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Free upgrade to Game Maker 8 for GM5, 6 & 7 users?

yyg-gamemakerThe GMC’s grasp of economics is, like their common sense and logical thinking, so often lacking.

The question of whether registered users of Game Maker will get a free upgrade to Game Maker 8 once again reared its head at the GMC and unlike previous postings the topic has remained open.   Mark Overmars previously enabled holders of a Game Maker 5 key a free upgrade to Game Maker 6 and then YoYo Games enabled these users to convert to GM7 free of charge.  Most posters however realised that it makes sense for YoYo to charge for GM8 as there has to be a limit to the free upgrades and as YoYo Games have not received any revenue from people who upgraded version 5 or 6.

Several users mentioned that YoYoGames.com is a high trafficked website (currently ranked 12,530th most popular in the world at Alexa.com) and hence decided that therefore YYG must be making a profit from the advertising placed on the site. This is naive. It has been widely reported that YouTube, ranked third in Alexa, does not make a profit.  YouTube has Google, a multi-billion dollar corporation, to support it.  YoYo Games does not.

Thomas wrote:

1) YYG can once again allow GM users to upgrade for free. This is becoming almost highway robbery. Imagine if Microsoft allowed you to upgrade Windows for free as long as you originally had Windows 98.
2) YYG can charge for the update. They will make a lot of money and many of us will be happy to pay for it. Something along the lines of $20 is a negligible amount, and the proceeds would help make GM better.

before Yourself added:

You forgot the part where a handful of really loud people go totally ape**** because they falsely believed that they’re entitled to an eternity of new features and support because they paid $20 once.

and then true to form one of them came along shortly.

It is quite an interesting decision that must be made by YoYo and I believe they will and should choose to charge for Game Maker 8.

What do you think?

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34 Comments

  1. This is in my opinion, Gamemaker should sell the program for a 3 day pro version trial then if like, you can buy it for thirty dollars. Instead of repaying every time there is a upgrade, a nominal fee of ten to fifteen dollars could be paid instead.

  2. “Please make it free cuz hackers hack it in a matter of days, and there is no point of paying the download when you can download the crack.”

    Yeah, except it’s ILLEGAL, which means you could go to jail or pay a large fee, or both.

    (‘gratz on understanding piracy laws…)

  3. Are you serious? Are you honestly this dense? “There’s no point in making commercial software because it’ll be pirated?”

    That’s seriously one of the stupidest comments I’ve read on this blog so far. How is there “no point in paying for it”? Since when is software piracy legal? What if YYG provides some kind of extra functionality for legit GM users? How do you expect them to make any money if they just give away Game Maker for free?

    Somebody should come and take the keyboard away from you, nitwit.

  4. veeti… you are an idiot. Im just pointing out that there is piracy over GM, and that there is no point if paying for it… I dont want to argue with you… i dont have the time for that… and you dont have the brains…

  5. Please make it free cuz hackers hack it in a matter of days, and there is no point of paying the download when you can download the crack. … WHAT!!! No im not using it. I have Lite…
    Im missing 25 bucks…

    HE heh

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    You: “Do i get paid?”
    Me: “No there is no pay, only you contribute help for making the game.”
    You:”DO i get something than?”
    Me:”Why of course! I will write you name, nickname whatever in the game credits.”

    PS: Im not insane!
    PSS: Realy!!!
    PSSS: IS there a PSSSS?
    PSSSS: Oh look here it is.
    PSSSSS: *BLANK*
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    PSSSSSSS: Cut the c**p, and go to my website!!!
    PSSSSSSSS: show_message(“I COMMAND YOU TO GO TO MY WEBSITE!!!”);
    PSSSSSSSSS: Bye, bye!

  6. I am a registered user of GM 7. I’m not sure what they’re going to do. If it was me I would make them pay for the new version, but It’s not and i am pretty poor my self!

Please tell me GMKing hasn’t done this

Don’t make games in four hours if you stink!