Game Maker Suggestions List

Mike Dailly has taken a look at the Game Maker suggestions list compiled by BBGaming and Rusky and has written a commentary about some of the ideas on his personal blog.  Both IDE usability and functionality/performance issues are included in the suggestions.

There are way too many points to address here and the long list will take some time to digest. Hopefully I have picked out some of the more interesting ones and those which we will see sooner rather than later to summarise below:

  • Runner format will be changed “making it harder to decompile” before Game Maker 9
  • Eventually bytecode generation at build time
  • Tabbed editor interface
  • Ability to bypass D&D actions in object editor and instead use GML directly
  • D&D -> GML conversion is hinted at
  • Major room editor overhaul (zoom, group selection, ability to set some instance data from this view, layers)
  • Default script argument values
  • Split GMK files (useful for team project version control)
  • Total rewrite of networking
  • Native OS dialog boxes

On many points Mike reiterates that a final decision has not yet been made and that discussion both at YoYo and with the development community will be needed before making major changes.

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