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    @Marscaleb - I'm not sure what your timeframe is for development, but we made an announcement about the next version of our 2D engine yesterday: [url="http://www.garagegames.com/community/blogs/view/22062"]Torque 2D MIT[/url]. In addition to the massive amount of improvements we've made since you used it, the entire engine will be available under the MIT license. That means free, with no restrictions. I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have about it.
  2. [quote][color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, verdana, tahoma, sans-serif][size=3][left]You send a single HTTP request to the server with your information as the query parameters. Then the web page returned is text containing the data your app needs.[/left][/size][/font][/color][/quote] I second this if you are looking to avoid GameCenter. That's probably my first inclination if I were to approach this. If you want overkill or you're just looking for more options, there's always RakNet or OpenTNL. Slightly off-topic, GameCenter will be expanding to "another platform." OS X Mountain Lion is going to have GameCenter support, which means it's a possibility for an iPad user to play a game with someone on their Mac. Not the same as a social or web experience like Facebook, but interesting none the less.
  3. Though a few days old, I thought I would post here with some relevant knowledge about Full Sail. Who knows, others my search the forum and find this topic useful if they have more questions. frob more or less stated a key part: [quote]But since you said you wanted to go to Full Sail for their design program (which is actually a programming trade degree), that would be a different track than an arts path.[/quote] I graduated from Full Sail, back when it was "Real World Education" and not "Full Sail University". A lot of people enrolled when the program was still called "Game Design & Development". The name has since changed to reflect what is more accurate. While a couple of courses dabble in design, the core focus of the courses was programming. While new classes and programs have been introduced, like an online masters in game production, I still believe the programming degree is the most worthwhile. I did not know how to write code before I enrolled. To this day, after graduation, I stand by these three statements as a strong opinions: 1. It is no doubt expensive. In fact, probably more so than what is offered. 2. I do not regret going. Had I not gone, I would not have reached the base knowledge and contacts I used to get where I am at today. 3. Put in more than is expected. Even if you are taking classes on a topic, study other topics outside of the course. They did not teach C# when I was attending, so I started learning it myself. This is usually true of any higher education path. Furthermore, it's not just what you learn. You really have to put yourself out there and make solid contacts. Again, sorry if I rezzed a thread after 4 days of silence. Just hope this insider perspective is of some help. I checked out the forum FAQs that frob posted and highly recommend you take the advice. Very solid information there.