GameMaker Game Programming with GML

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Learn GameMaker Language programming concepts and script integration with GameMaker: Studio through handson, playable examples

About This Book

  • Write and utilize scripts to help organize and speed up your game production workflow
  • Display important user interface components such as score, health, and lives
  • Play sound effects and music, and create particle effects to add some spice to your projects
  • Learn how to script common game features: artificial intelligence, collision, reading input, and player feedback
  • Build your own example match-three puzzle and platform games

Who This Book Is For

If you are a GameMaker: Studio developer, having little experience with writing scripts and are looking to expand that skill set, this is the book for you. It is assumed that you can already navigate GameMaker: Studio to some degree. Because this book focuses on the scripting and integration of scripts to aid in the production of a game, instead of game design, it would also be useful for you to have access (or have the ability) to create the visual and audio assets that are presented in the examples throughout this book.

What You Will Learn

  • Create script resources as well as custom scripts for events
  • Learn how to import, compress, and play sound effects and background music
  • Build particle effect systems to give games a little extra flare
  • Track and display user interface elements such as health and scoring
  • Program and interact with simple yet challenging artificial intelligence
  • Read player input from a variety of sources
  • Utilize alarms to create a clean series of events
  • Establish a finite state machine to track a character's current state
  • Complete easy and fun games from start to finish

In Detail

GameMaker: Studio is a popular game engine used to publish games to a variety of platforms. Although GameMaker: Studio's drag-and-drop functionality makes creating games simple and fast, utilizing scripts can really help organize and speed up GameMaker's workflow exponentially.

This hands-on guide will help you build a strong foundation in programming in GameMaker Language by taking you through several example games. Knowledge gained by the end of the book can be applied so you can build your own line of exciting games.

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About the Author:

Matthew DeLucas

Matthew DeLucas has been a gameplay engineer with Schell Games in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for over five years. He has worked on a wide range of interactive projects for PC, Web, mobiles, and consoles. Matt has also released independent projects for PC and Xbox 360, such as Convextrix, a puzzle game, and Battle High, which is a fighting game series. Being a programmer and designer, Matthew has also participated in almost every official, 48hour Global Game Jam, managing to help his team achieve success while experimenting with new ideas. Matthew began his programming career in GameMaker: Studio and has become proficient with additional game engines, such as Gamebryo and Unity3D, and scripting languages such as C#, Python, Lua, and MaxScript for 3DS Max. Often, he chronicles his experiences with game production on his blog at www.mattrifiedgames.blogspot.com. Matthew has had a desire to work in the game industry ever since he was young, and he enjoys all of the facets of game production—programming, design, and art. His favorite genres include platformer, puzzles, racing, and fighting games, all of which influence his designs.

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