Markup 14

MarkUp, a popular Game Maker magazine, just had its 14th issue released today.

The Magazine – available here – contains 54 pages of high quality and visually appealing content (up from its 26 page predecessor) that covers everything from:

– Exclusive previews (Sixty Five Million and One BC)
– Editorials
– Tutorials
– Reviews
– Interviews
– And more

Although this issue was just made available by the GMKing team, it is intended to be an August release.

For those of you who are interested, MarkUp is another magazine looking for contributors and offers a free in-magazine advertisement for every 400 words you can contribute.

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MarkUp 13 & No GM Patches?

MarkUp 13, an ongoing popular Game Maker magazine has just released its 13th (unlucky?) issue.

With 26 pages of comprehensive content, it is a quality magazine worth the read, although not nearly as large as some of it’s competitors.

It comes in 3 formats which can be downloaded here:
High Quality, Low Quality, XPS

An interesting and valid point this issue brings up has to do with YoYo Games’ (and I would say also Mark Overmars’) inability to patch current/previous versions of Game Maker to correct security or performance flaws.

So far YoYo Games has yet to show any evidence of working on a patch for Game Maker 7 that could render the current decompiler tool inoperable or at least help prevent or secure the executables from such exploits.

Two other examples involve Game Maker 6. It was a well known fact that GM6 contained a serious precision bug which caused it to be so imprecise with calculations that for some users, GM5 was the only feasible option. Mark & Xot discovered the reason behind the precision bug while working on Game Maker 7, but never released a patch for version 6 of the program.

The second example is when the final Vista RTM release was made public. It was obvious at that point that Game Maker 6 was not going to run on Vista. To this day however, GM6 has not been patched to work with Vista. Finally, after much demand, a converter to make GM6 executables Vista compatible was released, however it still left GM6 incompatible with the new OS.

What are your thoughts on this? Should YoYo Games change their (non-official) policy of ‘We don’t update Game Maker, you’ll just have to wait for the next release’ to be more accepting of the fact that many users won’t always want to (or be able to) use the latest version of a program?

Hat tip to Xot for providing more information about the precision bug.

Mag: MarkUp 12

The GMKing team announced a new milestone today, making them the first Game Maker magazine to mark their 1 year anniversary with a release of their 12th issue.

MarkUp is a well renowned magazine amongst the Game Maker community, known for its in depth look on everything ‘Game Maker’. From troubleshooting GM Vista errors, to reviews, previews and tutorials, this magazine is bound to have it.

Unlike Russell’s Quarterly announced earlier this week, this magazine appeals more to your visual senses and is considerably smaller in size, making it an easier read. Still, it has plenty of content to fill up 50 pages worth of quality material and can still fit in those extras like interviews with YoYo Games Winter competition winners.

Check it out here: High / Low Quality

December ’07

December 2007 was a slow month for the Game Maker Community, but here are some of the more noteworthy events:

YYG and the Open Web Awards

After some initial arguing, YoyoGames was nominated to participate in Mashables.com’s Open Web Awards contest, but lost out to CafeMom in the Niche and Miscellaneous Social Networks catergory.

Releases

GMTech Magazine Issue 9

Another packed issue

MarkUp Magazine Issue 10

The biggest issue to date, Issue 10 is heavy on development articles, with some especially interesting highlights like

GMTV Episode 2

GMTV seems to be getting better an better, and though there is still much room for improvement, this Episode (consisting mostly of game reviews) is worth watching. GMTV also has a new website.

MarkUP Magazine Issue 11

A so-called mini-issue, centered around the GMRace results. Unfortunately, this issue doesn’t seem to have been proofread. (I counted 10 grammar errors in the description of The Meltdown alone.) This issue also includes some game reviews and an interview about the development of Ark 22.

GMRace Results

The GMRace results are in! The winner is The Meltdown, with 61% of the vote. Second was Triton with 24%, and after that was Mount Contradiction (9%), Orbiter (4%), and Freeze, Melt, Vaporize (2%).

YoyoGames Winter Competition

The Winter Competition is now closed, and it’s up to the community and judges to decide among the entries. Contest information and the top four entries can be found here.

2007 has been a very rocky year for Game Maker, but with YYG stabilizing and contests galore, 2008 is looking good. Look forward to Game Maker on Macs as well as some new competition to Game Maker.

HelpDesk Down

The YoyoGames Mojo Helpdesk account has been suspended; no further information is available at this time. UPDATE: According to some, the helpdesk has been suspended because the YYG staff was on holiday break.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from us at Scorptek!

The GM Race Begins

Today GMTech Magazine and MarkUp Magazine announced a contest called The GM Race, which looks to be one of the biggest Game Maker contests so far. There are over $300 worth of prizes, featuring such items as 1GB flash drives and games titles like Bioshock and Command and Conquer 3.

Contestants must make a 2D game related to both fire and ice/snow. All entries must be submitted by November 15, and the winners will be announced Jan 1st, 2008.

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