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Game Development Tools/Resources

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Well certainly this list is in no way complete and will be constantly updated, but at this moment it shows you some useful links to tools/resources that are useful for a game developer.

Tools
  • XNA Game Studio 3.1 - the game development framework based on .NET for game development for Windows, Xbox 360 and Zune.
  • Dark GDK Game Development Kit for Microsoft Visual C++ Thanks to some_kid
  • Unity Game Development Tool (Thanks to lesPaul456)
  • FlatRedBall Game Engine (Thanks to lesPaul456)
  • Blender - a free, open-source, 3D design software. Useful for creating 3D models.
  • Softimage Mod Tool - a free tool for creating 3D models. Supports exporting to XNA.
  • Paint .NET - a simple graphics tool that will let you create basic textures and sprites.
  • GIMP - a free, open-source, graphics tool that can be used for creating more complex textures and sprites.
  • InkScape - a vector graphics editor. (thanks for mentioning this product to modi123_1)
  • Caligari trueSpace (thanks to SixOfEleven)
  • SpiralGraphics Tools - a set of tools for creating textures. (thanks to SixOfEleven)
  • Anim8or - a free tool for 3D modelling (thnaks to stayscrisp)
  • SFXR - sound effects generator (link shared by mocker)
  • Musagi - music editor/synthesizer (link shared by mocker)
  • CherryBrush - sketching application (link shared by mocker)
  • FFTuner - pick out notes from recorded music (link provided by mocker)
  • FMOD - a great utility to work on the sound for your games (link by chuckb)
  • Pyro - particle editor (free for individual use - link by chuckb)
  • SDL Mixer - a free audio mixer library (link shared by stayscrisp)
  • Linux Multimedia Studio - a free application to produce music and sound effects (link shared by X@MPP)
  • MaPZone - texturing tool (link by X@MPP)
  • Sprite Animating Tool Thanks to Hellbroth
  • Alice - 3D Programming Environment (Thanks to NeoTifa)
  • cAudio - a free audio wrapper for OpenAL (Windows and Linux) (Thanks to wildicy)
  • WavePad Sound Editor - Free Sound Editor with library of free sounds/music (Thanks to SixOfEleven)
  • SCIRRA - Create games effortlessly (thanks to modi123_1)
  • Craft Studio - Make games together with Craft Studio (thanks to modi123_1)
  • Stencyl - Cross-platform game making software (thanks to modi123_1)
  • Flixel - An open source game making library (thanks to modi123_1)
  • ShoeBox - A sprite base drag-n-drop editor (thanks to renderhjs)
  • A sprite sheet viewer(Download Link) - Created by Dirnol
  • DAZ Studio - Figure customization, posing, and animation tool (thanks to ¿serenity?)
  • Fraps - Provides you with Frames Per Second(FPS) on any DirectX or OpenGL games / applications (thanks to Aaron1178)
  • Gemtree Peter - It allows easy creation of 2D and 3D games for Windows and is fully Freeware (thanks to Panda38)
  • Cocos2d-x - A cross-platform tool chain (thanks to sparkart)
  • CryEngine - The Cry Engine editor (thanks to XeVile)


Textures
  • KatsBits TGA Textures - some free textures in TGA format for your game.
  • CG Textures - a huge collection of various textures. All textures are sorted into categories so it's easy to find exactly the one you need.
  • TextureKing - also an extensive library of free textures for your game.
  • texture lovers - a website with references to lots of different free textures for your game.
  • Free 3ds Textures - not too many, but quite interesting and useful textures are present for free download on this web site.
  • TextureWarehouse - a useful set of free textures for your game (not in high-resolution).
  • FreeTexture - a nice set of free textures.
  • Image * After - a library full of free images and textures.
  • BackgroundLabs - a set of nice textures and backgrounds.


