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    Default The Big Game Engine and Tool List

    I noticed in another post HopeDagger mentioned a list of Engines so I'll post all of my favorite engines and tools

    3D Engines

    (Free) Irrlicht - http://irrlicht.sourceforge.net/ -an Open source 3D engine, very fast, very easy to use.

    (Free) Ogre - http://www.ogre3d.org/ - My favorite of free 3D engines, another free open source engine, it has a great community, and a really cool resource managment system! It also has a great Particle editor!

    (Free) Crystal Space - http://www.crystalspace3d.org/ - A powerful 3D game engine with a rather large community following.

    (Free) Delta 3D - http://www.delta3d.org - This is an open-source 3D gaming and simulation engine. It's free to use it any way you wish, and is designed to easily work with any other open-source programming project.

    (Free) Panda 3D - http://www.panda3d.org - This is the same engine that was used to create Disney's ToonTown. Disney then threw into the open-source ring. You can now download it for free to use in whatever you like. It has both Python and C++ bindings, supposedly the Python ones are almost as fast as the C++ ones.

    (Free for Windows/Linux) Q Developer Network - http://qdn.qubesoft.com/index.php?main=home - This engine is cross-platform, but for the free version it can only be made for Windows and Linux. If you pay money, you can get it on OSX, FreeBSD, PS2, and Xbox. Other than the engine, it also comes with a pretty easy to use WYSIWYG scene editing tool.

    (Free) The Nebula Device - http://www.nebuladevice.org/ - This is is open-source, multiplatform, and has API's and libraries to couple it with just abouty any scripting or programming language. Their idea is to make things simple, sweet, and powerful. Each release has shorter more efficient code than the last.

    Torque - http://www.garagegames.com - Torque costs $100 for a license, but is a very powerful and extremely popular game development engine/system. Many commercial games (remember Tribes?) were made using this.

    (Free) JMonkey Engine - http://www.jmonkeyengine.com/ - Open Source Java-Based Game Engine.

    (Free) ClanLib - http://clanlib.org - Relatively new and very promising open-source game engine.

    Sound Libraries

    (Free) OpenAL - http://www.openal.org/ - Open-source audio library made in the same syntactical style as OpenGL.

    (Free for Non-Commercial Use) FMod - http://www.fmod.org/ - Powerful and popular audio library. Very stable and plenty of functionality.


    Other Engines/Libraries

    (Free) CEGUI - http://www.cegui.org.uk - A slightly complex but very flexible User Interface library (used by the OGRE3D graphics engine, too!)

    (Free) ODE - http://www.ode.org/ - A free, open-source physics library.

    (Free) Newton Dynamics - http://www.newtondynamics.com - A free (and powerful!) physics library with a fairly easy-to-use API.

    (Free) OPAL - http://opal.sourceforge.net - A free, open-source physics library wrapper library, that makes physics integration easy on a high-level. Currently only wraps ODE.

    (Free) Tokamak Physics - http://www.tokamakphysics.com/ - A physics SDK that now offers version 1 as free for all commercial/non-commercial uses.

    RakNet - www.rakkarsoft.com - A powerful, high-level networking library that has recently left the realm of free software.

    (Free?) Elysium Source - http://www.splamm.com/elysium/ - Open source 2D MMORPG engine made in Visual Basic 6. A great place to start out game devving.

    (Free) Eclipse - http://www.freemmorpgmaker.com/index.php Free 2D ORPG engine.

    (Free) XiloEngine - http://xilonengine.net/ Free 2D engine, written in VB.

    Tools

    Maya - http://www.autodesk.com/maya - Expensive, but professional 3D modeling tool.

    Milkshape 3D - http://www.swissquake.ch/chumbalum-soft/ - Cheaper alternative to Maya, no where near as good at Texturing and Animation. (~$25)

    fragMotion - http://www.fragmosoft.com/ - Havent used it to model but its great at Animation!

    Ultimate Unwrap - http://www.unwrap3d.com/ - In my opinion the easiest to use UV mapper allowing you to texture many different model formats easily.

    Adobe Photoshop - Possibly the most infamous and powerful 2D image editor on the market. Not free, however.

    Jasc Paint Shop Pro - Rivaling Photoshop; yet another great 2D editor

    (Free) The GIMP - http://www.gimp.org/ - a free image editor, said to rival both Paint Shop Pro and Photoshop, although known for it's, ah, 'unique' interface. :P

    (Free) Blender - http://www.blender3d.org - This is an open-source 3d modelling program it has an intuitive interface and can make super high quality stuff. Free!

    (Free?) Texporter - http://www.cuneytozdas.com/software/3dsmax/ - This is a plugin for 3DS Max that basically does what Ultimate Unwrap does.

    (Free) Audacity - http://audacity.sourceforge.net - An open-source audio editing progam. It's easy to use and available on many, many platforms. Highly recommended.

    (Free) Wings3D - http://www.wings3d.com/ - A free subdivision modeler.

    (Free) LithUnwrap - http://www.geocities.com/lithunwrap/?20095 - A free texture mapper.

    (Semi-Free) UVMapper - http://www.uvmapper.com/ - Another piece of texture mapping software.


    Wikipedia also has a list of fear game engines, if you want more. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Free_game_engines


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    Cool Nice List

    Hey Tocs

    Thats a really good addition to the forums, I think this list will be appreciated by many other members of the forums and newc****s alike. I just hope it gets the proper amount of attention as in the case of the last forum, the useful stickies were often ignored.



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    Maya was bought by Audodesk (same people that own 3DS Max). So the website for the US is here.

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    Awesome; someone took up the initiative and got a list started before me, hehe. We'll use this as the "Uber Main Listing of Gamestuffs" that I'll sticky.

