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First of all, I am a beginner developer so please don't get me wrong. I just want to know what programs do high end games use. By high end I mean games that me and you would buy, say Splinter Cell, Starcraft, WoW, GTA and the list goes on. Do they use Visual Studio? Unity? I have no idea :P

PS: Sorry for the tags, not sure if I chose the best I could.

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A lot of big development companies will have their own engines, others will pay for licenses to use some of the big-name engines like:

Doing a quick google reveals that Splinter Cell uses the Unreal engine, WoW and Starcraft use proprietary engines, and the GTA series uses Rockstar's own RAGE engine.

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thank you, i didnt know that :P –  skypower Aug 19 '11 at 22:14
    
Useful bit of info, SDK for Unreal 3 and CryEngine3 are both available from their respective developers websites. You can also download most of Id's two generation and older engines from their website. –  James Aug 20 '11 at 0:13
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