Here at Fiat Games, all of our games are created using the powerful video game development tool, Game Maker: Studio.
GameMaker: Studio caters to entry-level novices and seasoned game development professionals equally, allowing them to create cross-platform games in record time and at a fraction of the cost!
If you have ever been interested in creating your own video games, but didn’t know where to start, I highly recommend checking out Game Maker: Studio. You can download a free version from their website, and get started right away.
There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding commercial video game development. Here are a few of the most common ones:
- Most video games take years to develop.
- I don’t know how to program, and don’t have time to learn.
- It costs a lot of money to create video games.
This used to be the case, but video game development has changed drastically in the past few years, and it’s more beginner-friendly than ever.
This is a guest post submitted by Matt Stimson. If you haven’t heard of him yet, I highly recommend checking out his website, Stimpact. He is a first time game developer, who is off to an incredible start. He is participating in the increasingly popular 1GAM (One Game a Month) project, which inspired our own “Game a Week” project.
In the following tutorial, he explains how to implement Google Analytics (GA) into a GameMaker: Studio project file. This allows you to track several very important statistics about your games, such the number of times it has been played, the average session length, or (virtually any) game-specific metric.
Registering for Analytics
You’ll need a Google Apps account to register. Having a Gmail account means you’re already there; simply sign on for the Analytics service.
Setting up your Account
So, you’ve just arrived at the GA dashboard. The first thing to do is set up your website so that it is ready to be tracked. Do this by selecting the ‘Admin’ menu:
If you haven’t heard of “Flappy Bird” you’ve probably been living under a rock for the past few months. Flappy Bird was a simple, addictive, and frustrating mobile game created by Dong Nguyen. Flappy Bird was originally released on May 24, 2013 as an iPhone exclusive title. By the end of January, it was the most downloaded game on the Apple App Store.
On January 30, 2014, Dong Nguyen released an Android version of the game on the Google Play Store. For a short period of time, the game was generating over $50,000 a day in ad-revenue.
Flappy Bird was quickly becoming one of the most popular mobile games of all time, and generating a small fortune on the app stores. Despite it’s success, on February 8, 2014 Dong Nguyen removed the game from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store completely.