A significant aspect to making games with GameMaker is the management of graphics, sounds, and other game related resources. Inside GameMaker, resources are managed in the Resource Tree, which provides a file-explorer type view to all the gaming assets.
The Resources menu option also provides a quick way to add resources to a game project. Each respective resource menu-item has a corresponding keyboard shortcut.
Congratulations to the winners announced at the Reno Hackathon!
Many of the participants used GameMaker by YoYo Games to create an app. A testimony to GameMaker Studio is that most who were using it were doing so for the first time – and of that group, some had no development background whatsoever! This was highlighted in the news coverage by KRNV Channel 4 as seen here:
Although the participants took the Hackathon seriously, the event was full of energy, prizes, and great networking. There was a variety among the attendees – students, entrepreneurs, moonlighters, and newbies. For a glimpse of what the journey was like, check out the news coverage by KTVN Channel 2:
The Reno Gazette-Journal also noted the activity corresponding with the Hackathon involving tech for NASA.
The Microsoft licensing team in Reno demonstrated their logistical prowess which resulted in everything running smoothly. Special thanks to Bruno Terkaly and tech-celebrity Sarah Austin (with PlexiNLP) for contributing their technical mentorship to all!
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Please enjoy my 2 seconds of national fame as I stand in the background with my daughter asking Matt Lauer "What up?"
I recently rolled down the driver-side window of my truck… and it would not come back up. After trying repeatedly to get it to work again (failing each time), I started thinking “What is the bill going to be for this nuisance?”
I asked some of my friends in the Phoenix area if they ever had this type of problem with the power window no longer working. Those who replied also shared the sticker shock of the repair price – anywhere from $300 to $700.
Determined not to spend that much, I binged ‘power window repair’ and started researching. I was intrigued by the following:
Only $99 for the repair? Seemed too good to be true. I looked up the Power Window Repair on Yelp and read the reviews. Because the reviews were great and recent, I called the company. I got a voicemail and left my contact information. Within a couple hours I got a call back from a nice lady who asked me details about my situation. She quoted me a price on the phone ($129 all taxes included) to repair my window. We made an appointment for the next day. The repair would be done at my location.
Paul arrived on time and had my window fixed in under 30 minutes! With no surprises with the repair bill, I gladly paid the $129!
What is the point of this story? It demonstrated a true “win-win” for all parties. From an internet perspective, it reminded me of these things:
- Research a repair on the internet, even if your friends have a connection for you. Why not compare and validate?
- When researching a company, strive to get a 3rd party opinion. When reading reviews, be cognizant of the dates. Recent reviews weight higher than older reviews.
- If you offer a service, how would you fare with the above? Would potential customers find you? What do your reviews look like?
In closing, I want to thank Power Window Repair for such great service! If you live in the greater Phoenix area and ever have a problem with your power window, this is the company to contact!
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kicks off Season Two of "Developing for Windows 8 in 1/2 the time" with an introduction to Windows 8.1 for developers.
I am thrilled to announce the availability of a new course at the Microsoft Virtual Academy for on-demand viewing – Gaming Engines for Windows 8! This course takes you through every aspect of developing games for Windows 8, from audience definition through product monetization. Discover the gaming engines that’ll ease the process, such as Construct2 by Scirra, GameMaker by YoYo Games, and Unity. The course is appropriate for beginning game developers and includes demos and lots of tips to help you make your venture a success.
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