okay so im looking into game engines for my business/dev partner to use. Hes in college for computer science/java programming and even though he can program in the C family, he feels most comfortable with java. Since i know HTML5 and some web-oriented languages, i decided id be best suited for graphic design and storyline.
Either way, ive been looking all over, we need a good 2d game engine. I took a look at Slick2D, JGame and some others, im just wondering if i can get help as to what commercial programmers are using these days?
I also took a look into GameMaker Studio/8.1(since i can play with small mockups and then give him directions for programming) but im scared an engine thats so easy to use, especially for beginners(i made a mockup in 15 minutes without using any of my coding abilities), is just too good to be true. Plus ive never heard of any commercial company using such an engine.
So, i figured i would once again come to gamedev for help, can anyone shed some light? If it helps, its a 2D Platformer that isnt at all graphics demanding. Some physics will be used, but not much. Multiplayer is a future thought, but im sure if i dont have an engine that supports it, we can just impliment it later, however all the help i can get being an indie developer is always nice! No 3D is necessary, animations will be done in flash!