When and how did you discover Game Maker?
December last year i typed gamemaker into google and the official webpage popped up and hey presto I had found it.
Have you used any other game creation programs?
I have used the Game Factory and 3d Gamemaker but I didnt like them to much especially the 3d gamemaker. I made a game with the 3d gamemaker but it was like any other, I havent made anything with the Game Factory as of yet. If Flash MX counts as a gamemaker I have only ever made cartoons.
What games or other projects have you made with (or for) Game Maker?
I have made Speed Cookie 1 2 and 3, Link's Haunted Mansion, Cube Basher, Missile X, Urban Chaos, Operation Genesis, Apple Pick and Ballz, I have also made Cookie Buster with Shawn64. I am currently working on The Miles Trials and a racing game (yet to be named). The games that have been completed can be found at stenners.shawn64.com
(no www.) if the links dont work you may have to wait as i have to fix them.
What are your favorite Game Maker games?
I like Jetz Fusion from shawn64
I am also very keen on Seiklus and Mage Craft from Tapeworm
(in that order) I also like Wally from messhof
. But most gm games i cant sit down and play for more then 10 mins.
What are your favorite games NOT made with Game Maker?
I have always been a huge fan of red alert 2 and I still do play it, I also love SSX Tricky and I love the oddworld series.
What advice would you give new Game Maker users or those who would like to improve?
Dont start off too big, do a couple of simple games which require less math and programming and then gradually get into the more complex stuff. Its like I say you dont learn how to run before you learn how to walk.
What elements of a game are most important to you and why?
The gameplay and the lifespan when i buy a game i think is this game in the style i like it in, will it have a lasting appeal or will i get bored or frustrated. A game needs to have the ability to draw you back otherwise i don't think its a good game.
Why do you make games? What is your primary inspiration, motivation, or both?
I make games because it creative and it also gives you the chance to have your ideas come to life it's also quite entertaining, well untill you make the levels after level 3.
Do you have other artistic pursuits other than game development? If so, what?
No I dont really have any artistic pursuits, though I have made robots.
Any other comments?
Think once, think twice, think dont set fire to a cat when covered in gasoline next to huge explosives.