I just wanted to express my thanks to Ashley, Tom, and the rest of the Scirra team for producing and supporting Construct 1 and 2 over the years. I have used their products for all sorts of interactive projects and a bunch of games that I have created and released.
It's been a lot of fun, and I thank them whole-heartedly for the one-time licensing cost all these years ago. I would have paid ten-fold the amount!
The reason for my good-bye post is of course the subscription (rental) model that will be introduced when Construct 3 is released. I completely understand Scirra's reasons for this - unfortunately, their new business model and my personal view on software licensing clash head-on, and I cannot and will not rent my development tools. Just my personal view, and for those here who feel differently: more power to you. It just does not work for me.
In the past few weeks I have been quite pessimistic and down-right rebellious in my postings on these forums to express my deep-felt disappointment. You have to understand that I was gutted. If those posts caused distress to some of you here: my apologies.
After reading about Construct's subscription-only option, I actually went through the typical and well-know stages of grief: first shock and disbelief, then denial, bargaining, anger (a lot of that in some of my posts when I re-read them), depression, and now finally acceptance/hope.
I suppose it can be difficult at times when things change - but, as it turns out, the change is for the better for me personally. I put a lot of thought and effort into investigating a bunch of (2d) game engines lately, and found an excellent replacement for my work (Godot) that is as much fun to learn for 2d game projects as was Construct when I first encountered it. It is also the right tool for me to grow - Construct's visual coding always felt a bit confining to me, and personally I prefer manual coding.
Anyway, that is not important now. Life is too short as it is for much negativity. We all have freedom of choice in our dev tools. Use whatever works best for you, and have fun, which is the most important thing! No passion, no drive, no great games.
Many thanks to everyone in this great community for all the help, tips, advice, and tutorials that have helped me tremendously to get my work done throughout the years. I hope I've been able to help out some people in return here and there.
All the best to everyone, and a special thanks to Ashley for making my life a bit more wonderful when he introduced Construct to the world!
I'll be checking in as a lurker from time to time, though - just to check what's happening. Some of you I may meet again on other parts of the web.
And with that, I am signing off.
Toodles, Cheerios, and hang loose!