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

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How do “game maker” tools like Blitz3D create .exe files?

There are several applications like Blitz3D or other kinds of game construction tools that compile scripts or other game data to a single executable file. How do they do that?
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Image drawing tools (that aren't Photoshop) that work in the sRGB colorspace

I'm looking for a way to create sRGB raster images. Now, I could use Inkscape and just have it render to a raster format, but are there any image drawing tools other than Photoshop that work in sRGB? ...
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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 ...
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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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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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What can I use to generate 2d vector graphics as a list of coordinates?

I am working on a game that uses simple 2d vector graphics. I want a tool that will let me visually draw things like arbitrary polygons by placing points. A perfect tool would present a grid that I ...
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Tools for creating an item database

I'm working on a project for which I will need to create a large item database, with plenty of different types of items which will all have different data structures and attributes. I'm hoping to ...
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How can I measure the “creative/entertainment value” of video-game requirements?

I realize this question is complex and subjective, but bear with me for a moment. I firmly believe that video-game software is essentially different from, for example spreadsheet software, as from a ...
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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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Vector Art Tool: Size, Position, Shapes, Symbols

I'm looking for a vector art tool for gameart, similar to Flash, but preferably free. It just needs the following capabilities: Create vector images (can scale up/down without losing quality) ...
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Why should I not use glTools/glut when developing complete applications?

I've started learning how to use OpenGL a while back, using the OpenGL SuperBible, Fifth Edition, and I've had people arguing about the fact that the book doesn't really teach how to use OpenGL but ...
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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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Texture resources [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where can I find free sprites and images? Can anyone recommend any resources for free images that can be used as textures - sky boxes/spheres, dirt, gravel, bark, etc? ...
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What do you look for in a scripting language? [closed]

I'm writing a little embedded language for another project. While game development was not its original intent, it's starting to look like a good fit, and I figure I'll develop it in that vein at some ...
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Software Design/Modelling method and tool for games?

I've heard that UML is a great modelling language for software design. However, for software, such as game, that will certainly encounter major changes during the development, I doubt that UML will ...
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Great realtime shader tool?

I often develop 2D games. I would like to know if there's a program like EvalDraw out there, that makes it easy to quickly make (for example) a square, out of a black quad, and then write some shader ...
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What 3D level development tools are available to indie developers? [closed]

People who build in Unity or UDK have immediate access to a 3D level editor. People who build their games in XNA or from scratch have no such thing. I'm looking for 3D level development tools ...
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Tool to convert Textures to power of two?

I'm currently porting a game to a new platform, the problem being that the old platform accepted non power of two textures and this new platform doesn't. To add to the headache, the new platform has ...
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resources on creating world editor / game IDE

The craftyjs javascript game engine is in the process of creating a game builder that will assist the developer in map design, sprites, animations and that kind of stuff. Are there any good resources ...
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Is there a tool to automatically pack individual textures into one big png?

I'm currently working on a texture pack for minecraft (but this question is not restricted to that). All terrain textures are squared and stored in one big terrain.png, see e.g. here (FYI that's from ...
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Need an engine for MMO mockup

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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Speech synthesis book?

When I was a kid, everything had a speech synthesizer in it, more or less. A couple years back I started to wonder where the technology is going after all these years, and after some research found ...
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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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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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What kind of skills are required to work in a content pipeline department in a high level role

I'm looking more for high level role such as producer/manager of the group making the tools for a content pipeline. This would be for a large AAA studio. Also what kinds of tools are they creating?
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Platform for DS/Gameboy Dev - Managed Memory, Tools, and Unit Testing

I'm interested in dabbling in Nintendo DS, 3DS, or GBA development. I would like to know what my (legal) options for development tools and IDEs are. In particular, I would not consider moving in this ...
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How is console game development done?

I'm curious what the process is for development for a game console such as Wii, Playstation, or Xbox. Do I need to use some game engine and compile for each platform? What IDE is used? Any C++ IDE? ...
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Beginners' Guide to Development

So I have some experience programming in Java, and at the moment I am learning how to use Python. I have read on the process of game design and such. I also have media covered, got experience with ...
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Need help in determing what, if any, tools can be used to create a free Flash game

Yes I proudly -and sadly- declare that I am a complete nincompoop when it comes to Flash, and I have been fishing around the big wide web for information. The reason for this is that I have been ...
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Most efficient way to generate 2D portraits

I am not sure if this is a fitting question for gamedev, or if it is too art related. I am currently trying, to create 2D character protraits for my game. At first I tried to draw them and even ...
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Whats a good setup/toolchain for a project?

I was thinking, what is needed for a good setup and what are good (free) tools to use? Some of what i came up with are Bug tracking Some good (distributed:P) source control (which means no svn ...
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IDE & Debugging of Official SDK for wii and ps3?

I remember hearing that wii and the ds uses CodeWarrior as their IDE. I know xbox uses visual studios but i have no idea what ps3 uses. What IDE do ps3 developers use and how do they debug? How do ...
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Do you fill all your game data in huge excel tables? Are there any better method?

I really want to know how many game designers prefer to work with a huge table for all items, another table for all skills, and even another table for all mobs in a MMORPG. And these tables may grow ...
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Online architecture guide

I am a newbie in gamedev, and I don't know about programmer's problems that can appear during development. So can you advice me some best practice for starting build new online multi-player game ...
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'Binary XML' for game data?

I'm working on a level editing tool that saves its data as XML. This is ideal during development, as it's painless to make small changes to the data format, and it works nicely with tree-like data. ...
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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 tools are available for creating 3D collision and pathfinding data?

What is the process of creating geometry data to assist on NPCs movements and such on a 3D world to avoiding having them from going through the ground, etc? Are there specific modelling programs that ...
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Is it possible to develop games using Google's App Inventor?

Google's App Inventor is a WYSIWYG application development environment for Android. It allows you to control logic of your program using jigsaw type pieces. Is it possible to develop games using ...
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Tools for game script / storyboard

I am searching for a tool that will help in writing a game script. By "script" I mean the text core of a storyboard - without the drawing drafts, which may or may not be there (yet). What I'm ...
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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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Visual script editing software tool for creating game behavior logic

Is there a visual script editing software tool in any game engine similar to Visual3d for creating game behavior logic by non-programmers like designers?
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Free voxel editor? [closed]

Does anyone know of a good free voxel editor and/or voxel-to-mesh converter?
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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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Interesting/Innovative Open Source tools for indie games [closed]

Just out of curiosity, I want to know opensource tools or projects that can add some interesting features to indie games, preferably those that could only be found on big-budget games. EDIT: As ...
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Which tool combination are advisable for a (MMO)RPG, and which aren't?

Which technologies would you use if you were to write a (MMO)RPG, and why ? Would that be Java + AJAX + HTML5 + Linux or ASP.NET + MVC + JQuery + Windows or PHP + Linux + MySQL or ColdFusion + ...
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What tools are available for collaborative game development?

Are there any tools that would let multiple people edit things like sprites or code at the same time? Perhaps something that works with services that host code.
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Tools for developing C64 Games

Just wondering what people nowadays use for developing Commodore 64 Games? I've got the Programmer's Reference Guide which goes into all the details, but in the modern Age I assume I won't have to do ...
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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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Good ways to edit arbitrary collision shapes for 2D physics engine?

Assume you have several 1024x1024 textures which contain an arbitrarily shaped and relatively complex cave system whose walls need to have collision polygons defined. The polygons need to be convex to ...