Tools are small to medium size programs that help you in a game development process.

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Is there any way to make animations using physical dolls?

I've had trouble animating characters using 3D applications. It is too slow and difficult. I've programmed my own 3D animator that uses only the keyboard to change key angles. The results are much ...
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tool for visualizing simple 2d shapes

I'm drawing simple 2D line shapes using coordinate sets (for example, moveTo(x,y) drawTo(x,y)). I would like a tool that is like a sheet of graph paper. When I click on intersection points it records ...
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How do I prototype an online game?

I would like to know if you guys know of any libraries, engines, or even simply design patterns that heavily simplify the task of sharing information and sending of messages between networked programs,...
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Tools for 2D skeletal animation [closed]

What good free and widely used tools are there for editing 2D skeletal animations? Preferably, one that allows me to write custom animation exporters. One pretty good indie tool that I know of Demina,...
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Tools for assembling textures into DDS files

There are plenty of tools for making images. I'm not looking for one of those; I have many tools for creating an image. I've got tools for compressing images, generating mipmaps, and even for poking ...
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Installing PhysicsFS on Mingw

I am trying to install PhysicsFS (icculus.org/physfs/) on my Win 7 with MinGW. But I am having hard time doing it. I googled it as well but still nothing - I have used linux environment and make ...
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Sprites: Are there any tools to scale sprites individually without using Photoshop/GIMP? [closed]

I am using TexturePacker as tool to pack my 2D sprites, it is good but it doesn't provide the possibility to scale individual sprites to a specific scale. I am wondering whether there is any good ...
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GLSL Editor and Debugger for MacOSX with ES2 support

is there a GLSL editor for the mac? I need it for iOS OpenGLES2 shader. How do you best debug shader? Regards
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What tools should I consider if my aim is to make a game available to as many platforms as possible? [closed]

We're planning on developing a 2D, grid-based puzzle game, and although it's still very early in the planning stages, we'd like to make our decisions well from the beginning. Our strategy will be to ...
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What is a good tool for producing animated sprites? [closed]

Has anyone come across a software package that allows you to build animations in a similar way to how you can in Flash (i.e. using techniques such as tweens & bones & easings, etc) and then ...
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D20 java engine [closed]

I'm trying to incorporate PCGen into my application to avoid recreating the wheel for D20 system. (Are there any other libraries out there?) In other words I would like to use PCGen as a library and ...
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SFXR-Like Tool for Speech

Sfxr (and also Bfxr) is a great tool for generating sound-effects for games. Is there something like this for speech synthesis? Not every game development tool and platform has a speech synthesis ...
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How to edit specific mipmap images in a DDS?

I am looking for a way to edit individual mipmaps within a DDS file. To my knowledge, the NVidia Plugin only lets you create the largest image and then computes the smaller ones automatically. However,...
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3D Paint tool in Maya

Hey everyone, could someone help me out on this question? When I am trying to texture objects in maya (for example a barrel) I want to texture it with a brush. When I try to use the 3D painting tool ...
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What level editor is Phil Fish using in Indie Game: The Movie?

Does anyone know what program Phil Fish is using to edit models of levels? Or is it it something he built himself? I'm new to game development and was looking for something to design levels with ...
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Need an engine for MMO mockup [closed]

What I don't need is an MMORPG engine, at the moment. What I do need is a flexible easy-to-use engine that I can make a mock-up with. I don't need support for more than 10 players in an instance, so ...
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Problem with Ogmo Editor (is Tiled Editor a solution?)

I made a level editor for a puzzle game with Ogmo Editor and gave it to our designer/level designer. When he downloaded and started Ogmo, his CPU went to 100%. I looked at my CPU usage while Ogmo is ...
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Are there tools for testing multiplayer code?

Are there reliable tools that can simulate real life-like network conditions e.g. networks with different bandwidth, different latencies, packet loss etc...?
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Are there tools available for building hierarchical sprite-based objects in games like Vector Man or Gunstar Heroes? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Tools for 2D skeletal animation I'm looking for a tool that would let me build multi-part sprite objects of the kind you can find in Sega Genesis games like Vector Man and ...
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Sprite sheet generator

I need to generate a sprite sheet with squared sprite for a 2D game. How can I generate a sprite sheet where each frame has x = y? The only think I have to do is to "insert" some blank space between ...
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Early stages of games development - create 2d animation images for iOS games?

I am in the early stages of developing a game. I don't have an artist or graphics person on board yet. How can I create simple images for animation to work through the early stages of game development?...
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What do you use to create sprite graphics? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What tools do you use for 2D art/sprite creation? What do you folks suggest for creating sprite graphics and sprite sheets? I fiddle with pixelformer and tilestudio. ...
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Shader authoring/editing tools for GLSL ES

Since Render Monkey has been discontinued (perhaps due to the complexity of today's shading languages), there are few successors that can match its functionality. Is there any useful tool for material ...
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Started game development no idea of computer graphics. Should I learn tools or concepts? [closed]

I am in 6th semester of my Computer science bachelor degree program, Working as Intern in a start up company. I started game development using AndEngine, things are going good because I have good hold ...
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Intercepting DirectX calls and optimizing the overal performance of games

I would like to use a DirectX proxy dll to intercept (and possibly optimize) the graphics calls being made by normal PC games. I am going to "screen cast" a game with ffmpeg or something similar and ...
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Is there a command line ATI texture compression tool?

