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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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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

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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.

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I’ve been having trouble with GM8.1 when trying to test my next game. About half the time I try and run the game, I get an unexpected error and the game won’t start. If any of you have this problem, please lend your voice either here or on the GMC and maybe we can figure this out.

http://gmc.yoyogames.com/index.php?showtopic=510151

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Font Splitter

For those of you who like to make your own bitmap fonts for your games, here’s something I think you’ll like. This is a free program written by a guy named Arima, which will scan a PNG file and separate out individual characters of a font and save them as separate files. Check it out:
http://www.construct2.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=6162

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