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GameMaker Cookbook by Brandon Gardiner

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Creating objects that use physics

There's a trend in video games where developers create products that are less games than play areas; worlds and simulators in which a player may or may not be given an objective and it wouldn't matter either way. These games can take on a life of their own; Minecraft is essentially a virtual game of building blocks and yet has become a genre of its own, literally making its creator, Markus Persson (also known as Notch), a billionaire in the process. While it is difficult to create, the fun in games such as Minecraft is designed by the player. If you give a player a set of tools or objects to play with, you may end up seeing an outcome you hadn't initially thought of and that's a good thing. The reason why I have ...

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