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Game Maker Profile:
Name Nick Larin
Born 1986
Home Athens, Greece
When and how did you discover Game Maker?
Well, I liked always to create things and always searched for game creation software. It was at the beginning of year 2000 I think. I remember I was working nightshifts in an internet-cafe and was browsing the net when i found GM. Ah, another stupid no use program I said, but since i was bored doing nothing I gave it a try. The program seemed much more promising than any other game creation software i've seen plus it was free. So I decided to learn it.
Have you used any other game creation programs?
The first one I used was RPG maker 2000, but i hated it resolution and it lack of flexibilty. I made my first game with RPG maker and made some unfinished ones. After RM2k i worked with Worldcraft (half-life level editor) and used to make many CS levels for the in-cafe i was working in. I tried many other programs but found them useless.
What games or other projects have you made with (or for) Game Maker?
I have a LARGE amount of unfinished games on my pc and my old HDD. But these were never finished because they were just some things i wanted to archive and learn. My first complete game with GM was done with 4.1 version and it was called "Mouse training 2" The game filesize is ~20mb because of large amount of backgrounds. It was the first game where i used 3D Studio MAX to make the GFX. After that i made a bunch of unfinished games and then discovered Xtreme 3d. I was REALLY excited and was working the whole summer on it, after 4 months i was ready to make my 1st 3d game. It never got finished cause i lacked Mplay knowledge. You can find it and some of my old games here (www.geocities.com/scream681). After that project disappointment i decided to make a 2d game and came up with "The Ultimate Chuchu", this game is almost finished but I plan on completing it later. You can find it on my main site in games section. After it I worked on Knightmoon online GFX but some misunderstandment happened with the creator (i still cant understand what exactly happened). Then a fella GM user asked if i could give him the gfx i made and help him with his game "Shadow of loyalty" we are still working on it (i hope). After some time i started making Choco-ManiA.

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What are your favorite Game Maker games?
I dont play MUCH of gm games but here are the best i've played:
- Infection by shawn64
- Seiklus by tapeworm
- Xtreme fighters by Fighting King and Bofaz (unfortunately stopped)
- Alien: Attack on colony by Borek
- Penguin panic by Jolley small.
and some others i dont remember now :P
What are your favorite games NOT made with Game Maker?
Final Fantasy series (ff8 is my favourite), Drakan: Order of the flame (the only game that i finished more than once, excluding ff8), ONI (the best 3rd person shooter beatem'up for me), Command and conquer : Red Alert 2: Yuris Revenge (I was the best on it in my hometown) and Halo (the only FPs that i found worth finishing).
What advice would you give new Game Maker users or those who would like to improve?
Dont try making great games from the beginning, make some simple things and concentrate on making them perfect, experience is the most important part of game development.
What elements of a game are most important to you and why?
Storyline (I dont like killing things or doing whatever without a meaning, unfortunately most of the games are this way today)
Friendly gameplay.
Nice GFX. (not the superb 3d new ones but the ones that are pleasant to the eye)
Cute cos-player (optional :P )
Why do you make games? What is your primary inspiration, motivation, or both?
I think i'm a creative person, I just like making things. The second reason is that since I'm a 3d animator I like seeing my GFX in action.
Do you have other artistic pursuits other than game development? If so, what?
I have a diploma in 3D animation and hope that i get a job on the big market by making GFX for my games.
Any other comments?
Help GM further development by registering your copy of gm. ^_^
Have fun making games.

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