C++ Runner, GMac, & iPlay update

Almost certainly the result of recent criticisms toward the company, the official glog has been updated twice for the first time in about a month to give progress updates on the current Game Maker related projects.

The glog’s latest post announces that a (limited) private beta of the C++ runner should be available sometime next week. The post also hints to indicate that there are no definite plans to release the C++ runner in the near future even if it works well now and throughout beta testing. Also, for those of you debating whether GM versions will in fact be available for other devices and operating systems, The post refers to Game Maker running on “other platforms” as a plural, almost certainly guaranteeing at least plans for other systems.

Lastly (and somewhat unfortunately), the Mac port of Game Maker has pretty much come to a dead stop for now. Sandy says they’ve “hit a barrier with teh Lazarus toolset” and that very little progress (if any) has been made on the Mac beta. So in other words, don’t expect a beta anytime soon (even though it is already a few months late).

In other news, YoYo Games managed to keep their word this time :). The Firefox 3 compatible Instant Play plug-in (being referred to as iPlay on this site) is now available for download on the YoYo Games website.

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YYG: Decompiler & GMac

Sandy Duncan, spokesperson of YoYoGames has released a statement regarding the recently developed GM Decompiler, a program which can ‘convert’ GM 5, 6 and 7 executables back into their original editable GM6/GMK files. The statement reads:

Anyone tempted to take someone else’s hard work using a “decompiler” or any other method may find that they have more than just offended the creator or that game. It’s quite possible that by copying someone else’s game that you will be breaking copyright law…and where you have denied a revenue someone the opportunity to make money…you could end up being sued.

The next major topic brought up in the blog post was the status of the ongoing project of GM for Mac OSX. According to Sandy, there is a version of GM7 for Macs that is ‘up and running,’ although reportedly still has a few bugs to iron out. A BETA release is expected sometime in March although considering what has happened in the past, we don’t suggest getting your hopes up just yet.

3 videos of GM7 on OSX were also released in the blog post:

Video 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSGd8ru-Dzs
Video 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MufJZeDWH8I

tidbit: Game Maker was misspelled in YoYo Games’ official blog post.