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This is definitely worth preserving, and I can probably help because I'm one of the old GMers.  Here are my thoughts at 11:56 PM:

1) More links to third-party publications that talk about the software...

2) More details....

3) Some history. Compare GameMaker to other game creation systems before, contemporary with, and after it hit the market...

1) There was probably an article in MacAddict at some point.  Al surely knows and probably collected all of that.
2) I could probably do that.
3) GM was card-based and its most notable contemporary was HyperCard.  I thought of GM as a less-expensive alternative specifically oriented towards game-making, although I don't remember if it was actually pitched that way.  GM inspired SilverCreator.

Maybe we could beef it up by adding links to some games?

I can pick a few special games to use as examples on the wiki.  I think we should probably try to get the authors' permission before we use their content, though... most of them are potentially embarrassing, and conversely, a few of them are good enough to be claimed as copyrighted IP.
All the games can be downloaded here:

A release history would also make sense, if that's not too hard to find information on.

Here's a partial history.  Al would probably be happy to share the rest if he has it.

Other thoughts:
The Wikipedia page mentions Steve Streza.  It could also mention Jason Steele, the animator who's famous for Charlie the Unicorn.  Jason's name on YouTube, "Secret Agent Bob," is a reference to a series of GM games that he made when he was a kid.

Trash Talk / Re: EqwanoX gaming
« on: April 12, 2015, 02:39:27 PM »
Nice video!  I see you got my level editor in there.  I remember when we were all making levels and sharing them.  That was fun.

Trash Talk / Re: roll call
« on: April 12, 2015, 02:36:53 PM »
I've been checking in every 1-2 months.  I've been programming some things, trying to build a portfolio to help me get a programming job, but I'm not into game-making anymore.

Trash Talk / Re: Word Dissasociation Game
« on: September 23, 2014, 10:15:10 PM »

Trash Talk / Re: GMG Video Documentary
« on: August 16, 2014, 11:27:14 PM »
That sounds really cool.  When I think about all the great times I've had with the GMG community over the years, it makes me sad to know that there's no record written down anywhere, and that my memories are fading.  A video documentary would be a great way to preserve our history.

Trash Talk / Re: i have upgraded!!
« on: August 16, 2014, 01:00:22 AM »
I'm still on 10.68. I'm afraid to upgrade in case some of the stuff I use won't run anymore.
I hear you.  I knew that if I replaced Snow Leopard with Mavericks that I wouldn't be able to play carbonized GM games, old PPC SC games, etc..  But if you have enough extra space on your HD, you can partition it and have Snow Leopard and Mavericks on the same disk.  That's what I recently did.

Trash Talk / Re: i have upgraded!!
« on: August 01, 2014, 04:18:49 PM »
oh, i noticed none of my games work that were made with sc1.5, so 10.9 sucks.
IIRC, SC 1.5 compiled PPC code, and OS X stopped supporting PPC after 10.6.  If you still have the source files, you can recompile your games as Intel code in SC 2.0b3.

Also, 10.9 requires applications to be signed by Apple.  To run non-signed programs, I think you need to go to System Preferences -> Security & Privacy and change the setting "Allow apps downloaded from:" to "Anywhere".

My OS is corrupting programs after running them! :U
That's... really weird.  I have a feeling that the programs themselves are OK, but the OS has some kind of configuration file for them that is messed up (though I don't know why that would happen).  You can get the MD5 checksum of a program before you run it, then get the checksum again afterward, and compare them to see if the program has changed.

Trash Talk / Re: i have upgraded!!
« on: July 31, 2014, 11:06:34 AM »
I still have my 2 GHz MacBook and 10.9 runs just fine. In fact, I think I recall Gan saying it was supposed to be MORE efficient than the previous OSX.
I have 10.9 on my 2.26 GHz Core 2 Duo MacBook (late 2009), and it hangs for about 1 second every time I open a program.  Based on that, I assumed that older/slower Macs would be a lot worse with 10.9... I guess I overestimated.

I also have an Acer C720 Chromebook.  It's pretty great... once you replace ChromeOS with Linux, it becomes a "real computer".  It's what I use most of the time now, even though the MacBook is still superior to it in various ways.

Trash Talk / Re: i have upgraded!!
« on: July 30, 2014, 02:34:51 PM »
That's a great deal, and a necessary upgrade.  You wouldn't want to run 10.9 on the old iMac... it might work, but it would be pretty slow.

Trash Talk / Re: Favorite Monsters?
« on: May 04, 2014, 01:58:35 PM »
I like the dancing chest-burster alien from Spaceballs.  Coolest little gastrointestinal terrorist in the galaxy.

Announcements / Re: Hosting for GMG will end May 2015
« on: May 04, 2014, 01:51:55 PM »
Old posts won't be moved over?  But that's a big part of the history of who we are.  Will old posts be accessible some other way?

Oh wow, was that study conducted by vegans, or the KKK?  It's a common stereotype that black people eat lots of fried chicken... and now, Cornell University says that people who eat fried chicken are aggressive... hmm.

Other Languages & Tools / Re: Barcode Inventory Database
« on: April 26, 2014, 09:27:30 PM »
After having thought about this some more, I realize that this barcoding scheme was a bad idea.  It disobeys the rules of DB normalization, and it generally reflects my C-oriented brain trying to do SQL-oriented stuff.  I'm not ready to build a DB for a business yet.

I hope I can wrap my head around this stuff because I really want to be a DB admin someday.  The money is good, the job security is good, and in some ways it seems simpler than other types of programming.  The kind of stuff I've been focusing on for the past few years has always made me feel inadequate... I'll never know enough languages, or frameworks, or data structures, or whatever.  But DB administration?  Oddly, that seems feasible.  Maybe someday.

Trash Talk / Re: Favorite Maniacs?
« on: April 22, 2014, 09:03:55 PM »
My favorite fictional maniac would be the Queen of Hearts from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.  She impulsively sentences a bunch of people to death by beheading, only to pardon them a few minutes later... that's straight-up maniacal, dude.

Trash Talk / Re: Favorite Maniacs?
« on: April 22, 2014, 05:14:28 PM »
For me, it's a tie between David Berkowitz and Charles Manson.  I mean, I don't approve of their methods, or their personalities, or anything else about them... but, you know, they were pretty good maniacs.  Just sayin'.

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