Game Maker Ruins My Life

December 15, 2008

Game Maker and I have a very love/hate relationship. I love it because it lets me create in a few hours what would normally takes days or weeks to do. I hate it because everything about GM is just so damn inconsistent. Game Maker is the English language of programming languages. It isn’t designed well at all, but it somehow works and works well.

Right now I haven’t been able to work on as much stuff due to the fact that any GM games crash on startup on my laptop, which is what I spend 80% of my time on. Fortunately, Game Maker 5.3A games are running fine, so it does present an interesting challenge of using a tool that I have largely forgotten about. Version 5.3A is a far step back from the current version, and looking at some of the features that didn’t exist in the earlier version made me realize how spoiled I am now.

My Game Maker problems are also cross-platform. I have been toying around with the new GM Mac Beta, and I really don’t have anything good to say about it. The sprite editor is a joke, and there is about a 50% chance that your game just won’t load. YoYo Games has slated the open beta for April, and they’ve got a lot of catching up to do.

Am I disappointed by GM sometimes? Yes, but I have been using it for so long now that I would have to invest a large amount of time into changing my dev environment to reach the level of proficiency I have with GM now. I don’t quite think it’s worth it. Maybe someday another technology will come along and sweep me off my feet, but until then, I’m sticking with Game Maker.

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The bill to provide $14 billion in aid to US automakers has failed. As I have said before Republicans oppose the auto bailout because rich people don’t make cars. When the banks needed money, there was some conflict, but in the end we managed to give them $700 billion. Now that Wall St. is taken care of, do Republicans care about Main St? No, and they aren’t even willing to give Main St. a fraction of the money they gave to Wall St.

The auto bailout needed to happen. An auto industry crash is not something that may happen in the future, it is something that is already happening. Already, the auto parts industry is already experiencing a failure. Because nobody is buying cars, less cars get manufactured, which means that less parts get manufactured. People are already losing their jobs. Delphi, a leading auto parts maker, is hanging on by a thread. This is not an event happening in the future, it is happening now.

But Republicans are content to watch Detroit and other communities wither away as hundreds of thousands of jobs disappear. If we can bailout crooks like this, why can’t we bailout communities of workers?