No ripples in the water

It has been a pretty slow month, once again here is another weekly update.

You may be asking yourself what the lowdown is with YoYo Games, usually there would be something to report, but lately there are no ripples in the water.

The YoYo Games blog hasn’t been updated in well over a month. Despite creating a new blog that ‘fits the style’ of the company, it hasn’t been used yet.  On the GMC, Nick_M, an administrator of the forum who joined in April (from YoYo Games) has not yet contributed to the forum. (Even though he made an announcement earlier indicating he would help moderate the forums).

Over at 64Digits, due to increased spamming and double, triple and quadruple user account sign-ups… the community site has decided to take action and require e-mail validation on sign-up. Additionally, users will no longer have the privilege of changing their user account e-mail address through the automated system.

Meanwhile, the once popular Games Showcase community seems to have completely fallen out of the picture now. Originally YoYo Games indicated they would work with the community to transfer games over to their central site, and try to keep the Games Showcase community alive/still available. Now, the community appears to have vanished completely, and without even so much as asking users, YoYo Games has taken rights to all games previously on Games Showcase and uploaded them to their own website without the game creator’s permission.

For GM newbies and gurus alike, a couple of good game making resource websites have become increasingly popular lately, such as:
GMbase (Great resource forGM7 compatible extensions)
Gamemakerresource (GMR, great resource for all Game Making needs)
And are worth a couple minutes of your time to check out.

Also, for those who are wondering… a change to Scorptek is coming soon. This will be a major change, and will completely redefine the organization, its operations, and the products and services we offer to the public. Hang tight and within the next couple of weeks, we’ll make an effort to reveal some more information.

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24 Responses

  1. Mark Overmars has made such a terrible decision…

    By the way, if you don’t mind, I’m using your RSS feed on my Wiki… http://gmcr.scribblewiki.com/Main_Page

  2. It’s high time something big happens.

  3. partnering with yoyo was NOT a bad decision. So far the only disagreeable thing they’ve done is upload the gmshowcase games.

  4. “partnering with yoyo was NOT a bad decision. So far the only disagreeable thing they’ve done is upload the gmshowcase games.”

    1) The poorly written EULA
    2) Slow server speeds
    3) Game Maker has been made even more insecure
    4) Canablising SHowcase Games
    5) Stealing GM7zip from Josh@Dreamland

    More than enough reason why this was a bad decision executed poorly.

  5. 1. The EULA was simply misunderstood, not poorly written.
    2. The server speeds were not their fault, and they resolved it.
    3. Game Maker is not more insecure, it’s more secure.
    4. That’s what I said.
    5. When did they do that?

  6. Man nothing is happening. It took Yoyogames all this time to start building up trust but as soon as people start liking them, they give up.
    I have made a new game maker top sites at http://gmtopsites.qc.to to help people get there sites out and get game maker more popular again.

  7. How do you know they’ve given up? Maybe they’re just working extra hard on the site/gm.

  8. The point of their blog is to let people know what they’re doing in terms of their website/GM progress. The fact that they haven’t posted anything in several weeks would indicate they haven’t been doing much.

  9. The EULA was poorly written. Even YYG said so. Supporting their actions in blind faith does not lend credence to your argument.

    I’m interested in hearing more on this GM7zip thing…

  10. I’m not supporting their actions in blind faith, and the EULA they said was poorly written is not the one they’re using now.

    And I doubt they stole it.

  11. “The EULA was simply misunderstood, not poorly written.”

    Well then it is not well written.

  12. “YoYo Games has taken rights to all games previously on Games Showcase and uploaded them to their own website without the game creator’s permission.”

    The good journalist had made some better research before using the statement quoted above.
    The good journalist had encouraged the members to claim their games at YYG, uploaded by the member Anonymous, in stead of prentending that YYG stole the games.

    Does the good journalist work at GMNews?

  13. GMNews at never point stated YoYo Games had taken over full rights and copyrights to the games. However, they did take possession of the games and upload them to the YoYo Games website under their site’s terms and conditions which do waiver some rights over to the YoYo Games company. The fact is, it is common sense that they should have tried to contact the individual game creators before going ahead with the transfer.

    It’s kind of like building a sulphuric refining plant beside a residential area and then consulting with the locals to see if it may be a problem. The chances are it will be a problem, and to avoid problems, consulting and contact with the homeowners in the area should have been made prior to dominating the land.

  14. ‘YoYo Games has taken rights to all games previously on Games Showcase’

    So, thats not what you said?

  15. GMNews did state that rights of the games had been taken. However never indicated that full rights and/or copyrights had been stolen (which is not the case). It is clear that YoYo Games has uploaded the Games Showcase games on to the YoYo Games website under their terms and conditions which clearly waiver some rights of the game to the YoYo Games company. So until someone claims the game as theirs and asks the company to remove it from their site, YoYo Games has taken some rights to the games previously on the Games Showcase website without permission.

  16. ““The EULA was simply misunderstood, not poorly written.”

    Well then it is not well written.”

    No, the people that read it didn’t know how.

  17. What’s with the GMNews bashing of late?

  18. What I would agree on is Yoyo Games putting up a public relations office that may be would shut up (very) some guys around the GMC, with neolithic mentalities (or just childish).

  19. “What’s with the GMNews bashing of late?”

    Any news site gets bashed. It’s how things work.

  20. 1. The EULA was simply misunderstood, not poorly written.
    True.

    2. The server speeds were not their fault, and they resolved it.
    Mostly.

    3. Game Maker is not more insecure, it’s more secure.
    [Completely false]. This time, one small modification and we can view all your local and global variables. GM6 couldn’t do that. In fact, GM7 is very much more vulnerable than GM6, as we can even release hacked copies of your games now! =D Plus there are other vulnerabilities that were not fixed. GM7 is [not doing well].

    4. That’s what I said.
    They did that.

    5. When did they do that?
    Next version of GM will have a knockoff of my program in it. No credit to me of course, as they will recode it. =D

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  21. Rusky–
    GM is more insecure this release. They fixed two vulnerabilities, and opened a new even more dangerous one in the process. And one of the vulnerabilities was allowing people like G-Java to convert games over. Which I am sure they are dealing with. So basically they managed to worsen both problems, one of which was not a real problem before.

    Also, yes, they are stealing GM7Zip from me. Next GM release, whether it be 8.0 as I suspect at this point or just 7.1, will have my compressor in it.

    I will back up either of those claims to anyone that asks.

  22. Isn’t that a good thing (about the compressor)?

  23. It would be, if they were truly just gonna ask for mine. They’re writing their own version and disregarding me, I am relatively sure.

    The compressor took me three days to get to work. They said

    “Good idea… So good, in fact, we’re already developing something similar!”

    So… Make your own conclusions.

  24. Ah! You found my site (GMbase)! The link is dead though. Awhile I changed the sturcture of the site, so that link doesn’t work.

    It would be best if you just linked to the home page or the categories page.

    http://gmbase.cubedwater.com

    Thanks!

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