When and how did you discover Game Maker?
I discovered Game Maker back in mid 2001. I was looking through Google for free GM programs, and found it there.
Have you used any other game creation programs?
I've used Adrift, a text game creator, Visual Pinball, and Gamesfactory. Most of them I just experimented with, but I've been working on small projects with Gamesfactory.
What games or other projects have you made with (or for) Game Maker?
Man, the list goes on and on. Three Dorf's Quest games, two Goomba's Revenge, two Mnomen fangames, Ice Martians: Wicked Chill, and Wario Wants His Stuff Back. You can find them at my website and this link: http://www.geocities.com/dorfsquest/funstuff.html
Dorf's Quest 2
What are your favorite Game Maker games?
Bounty Hunter 2 by R1ck14
, Mnomen Series by Mnomen
, Ice Martians by Richie, and Megaman Paradise by Mixahman
What are your favorite games NOT made with Game Maker?
Star Wars Starfighter is the best PC game ever!!! I also like Wind Waker for the GameCube and Super Mario World for the snes.
What advice would you give new Game Maker users or those who would like to improve?
Be very observant. Don't be afraid to read all the complex stuff in the text file. Just keep trying anything, and keep your imagination open.
What elements of a game are most important to you and why?
Storyline and Gameplay are most important to me. If a game is fun to play, and gives you a reason to play it, everything else doesn't matter.
Why do you make games? What is your primary inspiration, motivation, or both?
I make games to show off what I imagine in my head. A game is a masterpiece to me if I can make it what I imagined it to be in the beginning.
Do you have other artistic pursuits other than game development? If so, what?
I want to perfect my musical skills. I'm very interested in joining a ska band. Also, I've been writing fantasy books for years. My true goal in life is to become an author.
Any other comments?
My long-awaited Dorf's Quest 3 will soon be a playable demo on my website. In a short amount of time, I'll post it up.