Finished GameMaker (GM) Tutorial 1, the Fruit Game. The GM IDE is pretty basic and allows you to build a simple 2-D game without too much fuss. The generated executable is 2.3 MB, which is pretty good considering that the game engine is included.
After using other mainstream IDEs such as Visual Studio and NetBeans, my preferences for the IDE would be:
- Use a tab and property sheet for each resource type instead of having a child window appear for each object.
- Leave the IDE open when testing a game instead of iconifying it.
Not major issues and there's still plenty to explore.