the game, or showing the highest score the player has achieved. We will be using the live tile system to display the latest score of the player, and update it when the game ends. This way, players can show off their scores to their friends in person, and see ...

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