"Too much focus on graphics, and not enough on gameplay"
I've never, ever seen this problem in any Game Maker game, but rather the opposite; good gameplay with crappy graphics seems all too common.
"If you can make all the jumps without variable jumping, then why do you need it?"
I agree with this. Sometimes nonlinear jumps can be good if it fits the gameplay, but sometimes its not needed. Just look at the original Castlevania trilogy.
"Unecessary installers or lack of appropriate installers"
Yes, totally agree. The problem is that most GM games just aren't worth installing. Sorry, but its true. Even the really good ones. Someone said that not having installers screams unprofessional. that's true, and that's because most GM games ARE unprofessional. Most people do this for fun.
It's like that article that bashed GM users recently, claiming that these games would be someday found in the $10 bin. Putting the games in the $10 bin is ALOT more ambitous than most people will ever get making these games. So that article was just silly and pointless, as is having installers 90% of the time. I don't want to bash a specific games, so just do this; think about the last GM game that you played, and ask yourself if it was professional enough to be installed long-term on your computer.
But understand this; I'm not saying that, if you are shooting for professional quality, you shouldn't put an installer in your game. What I'm saying is that if I download the latest NOOB crappy Mario clone with 2 levels, I really don't want to have to install it.
"Oh and I despise Midi's. I always turn off the midi control and have Winamp running in the background. Use small mid-quality sound mp3's or tracker modules."
And with that, i have my own pet peeve:
People who don't know the first thing about advertising their own game. I come online in the morning to find a new game put up in the Creations forum, so I click on the message to read something like this:
"Hey, I just finished Shnazzle, download it HERE. Please give feedback.
Edit: C'mon people, download my game!" *
Why? Why should I take the time to download a game that I know nothing about? Do you people not realize that you are competing for attention? Competing with dozens of others who put their new games up everyday? What sets you apart from them?
At the very, very least, DESCRIBE THE GAME! It's bad enough to not have a screeenshot, but at least give us a REASON to download it.
Oh, and here's another hint: yelling at us will not convince us to download your game.
* MJ would like to apologize for the lack of realism on this quote; most people would not edit their posts, but rather post again.
Edited by mandelbrotjulia, 17 April 2004 - 07:31 AM.