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Can you recommend a good beginners book or project for a young person? [closed]

I'm sorry if this question is a bit subjective but I'm sure you'll understand why. I participate in a volunteer program, Big Brother Big Sister, and my match loves computer games and he'd love to ...
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How should I structure my turn based engine to allow flexibility for players/AI and observation?

I've just started making a Turn Based Strategy engine in GameMaker's GML language... And I was cruising along nicely until it came time to handle the turn cycle, and determining who is controlling ...
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Upload Games to Steam without Greenlight?

I've been working on a little game, (which is nowhere near completion) and wanted to know, that when I'm finished, if I would be able to release it onto Steam without having to get it Greenlit. The ...
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Where can I find a good tutorial to replicate Game Maker's surfaces and blend modes in XNA?

I know Game Maker's surfaces exist in XNA (It's more the othe way around, XNA's surfaces exist in Game Maker), same thing for blend modes, since (I think) they both use DirectX. This is the question: ...
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What are Game Maker drawbacks? [closed]

I actually make games only programming (SFML atm), but I was taking a look at game maker features and it looks very powerful. What are Game Maker drawbacks? any reason why I shouldn't move into it? ...
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How do I scale up pixel art without blur in GM Studio?

I'm creating a game in Game Maker Studio that uses pixel art. When I launch the game, all scaled-up textures are really blurry. (It doesn't happen to small ones.) For example, this image renders ...
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How can I log key presses in Game Maker?

I'm trying to create a log of a players actions as they play a game of Spelunky. The easiest I've found to do this is to log what keys are pressed at each frame. What I don't know how to do is how to ...
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What's the difference between variables defined with and without the 'var' keyword?

I've been making my way through several tutorials on GameMaker: Studio at this point, and I've been trying to keep track of various aspects of the code used in them. One thing, however, confused me. ...
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Game Maker: How do I make a score display move with the view?

I have drawn everything needed to the screen including a HUD for the score, but I have my room set to follow my player: When the camera follows the player, the score HUD stays doesn't scroll with him! ...
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Does each game asset always require a prefix such as 'spr' or 'obj' in their name?

Having started only recently with using GameMaker for game development (keep in mind that this is the first time in a long while that I'm doing something like this, so I'm technically at beginner ...
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In Game Maker, how do I make invisible platforms the player can walk on, and reveal with an item?

I'm using Game Maker and looking for help with these: I'd like to have invisible platforms and walkways for the player to move on. I want the platform to be slightly visible in this option so the ...
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Displaying smooth borders given a coarse grid-based map

I've been messing around with different algorithms trying to make a grid based map look smooth, I have tested with various shader based methods and wrote a few of my own but none of them look right. ...
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Events and objects being skipped in GameMaker

Update: Turns out it's not an issue with this code (or at least not entirely). Somehow the objects I use for keylogging and player automation (basic ai that plays the game) are being 'skipped' or not ...
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How can I implement simple object orbits in Game Maker?

I've seen a lot of tutorials for things like "fixed circular orbit" and "elliptical orbits" which end up never been what I actually want. I have two objects: oPlayer, and oPlanet. I am trying to ...
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Can someone help me with my mario-inspired timer scoring system?

I am new to GameMaker's coding language or GML. I have learned and done a lot so far, but now i am having a problem. I have a countdown timer starting at 5 minutes counting down and I want the player ...
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Game maker else checks all ifs?

I have a list of if functions (checking if various spots in the room are empty) in one event. I want to check them ALL with an else statement (if none of the spots are cleared), and display a message. ...
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How to loop background music through splash screen, main menu, options menu?

I am making a small game to sort of test the waters with Game Maker and I'm trying to have an mp3 play when the splash screen loads - and persist until the game either ends or the game starts (meaning ...
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How to make an object oscillate left and right?

I can't seem to make an object move left and right, back and forth, on room start whilst on solid ground. Codes I used: Step Event: if image_index is greater than 5, then physics_apply_force ...
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Game Maker x and y coordinates wrong

I'm making a game which the user can use the arrow keys to scroll left and right to view the map. I had an issue with the health bars of my enemies being drawn way off even though I set them to be ...
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Changing direction after collision

In the first tutorial for GameMaker (catch the clown), I want to set the direction of the clown after the collision with the wall. I want to do it by pressing the wall object with the mouse (before ...
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Is it possible to load local html pages into Gamemaker games?

I was just wondering if it would be possible somehow to load locally saved web pages into a game. My primary use for them would be as menus, helping to navigate between rooms. I know about the built ...
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Learning Curve of GameMaker and its limits [closed]

I am a Data Scientist and the last couple of years, I work also as a Game Designer (not Game Development). I have not thought to create a game by myself, up to now. As a DS, I know programming, but I ...
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Gamemaker Key Press Duration

I am looking for a way to track the duration of a key press in gamemaker. I was looking into alarm functions, but I figured there's a more elegant way. How can I track the duration of a keypress?
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Turn based battle and formula

I'm building a game called DVP(Digimon Virtual Pet), and in this game other than taking care of your digimon, You can also battle and breed them. I'm working on the battle system (making it first ...
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How do you properly implement level boundaries in a physics room?

I have an issue with creating a proper boundary in GameMaker Studio when using a physics enabled room. My room has a gravity of 0, as it is in Space. My player object has the default values, but a ...
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How do I share my Game Maker games?

