Have you ever fancied having a go at creating your own computer game but don't have the programming knowledge? If so, take a look at Game Maker.
Game Maker needs no prior understanding of programming or game creating experience. It simply requires you to cut and paste elements into a game much as if you were using a word processor.
Game Maker is very much community-driven, meaning there is a thriving forum of users and reams of user manuals to help you get to grips with it. YoYo Games offers eight clearly explained lessons to get you started.
This is not to say you'll be able to create great games in minutes. Game Maker still takes some getting used to and learning. Game Maker is also limited by size - once your creations reach a certain size, you can't develop them any further although for beginners, it will be a long time before they get to that stage.
Game Maker is an interesting project that provides a great platform to take your first steps into game creation.