Based on my demographic, I'm an atypical game developer.
There are not a lot of females of my vintage either involved in or interested in game dev. Women, sadly, are still the minority in this pursuit (but we are gaining ground... yay!) and, as far as age goes, you can estimate my years based on the following clues: My first computer was a Vic-20. Data was stored on a cassette tape (I'm sure that some of you have never even seen one of these in real life, let alone used one). When I started experimenting with technology, I owned a portable record player, "mobile phones" were the size of a large brick and called 'car phones' because they were *literally* attached to a car. I played Pac Man so frequently that I still have a distinct bump on the side of my middle finger from calluses courtesy of the joystick, telephones had dials and, because I lived in a rural area, my family's telephone line was actually shared with two other neighbors. Oh, and the Internet? *Not even invented yet*. What??!! That's cray-zeee!
However, as a modified adage goes: 'You can't always judge an ebook by it's cover page'.
I am primarily an artist/designer but, on the technical side: I manage my own linux servers, I've been developing Flash games for over a decade, I construct ( + map and texture) 3D models, developed databases, and have intermediate knowledge of quite a few programming languages. I lived through and survived the 'Dot-Bomb,' via a children's entertainment website I developed and maintain that currently celebrates over 15 years of moderate success.
Being that my strengths lie more in the arts than the technical, Construct 2 is an absolute Godsend for me. With an excellent manual, wonderful tutorials, and fantastic community, I've been able to get a pretty quick grasp on the nuts and bolts of this extremely intuitive software. I love how, instead of spending endless hours on the programming side of things, I can quickly get the game mechanics laid out and move onto developing the graphics and getting things ready for deployment. Not since Flash have I found an easier tool to work with and, now that Flash is in a hospital bed hooked up to a slow drip, Construct 2 is the exact thing that I needed to allow me to continue my work in a way that will conform to the newer technologies.
I downloaded the free version less than a month ago, read the fantastic manual, experimented voraciously, and recently upgraded to the pro version after officially falling in love with Scirra and Construct 2!
Thank you to the Scirra team for my favorite new tool, and to everyone for your great tutorials, plugins, ideas and other contributions. I look forward to seeing you all around the forums and, to some day perhaps, being innovative enough to be able to give back to the community with my own contributions.
Aloha and have a great day :)