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Games Design and Development: Useful Websites


CG Society - A comprehensive portal for Computer Graphics Professionals, bringing together digital artists with the latest in computer graphics technologies and practices.

ARGNet: Alternet Reality Gaming Network - The Alternate Reality Gaming Network is the largest and most complete news resource available for players of online collaborative Alternate Reality Games.

Computer Graphics World - CGW explores how leading-edge graphics techniques, including the 3D modeling, animation and visualization are used in such applications as CAD/CAM/CAE, architecture, scientific visualization, special effects, digital video, film, and interactive entertainment.

The Escapist - Online magazine that offers news and features related to video games. - Publish a range of information, including news, jobs, research and reports on the local games industry in Ireland.

Gamespot - GameSpot is the world's largest source for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, PS Vita, Wii PC, 3DS, PSP, DS, video game news, cheats, reviews, and previews.

Game Studies - Game Studies is a non-profit, open-access, crossdisciplinary journal dedicated to games research

GDC Vault - In-depth design, technical and inspirational talks and slides from the influencers of the game development industry, taken from over 20 years of the worldwide Game Developers Conferences.

Imagine Games Network - IGN - IGN is your site for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PC, 3DS, PS Vita & iPhone games with expert reviews, news, previews, trailers, cheat codes, wiki guides & walkthroughs.

RGB Classic Games - RGB Classic Games is quite possibly the most complete, and most accurate classic DOS games resource in the world. All of the games on this site are freely distributable because they are shareware, freeware, or because the copyright holder has officially and legally released all rights to the public domain (abandonware).

Venture Beat - VentureBeat is a media company obsessed with covering amazing technology and why it matters in our lives.

Other Resources


Story telling Resources:

Choose Your Story - A community-driven website centered on Choose-Your-Own-Adventure style storygames.

Twine - An open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories.

Celtx - Celtx is the world's first all in one pre-production system. It replaces 'paper & binder' with a digital approach that's more complete, simpler to work with, and easier to share.

Bibisco - A novel writing software that helps you to write your novel, in a simple way.


Browser Based Game Development:

Flowlab Game Creator  - Create games in your browser. (Account creation required)

Scratch - With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.


Image Editing:

Gimp (Free) - A free and open source software image retouching and editing tool that is freely available in versions tailored for most popular operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS X, and Linux.

Inkscape - An Open Source vector graphics editor with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.

Blender - Blender is the open source, cross platform suite of tools for 3D creation.

CG Textures - CGTextures strives to be the world's best texture site.


Sound Software:

FamiTracker - FamiTracker is a free windows tracker for producing music for the NES/Famicom-systems. The interface is based on MadTracker.

Audacity - Audacity is a free, easy-to-use and multilingual audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems.

Linux MultiMedia Studio -LMMS is a free cross-platform sound studio, which allows you to produce music with your computer.

Ardour: Digital Audio Workstation - A multichannel digital audio workstation.


Blogs / Forums

Destructoid -Internet and offline community of people and video games.

Engadget - Covers cutting edge devices and technologies.

Game Developer - Weekly articles on game design and the game industry. Forums 

Manchester Games Studies Network - The Manchester Game Studies Network is a multi-disciplinary research group for academics and professionals working on gaming and play.

UploadVR - News, reviews, interviews regarding VR, AR, and other emerging technologies.


Debug Log - Game development podcast with information for both experience and new developers.

Game Design Roundtable - Game developer podcast with shows about tabletop, digital, and roleplaying games.

Game Maker's Notebook - A podcast featuring a series of in-depth, one-on-one conversations between game makers.

Script Lock - Writers Max and Nick Folkman sit down with other writers and developers to discuss storytelling in video games.

Short Game Podcast - Chooses one great, short game per episode, and discuss it in depth.

Career Information

Game Engines

Make Games (Free) - This site was founded to showcase game making tools and selected games that were created with them.

Sploder! - Make your own platformer games, spaceship shooters, or space adventure games. Advanced game maker? Try the physics game maker for creating original minigames! You can even customize it with your own game art using our new free graphics editor!

RPG Maker - The RPG Maker series gives you access to customize every aspect of your game with an easy to use interface, making it perfect for beginners, while being powerful enough for experts.

Pygame - Pygame is a set of Python modules designed for writing games. (free)

Spring - Spring is a versatile 3D RTS game engine. Using extensively Lua for scripting game-specific code to make nearly every aspect of the engine customizable, from GUI, to unit AI, to pathfinding.

Unity 3D - Unity is a feature rich, fully integrated development engine for the creation of interactive 3D content. It provides complete, out-of-the-box functionality to assemble high-quality, high-performing content and publish to multiple platforms.

Adventure Game Studio - The AGS Editor is a Windows-based IDE for creating your games as quickly and easily as possible. Everything you need from importing graphics and writing game scripts right through to testing your game, under one roof!

Stencyl - Stencyl isn't your average game creation software; it's a gorgeous, intuitive toolset that accelerates your workflow and then gets out of the way. We take care of the essentials like physics and native APIs so you can focus on what's important—making your game yours.

Ren'Py - Ren'Py is a visual novel engine that helps you use words, images, and sounds to tell stories with the computer. These can be both visual novels and life simulation games. The easy to learn script language allows you to efficiently write large visual novels, while its Python scripting is enough for complex simulation games.

Tululoo HTML5 Game Maker - A complex game creation environment that allows you to create browser based games.

Unreal - The world’s most open and advanced real-time 3D creation platform.


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