One of the first rules of game creation is don’t be too ambitious, especially when you are working on your first game.
My first gamemaker game was a space-invaders inspired game of around 1MB in size, which was created at least 4 years ago, possibly more. The download link doesn’t work anymore as I haven’t been maintaining the website that the game is on for a good few years.
Some people however are undeterred and jump straight into making ambitious multiplayer games before even touching on the basics as this screenshot I took earlier today at the GMC will testify (details edited to protect what is probably naive preteen).
You also have to note that in the same topic the member asked, and no, I’m not making this up:
Yes, you read that correctly this member of the GMC who has only been using gamemaker for a few months saw the gmmmorpg and decided they wanted a piece of the action – before realising they didn’t know wan a WAN, IP or LAN was.
Incidentally this particular member’s signature at the GMC which in facts spans about 17 lines worth of text tells me at the bottom that I am, quote “DOOMED!”. I think this should be adjusted to refer to their MMORPG.Read More »
Yesterday I submitted my first article to GMking’s MarkUp magazine.
Since returning to the gamemaker community this month I have taken a look at the magazines on offer for the community. When I was last using gamemaker Morpheous’s GMData magazine had published its fourth issue, however the fifth issue was never made.
The only magazines for the community that I am aware of are the GMTech magazine and MarkUp.
MarkUp’s pilot issue in March this year was a success and the second issue was released in April. The graphics in the magazine are amazing and give the magazine a professional shine.
The latest GM Tech issue is from November 2006, not what I call an up-to-date publication. MarkUp however is currently on its April 2007 issue, much more relevant. Although to be fair MarkUp did include a review of GameMaker 7 in their April edition, which had been out since February. I also found the design in GM Tech lacking and the latest edition seems to include pages and pages of filler screen-shots for Magi, a shareware gamemaker game.
MarkUp contained a far greater quantity of quality readable articles, however that said there is still room for improvement which is why I decided to contribute.
If you are interested in getting an article published in one of these digital magazines you should check out the relevant websites. Who knows, if you submit at article to GM Tech it may appear in their bumper Christmas 5th issue.Read More »
“This wiki has been created as a central resource for Game Makers, Game Hackers and Game Players. This wiki is by no question an important source for the priceless information you need to know about anything game development related.”
GMpedia, part of the gamemaking.org network offers over 250 ‘useful articles’, the majority of which are about gamemaker functions. The site which has attracted over 50,000 page views since Feb 2006 and has over 20 registered users who have created content including examples, tutorials as well as more traditional style articles.
The 267 articles which are currently online certainly don’t offer a comprehensive guide to gamemaker, but articles are up-to-date and new articles are being created at a good rate. If you’re interested in helping to develop this gamemaker resource visit http://gmpedia.org/Read More »
Pdf995 offers everything you need to create professional looking PDF files for free.
The software which officially retails at $9.95 also offers a free version which displays an advert every time you use the software. Your final PDF however, does not contain any adverts or plugs for the software.
Downloading and installing the software is easy, and is compatible with all versions of Windows from Vista right back to 1995.
After you have followed the instructions to install pdf995 you now have an additional ‘virtual’ printer linked to your computer.
To create a PDF file using pdf995 first create your document using your normal software, e.g. Microsoft Word. Then go to Print your document but from the drop down Printer Name menu select ‘PDF995‘, then click ‘Print’ or ‘OK‘. A box will then pop up asking you where you want to save your exported PDF document and what you want to call it.
The pdf995 software will now get to work, converting your Word file into a PDF file which can easily be distributed over the Internet or on a CD. Wait until the advert has finished and your PDF document has been created!
This is the type of advert you will see when creating a PDF file using the free version of the software. The progress bar normally takes just a few seconds to complete.
Below, a PDF file created using PDF995.
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Welcome to GameMakerBlog.com a new website dedicated to providing up-to-date GameMaker tutorials, examples, hints, tips, news, game reviews and downloads.
After a good couple of years away from the GameMaker community I have decided to resume my interest in GameMaker, so I decided to setup this blog.Read More »