Game Maker’s C++ Runner is in Testing

on June 23, 2009 - 4674 Views

Very little is known about the progress of the C++ Game Maker runner re-write which YoYo Games intend to use with Game Maker 8.  There is however a version of the runner, created in November last year, that works with (some) Game Maker 7 games which is currently in testing.

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I know this is probably not of interest to the majority of readers, and this is certainly not time sensitive, but it is proof that something was happening and there has been little information posted elsewhere.

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9 Responses to Game Maker’s C++ Runner is in Testing

  1. […] given by Mark Overmars in March. Presumably the beta would be released in the same way as the C++ runner and Game Maker 7 for Mac – to a small private group of testers. Leave a comment | […]

  2. Chronic says:

    The main reason for the c++ rewrite was for portability. So, for example, it can be compiled for the mac version.

  3. Orm says:

    Rivius: it just means that it will be easier to maintain in the future. This is also a golden chance for YYG to clean up and optimize GML, so there may be a bit of a speed boost, but like I said, the main motivation for rewriting in C++ is that C++ is easier than Delphi to maintain and update.

  4. Rivius says:

    What does a C++ runner mean for Game Maker? Will this make the games run faster? The executables smaller?

  5. Chronic :
    I’m still not sure how [removed by GMB admin] (yes, i saw his comment) got a screen shot of it.

    He was sent a copy of the runner by someone at YYG.

  6. Chronic says:

    If there is a new file created i think it will be in a temp folder, i’ve never really done much digging so i assume its all done in memory. The version in the screen shot is also the last version YYG released for testing.

    I’m still not sure how [removed by GMB admin] (yes, i saw his comment) got a screen shot of it.

  7. @Eyas No new executable file is created. Presumably when run the beta is run it strips the old runner from a Game Maker 7 executable file and appends a C++ runner which is then used. However the executable file remains unaltered in size.

  8. hardcoregamer says:

    This is gonna be soo p00wnage.

  9. Eyas says:


    A “semi”-working version already in existence since November, definitely good news. I definitely look forward to some public testing of the C++ runner, whenever its supposed to happen.

    Phil, question: any information on the filesize of the new executable or performance change in games (provided that the conversion works, that is).

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