Gamemaker competition and GameCreator in C++
I know quite a few educators are using Mark Overmar’s Gamemaker. His YoYo games site has a new competition - to create games with an Egyptian theme. Top prize of $1000. More here.
Meanwhile, I noticed a short while ago that the new edition of Microsoft Visual C++ Express Edition (the free download one) includes The Game Creators game development kit. This is essentially the same library as used in DarkBASIC, but with a C++ API - and significantly improved performance. No I haven’t had a chance to play with, and no I’m not likely to in the near future. But if you are looking for an introductory C++ game creation toolkit, it has to warrant a closer look.