10 Online Resources for GameMaker: Studio

By Michael Rohde

Are you looking for insight into developing your own games with GameMaker: Studio? Here are some resources for information on how to make games with GameMaker: Studio.

  • YoYo Games: Why not go straight to the source? YoYo Games, the manufacturer of GameMaker: Studio, has an excellent site full of great information, forums, articles, and more. Here are some of the most popular pages:

  • The GameMaker: Studio software: It might sound strange to say that the software itself is an online resource, but in many ways, that’s exactly what it is. In addition to a built-in manual, GameMaker provides you with links to various news articles. To access the GameMaker: Studio manual, simply press F1 while in GameMaker.

    Another great source of information from within the GameMaker: Studio software can be found from the New Project window. The New Project window appears when you first start the software. In the main section, you see a list of links with short descriptions. These links are from an RSS feed that YoYo Games maintains. They point you toward the latest and greatest information.

  • Facebook Developer: If you haven’t noticed, there are games on Facebook. And there’s no reason why you can’t be the person to make the games that people play. Facebook has a ton of information for developers, which you can look through on the Facebook Developers page.

    Learning how to develop games for use on Facebook has many challenges, such as creating Like buttons, using social plug-ins, and creating apps. You can learn all about adding those aspects to your game at the Facebook Developers page.

  • Apple: If you want to enter the fray of iTunes, there are resources for you to learn all you can about submitting your game. First, you can visit iTunes Connect. Click the Get Started button on the left side of the page. You might also want to check out the iTunes Connect Developers Guide to learn the specifics for making games to work on iOS devices.

  • Particle Designer 2: The code for creating particles can get dense and heavy. Thankfully, there are people online who have created resources for creating particles. You can find one such resource at Particle Designer 2 by Alert Games. Particle Designer 2 appears feature rich and integrates nicely with GameMaker: Studio.

  • Sparks – Particle Animation Tool: Sparks is another tool for making particles, which are great for making special effects such as explosions and displaying hyperspace velocity. Sparks was created by Nocturne Games.

  • The YoYo Games Tech Blog: One of the big hurdles game developers have these days is making sure that their games look good no matter the size or resolution of the player’s screen. Nothing could be more frightening than creating a super awesome game only to have it turn into a pixelated mess on a large screen, or too tiny to see on a handheld device. The YoYo Games Tech Blog has a great article on scaling called “Seamless tile scaling in GameMaker” — check it out! By the way, the entire Tech Blog is a great resource for information on GameMaker in general.

  • Tileset Champion: GameMaker: Studio uses tiles as a graphical resource for use in Rooms. Each tile represents an image of the game. A tileset provides you a full suite of matching tiles that you can use to create, say, a path along a grassy field, complete with corners and straightaways. What’s nice about tilesets is that they use very little processing power as compared to creating Objects. As with most things, you can find resources for creating or downloading tilesets on the Internet.

    One such source is Tileset Champion, which enables you to create buffered tilesets from existing tilesets. The main benefit of Tileset Champion is that you can scale or view your tiles without seams, which can sometimes be a problem.

    You can also download a ton of tileset packs from the YoYo Games Resources. Have fun exploring all the different possibilities!

  • GameMaker: Studio on Steam: That’s right, you can purchase GameMaker: Studio through Steam. If you’re a PC gamer, you know the gaming behemoth that Steam has become. Even if you’re a console gamer, chances are, you’ve heard of Steam when your PC gamer friend started bragging about the sales they have.

    If you’re considering making your own videogames, you may want to become familiar with Steam if you haven’t already. Check out Steam’s GameMaker page. When you purchase GameMaker: Studio through Steam, you can play your Steam games through GameMaker. Pretty cool, huh?

  • GMLscripts.com: Writing scripts can be daunting work for both developers and non-developers alike. Thankfully, GMLscripts.com exists! They have a magnificent collection of script resources that you can use for free in your games. The developers behind this site have helped out thousands of users over the years.