Popularity of gamemaker

I came across an article by Aussie Bill Kerr who was looking at the popularity of gamemaker compared to other ‘similar’ products out there, in particular the software available at squeakland.org 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.


Can I steal,…

Can I steal images? No. Okay, Can I steal sounds? No. 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 Read more…


Screenshot formats

What format should I save my screenshot as? The one vital rule: Not as a bitmap (.bmp) 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 Read more…


Annoying newbie trait (4)

After asking if the community needs another magazine… and being told NO Creating your own magazine which you freely admit “is [half filled with] just stupid random crap.” Related article: Fact: Most gamemaker magazines fail


Why you should include a manual with your game

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. Read more…


Annoying newbie trait (3)

Annoying trait 3 Insulting the GMC rules because they don’t allow you to fill the forum up with team requests “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. “


FreeWebs Abuse

People posting their website in the Web Site Announcements forum at the GMC are often met with a barrage of complaints about their choice of web-host, particularly if they have opted to use FreeWebs. Let’s take a look to see this in action at the GMC: Sheepdawg Games – the first response simply reads ‘>.< freewebs’, Stubbja Productions – again the first reply tells the user not to use freewebs. Undead Gaming hold the record Read more…


Issue 3 of MarkUp released

Issue 3 of the MarkUp magazine has been released today. Details about the magazine and the contents of the May eddition are avalible on the MarkUp website, so my advice to you is go there and download the mag. My article on the importance of game manuals is on page 19. Enjoy 😉 Download: High Quality PDF Low Quality PDF XPS