Is there a command line tool that can convert PNG and JPG files to ATITC compressed textures? I have my own export pipeline that converts all textures to PVRTC, ATITC, and DXT, so I have no use for a ...
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Using model tools as map editor

I want to make a game which would require a 3D map editor. Of course, I would like to avoid creating such an editor. My idea is now to use modeling tools (3DS Max, Maya, Blender) to create the map, ...
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Are bounding volumes created by artists?

I'm interested in where in the tool chain bounding boxes are created. Are they made by the artists? In the modeling tool? How are they exported? Can Maya/3DS Max/Blender/... mark geometry as bounding ...
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Is there an SDK to write console apps to simulate an Xbox 360 controller?

Is there any SDK I can use to write a console app that can connect to an Xbox 360 as a controller and simulate controller interaction?
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Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare modding?

I'm seeing a lot of Modern Warfare (the first one) mods out there, and I've come across at least one post that says that Activision released official modding tools for CoD4, but I can't seem to find ...
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tile based 2d level editor [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Tools for creating 2d tile based maps I am Indie Game developer and I am looking for a tile based 2d level editor. I also would like to know the free ones as well as paid ...
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How far can you get with Garry's Mod and no money? [closed]

My sixth-grader is very interested in FPS game development but I don't think he has grasped the magnitude of the task ahead. He is a Halo fan and so his current goal is to make a similar game but ...
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What is the best digital audio editing software for sound effects for games [closed]

What is the best audio editing software to edit sound effects for simple games, like beeps, chimes, taps, button clicks etc. I'm a noob so I will prefer an easy and cheap one before I delve deep ...
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Level design: compute minimum time between two items for player traversal

Do any game toolsets offer a means of computing the minimum time it would take a player to move between two objects (or positions, more generally) in a level? I'm not asking about how one would go ...
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What is the most effective way to work with a friend on the same game?

We need something where we can check files out, edit them, check them back in and then build from the them. Something like Google Docs where we can edit the same code at the same time would be a ...
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Is there a sprite sheet creator that satisfies these requirements? [closed]

I'm looking for a decent sprite sheet packer. Features: Command line interface for Linux. Effective packing algorithm. Configurable padding between sprites in the sheet. Configurable fixed sprite ...
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What language and tools are good to start with for Linux game development? [closed]

I would like to start learning about game development and I would like to do it using Linux. My main experience has been with Java and a bit of C++, but that was for applications and not games. Now ...
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Which programming language to use for tools?

I use C++ as my language as choice. However, I generally use Python to write helper utilities and tools. My worry is that as my game engine continues to grow it's getting tedious to reimplement some ...
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Tools for editing 2D sprite-based game levels

What are good free and widely used tools for editing 2D sprite-based game levels? I'm looking for one that allows exporting data to a custom format. One that I know of is Blender — a 3D tool, ...
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Which things to do in AutoCAD and which in 3ds Max?

I learned 3ds Max two months ago. I am not perfect in it, but I used it to make a model of a house. I am interested in house architectures. I used to model everything in Max. I have just started to ...
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Tool for creating complex paths?

I want to create some fairly complex 2d predefined paths for my AI sprites to follow. I'll need to use curves, splines etc to get the effect I want. Is there a drawing tool out there that will allow ...
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Is there a 3D animation tool that meets these requirements?

I'm searching a 3D physics / transforms animation editor. It should be able to import 3D meshes from OBJ or FBX, then it should be able to animate transforms. I need such a tool for my 3D games, where ...
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What use for a 3d browser based multiplayer online game?

Can you help me choosing the right tools for this project? It's a 3d browser based multiplayer online fighting game. A few 3d functions are necessary for positioning, but no heavy rendering will ...
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Very easy game builders? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are some good game development programs for kids? I want very easy game builder for a kid - somebody who knows nothing about programming games (how they work inside) ...
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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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Best cross-platform solution for building 3D toolsets?

I am looking to develop an in-browser game in Unity3D, but I would like to write my builder tools for my project on a more powerful platform. The assets I am building for the game are not traditional ...
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What tools are needed for making 3D games? [closed]

Hi I'm new to 3D games developing, I can a little c++, C#, VB.Net, 3D Max, ArchiCad ..etc. my problem is where to get started, which tools I need to start a own 3D game like GTA, I have tried some ...
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Shape editor with custom format?

I'm trying to determine what format the shapes in my 2D game should be stored in and also what software I should use to aid in making the actual shapes. Up until now I used PhysicsEditor from code'n'...
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Use of solid brushes and CSG in level building

Since Quake 1 (I think it was the first), level design tools for FPS games have used solid brushes and CSG operations to define level geometry instead of more conventional poly modeling tools you see ...
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Non-destructive way to edit alpha channel in Photoshop/Gimp image

Looking to make textures for Unity3d, and I'm stuck at what seems to be a simple stage. My goal is to create an RGBA image, with color information for every pixel, and a separate alpha channel. These ...