Simon Donkers

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Game Maker.info redesign
Posted on September 09, 2007 at 05:21

As promised in my previous post, I'm proud to announce the complete rewrite of Game Maker.info.

While the site still looks somewhat the same, there's a whole lot of changes under the hood. Let me highlight some of the most important ones:

  • The menubar now contains a button 'customize' which not only contains language and theme but with a few more clicks and a painless registration allows you to completely customize your own frontpage to show the news you think is important. This way you can say you'd like to be informed of all new blog posts from 64 Digits for instance.

  • Under 'Extras' there's a whole list of extra stuff under which a full copy of the Game Maker Manual. It includes a quick search as you type system and allows you to easily share a link with people to show them how stuff works

  • While the search field in the top corner looks pretty much the same, the results are now. A search for 'platform tutorial' will show you only Game Maker related results to help you on the way. This search engine is built specifically to allow you to find Game Maker information fast.


With the archive, directory, GML parser, D&D icons, newsticker and Iso City we offer a whole lot more for you to explore.
So what are you waiting for, check it out:

Game Maker.info

I am very much looking forward to what you think about the new site.
PS: We are looking for volunteers to complete the French translation and to get the site available in even more languages. Please contact us for more information.
PPS: Do you have a site which isn't in our directory or search results, let us know!.

Fixed the spelling of post post scriptum.




Make a game, win a 360
Posted on July 11, 2007 at 04:16

Yes, I'm still alive. I'll update this blog some more in a little while with a sneak preview of something exciting. For now, here's some shameless advertisement, unfortunately only for people from the Netherlands.

Do you care for the climate? Do you want a 360? Do you like making games? Do you want to learn more about Game Maker?
If so then I got a solution for you. Climate Quest has just started a competition to make a game around climate change and the first prize is an Xbox 360.
The goal is to create a game to make people thing about climate change and what they can do to stop it. For instance, promote using public transport, switching lights off when you leave, spend less time in the shower, recycle materials, ...
The competition goes through the entire summer holiday and your game has to be finished on the 31st of august. For those that are interested, Climate Quest will give several day long masterclasses on how Game Maker works and also how to create interesting and compelling games around climate change.
If you are interested, check out there website for further details:
http://www.climategame.net/

(for those who think this sounds like an advertisement, it is one. I'll be giving the Game Maker part of the masterclass and I want to meet as much readers from this blog as I can. So go compete, sign up for the masterclass and win that 360, the upcoming sneak preview is about gamemaker.info which is undergoing a total metamorphose)




Eo Website suggestions
Posted on February 25, 2007 at 08:43

Recently in a lengthy ceremony I have been granted control over the monkeys that run the Eo GDC website.

Quote: "Did you know"
Everytime you look at this page - one of the Eo monkeys manually writes up the refresh in HTML. Chimpy doesn't seem to enjoy it though.

In the coming months I'd like to work on the site and fix some bugs and include some suggestions. What I like to hear from you is what has always annoyed you about the Eo website and what you would like to see added.
I'm looking forward to all your replies.

PS: no we will not add a signup form.




Lights
Posted on December 28, 2006 at 07:12

About a month ago I bought a wireless Thrustmaster dual trigger rechargeable game controller. It has a simple docking station with a rather bright blue light on it. Now this blue light isn't completely purposeless as it blinks if it has signal problems. My controller has a feature to switch itself in power save mode if unused for over 5 minutes. Now this all sounds perfectly nice except that if I don't use my controller for 5 minutes my receiver will trigger this as an error and will start blinking rapidly. Even if my controller is laying in the recharging dock you see a red recharging/green recharged light telling the controller is correctly placed on top of the docking station as well as a fast blinking blue light telling me it can't find my controller.

This got me to think about how annoyingly many lights there are burning on my desk.
- The power light of my PC naturally
- My monitor power indicator and my screen
- The power light of a power switch for all my other stuff
- The power light of the power surge protector
- The receiver light of my wireless keyboard and mouse receiver (it blinks every time I press a key or move my mouse)
- The receiver of my old wireless rechargeable mouse as a backup in case my current one fails.
- A green status light on my USB hub/cup heater. (burns 24x7)
- A blue power light pointing out that an other USB hub is powered and running. (It blinks if systems use power)
- The green light that my batteries are recharged of my wireless controller (I unplugged the wireless receiver)
- The red light that my 5.1 speaker system is activated
- The green light that my webcam is powered (burns 24x7)
- The green power, ethernet, DSL and internet light indicator of my DSL router
- My power light of my printer scanner copier
- A green power indicator at the back of my PC pointing out Ethernet cable is plugged in, simulary twice at my router and once at my parents PC
- 4 lights indicating our phone central works, is powered, our ISDN central works and is powered
- A red light indicating the actual phone recharger is powered.
- The red light from my parents optical mouse which is transparent at the sides, there keyboard numlock light, monitor, speakers, PC power light, there PC power switch and there webcam.
- A miniature Christmas tree with 20 lights, happy holidays everybody. [/list]

The point of this lengthy list is to point out how annoyed I'm with all these lights non stop. Why does every single hardware manufacturer have to put a status light on there product and why do these light blink under normal circumstances? The only hardware on my desk without a light is my microphone and I'm pretty sure that's because it has no power source.

Anyway, how many lights do you have burning around your PC?

PS: Bacteria 2 is number 8 at most downloaded game of all time at 64d and steadily rising. I'm slowly conquering the rankings :).




Game Maker masterclass
Posted on November 11, 2006 at 08:03

Hello,

Some random updates about my life.

[li]I have given a presentation for I&I (a Dutch organisation of Computer Science teachers) about the advanced functions of Game Maker. More information is available at my portfolio (Dutch only)
[li]I've been working very hard on Game Maker.info. I've decided rather then to fill this blog with all my newsitems I've set up a seperate blog for the site. Some interesting new features are that the site is now multilangual (Dutch, English and French) and includes some nifty tools you might like such as linkable D&D icons and a GML color parser. We are working hard on adding some more unique features to the site.
If you want to help translate the site, know RSS feeds to add, have tools to suggest for us to built, want to make extra themes, or have any other comment about the service don't hesitate to contact me. There's contact details on the about page for me as well as scattered just about everyhwere on the web.

Other then that I'm currently spending a lot of time on school. A week ago I gave a presentation at our school on our project Faethon Da Vinci to among other the big boss of my faculty and the big boss of the big boss of my faculty. I'm giving my presentation again next wednesday at some school PR thingy.
I am still trying to spend some time working on Game Maker but my time is currently severely lacking. Going a weekend on holiday to Brugge (Belgium) and a weekend to Amsterdam (museumnacht) didn't really help free my timetable.

My current todo list is to finally finish off my still secret project, part #1. When Game Maker 7 comes out spend some time making my games Vista capable. When Vista comes out, buy a new PC. When the Wii comes out, buy it. Try to break my 1000 downloads/hour record for Bacteria 2. (Getting on the front cover of Spellenweb didn't yet have any serious effect on my download stats. ) Make sure my download counter can handle seriously heavy load as well as my games site. A week ago it crashed with 50 simultanious downloads in a matter of minutes with mysql connections issues. Become ruler of the world, multimillionaire and win a nobel price have been delayed for unspecified time :(.

Now everybody go comment on my blog to show that people actually read it and tell me what you think of Game Maker.info?




Some random stuff
Posted on September 22, 2006 at 17:00

Seeing as my profile already has a banner for 25+ hits, I signed up today and it has no content I might as well dump some promotional stuff here.



And an unnounced preview:




What do you think off Game Maker.Info and what would you like to see added? (and why are you viewing my profile?)



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