When I browse the forums and look at what new there is in 3D Game Techinques, the name 3D Game Techniques always catches my attention. It gives me the impression that I am visiting a forum in which expert Game Maker users discuss the use of D3D in Game Maker. But instead of that, I see topics about how to start 3D mode, how to draw a floor, how to create a 3D MMORPG without making any effort, and so forth.
What I also see, is a bunch of closed topics. And in most cases of closed topics, I think it's good. But in some cases, I don't think it is, because some topics were actually topics about discussing 3D Game Techniques. It is currently not possible on the GMC to discuss GM 3D techniques unless you reply in a topic which is about the same but in the form of a question.
The 3D Game Techniques forum is a questions forum. You might think from the name it isn't but it is. As stated in the rules for the 3D Game Techniques forum:
So why is there no place to actually discuss 3D game techniques?
This forum is for questions regarding GM's 3D capability.
Ever since 3D was introduced in Game Maker, there has never been a real place for advanced people in making 3D games with GM to actually discuss 3D game techniques. The only place there is for those people is a forum filled with topics that ask the same questions over and over again (excluded some topics that actually did contain advanced questions). I know Game Maker was not created for 3D games, but the possibility to create 3D games it there, and people are willing to push 3D in Game Maker to it's limits. Those people are just slowed down because there is no place on the GMC where they can actually discuss 3D game techniques with other people. The Expert Users forum is not the place to discuss these things, because 2D and 3D in Game Maker are two totally different things, and also as we have by far not yet discovered for 3D what we have discovered for 2D in Game Maker.
A few months ago, this question was already asked in the changes to the expert users forum topic by l4nt0m:
but it received no response (nor from a GMC member neither from a GMC staff member).
Eventhough I'm not that much an actively posting member, I do like this set up, makes topic of a higher level and so also more interesting to read. I have a question/request though: is it possible to have something like this for the 3d forum too, or will this expert forum now also be for discussion on expert d3d topics?
Because several people have asked me to post examples of such topics, here are 2 examples (I agree, they are not the best examples of what I mean, but I couldn't go through all topics in the 3D Game Techniques forum to find the best because of the date-cutoff function, so I had to use the search engine to search for common terms).
Here is a topic which lies between a question and a discussion. It could very easily have (and would have if it wasn't closed) turned out to be a great topic where people would discuss techniques to have shadows wrapping around models in the most efficient way for Game Maker. But it was closed less than a day after it's creation.
Second is a topic about creating professional animated 3D characters (link). Again, not the best example I could wish, but it is a topic that is for discussing techniques to most efficiently create model animations in Game Maker. As the previous example I gave, this could also turn out to be a great discussion between GMC members giving possibly great results.
Please share your thoughts about this matter, and thanks for reading,