A page dedicated to Mark Overmars'
When and how did you discover Game Maker?
Well i was surfing the web looking for a good game making program, and tripped over it. At first i thought it wouldn't be as easy as it said, and had no idea how much i would use the program. But i am glad i did get.
Have you used any other game creation programs?
I use Dark Basic, but it was impossible for me to use so i gave up.
What games or other projects have you made with (or for) Game Maker?
- The Ghost of Burning Fire Game
- Jass Download Network (JDN) V1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3
- Mini Mp3
- Theodor's Adventure
- Mp3 Mixer
- The Ghost of Burning Fire Game Revisited
- Total Soccer
- Assisted with Drum Basix
- Jass Sub Operating System (JSOS) i
- Randolf The Reindeer : Christmas Edition
And i also have made Game Maker Gaming Mag issue 1 (available on the GM site under documents)
- Fortress of Fire (Restarted)
- Monsters of The Wilderness
- Jass Sub Operating System (JSOS) ii
- Urban Tycoon
What are your favorite Game Maker games?
Jetz Fusion : Shawn 64
Space Oddity : Snailfox
What are your favorite games NOT made with Game Maker?
I'm not really a big fan of non-gm games, I know it's strange, but anyway, some of my favourites are;
- The Age of Empires Series
What advice would you give new Game Maker users or those who would like to improve?
Read The Manual, I wish i had of read the manual when i started out, but i didn't, but i found many features that i didn't know existed in there. Think of original ideas before making a game. Don't release bad games to the community if you know they are bad. They'll just start being flamed and then people start going crazy. Also ask friends and family to test it like they are your consumers, get their opinions of what they think should be included or removed from the game. And also, have fun whilst making the game.
What elements of a game are most important to you and why?
A secure bug free easy to use environment. Bugs really ruin your games. Good graphics are really important as well.
Why do you make games? What is your primary inspiration, motivation, or both?
The buttom line is, i like making games and programs for people to enjoy. I love it when people say "Hey, great game". If people don't enjoy the game I aim higher, till i please them. I love it once i have finished a game because that means that i can now not only play the game myself but please a few people at the same time. At the moment i am aiming to make a game which people will remember for years to come.
Do you have other artistic pursuits other than game development? If so, what?
I love film making, i would like that to be my career. I am planning on putting some of my films on my website. They will be up shortly. Also, I am a webpage designer and have created many different websites for companies. My last site i have created (and got paid $1,500 to do) is not up yet, but one of my previous sites for a company is http://www.palarisenterprises.vze.com
Any other comments?
Hope people enjoy playing my games cause there are many more to come.