By Philip Gamble
On November 3
YoYoGames.com surpassed the 25,000game mark 21 months after Mark Overmars announced hispartnership with the site. The Game Maker creator claims
that the site “has by far the most games of all game sites inthe world” and with games currently being uploaded to the
site at a rate of more than 50 a day it appears this willcontinue.
Last month YoYo Games and GMking announced that theywere merging their two rival wiki services to create a singleresource for developers using Game Maker. Approximately600 articles from GMk
ing.org‟s GMPedia were migrated
over to the YoYo Games service and in exchange all advertson the YoYo wiki were removed and its contents licensedthorough a Creative Commons License, in keeping with
A $100 first prize is up for grabs in the TIA Productionslimited graphics competition.Submitted games may onlyinclude shades of two colors and all graphics must be madefrom basic shapes. The deadline is November 10
fromwhen 10 days of voting commences. At the time of writingthere have only been 5 submissions so although thedeadline is not far away you may want to consider enteringfor a shot at $100. The odds of winning are certainly much
better than in any of YoYo Games‟ competitions.
Save the Planet
is the theme of the latest official YoYoGames competition. $1750 is once again up for grabs withcash prizes for three games deemed best by the sitesemployees. The late deadline of January 4
2009 ensuresthat people can take advantage of their winter breaks tofinish their games and should mean fierce competition forthe top prizes.
In mid-October the YoYo Games website finally moved outof its so-
called „Beta‟ status with the introduction of some
new features. The homepage now includes site-widestatistics mentioning the number of guests and registeredusers online at any time, and the number of games andgame plays on the site.The homepage now includes direct links to far more gamesthan it did previously and games are ranked by variousmethods including all-time plays as well as featured gamesfrom each category. This should ensure that moreprominence is given to higher quality games, whilst less-slick games are buried further in the site and require a userto choose to view all games or search for them directly.There were also some slight visual changes to the site whichhave had the effect of making the site look smoother, andthe bizarre 6-star rating system was replaced with a moretraditional 5-star method which pleased many communitymembers.