Posted: May 24
I taught myself how to program using Game Maker 5 when I was in fourth grade. Now I am a professional programmer and I still use Game Maker to this day.
Game Maker is a development tool that has a wide range of possibilities. You can make just about any game that the SNES could play, and many that PS1-era games could play as well. However, I've found that this kit is good for making educational apps, data sorting software, and plenty of other possibilities open up when you just apply some creativity and hard work.
To anybody just getting into programming: try out Game Maker Studio for free and make 100 bad games on it. It's the quickest way to learn. Once you know plenty of tricks and methods of doing things wrong, start putting a lot of effort into making a good game. Conquer obstacles including (but not limited to): technical difficulties, struggles with programming logic, your own development fatigue. GMS is a safe environment to learn how to deal with all of these issues and becomes a trusted companion throughout your Game Developing Career.
I couldn't recommend this software more.