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Offline madcow

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Article: The Indie Guide to Making Games
« on: November 03, 2012, 12:32:11 PM »
This seemed like the more relevant place to post this for any aspiring game makers, an interesting article on pcgamer where they posted about the various engines used by indie devs, with a brief set of questions they ask developers that used that particular engine.

A fairly interesting read about the engine costs, advantages/disadvantages and the like. It is five pages long.

http://www.pcgamer.com/2012/11/03/the-indies-guide-to-game-making/

Offline Scorcher24

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Re: Article: The Indie Guide to Making Games
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2012, 12:19:59 AM »
Didn't read the article yet, will do thought.

I own Torque2D and GameMaker Studio.
Torque2D is nice, but is also very complicated and has a very bad documentation. I could not establish a good looking game with it for some weird reason.  The lack of documentation and streamlining totall threwed me off once I tried to make something that looks half way professional.

A lot of games do proove though that it is possible, but I am a hobbiest and without a proper documentation I am lost. So 120$ out of the Window for me.

GameMaker is much better and streamlined imho. And the standard version on Steam costs only 40$ and if you ever want the HTML5 and other plugins, the professional has a 50% discount attached if you own the standard. So you don't pay twice.
GameMaker is easy to use and hard to master. You can click together a basic game in like 10 minutes if you like. But to do something more serious, you can do a lot of coding and a lot things including 3D.  And you can even expand it with .dlls etc. Awesome.

For 2D I recommend GameMaker or Torque, for Torque a serious amount of research and trial&error is required though imho.
Just my 2 cent as an enthusiast and not professional.

Offline AlysiaDuncan

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Re: Article: The Indie Guide to Making Games
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2013, 12:43:49 AM »
I think that's a nice tool for making games, I wonder if there's a free trial for that tools available on the web.

Offline Scorcher24

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Re: Article: The Indie Guide to Making Games
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2013, 12:45:26 AM »
I think that's a nice tool for making games, I wonder if there's a free trial for that tools available on the web.

Actually, Torque 2D is not under MIT License:
https://github.com/GarageGames/Torque2D

And there is a free version of Game Maker:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/214850/