Game Maker 7 Pro Price to Increase

Sandy Duncan announced on the YoYoGames glog today that the price for Game Maker 7 Pro will increase in February due to the ever changing value of currencies.

No specific prices were mentioned in the post, but Duncan did however say that customers in the UK will be the most affected by the price change. Duncan noted that the value of the euro had dropped by almost 50% since the last time YoYo Games had evaluated it, which means that the price of Game Maker could potentially jump to double of what it is right now.

On a side note, Sandy Duncan  noted in the comments of the article that work on Game Maker 8 has not yet started.

YoYoGames Contest 04 updates and Sandy Duncan gets Personal

First things first: Over on the official glog, Sandy Duncan has said that judging of the contest 04 entries has been delayed. YoYo Games estimates that the winners of the popular competition will be announced before the end of January.

On a further note, Duncan said he wants people to subscribe to his Twitter feed if they want to know a bit more about him and his personal life. You can view it at http://twitter.com/ZanderDuYoyo

YoYoGames Help Desk Performance

Sandy Duncan has said on the official YoYoGames Glog that the Help desk on YoYoGames has been answering 95% of submitted help tickets within 24 hours, which has improved drastically in the last two weeks.

Mr. Duncan also said that using Softwrap for DRM in Game Maker 7 is “high on [his] list of ‘things we should have done differently'” but its not going to change any time soon. This brings up past rumors that Game Maker 8 (or future versions of 7) might not include Softwrap or any DRM at all.

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