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Sunday, September 23, 2007
i've been talking with simon carless and matt wegner of the igf triumvirate and they have handed down a pretty exciting decision: games created with game maker are now eligible for the main and student competitions of the independent games festival.

game maker games had previously been disallowed because of a technicality: in order for a game to be eligible, the authors must be capable of commercially distributing it. because there's a cash prize for the competition, you see. well, the igf committee did their research, and it turns out game maker games authors are totally able to sell their games. hence, they are eligible.

the deadline for entering the main competition is on october first, a week away. there's also an obscene usd95 entry fee. i think it's important, though, to show that games can be made by people who are not coders. i think it's vital to the medium, in fact, that lack of programming experience not be a barrier to a person producing the game she's envisioned.

so show these folks what you've got, kids.
Anonymous Anonymous said at 9/23/2007 06:10:00 PM:  
Game Maker games that sell? Indeed, Immortal Defense seems to have made an impact.
Anonymous Javet said at 9/23/2007 07:02:00 PM:  
Anonymous James said at 9/23/2007 09:07:00 PM:  
"game maker games had previously been disallowed because of a technicality: in order for a game to be eligible, the authors must be capable of commercially distributing it."

Did they even bother visiting the GM website before? The sentence, "You can do anything you want with the games you produce, you can even sell them!" has been up there for eons. I mean, since like version 3 or so. Which was years ago.
Blogger haowan said at 9/24/2007 12:21:00 AM:  
it does seem odd that this was the given reason for not including it. i think the REAL reason is that they didn't want to have to sift through literally hundreds of game maker game entries every year.
Anonymous Oddbob said at 9/24/2007 01:07:00 AM:  
Sounds likely Haowan.

Still good news that they've finally entered the 21st Century.
Blogger Radnom said at 9/24/2007 02:19:00 AM:  
Sweet! Now I can submit all my click the ball games!
Anonymous BenH said at 9/24/2007 07:05:00 AM:  
considering the 95$ entry fee, I don't think most Gamemaker users would be able to enter. You know, what with most of them being 14 and all.
Anonymous Melly said at 9/24/2007 07:41:00 AM:  
It certainly seems like they didn't do their research properly. I think the entry fee alone is a highly effective way to comb out all the kiddies that might wanna give it a shot. If you want to pay that you might as well have something good in your hands. Especially considering the kind of competition you'd have.
Blogger Andrew said at 9/24/2007 11:27:00 AM:  
Cute Knight is another example of a commercially distributed gamemaker game.
Anonymous Anonymous said at 9/24/2007 01:15:00 PM:  
You can enter in the student category without a fee, though.
Anonymous simonc said at 9/24/2007 02:57:00 PM:  
Hey guys, Simon from the IGF here. Not many people normally ask us about entering Game Maker games, hence the brief confusion. But we sorted it out, and as someone says, if you're a student, you can enter for free in the student category.
Anonymous th15 said at 9/25/2007 08:19:00 AM:  
Thanks for bringing this to light, I was planning to enter my game into IGF and I didn't even know that this was an issue!