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Live Wallpaper Jam Winners

The Live Wallpaper Jam comes to an end. The winners are here! Find out which 20 Live Wallpapers took home a cash prize in the Live Wallpaper Jam. Thank you for all the entries.

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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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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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GameMaker Open Source Extensions

We’ve recently released some open-source extensions for GameMaker. Each extension’s source is available on GitHub for you to view, build, and contribute changes. Let’s look at some recent open…
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Opera GX Mobile Game Jam Winner Revealed

Your votes have been counted, and it's finally time to announce the winners of the 2022 Opera GX Mobile Game Jam!Along with our five finalists, we can also reveal which two games have won a cash…
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Skies of Chaos: Meeting Netflix's 'Challenge'

James Eaton and his partner-in-crime, Daniel, are the co-founders of Broxcorp Games. They’re first ever video game, Skies of Chaos, released exclusively on Netflix’s gaming platform in 2022.During…
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Cats & Dogs Organised Neatly Interview: Neither Of Us Got Into Programming

Simone Maendl and Josef Att are the duo heading DU&I, a game studio from Munich known for its adorably relaxing puzzle games, such as Cats Organized Neatly and its canine counterpart, Dogs…
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Version 2022.11: Audio Effects, More Array And String Functions

Add audio effects to your game with GameMaker 2022.11. Unlock the true potential of arrays and strings with new functions. New Array Functions There are some new handy array functions for you.…
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Rising Lords: Games Are Never Developed Out Of Thin Air

Before founding his game studio, Argonwood, Christian Fernholz studied Electrical Engineering and Information Technology and worked in the military aviation sector for 13 years. In 2016, Christian…
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Hero’s Hour: I Had The Computer Fight Itself

When he’s not making games in his spare time, Benjamin Hauer works as a psychologist. His most famous game, Hero’s Hour, is a heartfelt homage to the old Heroes of Might and Magic (HoMM)…
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Hotline Miami Anniversary: No-one Was Making Games Like This Back Then

10 years ago, Jonatan Söderström and Dennis Wedin changed indie games forever when they released their first commercial hit, Hotline Miami, followed by a sequel, Hotline Miami 2: Wrong…
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APICO: I Wanted To Make A Difference In The Real World

Ell, known online as ellraiser, is a designer and software developer with a love of gardening. Their beekeeping game APICO  has won the hearts of gamers across the world with its…
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HTML5 Runtime Is Now Open Source

We’re excited to open source the HTML5 runtime for GameMaker. You can view its source on GitHub and contribute to the repository. This will allow you to better understand how the engine works, and…
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Mobile Game Jam Top 5 Revealed: Cast Your Votes!

The standard of games submitted to the Opera GX Mobile Game Jam has completely blown us away! We’re fresh out of mobile data and our thumbs are in bandages, but they’re worthy sacrifices when the…
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How To Become A Game Designer

What makes a great game special? Unique gameplay mechanics, engrossing level design, a captivating story? Whatever metric you use to measure a game’s quality, video game designers are at the…
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Version 2022.0: Long Term Stable (“LTS”) Release

Version 2022.0 of GameMaker is now available. This is the first Long Term Stable (LTS) version.Please note this release is currently not on Steam for a little bit - just while we gather…
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BROK the InvestiGator: Players Told Me The Game Touched Their Hearts

Fabrice Breton is a solo developer and publisher from France, whose career in game development started at just eight years old! Fabrice’s newest game, BROK the InvestiGator, has gained a lot of…
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Best Kickstarter Games And What Made Them A Success

Can you imagine dreaming up a game with your friend, then launching a Kickstarter and actually getting enough money to bring it to life?It’s a bit mad, but it happens. Between 2009 and 2022,…
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I Wouldn’t Last Long In Hell - Doomed to Hell

Doomed to Hell, created by developer Gagonfe, released on 25th of March as GX.games’ first free premium game, and has since gone on to release on all major platforms. We asked Gabriel…
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Everything You Need to Know About Composing Video Game Music

Whether you enjoy finger dancing to a rhythm game or soul-searching to a synthesiser symphony (try saying that three times fast), video game music is fundamental to your experience. But what makes…
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Version 2022.9: Graphics Modding and Faster Workflow

Add moddable graphics to your game with GameMaker 2022.9. Work faster with the Inspector as part of your workflow. Texture Loading You can now make “Dynamic Texture Groups”, which are placed…
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Logan Foster Interview - Your Mind Isn’t Creative When It’s Stressed

Logan Foster is an independent game developer, music and sound specialist, currently working on Seals of the Bygone.In this interview, Logan tells us how she deals with creative burnout, how game…
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FriendlyCosmonaut Interview - To Learn And Create In Uncharted Territory

FriendlyCosmonaut is well known name in our community. A programmer, game developer and tutorial maker, she’s known around these parts for her phenomenal work o n our classic Space Bubbles…
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Lena Raine: It’s always a challenge to be taken seriously

Lena Raine is a woman of many talents, as those who have read her previous interview with us will know. Not only is she behind the soundtracks of some of the most beloved indie games, such as…
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Allison James Interview: I’m The Opposite Of A Perfectionist

With over 200 games made and 19 years of experience with game development, Allison James from Chequered Ink has every right to be called a GameMaker expert.We sat down with Allison to chat about her…
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How Indie Gaming Can Create A Better Environment For Female Developers

Many talented women and girls feel discouraged by the inherent sexism of the game industry. In some cases, they chose not to pursue a career as game developers because of the lack of encouragement,…
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Kinga’s Gamescom Diary - Best Week Of Our Lives

A month passed since Gamescom 2022, but it still feels like it all happened just yesterday. For the first time in a while, GameMaker had a physical booth and we invited developers from our…
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Opera GX Mobile Game Jam Announced - Sign Up Now!

Last year, we asked you to create a 'No Internet' game for the Opera GX browser. This year, we’re going one step further. It’s time to save millions of mobile gamers from the terror of losing WiFi…