GMArcade Contest

The recently re-designed GMArcade is holding a game-submission contest with a top prize of a domain name and free hosting for a year. To enter you must upload an original game to the site, and use it as your sole hosting service. Second and third place prizes consist of upgraded memberships at the site which enables you to launch games directly from your own website. Owner of GMArcade Matthew Kremer has also said that he Read more…


YoYoGames.com is worth $696,640

Many of you have probably seen people trying to flog off third-rate domain names claiming to have had them appraised and valued at ridiculously humongous sums. DNScoop is actually one of the reasonable sites out their valuing websites based on their Page Rank, number of incoming links and age of domain amongst some other figures. Crazy GameMaker domain valuations were first brought to my attention when Gamez said that GMShack.com was worth $80. Personally I Read more…


Free Game Development Books

Today I received two free game development books by courier, “Beginning 3D Game Programming” and “Agile Software Development“. The books were sent to me as part of my involvement with the MarkUp magazine, where a future issue will contain reviews I have written on them. (I guess I have to read the books first 😛 ) As Eyas said “it is one of the pluses of being a good writer at Markup”, so if you Read more…


Stencyling around

I have just returned from a short break away to find that several new people have begun commenting on GameMakerBlog, welcome all of you. I have some news to share with you regarding my registration of the Stencyl.org domain name. The inevitable came – I was contacted by Stephen Stencyl’s webmaster and was asked to place some kind of statement of dissociation on the site, which I have done. The obvious reason to do this, Read more…


Stencyl

Today I registered the Stencyl.org domain name. For those of you who don’t know Stencyl (official site) is an up-and-coming open-source game development and distribution platform – think of it as an open source, and probably better run version of GameMaker. Quite why the creators of open source software neglected to register the .ORG of their project I don’t know, but I had been eying it up for a few days and couldn’t resist any Read more…


A domain name does not make a site

When I was using Game Maker in the 4.3 era few people had domain names for their Game Maker ‘team’ or resources sites. Now at the GMC it seems that almost every other gamemaker site has invested in a top level domain. There is still the high number of freewebs sites, and of course those people who insist on using ad-heavy hosts such as bravenet, and then we have the old .tk domains and other Read more…