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GameMaker Studio Standard Edition Is Currently FREE (Save $50)

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If you've ever wanted to make games but are intimidated by the steep learning curve of programming, this may be a good deal for you. GameMaker has always had a free version, but it has severe limitations in what you can do with it.

At the moment, if you download the free version of GameMaker Studio, it will display an option to upgrade to the Standard version free of charge. This would normally cost $50.

It's not necessarily just for beginners either, there have also been some great commercial games made with it such as the excellent roguelike Spelunky.


More details from the GameMakerBlog:
Make sure you have updated to version 1.2.1214 of GameMaker Studio. As the update is part of the beta updates channel, you may need to right click the GameMaker icon in your system tray and select the correct updates channel.

Additionally, developers can use their free Standard edition license to upgrade to the Professional edition for only $50 more. It’s likely that this is a time-limited offer, so if you’re using the free version of GameMaker Studio be sure to act quickly.

GameMaker community members expressed their delight at the offer. “I’ve been wanting to recommend Studio to friends for a long time, but the resource limits of Studio Free make the program borderline unusable,” said one user.

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  • +8 votes

    Somewhat related: Unity is another way to quickly get into game making, and it's free version is really versatile:
    http://unity3d.com/

  • +3 votes

    Couple of tips: download from yoyogames.com, not via steam. After it installs and starts, you'll have a little system tray icon…Right click and make sure it is on the Beta channel…then you can update to latest version and will have the option to upgrade for free.

    Good deal as the free version is severely limited…This is at least capable of making a decent game.

  • +1 vote

    agh this free version si for windows :/

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    how do we check if we got the right thing?

    • +4 votes

      Update to the latest beta version. Then when it asks you what edition you want to use click "Standard" and enter your email address. A key will be emailed to you, which you then copy and paste into the program, and it should say it has been successfully unlocked.

      If, like me, the first email does not come through for you, use this recovery form on this page to send it again:
      http://www.yoyogames.com/support

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    I couldn't get past STEP 1:Confirm Email Address…. I entered my email address but they never sent me a licence code…..

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      See my previous comment. The original email came through for me after 15 minutes, but the "recovery" email was instant.

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        I didn't see your post, I was sitting on the page before I posted. I ended up getting mine after 15mins.

        • +3 votes

          Now to make "Hotline Tassie" ;)

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          Nice, let me know if you need a hand :)

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    Thanks for me - had to wait a few minutes for the email with the licence key to come through but after that all good!

  • +5 votes

    They're also running a promo for a free Tizen export key, whatever that is. http://www.yoyogames.com/developers/promotions/tizen-game-dr...

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      Tizen is some new smartphone OS from Samsung and others, competitor to Android.

      • +1 vote

        Cool, thanks :) I doubt it will do very well.

    • +1 vote

      Went from Free -> Standard. Then got the free Tizen key and now -> GameMaker: Studio Professional (Tizen)!

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        Same. Thanks!

  • +1 vote

    Just downloaded… activation work fine. Is there a good site for learning this?

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      Yeah, I'd like to know too - if anyone's got any good tips.

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    Been trying for the past 12 hours…-ish…

    • +3 votes

      http://109.169.50.89/licences/standard/register?email=<insert your email here…>

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    Got the email straight away

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    I just received an email saying I could upgrade to the professional version for $25

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      Read my comment above to get it free ;-)