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What's Coming To GameMaker In 2024

Join us for a look back at GameMaker in 2023 and we'll also discuss and detail what's upcoming for GameMaker in 2024 and beyond!

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GameMaker Release 2024.4

GameMaker’s latest monthly update is now available to download. This month's update focuses on runtime stability and fixing several crashes.

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GameMaker Asset Bundles - Fantasy Town

New Free Monthly Asset Bundle - Cute Building sprites for your next medieval or fantasy game. Great for city builders, RTS games, or your virtual tabletop.

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ANTONBLAST: If We Didn't Succeed, We Would’ve Been On The Streets

Tony Grayson is the head, lead designer, and composer of Summitsphere, the indie studio behind Antonball Deluxe and the upcoming ANTONBLAST. We asked Tony about the game’s red-hot Kickstarter…
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Peglin Developers: Switching from Unity to GameMaker

Dylan Gedig and May Gardens, known better in the indie space as Red Nexus Games (RNG), created the dangerously addictive pachinko roguelike Peglin, where you seek payback on a greedy dragon for…
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Antonball Deluxe: I Told Devolver ‘I Have A Game That You’re Going To Sign’

You may know Summitsphere as the studio behind upcoming destructive platformer ANTONBLAST, but did you know the Anton series actually began with Antonball Deluxe?Lead designer and Summitsphere head…
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I really can't emphasize game-feel enough!

Nate Haddock of Lateralis Heavy Industries is a game developer, artist and composer. He’s the creator of OTXO, Dogworld, Manus Dei and the composer for We Kill Monsters. We sat down with Nate…
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Empowering Students To Access The Gaming Industry for Comic Relief 2024

A unique game jam was thrown in aid of Comic Relief 2024, led by Gower College Development Studios (GCDS), and supported by the British Esports Student Champions – GCS Owls. 
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Connect GameMaker To Epic Online Services

Write an article about the Epic Online Services extension without saying ‘make your game more epic’? Challenge accepted. GameMaker has a large suite of extensions that allow developers
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Sword Of The Necromancer: Making A Game Where You're 'Resurrecting Your Gays'

Grimorio of Games are an independent studio from Barcelona, Spain, and the creators of the dungeon-crawling action RPG Sword of The Necromancer, where the fallen enemies fight alongside…
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The Red Strings Club: There’s Backlash When You Release Anything Queer

Deconstructeam, the studio behind The Red Strings Club, is composed of three members: Writer, designer and programmer Jordi de Paco, Marina González, artist and animator; and Paula Ruiz the sound…
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Princess Farmer: Indie Game Dev Scene Is Incredibly Inclusive

Samobee Games are a wife/wife team from Canada, composed of programmer/writer Tobey (she/her) and artist and game designer Charlene (she/her), and creators of the exciting puzzle game Princess…
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Blood Nova: Don’t Erase The Lived Experience Of The LGBTIQA+ Community

Aviv Salinas and Ross Gardner are the duo behind Blood Nova, a point-and-click adventure game about a young princess about to ascend to the throne. During our interview, we discuss how to…
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GameMaker Pride Week: Are Indie Games Inclusive Enough?

The LGBT+ community has struggled for accurate representation - and even simple recognition - in mainstream media for years. But there are signs of a turning tide.Within the games industry, more and…
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GX.games Is Now Available On All Major Chromium Browsers

It’s (probably) the most ambitious crossover event in web browser history: GX.games is now playable on all major Chromium web browsers!Indie developers just like you can now reach millions more daily…
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What Platforms Can I Export My Game To With GameMaker?

Sometimes, the projects we start as hobbies can become far bigger than we ever imagined. After all, Walt Disney learned to draw in his spare time, and now it feels like his company owns the entire…
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Download All Space Rocks Educational Materials

Looking for an engaging way to teach game design to your students or children? Look no further than Space Rocks! Based on the Atari arcade classic, Asteroids, Space Rocks is the perfect project…
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Early Access: Does It Hurt Or Help Your Game?

