Devlog #1 – GameMaker: Studio new Project

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This entry marks the first entry of a new Devlog Series.

I’m currently working on a couple of GameMaker projects and I thought it might be useful to document my development process. I’ve been inspired to do so by reading the Loadworld Devlog PT. 2 by @ZackBellGames

Helper Scripts

I always start my projects by creating a Helpers group in my script assets.

sdm stands for Show Debug Message. This can be used as quickly as sdm(var). You don’t even have to ensure that var is a string. Unless you want to print a message.

///sdm(message, [only_in_debug_mode])

var only_in_debug_mode = false

if argument_count == 2
    only_in_debug_mode = argument[1]

if only_in_debug_mode && !global.debug

// Eventually cast to String
if (is_string(argument[0]) == false)
    var message = string(argument[0])
    var message = argument[0]


approach is used mostly to replace of the standard lerp function.

///approach(start, end, shift);

if (argument[0] < argument[1])
    return min(argument[0] + argument[2], argument[1]); 
    return max(argument[0] - argument[2], argument[1]);

iff and iif (sometimes also ift) is a ternary operator replacement. I tend to have such variety of names for a single script because I make mistakes when I type. That’s the real reason. You can name them whatever you want.

///iff(condition, branch_a, branch_b)

/* This is a shorthand / replacement for a ternary operator in GML.
 * condition: The condition that needs to be satisfied to return branch_a.
 * branch_a: Returned if condition is true.
 * branch_b: Returned if condition is false.
condition   = argument[0]
branch_a    = argument[1]
branch_b    = argument[2]

if (condition)
    return branch_a
    return branch_b

 gdash – GML utility library

This is something I found around the web and I consider it to be extremely useful. It’s the gdash GML utility library.

gdash is a functional utility library for GML, inspired by lodash. It aims to add useful, broad-purposed functions to help aid in game development. If you are doing any kind of data manipulation in your game, gdash can help out.

It can be used in devious ways. There are some examples on the github page. Check it out.

A set of really useful functions.
A set of really useful functions.

Next time I’ll post my Input Management scripts. I use them to capture both key press/release and joystick (not gamepad) press/release.


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