Free upgrade to Game Maker 8 for GM5, 6 & 7 users?

on May 15, 2009 - 9475 Views

yyg-gamemakerThe GMC’s grasp of economics is, like their common sense and logical thinking, so often lacking.

The question of whether registered users of Game Maker will get a free upgrade to Game Maker 8 once again reared its head at the GMC and unlike previous postings the topic has remained open.   Mark Overmars previously enabled holders of a Game Maker 5 key a free upgrade to Game Maker 6 and then YoYo Games enabled these users to convert to GM7 free of charge.  Most posters however realised that it makes sense for YoYo to charge for GM8 as there has to be a limit to the free upgrades and as YoYo Games have not received any revenue from people who upgraded version 5 or 6.

Several users mentioned that is a high trafficked website (currently ranked 12,530th most popular in the world at and hence decided that therefore YYG must be making a profit from the advertising placed on the site. This is naive. It has been widely reported that YouTube, ranked third in Alexa, does not make a profit.  YouTube has Google, a multi-billion dollar corporation, to support it.  YoYo Games does not.

Thomas wrote:

1) YYG can once again allow GM users to upgrade for free. This is becoming almost highway robbery. Imagine if Microsoft allowed you to upgrade Windows for free as long as you originally had Windows 98.
2) YYG can charge for the update. They will make a lot of money and many of us will be happy to pay for it. Something along the lines of $20 is a negligible amount, and the proceeds would help make GM better.

before Yourself added:

You forgot the part where a handful of really loud people go totally ape**** because they falsely believed that they’re entitled to an eternity of new features and support because they paid $20 once.

and then true to form one of them came along shortly.

It is quite an interesting decision that must be made by YoYo and I believe they will and should choose to charge for Game Maker 8.

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34 Responses to Free upgrade to Game Maker 8 for GM5, 6 & 7 users?

  1. Michael says:

    This is in my opinion, Gamemaker should sell the program for a 3 day pro version trial then if like, you can buy it for thirty dollars. Instead of repaying every time there is a upgrade, a nominal fee of ten to fifteen dollars could be paid instead.

  2. Corné says:

    I bought Gamemaker 2 times! 30 euro! And never i get a serial The only option is to use a crack. Contact with yoyogames doesnt help

  3. mrsmes says:

    I have both GM6 and GM7 so where is my free upgrade to GM8? can i have it now please?

  4. Old School Gaming says:

    “Please make it free cuz hackers hack it in a matter of days, and there is no point of paying the download when you can download the crack.”

    Yeah, except it’s ILLEGAL, which means you could go to jail or pay a large fee, or both.

    (‘gratz on understanding piracy laws…)

  5. coby114 says:

    when will game maker 8.0 come? and when it comes where can I get it? please help!

  6. tuntis says:

    Ah, you’re just one of those mentally unstable commenters. Don’t worry, I see a lot of people like you – but hey, try not to make yourself look so stupid in public 🙁

  7. Shadowrend says:

    Shut up you idiot(to tuntis)! Look what you do!!! Some crazy shit!!! Hey ppl look at his website…! Conversation ended!

  8. Derme says:

    I would pay for GM every time it upgraded full price because-
    a) Its only $20- $25 now.
    b) Its good enough to MAKE it worth it.

  9. tuntis says:

    Are you serious? Are you honestly this dense? “There’s no point in making commercial software because it’ll be pirated?”

    That’s seriously one of the stupidest comments I’ve read on this blog so far. How is there “no point in paying for it”? Since when is software piracy legal? What if YYG provides some kind of extra functionality for legit GM users? How do you expect them to make any money if they just give away Game Maker for free?

    Somebody should come and take the keyboard away from you, nitwit.

  10. Shadowrend says:

    veeti… you are an idiot. Im just pointing out that there is piracy over GM, and that there is no point if paying for it… I dont want to argue with you… i dont have the time for that… and you dont have the brains…

  11. Pancake says:

    Welcome to the internet.

  12. tuntis says:

    “Please make it free cuz hackers hack it in a matter of days, and there is no point of paying the download when you can download the crack.”

    That must be the reason why commercial software exists. Are you an idiot?

  13. Shadowrend says:

    Philip Gamble :
    someone has come here via the GMC I see…

    Well Mr. Gamble, some people sometimes need help with something. You would need help to lift 10 people, would you?

  14. Shadowrend says:

    Please make it free cuz hackers hack it in a matter of days, and there is no point of paying the download when you can download the crack. … WHAT!!! No im not using it. I have Lite…
    Im missing 25 bucks…

    HE heh

    Need employees for new project go to website forum to find out more.
    You: “Do i get paid?”
    Me: “No there is no pay, only you contribute help for making the game.”
    You:”DO i get something than?”
    Me:”Why of course! I will write you name, nickname whatever in the game credits.”

    PS: Im not insane!
    PSS: Realy!!!
    PSSS: IS there a PSSSS?
    PSSSS: Oh look here it is.
    PSSSSSS: The The proud naval ship S.S ESS ESS!!!
    PSSSSSSS: Cut the c**p, and go to my website!!!
    PSSSSSSSSS: Bye, bye!

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  16. tacopie981 says:

    I am a registered user of GM 7. I’m not sure what they’re going to do. If it was me I would make them pay for the new version, but It’s not and i am pretty poor my self!

  17. Jaret says:

    They shouldn’t charge if the update was as useless as 6 to 7. I haven’t ever registered but if 8 is truly better than previous versions I might register.

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  19. gm fan says:

    I don’t think that they should charge the full amount for an upgrade but definitely charge some money for an upgrade.

  20. Coolist says:

    Why don’t we just wait and see?

  21. B&B_Gaming says:

    Yourself said that, not Chronic. He also said that in response to me, so feel free to link to what I posted.

  22. estripador33 says:

    i think it´s a good idea, but there will always be people that download cracks and serials for free in the internet

  23. Hardcoregamer says:

    Well all gm8 is gonna have is a new image editor. So use the lite edition of it, that always has the editor on

  24. Caniac says:

    I will also.
    but only IF NEEDED. 😛

  25. Rusky says:

    The best way would be for everyone to pay full price. Even if it doesn’t have new features… because that won’t happen. It’s a new version. Having new features is what defines a new version.

  26. msr says:

    The best way would be a reduced price for previous users. Say 50 % off or so.

  27. Bas says:

    I will pay if needed!

  28. Elmernite says:

    I don’t even have a job (dang economy), AND I still think they should charge. Provided, as Joerdgs said, it has a few new features.

  29. ZanderDuYoYo says:

    I can tell you something for free ….YYG does NOT make a profit.

  30. Joerdgs says:

    As long as GM8 is going to introduce some real new features and capabilities, I see no reason why they shouldn’t charge for it.

  31. Caniac says:

    Lol, you guys must be really dry on news. I am actually just wrapping up an economics too.


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