Version 6 of Game Maker was released on Oct 2, 2004. It was the first in the Game Maker 6 series. A major change was that it ran on Direct3D.
(As seen On the old changes page)
GAME MAKER 6.0 Changes
The following are some of the major changes in GAME MAKER version 6.0 compared to version 5.3.
Version 6.0 of Game Maker is a major rewrite. The whole graphics and sound subsystems have been rewritten. This extended the possibilities of the program considerably but at the same time resulted in a large number of incompatibilities. Also the system requirements for version 6.0 are higher than for version 5.3. In particular a reasonable graphics card is required. To signify this version 6.0 uses a new file extension .gm6. This makes it easy to run both version 5.3 and 6.0 simultaneously. Even though version 6.0 can still read games created with version 5, you are strongly encouraged to finish your version 5 games with the old version.
The graphics subsystem has been completely rewritten. It now uses Direct3D and requires DirectX version 8.0 or later. The new graphics system is more stable and allows for many new possibilities. In particular it is now possible to fast draw alpha blended (translucent) and color blended sprites. Also sprites can now be drawn rotated or mirrored. There are many new drawing routined for drawing shapes, again with alpha blending and also with texture mapping. Drawing such shapes is much faster than in the previous version.
Game Window Edit
The game window code has been rewritten as well, giving the game designer more control over the window and the views on the room. This allows e.g. for fast scaling of the room and scaled and rotated views.
3D Graphics Edit
A number of functions have been added to draw three-dimensional scenes. Even though Game Maker primarily remains a 2D game design package these 3D function allow for more.
The sound system has been rewritten as well, considerably extending the possibilities and improving the quality. Midi files now play without problems and you can play multiple midi files simultaneously. You can add sound effects like chorus and reverb and you can use 3D positional sounds.
There is a new font resource. Fonts are embedded in the stand-alone executable. There are a number of additional actions and functions to draw text in fonts in many different ways, including alpha and color blending.
HTML help Edit
The help file has been improved considerably, both in style and in contents.
Many smaller improvements Edit
There are many other smaller improvements, in particular:
- Separate global mouse event for different buttons.
- You can now select/copy/paste/delete multiple actions in object and timeline form.
- When cancelling a new action, it is no longer added to the event.
- You can now duplicate an event in the object property form.
- Timing is better and motion is much more smooth.
- Made it harder to (illegally) decompile executables.
- You can now set a number of options for the game information window, like caption and position.
- Rearranged the action libraries making it easier to find actions.
- Tiles settings are now stored and indicated with the background, not in the room.
- Data files have been replace by a simpler mechanism to embed files in the stand-alone executable.
- More control over the way highscore lists are shown.
- More control over the way game information is shown.
Bug corrections Edit
A number of bugs have been corrected, in particular:
- Problems with transparent background have been solved.
- corrected a crash when giving a negative number as argument to event_perform().
- corrected bug with path position when saving a game.
- The game maker window no longer pops to the front when the mouse moves over an action.
- The games now better handle screen savers, locking the screen, etc. (still some errors can occur).
- Highscores are now encoded.