Game resources separate from the software (code) and hardware (platform). The most common assets are graphics and audio.

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Sanity checks vs file sizes

In your game assets do you make room for explicit sanity checks, or do you have some generally expected bounds which you assert? I've been thinking about how we compress data and thought that it's ...
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Which is better, one big level model or multiple smaller level models?

I am writing a game in XNA 4 and I want to have something like a corridor. Do you think that is better to use one big and solid model, or to use multiple small parts (window, stairs, door...)?
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What is the best legal way to get game assets? [closed]

I'm researching game development, and I know that there are two options for asset creation: create them yourself, or outsource the assets(by getting them custom made, or finding them on sites such as ...
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Should I package and sell my game on the unity3d asset store?

I'm trying to figure out if I should refurbish and refactor a game I and some friends have made. It's released on kongregate and wasn't a super hit but I feel there's a lot of interesting techniques ...
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Game Asset Storage - Graphics, 3D Models, Sounds

I've recently started completing games and accumulating "assets" -- graphics, sound effects, textures, 3D models, etc. that I can build on and reuse from game to game. Is there a great, free place I ...
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stock/free artwork & graphic assets [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where can I find free sprites and images? Open-source 3D models easily usable in OGRE3D/jMonkeyEngine Are there any sites that offer quality graphical assets to use in ...
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How were art assets created in the late 16-bit/early 32-bit era?

How were 2d and 3d art assets typically created in the early-to-mid 1990's (16-bit and 32-bit eras?)
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Building 2D Assets for a Game Targeting Multiple Framerates

To make a real-world example, lets assume I want to build an animated sprite for an explosion. The duration of the animation should last ~1 second, and we'll say exactly one second to make the math a ...
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How to separate production and test assets during development?

this is like a complement for Assets Management, database or versioning system?. I am wondering about how to separate development, specially programmers assets from production assets? For example, ...
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Daz3D for creating game assets

Are the Daz products viable for 2D/3D game asset creation or are they geared more towards creating art? I am thinking of the products: Daz Studio 3D, Bryce and Carrara. If you have used any of ...
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How to create complex Physics scenes with the Havok Content Tools

For example, Havok Content Tools allows you to define physic bodies, properties, connections, etc in Maya, 3d Studio Max, etc. For creating full scenes/levels is this really the correct approach or ...
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Where can I find a free dictionary of words? [closed]

Hi I'm writing a game where the player has to connect a group of letters to form words. Something like bookworm but it will be very different I hope. The point of the question is that I need to ...
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Style/technique to focus on for creating visual art assets efficiently

I'm mostly a programmer, but I'd like to be able to do competent work on other parts of games I make when working on solo projects. What I'm specifically asking here is what sort of techniques or ...
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Cross-Platform Audio API Suggestions

I'm currently looking into adding sound to my game. I have seen OpenAL and SDL, but I would like to know what else is out there. Can you recommend any good cross-platform Audio APIs for game ...
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Tweaking and Settings - Runtime variable modification and persistence

Most companies have an editor, or a variable control system for tweaking stuff in games, but are there any middleware solutions to this problem? I've written two such systems in the past myself, and ...
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How do I load chunks of data from an assest manager during a loading screen?

I'm developing an Android game. Basically I want to pre-load all graphics/sounds when the app is first loaded. But I also would like to show a progress bar as this is happening. Here is a snippet ...
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Where can I find free to use assets for rapid prototyping? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate Where can I find free sprites and images? Where can I find some nice resources to build decent looking prototypes to entice potential teammates? Thank you.
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How to create an endless scrolling background?

I need to add a scrolling background to a my game, the image is 512x512px. It's for a car game with two way traffic and I want to be able to cross over to the opposite side and drive against the ...
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On 3d ripper DX and other 3d asset tools that can help boost 3d artists learning

Aside from 3d ripper DX does anyone know any other 3d asset tools to help 3d artist in learning modelling and/or animations.
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How to design an AssetManager?

What is the best approach to designing an AssestManager that will hold references to graphics, sounds, etc. of a game? Should these assets be stored in a key/value Map pair? I.e. I ask for ...
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Where can I find fonts for my game? [closed]

Where can I find fonts (preferably free, but a reasonable fee is acceptable) that I can use in my for-pay/commericial game?
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Why use asset manifest files?

Sometimes you'll see people recommend that rather than using graphics/sound files/etc. like this... // Game code Image myImage = new Image("path/to/image.png"); ... you should use a manifest file ...
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What all should be happening during the “Loading” screen?

Do I just need to be creating instances of all of my graphics into memory that are loaded from file? What is the best way to handle this? Do I just need some sort of assets manager that creates ...
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What happened to COLLADA?

A few years back it was looking like COLLADA was going to be quite a big thing, maybe at last a fairly standardized format for getting 3D assets from a DCC package into the tools pipeline of a game. ...
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What's the best place to showcase my pixel art?

I recently started learning spriting/pixel art to help propel my game development endeavors and I've gotten to the point where I'd like to start sharing it for comments, critiques and other feedback. ...
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What continuous integration technology is used for games?

Which continuous integration technology & software would you recommend for use with games? Also are there any build technology libraries or specific languages you would recommend to use when a ...
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Assets Management, database or versioning system?

While developing the assets for the game, (meshes, textures, sounds, videos) ho do you manage them? Keeping them together with the source code inside the versioning system? (perforce, git, etc…) Or ...
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Where should I go looking for low-polygon 3D assets? [closed]

The biggest problem for me as a game programmer (who isn't also an artist) is getting good quality 3D models. I have checked out some of the 3D model market places like The 3D Studio and Top 3D Models ...
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How to become a Game Artist?

If I understand correctly, there are two major kinds of artists involved in game development - 2D and 3D. I think I somewhat understand, that if I want to go 3D, I should learn some 3D modeling ...
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Where can I find fonts which I can distribute with an open source game?

I want to be able to release my game as open source, and I need to be able to distribute font files with my game. Where can I find fonts which I can use in this way, and what font licenses should I be ...
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What's the right way to re-use open source game assets?

This is a hypothetical question, but one I always wanted to know about. Suppose I wanted to create a game in the same fantasy style as Battle for Wesnoth. Having no arts skills myself, I could write ...
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Tools for creating assets? [closed]

There are similar questions about finding existing resources that are free for use (free sprites/images, music, sound), but I'm interested in creating the resources myself. What tools do you use for ...
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Where can I find free sprites and images? [closed]

I need sprites and images, such as characters, landscapes and others. Where can I find them?
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Where can I find free music for my game? [closed]

I'm in need of some tunes for my game. Where can I procure some, preferably for free?