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Over the past 9 months my involvement in Game Maker has been pretty minimal. I’ve essentially stopped making any games, I’ve grown lax in my moderating duties at Yoyogames, and I haven’t posted on the GMC in a long time. I thought I owed the few of you who might still be following me an explanation. At first I thought the primary reason for my absence was school. I am moving on in life, working on getting into college, and the past year has been so busy with getting ready for that that I lost the time that I used to have. 3 years ago I had a couple of extra hours each day just to mess around on the computer with Game Maker, and that was one of my most productive periods. The last two years, however, simply haven’t contained enough hours to allow me to continue. My music studies and school work have taken precedence.

But school isn’t the only reason. A lot of other people that I met on the GMC and Yoyogames are still strongly involved. Trollsplatterer has been a key mod at YYG for as long as I have been making games, and many other members have stuck around as well. Nevertheless, I have seen the recent changes in Yoyogames (the company) and how those changes have affected the Game Maker community. YYG’s shift towards more professional game development and the delegation of the original YYG site to a “sandbox” led to the deterioration of the community. Members migrated to other sites: GMC, Gamejolt, GMG, etc. Once schoolwork dragged me away, this deterioration made me less inclined to prioritize comming back. Even Game Maker as a program has changed in a way that makes it harder to work with. While I really enjoy the 8.1 updates like the room editor, I have also found that many of the old extensions and dlls that I used to use frequently have not been updated for the new version, and since version 8 is hard to get, I don’t find myself drawn in to game making quite as much.

Perhaps, as well, I have also matured as a person. As we grow, we change, and I think I have drifted away from game making because I didn’t find it as inspiring as I did three or four years ago. I don’t really know. I need to go do some more soul searching to find out.

To sum it all up, I’m not sure where I’m going from here. I think maybe this summer I’ll try to get back into Game Making and finish up Mower Madness. I might do a sequel to one of my older games (Fish of Korcan 2 is looking like a good candidate) or maybe another arcade game like Tetrex. Something small where I don’t have to do a strong storyline. But after that, in college, I don’t know what is going to happen. I’ll be very, very busy next year pursuing a double-degree. It’s a bittersweet moment.

So a fond farewell to the last three or four years. You were fun, wonderfully creative, and nerdy, to say the least. This is a new beginning, I think, and beginnings lead you places. To new middles and new ends. Perhaps Game Maker will be one of those middles. I certainly hope so.

Look for Mower Madness to be released sometime in the next couple months. Things would be so much easier if I could actually draw decently (maybe I’m just not patient enough) or had a dedicated artist. The graphics take a lot of work, though I also have to figure out the details of the gameplay mechanic and come up with a good ending that involves cats somehow but isn’t too graphic (no kitty bloodshed).

Cheers,

A saurus1

P.S. Leave a comment if you’d like me to do another video or tutorial or something. I need motivation 😛

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I Hate Cutscenes

Well, not really. They’re an essential part of any game with a story line, but they are a pain to code because things have to happen in a certain order and everything in timed. Game Maker does not have good architecture for creating a list of instructions such as ”move left 4 spaces, then wait 50 steps, then cause the door object to begin animating, then wait until the player presses space”, so I’m having to use a combination of timelines and paths to get the job done. I made a couple of big mistakes in the beginning, but things are finally coming together. Let me share a few lessons I’ve learned.

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A couple of new…

A couple of new pictures for you. I’m surprised how fast this is developing, but there’s a lot more work to be done, especially on the graphics. Let me know what you think of them so far.

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I’m back

After about a half-year hiatus, I’m happy to announce that I hope to be returning to Game Maker. Over the past six months music and schoolwork have completely dominated my life, leaving me no time to develop. Now that my load is lighter I have much more time to devote to game design. To make things even better, I have not one but two new game concepts which are already sounding really awesome (at least to me). One is a snake-related game cross with an old man and his lawnmower. The other one will be a puzzle platformer with an as-yet-unseen-in-any-game (as far as I know) twist in physics.

So yeah, look for more from me in the next couple months.

A saurus1

The Bunnies Have Escaped

Well, you still have to help them get out of the kitchen and away from the evil bunny-kidnapping chefs. Kitchen Escape has been released on Yoyogames and GameJolt, so I’m pretty excited. Please share with your friends. And best of all, I have ideas for a new game… Yay!

Download: Yoyogames | GameJolt

Screenshots:

Bunny in skyBunny in cannon being launchedBunny flying in space

 

Bunnies Ready and Waiting

ImageWe’re down to our last few days before release. I’m waiting on music from Caleb Cunzer, who did the music for Neuculi and as agreed to do music for Kitchen Escape as well. This release should be really exciting, but I also have plans for my next game, which I think will actually be better than this one.

Right now I’m working on rabbit voices. It’s amazing what you can do with programs like Audacity. If you’ve listened to any of my videos, you know my speaking voice isn’t all that nice. (Doesn’t say anything about my singing voice though; Asaurus1 Things You Should Know #1: I am still able, quite surprisingly, to sing the soprano part to the Hallelujah Chorus. And the tenor part. But not at the same time :)) I wasn’t sure if I was going to be a good enough voice talent for the rabbits, but it seems to be turning out fine. Even I like the sound of the sped-up voice effects, and I think it will add a lot to the game.

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Name Chosen

Yes, I’ve finally chosen a name for the rabbit game. It’s maybe a little boring, but I’ve managed to theme everything together now. The menu is almost done, as are the highscores, the game play (just a few more tutorials to get in place), and the upgrade system. It should be quite a cute game when everything is said and done. And now the moment I’ve been waiting fore (because I’m sure you haven’t really been waiting for this at all), the name of the game is: Kitchen Escape.

😐 I know, but it fits with the story.