    As people post more engines/tools/creators/etc either yourself or I (if you don't mind) can update the post and form a comprehensive listing; hopefully combatting the slew of "do u know any mmorpg makers?" posts we get.
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    Okay. Here's some stuff...

    Engines

    Delta 3D http://www.delta3d.org - This is an open-source 3D gaming and simulation engine. It's free to use it any way you wish, and is designed to easily work with any other open-aource programming project.

    Panda 3D http://www.panda3d.org - This is the same engine that was used to create Disney's ToonTown. Disney then threw into the open-source ring. You can now download it for free to use in whatever you like. It has both Python and C++ bindings, supposedly the Python ones are almost as fast as the C++ ones.

    Q Developer Network http://qdn.qubesoft.com/index.php?main=home - This engine is cross-platform, but for the free version it can only be made for Windows and Linux. If you pay money, you can get it on OSX, FreeBSD, PS2, and Xbox. Other than the engine, it also comes with a pretty easy to use WYSIWYG scene editing tool.

    The Nebula Device http://www.nebuladevice.org/ - This is is open-source, multiplatform, and has API's and libraries to couple it with just abouty any scripting or programming language. Their idea is to make things simple, sweet, and powerful. Each release has shorter more efficient code than the last.

    Tools

    Blender http://www.blender3d.org - This is an open-source 3d modelling program it has an intuitive interface and can make super high quality stuff.

    Texporter http://www.cuneytozdas.com/software/3dsmax/ - This is a plugin for 3DS Max that basically does what ultimate unwrap does.

    Audacity http://www.audacity.sourceforge.net - An open-source audio editing progam. It's easy to use and available on many, many platforms.

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    RakNet - a mmorpg networking engine

    www.rakkarsoft.com

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    Wow! Great list. Thank you.
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    Hello everyone, i didnt seem to see any link to RealmCrafter, its an great and easy 3D mmorpg engine, the price is around $55.
    http://www.realmcrafter.com/
    I guess it's still in a relatively eary stage of development, but it's fully possible to make a mmorpg with it.
    EDIT: And yeah it has its own scripting language, and the engine is developed in Blitz3D. you find more information on the homepage.

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    I'd recommend adding http://www.libsdl.org, SDL is one of the best multimedia libraries available today.

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    Thumbs up hey

    omg i been looking for good web site in 3 weeks now i found it tyvm everyone!

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    Any chance you could add my engine to this list?

    Name: vbGORE
    Cost: Free
    License: Open-Source (GPL) w/ slight modifications (more info on site)
    Site: http://spodi.zidev.com
    Engine: 2D via 3D (3D engine for rendering a 2D game, so technically a 3D engine)
    Language: Visual Basic 6


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    >>Name: vbGORE
    can this engine using on vb 5!!

    i know this sound silly.. but I managed to dev to all by using setup creator Vb5.. VB 6.. Mana gw tahu!!

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    What was that last part? "Mana gw tahu"... What the heck?!

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    Default New Tool

    Could you add this Tool to the list?

    Name-Truespace

    Price-3.2=Free Above 3.2=200$-400+$

    Purpose-3D Animation and Design

    Truespace is extremely easy to use. It only took me 3 days and I was making 3D models for school work and for games with ease!

    It can save models in DirectX (.x), Playstation (.rsd), and 3DStudioASCll (.asc) format. Try it out.

    http://forms.caligari.com/forms/ts3all_free.html

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    Man my post and im amazed by all the links and topics about making your own MMorpg online, im truly impressed, and will consider on using these helpfull links thanks alot guys!!!
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    To anyone who's still interested with 2D game development:

    I am developing a 2D game engine.

    Features: scriptable for full customization (usingKonsolScript)
    - free and open source software
    - renders through DirextX7
    - handles image file (BMP, GIF, JPG) resources
    - handles sound file (WAV, MIDI) resources
    - handle map (layer, entity) with scripts

    This game engine is updated monthly for improvements and bug fixes.

    What I need is some more testers and feedback.

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    Default Heyyahh.... Tnx dude ^_^


    Hey folks...,, thx for this sticky it is a help to a nebbie in game developing...

    Hopefully i'll make my own game... this thing is a nice and useful thing for me..

    ^_^

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    I cant see the DirectX-SDK in those links.
    How come??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronin View Post
    I cant see the DirectX-SDK in those links.
    How come??
    Game engines are software that specializes on game development. Such softwares uses DirectX or OpenGL/OpenAL for rendering images and sounds.

    Listed are only game engines not developer's SDK.

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    Great list of links and resources.
    I'm currently developing my first multiplayer game. Please try it out and leave me some feedback. IT'S FREE!
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    thegamecreators.com Have a variety of tools for game developement and production.
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    For Tools:

    OpenFX- Modellor, Free
    http://www.openfx.org/

    Anvil Music Studio- Free and Paid Version, Music Creation Software
    http://www.anvilstudio.com/

    Sony Acid Xpress- Free Version (Music Studio is Full), Music Mixing Software
    http://www.acidplanet.com/default.asp?Cookie=

    Character FX- Animation Software for Characters, Free as of 9/22/08
    http://www.insanesoftware.de/

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    The Baja Engine
    Quote Originally Posted by From Site
    The Baja Engine unlocks your creative vision. Proven effectiveness and solid integration make the Baja Engine the right choice for 2d and 3d game development. Baja makes it easy for you to create a professional quality game or application.
    According to Wikipedia, it's free.

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    also game maker 8.0 pro
    www.yoyogames.com

    this is a very good engine for making games no programming skills needed
    its drag and drop

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