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

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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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? [closed]

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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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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'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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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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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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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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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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What tools are available for creating 3D collision and pathfinding data? [closed]

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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Wave is being discontinued! Other good remote collaboration tools? [closed]

The news just came across the Google blog that Wave is going to go away in the not too distant future. Clicky for the story. This is a real shame for my team who has been making heavy use of Wave as a ...
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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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Blender For Game Development, Pros And Cons [closed]

Blender is one of those applications that you either love or hate. I know it is great for 3D modeling and and animations and there is a lot said about the UI and its steep learning curve. I am more ...
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Tools to make icon, icon design

I have two related questions: What are the tools you use to make icons? (valid for all platforms) What are the standard sizes and file formats you use? (valid for all platforms too)
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Tilemap-based level editor wishlist

I'll be likely writing one this year. It will end up having unique design so things turn out on its own anyway. Though, what an experienced level designer would want from a level editor? ...
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Which tools are artists using out there and how for game development to produce the material used by game programmers?

What processes, tools, methods are used by game artists to prepare materials for the programmers? I am interested in tools (ie: photoshop, pixelmator, etc for drawing) and also how they are used ...
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Tools for generating random world maps? [closed]

Looking for a tool that will randomly generate an image of a world map.