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  1. [quote name='Alex.SilR' timestamp='1352518475'] Congrats, I won my first computer when I was 17 and you already are developing games hehhehehehehe Show them! [/quote] I actually got my first computer when I was 5, it was a gift from my parents. And I'll be more than happy to share the game I'm currently developing as soon as it's in nearly finished shape. [quote name='Black-Rook' timestamp='1352534440'] Welcome! Would love to see your prior game projects. [/quote] Thank you, there is a problem with most of my prior work, it was mostly stored on my old HDD which broke a couple months back. Still, I have a good amount of artwork, and even some demo's on a couple memory sticks and in my friends office computer, and I'll be sure to share everything I can salvage as soon as I do collect it P.S. The games I worked on so far were indie and really small, besides those I had two bigger projects, one was even paid, but on both I was doing environmental graphics and minor code.
  2. I got to be honest, I'm working in GML for the last three and a half years, and I've both seen and done some amazing things in it. I don't think it's really that much limiting, you can always find creative solutions to pretty much any problem you might come across. I've even work on an MMO in GML that ended up being awesome in beta. I personally really enjoy Game Maker platform and I think it is way underrated. P.S. YoYo games (the creators of Game Maker) are also publishers and if you make a great game they may end up publishing it for Android, iOS, Windows and Mac.
  3. Well, I don't see anything wrong with the layout you have planned, I think it would work just fine P.S. If I got it right, you're going to have some quicktime events, if so make sure to test layouts for them and make sure it's nor too easy to pull one of, nor too hard for the player to complete it.
  4. Hello there, I thought it might be smart if, at the beggining of this, I introduce myself. My name is Black, I'm 17 years old, I live in South-Eastern Europe and I create games for over half a decade now. If you want to hear the summary of my career, I'm more than happy to share it. Anyway, I'm a game designer, writer, artist and developer (only thing I surely can't do is create music). I started with developing and drawing, and about a year ago I realised that a good game must have a good base, which led me to get a lot more serious when it comes to designing and writing. I work mostly on the GameMaker platform, but besides GML I do work with ActionScript and Flash. A couple of my games won minor regional awards, none of which is really notable. I was a part of a couple teams, and I currently work with two of my dear friends who are writers. I'm looking for people who share the same passion towards making video games. I would love to find a couple of really good people here and collaborate with them. I hope I haven't put you to sleep already, Black