I read some bad news today. It seems that GameSalad is heading in a new direction — down a road I cannot follow. With the new “GameSalad Direct” business model, games are published directly through GameSalad to the iTunes App Store. That’s great, if you’re not already registered with Apple. I am a registered developer and Photics is an Internet publishing company. I’m not pleased with GameSalad pushing into my publishing business. That means I’ll have to move my iOS apps to another platform. Corona is the likely choice.
I really like GameSalad. It’s great software. It makes it easy to make iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch apps — without needing to know complicated programming languages. With the graphical user interface, English is basically the programming language. Yet, GameSalad is looking to become something more. It’s looking to become a game publishing company. For beginners, this isn’t a major issue. But for Professional developers, we tend to be touchy about our work.
I fought hard to make an online name for myself. I navigated through Apple’s developer policies to ensure that the word “Photics” would appear next to my online apps. But unfortunately, the “Express” and “Pro” versions of GameSalad are no longer available. Once my subscription expires, it looks like I’ll have to give up on the software. What are the alternatives to GameSalad? There are lots, but I’ve narrowed it down to Corona. It’s basically the same thing, minus the GUI.
Corona uses Box2D and Lua. It’s a bit complicated, but that’s basically what GameSalad is doing. The main difference is that Corona has more options and better performance than GameSalad. There’s even some word that a GUI interface is on the way. Can I learn a new programming language? I liked the visual development style of GameSalad. That worked with my strength. Coding, I understand it, but it slows down my development.
I’m planning to try Corona, to see if I can convert my GameSalad games. From what I’ve read, Lua is similar to Flash Action Script. Heh, and that’s what I’m worried about. I was able to create some Flash games, but the process was incredibly slow.
There is significant financial incentive to master GameSalad to Corona conversions. The majority of GameSalad developers are quite disappointed with the new business model. They’re probably looking for ways to liberate their games. I could make a lot of money by charging for conversions.
There is another idea. Perhaps this is a good time to get out of the game making business. With 250,000+ apps and 15,000+ developers, there are easier and better ways to make money. I have new project ideas. Perhaps I should pursue those ideas instead.
GameSalad fans, you can post your comments on the matter. What do you think about the change to GameSalad? Should I work on the GameSalad to Corona Conversion Project?