Today we are announced on Develops list of the Worlds top 100 game studios!!! http://www.develop100.com/
It's based on the critical reception to games released during 2010 in association with Metacritc. Regardless to say, we are sitting with some pretty big grins right now :D Drinks anyone...?
We would like to give a hand of support to Shanna Falgoust who is attending the International Society for Technology in Education conference at the end of June who is promoting GameMaker in a workshop and Games and Simulations Arcade. Take a look at what's going on below;
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Shanna is a community education instructor of Texas Community Education Association http://www.tcea.com/about.htm and an award winning graphics designer. She's also a technology teacher at Boerne ISD and has implemented a game creation unit executing the idea to support 21st century skill building in an effort to engage students in the classroom. Shanna has said many of the students have tested and used Alice, Scratch, Games Factory, and Game Maker, but prefer Game Maker because of its ease of use. "This is a great product to implement problem-based, project-based and inquiry-based learning into educational curriculum. Students are engaged and remain motivated to learn and excel! Game-based development is a fantastic instructional tool and strategy to use in the classroom. There is absolutely no better learning motivation for our youth than providing them with tools they are familiar with in their personal lives".
We are very impressed by Shannas dedication and passion to teaching with GameMaker and hope to put pictures up of her newest showcase soon.
In a similar theme, YoYo Games is an official sponsor of the Creative Game Challenge http://www.creativegamechallenge.nl/ This is a competition organised by Utrecht University set up last year by Mark Overmars for Dutch secondary school students (age 12-18). The theme for this years annual game dev competition is Water. All the games entered were made using GameMaker and the 9 prizes up for grabs (€1,500 for the winner) and will be announced on June 24th.
This year 113 games were submitted and 20 games have been nominated. Pictures of last years prize event can be found here - http://www.creativegamechallenge.nl/experience2009.php City of the Duce is one such game created by one of our community BlueMoonProductions http://www.yoyogames.com/games/161125-city-of-the-duce# and has been announced as being one of the games shortlisted! For the full list of those who got through can be found here (in Dutch): http://www.creativegamechallenge.nl/allegamesgc2010.php
Best of luck to all! We look forward to seeing the results.
Heres the Wanderlust guys interview about behind the scenes details about the game's developments using GameMaker http://www.indiepinion.com/steffenj/interview-with-team-wanderlust/ We love the quote "the perception of GameMaker is that it cannot produce high-quality titles like Wanderlust, well I'm here to say...you can accomplish a lot with it!" Thanks for the nod guys and best of luck making this a hit!