GMB is up for Sale!

I’m really short on time these days so I’ll keep this brief. I had high hopes when I took over the reins back in November last year. I started to implement a lot of new things and the content was coming nice and regularly. Readership is up, income is growing steadily and the subscriber count has grown nicely since I took over. However, due to personal circumstances at work I just don’t have the time Read more…


Ownership Change – What Now For GMB?

Those of you that still frequent this blog for its amazing resources will know that Matthew posted this final post way back in March 2015, over 18 months ago now. It was with this post that he declared the end of his contribution to this blog and the time-consuming maintenance that comes with running a site of this nature. Having run several websites concurrently in the past, alongside a full-time job, I know how hard Read more…


GameMaker Blog Ceasing Publication

UPDATE: GameMaker Blog is alive and well but under new ownership, read more here. I’m leaving this post up as it was Matthew’s last post and explains why the blog was inactive for 18 months. ——————————————————————————————————————————– Unfortunately, GameMaker Blog will be ceasing publication for the foreseeable future. I’m no longer able to maintain the website in addition to my real life and work obligations. Since GameMaker is a niche topic, it is extremely difficult to Read more…


Review – Making Money with HTML5

Since the release of GameMaker Studio, a large portion of hobbyists who once used the tool to create freeware Windows games are now taking advantage of the ability to export to mobile devices. This means a new wave of developers, with little experience in distributing their games or conducting business, are now looking for pointers as to how they can profit from their work. Matthew Bowden’s ‘Making Money with HTML5‘ may be the first e-book Read more…


250 Indie Games You Must Play – Several Developed with GameMaker

Several games developed with GameMaker are featured in 250 Indie Games You Must Play published last month. The 250 Indie Games in question have been selected by Mike Rose one of the editors at IndieGames.com.  The chosen games are divided into 3 sections, first come 120 free desktop based games, followed by 80 free browser based games and finally 50 commercial desktop titles. In an interview with GnomesLair Mike writes “the main idea was to present a list Read more…


Game Maker 8 Cookbook Announced

Packt Publishing have announced one of their future titles as Uriel Griffin’s Game Maker 8 Cookbook. The book will feature a number of “recipes” providing step by step instructions and additional information on how to implement various desired game effects. The book will cover a wide range of GameMaker’s feature set including basic drag and drop movement, sprite and sound effects and data structures and particles. Work on the book restarted in September last year after Read more…


A Game Maker Book to Avoid: Game Maker Language by Alphascript

When you discover that someone has put their name to thousands of titles on topics as diverse as Laser Engraving, Jet Fuel, the Birds of Switzerland, Audi RS6 oh and Game Maker Language you are right to worry. Alexander Aris brought to my attention the fact that print on demand publisher Alphascript are selling a copied-from-Wikipedia paperback which masquerades as a guide to GML [Amazon.co.uk|Amazon.com]. The company seems to specialise in grabbing collections of articles Read more…


Book Review: The Game Maker’s Companion by Jacob Habgood et al.

The Game Maker’s Companion (links) is the long awaited sequel to the best selling book introducing Game Maker game development, The Game Maker’s Apprentice: Game Development for Beginners. Game Maker creator Mark Overmars is not a co-author of this book but Habgood, a former professional game developer and now senior lecturer of Game Development at Sheffield Hallam University, is well qualified to write about game creation. Jacob is joined by professional games developer Nana Nielsen Read more…