I'm using GameMaker Studio and I want to put my game on my website. I need help with saving a game in a exe file or anything that will make my game to open normally. How do I do that?
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Why does my character stop a little before landing on the ground?

I made a little game with side-scrolling and a box (the player) jumping across the level. The simple physics are almost done, but I have two problem with the way things behave: On landing, the box ...
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GameMaker: Studio - Slow down calculations

I currently have an orbital simulator, with a brilliant answer in another Game Development question here, and would like to know how to slow down the calculations of Game Maker, to be able to do more ...
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Can you have an embedded browser in Gamemaker:Studio

I am trying to make a sort of browser in gamemaker and I wanted to know how to embed a browser within a game. Are there any extensions I need to download?
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Checking if a click happened “off” an object

Having made the first game in Game Maker, Catch the Clown, I realised there was no way to win or lose. Winning is easy enough, set a maximum score and a test that fires whenever a score increments, ...
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Gamemaker - Maintain relative position between objects during rotation

I have a large object and a small object - the small object updates its x and y position every step to match the x and y of the larger object. It is easy to keep it in the same position on the larger ...
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How to keep the camera view to within room dimensions

me = self; view_yview[0] += ( me.y-(view_hview[0]/2) - view_yview[0]) * 0.1; view_xview[0] += ( me.x-(view_wview[0]/2) - view_xview[0]) * 0.3; This is the code I use to smooth camera ...
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Gamemaker - Change the fired bullets' direction using objects as guide

So I am trying to create a shooting-ship-puzzle game at sea on gamemaker. There is a playership that must shoot the enemy ships using only the available "whirlpools". There are many whirlpools in the ...
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Pixelated Text in Game Maker

Is there a way to make the text look smoother and less pixelated? It bothers me.
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How to stop a running timeline in GameMaker Studio?

I am creating a game using GameMaker Studio and I need to stop a timeline that is in progress. How can I approach that with GML code?
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Game Maker Studio - how do I disable mouse click for a duration of time?

I Have a button that starts in a rest state, and then after clicking on the button, it animates out. I want to disable the mouse click for around 30 steps after the button has been clicked, otherwise ...
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How to make inventory pause screens in Gamemaker?

I'm making a game in Game Maker, and I want to know how to make it so you can pause into an inventory screen and then go back to the same position you were in (also the same room) after you press a ...
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In Game Maker, how do I draw a surface?

I'm trying to draw a surface in black in Game Maker. This is the code: //Create event surf = surface_create(room_width, room_height); //Draw event surface_set_target(surf); draw_clear_alpha(c_black, ...
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How can I preserve momentum during a jump, but cancel it when a character lands?

I am attempting to code a run key for my platform game in Game Maker. I'm attempting to keep my momentum when I jump, but yet stop moving at a run speed as soon as I hit the ground if Shift has been ...
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Game Maker: Studio - Make objects avoid other instances of same object with A* pathfinding

I have a game where there are multiple enemies who must chase a single player. I have pathfinding set up using the GML A* pathfinding with mp_grid and a path. However, these enemies can walk on top ...
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Collision detection, stop gravity

I just started using Gamemaker Studio and so far it seems fairly intuitive. However, I set a room to "Room is Physics World" and set gravity to 10. I then enabled physics on my player object and ...
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What is Sprite Kit capable of? [closed]

I am messing around with Game Maker in my free time. I learned some Java at school but never really understood the object oriented principles. When I got to know Game Maker I was surprised that game ...
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Is There a Way to See Code Inside DnD Actions in Gamemaker Studio?

I'd like to see the script inside the Drag & Drop actions in Gamemaker Studio. I figure it would be one of the easiest ways to learn GML, and generally a great reference, but I haven't come across ...
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Gamemaker Running Animation Flashing, showing single frame, and displaying jump and run sprites at same time

EDIT: I changed the origin of the run sprite to the center, and it is no longer hovering above the jumping sprite. It now flashes in the same location as the run sprite when moving to the side. ...
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In GM Studio, how do I prompt the player for a password?

I could make strings in earlier Game maker versions, but it doesn't work in the Studio version when I try. The code I used: When Left Mouse Clicked on Password Bar: var str; str=get_string("Crack ...
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Adding a small slide when player releases left/right key

The aim is for the player object to slow down and stop instead of just stopping dead. The following codes works ok when the player is not jumping, but gets stuck in an object if the player is in the ...
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In GameMaker Studio, how can I make an auto-updater for my game?

I would like to let players update their copy of my game by clicking a button, which would: Check for updates Download the update Prompt the user to restart the game I want to do this because my ...
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Gamemaker vs Unity2d - Speed of Development [closed]

I know coding, so programming is not a problem Money is not a problem at all, I can get both GameMaker Master Collection and Unity Pro I want to make a 2d game. So which one is better for speed of ...
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Is game maker studio actually flexible enough to cater to an avid programmer? [closed]

After I got burned by RPGMaker which seemed fine what with the semi-open Ruby-like engine until you encountered some nasty surprises like the draconian resolution limitations etc., I've become more ...
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Gamemaker Loop Question

How often do loops repeat in game maker? Is it every step, or as fast as it can handle? I need it to loop every step, is it possible to do that? I'm talking about in code, I have a do until loop. Just ...