Lack of YYG updates brings open letter
July 13, 2008
GameMaker Community member Dr. Watz0n has posted an open letter to YoYo Games on his blog.
The letter states his frustrations with the lack of updates provided by YoYo Games and the broken promises that they have made to users of their GameMaker software.
Like many other GameMaker users Connor is annoyed with the lack of progress YoYo Games have made with making their Instant Play plugin compatible with Firefox 3 and continually missed deadlines for the conversion of the Game Maker runner in to C++ and a Mac version of GameMaker.
Commenting on YoYo Games’ infrequently updated blog GameMakerTech’s Timoi wrote “Compared with before when Mark Overmars would remain silent for a long time and then release a version almost out of the blue, we are now kept a lot more up-to-date.”
I think that is the problem. With Mark there were rarely any broken promises as users were kept in the dark. User expectations were not high as people knew that for Mark GameMaker was a sideproject to his full time job. When YoYo Games came along the impression was given that this would change and GameMaker would move forward more rapidly. However time after time YoYo Games have made promises and then failed to deliver on them, disappointing their users.
For a company that keeps reminding us it wants to create “the YouTube of games” with YoYoGames.com it is rediculous that they have not yet provided an official solution to the incompatibility of their Instant Play feature with FireFox 3 which was released nearly a month ago. A couple of days delay is perhaps understandable if they had neglected to consider that FF3 might cause issues, however a wait this long really is pathetic when so many users have been able to come up with their own solutions.