GMTV Issue 3

In keeping with the current trend of late publications, Game Maker TV Issue 3 has been released, at long last. This comes along with a new site, which is a relief to many Cute-News haters.

The issue centers around reviews of 10 games from the YoyoGames Winter Contest that the GMTV staff rated the best. With almost 30 minutes total running time, Eggers does a thorough job of critiquing each game, and the gameplay footage is actually fun to watch, although the sound levels could be better. The rest of the show features Yours Truly mumbling his way through GMTV’s first interview.

Overall, I’d say it’s worth your while to watch the show. The quality of the issues has been improving drastically with every release, and this one is no exception. The music is far better, the on-screen dialogs are good, and the flow is an improvement, although there is room for a lot more.

(But personally, I enjoyed the credits more than the whole show.)

Game Maker Magazine Issue 2

Another Game Maker publication has been released; this time it’s Game Maker Magazine Issue 2.

While still not comparable to MarkUp or GMTech, GMM Issue 2 has improved massively over Issue 1. With a style very reminiscent of GMTech, it promotes interviews with Edge and FredFredrickson, the Making of Bloopie “so far”, and an enormous logo of Adobe Reader 8.

My suggestions for Game Maker Magazine:

  • Get a proofreader. The spelling and grammar mistakes are rampant.
  • Pick deeper topics. This obviously requires more work, but it would be better to have a shorter magazine with stronger content than your current 27 pages of stretched material.
  • Unify your style. It’s not bad – certainly an improvement – but certain aspects seem out of place, such as the red labels in the top-right.
  • Although this isn’t much of a magazine, it is making progress. One can only hope the next issue will be better.