YoYo Games Resource Sharing: Dismal
November 23, 2010
There have been a number of comments in reply to YoYo’s post about GameSpark, in which they endorse the video tutorials and game resource store on offer, critical of YoYo’s decision to support the third-party commercial store.
When Mark Overmars announced that he was partnering with YoYo Games for the future development of Game Maker one of the things he said that YoYo Games would be working on was a system for sharing resources. Yoyogames.com does include a very basic resource upload, browse and search function but it really is not, nor has it ever been, fit for purpose.
The search box is below the fold, lots of ripped resources are present, there aren’t even previews or screenshots of resources. In the 3 years since the resources section of the site went live there have not been any visible improvements and the rating system has long been broken.
There are numerous third-party sites that list Game Maker resources, but these are never going to be able to attract the levels of support that a well implemented official resource sharing mechanism would. Stencyl has the integrated StencylForge resource sharing area whilst Unity has its Asset Store. Game Maker has a neglected list.
Good games do not necessarily have to boast amazing graphics but I can’t see how making the sharing of game resources, libraries and tutorials easier could hinder the quality of games uploaded to YoYoGames.com