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

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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 ...
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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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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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What are some good tools for prototyping map layout and design? [closed]

I'm curious as to what the best method for sketching out and prototyping a map is, and if there are any tools available to facilitate this. Pen and paper is probably a good place to start, but I ...
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Tool to create a bitmap font from a true type font [closed]

What tool do you use to convert ttf fonts to bitmap fonts? Following is a list of features I'm looking for. I'd be happy with any tool really, but one that had these features would be better. ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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Game treatment collaboration tools [closed]

Other than using a wiki, what good (or purpose-built) tools allow for collaborative work on a game treatment? I have a couple ideas I'd like to get fleshed-out and built, and have a small team who ...
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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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3d level creation for small teams

What sort of tools and techniques are available out there for 3D level creation? In particular for small teams where you might not have the time and resources to make your level creation tools from ...
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Sprites saved in INA and AN format?

im not sure if this is a suitable question but i found a game that had all it is sprites and stuff saved in INA and AN format and i got curious to know which program is it... Or is it some sort of ...
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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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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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Tools for generating random world maps? [closed]

Looking for a tool that will randomly generate an image of a world map.
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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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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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How can I develop Flash games without expensive software?

I've been playing with writing flash games in my spare time, but up to this point, I've just been using a trial version of Adobe Flash Professional. I'm aware of FlashDevelop, but their documentation ...
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Tools for creating 2d tile based maps [closed]

What are some tools I can use to create 2d tile based maps? Please provide the information below, and try to limit to one tool per answer. Name Link to website General features Export format ...
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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 ...