Sprites


SDKs
  • DirectX SDK - The latest DirectX SDK release
  • Open GL - The OpenGL official site for SDK releases
  • Moai - An IOS and Android open source SDK (thanks to sparkart)


Models
  • Psionic3D - some free models for your game.
  • 3DGuru - a collection of 3D models for non-commercial use.
  • XNA Fusion Models - a few free 3D models.
  • Quake 2 Models (thanks to stayscrisp - note - requires a FilePlanet account to download, which is free)
  • 3D Ocean - 3D models for purchase (thanks to Aaron1178)
  • The 3D Model Store - Purchasable 3D models (thanks to the3dmodelstore)


Music


Sound FX
  • FreeSound (by Hellbroth)
  • ZeldaSounds (by Hellbroth)
  • PacDV Sounds - a large collection of free sounds (sorted by categories).
  • SoundJay - a large set of free sounds (sorted by categories).
  • Bfrx - Make sound effects for you game (thanks to Kilorn)


Sites With Mixed Resources (have different types of resources)
  • Reiner's Tileset - a resource containing 3D/2D graphics and Sound FX for your games (thanks to gabehabe & NeoTifa)


Fonts
  • DaFont - a resource with lots of free fonts (thanks to gabehabe)
  • 1001 Free Fonts - again, a resource with lots of free fonts (mentioned by gabehabe)
  • UrbanFonts - yet another free font resource (shared by gabehabe)
  • Acid Fonts (shared by gabehabe)
  • Font River (shared by VulcanDesign)


Backgrounds
  • Background HQ - a collection of game backgrounds (link by gabehabe)


Articles & Blogs


Documentations & Tutorials


Books


If you have any other resources you would like to share, you are more than welcome to post them in this thread and we will add them to the list.

This post has been edited by modi123_1: 07 July 2014 - 02:08 PM
Reason for edit:: updating resources


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Posted 17 June 2009 - 02:19 PM

Sprites

http://www.spriters-resource.com/

3D models

http://www.polycount.../models/quake2/

Ill think of more :) great thread!

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Posted 17 June 2009 - 02:36 PM

@stayscrisp - Great links, thanks for sharing :)

I would really like to see this list grow since many times independent game developers do not have the time (or skills) to create their own resources, therefore it would be easier to find the needed element in the available online collections.
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Posted 17 June 2009 - 06:43 PM

This is a tool I was looking at when I was considering making 3D models, and it is free!

Caligari - trueSpace: http://www.caligari.com/

This site has awesome tools for creating textures for 3D models and tile sets. You can use it for free, if you place a link to their site in your documentation or in your credits for the game. You can pay for it and remove this restriction.

Spiral Graphics - http://www.spiralgraphics.biz
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Posted 17 June 2009 - 08:25 PM

Added the tools to the list. Thanks for sharing! :)
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Posted 18 June 2009 - 04:25 AM

3D Animation

http://www.anim8or.com/

Sprites and Textures

http://www.gamebeep.com/

http://www.flyingyog.../spritelib.html

Magazines for Indie Developers

http://www.bytten.com/

Installer and patch creation software

http://www.clickteam...bsite/index.php
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Posted 18 June 2009 - 10:33 AM

@stayscrisp - thanks, I added some of the resources. Just to mention that the list will only contain resource available at no cost for independent developers. Plus, we focus specifically on game-oriented resources rather than magazines. Thanks for sharing the links! :)
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Posted 18 June 2009 - 11:48 AM

Thanks :) the clickteam installer creator is freeware and is excellent.
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Posted 18 June 2009 - 01:38 PM

I'm a fan of the charas project. (free sprites)

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Posted 18 June 2009 - 02:02 PM

@gabehabe - Added to the list. Thanks for sharing :)
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Posted 19 June 2009 - 08:52 AM

Oh yeah, and Reiner's Tileset for isometric sprites. :)
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Posted 19 June 2009 - 02:34 PM

@gabehabe - Once again, great link. I even created a new category for this kind of web sites since it did not contain a single type of game content. Thanks for sharing :)
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Posted 19 June 2009 - 04:50 PM

Glad to help. :) I'm pretty sure I know a bunch more, just can't think of them at the minute. If I remember any more, I'll be sure to post them.
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Posted 19 June 2009 - 05:32 PM

Have you thought about adding fonts to this list? Fonts are not supposed to be packaged with games, at least according to the XNA documentation, if they are not free.
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Posted 19 June 2009 - 05:47 PM

In that case, http://dafont.com is the best I know of.

Also,
http://www.1001freefonts.com
http://www.urbanfonts.com
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