YoYoGames is celebrating the release of GameMaker Studio, one year ago today. With all the updates and improvements that have been made to the product since the 1.0 release, it’s surprising that it’s only been a year since it came out of beta.
I myself have not been a GameMaker user for very long, either. I began using it in September 2010, with version 8.0. In that time, I have found it to be the easiest to learn development tools that I have ever used. It has enabled me to make playable games with features that I would not have thought myself capable of building, and then rewarded me as I gained confidence that I could become a better programmer than I had previously dared to dream. And this has allowed me to pursue a long-dormant dream that I’ve had since I was six years old and experienced my first videogame: to design and build fun, playable games. As a result, life is better than ever. For this I have been very grateful.
Happy birthday, GameMaker Studio!