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So in true investigative journalist style, okay maybe not, I will be examining the trailers and discussing their effectiveness. Above all I will be seeing if any of the trailers can convince me to download the game they are promoting. I fear not.
First up is Senseless War, a “SENSELESS, CRAZY, INZANE ASS KICKING WAR!” game by Coffee Lover Productions. I paused iTunes so my music wouldn’t ruin the trailer but I needn’t have worried. Like the original Lander Remix trailer this had no volume.
Did it convince me to download the game? No. This trailer appears to be speeding through the gameplay very quickly, perhaps in 10 times speed and it all looked a bit rushed to me.
From the trailer it appears that Senseless War is a bit like xgenstudios’s Defend your castle game, however I won’t be downloading the game so I’ll never find out. The screenshot on the GMC suggests however that the gameplay is more complex. Overall I would say the single screenshot displayed in the GMC topic is more useful than the entire 8 (yes eight) second trailer.
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It makes quite interesting reading as it compares various aspects of the programs and their communities, and suggests reasons why gamemaker comes out on top.Read More »
What a surprise and how unexpected. What did these newbies expect – “yes, sure you can rip and use graphics from any game, no problem – just put ‘sprites ripped from <game name>’ in the credits and you will be fine”.
Just as I hate people uploading copyrighted stuff to YouTube, I hate people who think there is some chance that they can steal the work of someone else. Although I suppose, at least they did ask – unlike the hundreds of people who have made mario clones etc. with gamemaker.Read More »
What format should I save my screenshot as?
The one vital rule:
If you don’t know the differences between different image formats, and how data relating to the picture is stored you might want to check out this article on Wikipedia about the way bitmap files are stored.
Using a bitmap, such as the 904KB image on shcorporation‘s freewebs site slows down your website hugely. Do you really think someone wants to sit and wait for an image to load just because someone can’t be bothered, or isn’t aware of how to make an image web-ready?
Okay, not a bitmap – but what should I use?
.gif, .jpg and .png are all fine.
Personally I prefer saving files in the .PNG (vector) format, because as wikipedia puts it, there are some distinct advantages over the other potential formats:
After asking if the community needs another magazine…
and being told
Creating your own magazine which you freely admit “is [half filled with] just stupid random crap.”
As featured in the May 2007 edition of the MarkUp Game Development Magazine
How many times have you started to play a gamemaker game before realising that the programmers ‘forgot’ to include full instructions and a control map?
Finding yourself playing a game for the first time without knowing what you are meant to or how to do it is daunting; however there are a lot of games out there which are just like this.
Some people make use of the ‘Game Information’ screen which can be set up in gamemaker, and viewed in most games, even if it has been left blank by the authors, by pressing [F1]. This however has very limited capabilities and can display only basic text.
Of course, for people unfamiliar with gamemaker they may not even know that help is available by pressing [F1]. So it is always best to include an external manual or full instructions which are clearly accessible from your games main menu.
A well-designed manual can include screenshots, graphics, annotated diagrams and illustrations such as a keyboard map of controls. There will also be room for a full introduction to the game, and you can even include hints for players to get more out of your game.
Creating an external manual is easy. It can be done using the most basic of software – a wordprocessor. Many games are distributed with a .txt readme file, however this usually contains just copyright information and is not suitable for a full professional-looking manual.
The beta version of Microsoft Office’s 2007 version of Word did contain a built in .pdf compiler so you could save your documents to be read by Adobe’s free Reader software. This however was removed from the official release, but is still available to install as a plugin from the Microsoft website.
Earlier versions of Word or other word processors can still be used by making use of free text-to-pdf converters such as pdf995.
There is no excuse for not including good instructions with your game. They can make the difference between someone trying and failing to play your game and someone playing and enjoying your game.
As featured in the May 2007 edition of the MarkUp Game Development Magazine – Download it now for more gamemaker articles, reviews and tutorials.Read More »
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“That’s a retarded rule! Are they intentionally trying to discourage beginners or what? I wish you elitist developers didn’t lock your knowledge away from the rest of us! And quit acting like your better than everyone else! Not to you per se, but to advanced developers in general…most refuse to help people like me. “