This Fall I’m starting to get back into skinning. For the past 8 months or so, I’ve been the interim Project Manager on Elemental: War of Magic to get that game ready for release – which I failed spectacularly at. Sometimes, the answer is not to “work harder”. But I digress.
The problem I’m seeing with skinning is business vs. passion. That is, Windows XP users still represent a near majority of the people using our skinning programs. The problem is, Windows XP is dead as a technology base. I don’t want to even support it any longer. I want us to make cutting edge technology using WPF and Silverlight and other things that can show what is possible.
A lot of the new Windows technologies have been under used which is a real shame because there’s some great stuff there.
My main worry right now is that WPF is not being well supported by Microsoft and I don’t want us to get into a tech that Microsoft is going to abandon (GDI+, cough cough).
See http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/09/13/microsoft_defends_silverlight/ for my concerns.