When Steam announced their Early Access Program back in 2013, it sounded like a slam dunk: cheaper games and new experiences for players, real-time playtesters and additional resources for…
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Submit Your Entries For The 2023 GameMaker Awards

It’s time to chill the champagne and rehearse your acceptance speeches, because the 2023 GameMaker Awards are now open for submissions!Every year, we celebrate the incredible work of the GameMaker…
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FAITH: I Read FAITH Fanfiction And Some Of Y'all Need Jesus

Airdorf is the developer of acclaimed 2D survival horror franchise, FAITH: Unholy Trinity. In this interview, we discuss the impact of games like The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening and P.T.…
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GX.games Mod Jam: Four Brilliant Mods To Inspire Your Creativity

The submissions to the Browser Mod Jam open today, on May 23rd! Have you already started working on your mod?If you are still not sure what to make for the Browser Mod Jam, here are some of GameMaker…
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GameMaker and Opera GX team up for the Browser Mod Jam

Spring is here, and you know what that means - it’s time for another jam! Once again GameMaker and Opera GX join forces, partnering up with Gamemusic, to bring you the craziest and most unique…
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The Seven Stages Of Game Development

What would you say Pac-Man and Bloodborne have in common? Not much, admittedly, unless Inky and Blinky secretly subscribe to some ancient Lovecraftian cult. Even games as polar-opposite as these…
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Version 2023.4: String Templates, Async Sprite Load And New Struct Functions

GameMaker 2023.4 brings string templates, better sprite loading, new struct functions and more. String Templates This new feature makes it easier to build strings with variables. Where you…
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GameMaker Update: What To Expect From GameMaker In 2023

The 2023 edition of our GameMaker Update video has been released, detailing all the major updates that are heading to the GameMaker software in 2023. Let’s run through the headlines! New…
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GameMaker Hosts ‘Gamers Of The Future’ Education Event In Brazil

On March 18th, GameMaker hosted an educational event at the Escola Estadual Prof. Eduardo Soares school in Alambari, Brazil. It was the first seminar in our newest project, ‘Gamers of the Future: A…
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I’ve Never Worked So Hard For A Game Jam - Moonleap

Guselect, a game developer and content creator from Brazil, is the mind behind the winner of #NoticeMe Game Jam, Moonleap, which released on Steam and Nintendo Switch in 11th April. We asked…
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How Much Does It Cost To Make A Video Game?

The cost of making a video game can range from absolutely nothing to a colossal $174m - the current record for the most expensive game ever developed. Costs vary from project to project; AAA…
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How To Teach Humanities Subjects Through Game Design

Not every child loves learning about history. Some just don’t have a flair for art. Others can’t find their country on a map and wouldn’t care to try. As a teacher, you know that not every student…
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10 Women In Game Development You Should Know

They might not have always been noticed, but there have been incredible women in game development since the industry began in the late 1970s. Women in games are finally being recognised for their…
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How To Become A Game Developer

The video game industry is booming: nearly 300,000 people work in the industry in the US alone - more than double the number employed in 2010. Interest in becoming a game developer is as high as…
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9 Benefits Of Teaching Video Game Design To Students

We’ve all had to smile through at least one conversation with an elderly relative as they bemoan the hours kids dedicate to video games. ‘Back in my day, all I had was mud and my Flossie Flirt…
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The Ultimate Guide To 2D Video Game Art Styles

We all love a game with a gorgeous art style, right?Whether it’s the hand-drawn animation of Cuphead or the monochromatic melancholy of LIMBO, a 2D video game’s art style is a huge part of the…
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Windmills: You Have To Make Your Voice Heard

Dimitris Locke started making games in 2004. Nearly 20 years and dozens of projects later, his game Windmills is released on Steam, having already proven a hit with GX.games users. Dimitris…