Video Game References: 3D Models, Degrees, Associations & Other Useful Links

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I find that I visit so many different sites I can’t keep them straight and I can’t remember to update my delicious account. So I started adding them as resources on my main website when I found one I liked or wanted to go back to someday in the future. Here’s a list you may want to check them out for yourself. I’ve added my own comments and knowledge thrown into the mix:

Game Engines

Crystal Space 3D

Dark GDK

G3D Engine – good tool libraries, large free model collections

jMonkey Engine

Panda3D

Torque Engine – popular with independent developers

Unreal Engine – it’s a classic… now available for free.

MMO Specific

Unity 3D – in browser 3D MMO games, quickly gaining popularity as an engine. Has iPhone and Wii capabilities.

Big World Technology

Byond – not really an engine so much as a point and click game maker

Hero Engine

Irrlicht – i really like this one, runs fast, lightweight, nice toolset. Free. Showcase includes

Multiverse

Ogre 3D – i found this one to be way too complicated and not very well planned out. API was hard to use and understand if you want something you can just jump into and start programming.

Realm Crafter

Flash Specific

SmartFoxServer – Specifically for Flash MMOs.  I’ve chosen this one for an MMO I have in production. Free for up to 20 users, license required for 100, 500, and unlimited users ($300 – $3,000 dollars). Showcase games include Club Penguin, Atlantas and facebook’s app YoVille, and Build-a-Bear Workshop.

Red5 Server – Completely open source and free. If you’re looking to build on your own functionality this one is for you

Electro Server – Haven’t had a chance to play around with this one but it has a free 25 user version. Licenses for up to 500 – 200,000 users ($700 to $4,500+) — no unlimited license that I could find.  Showcase games include WebKinz, Nickeldeon and Barbie Let’s Chat.

3D Models

3D Cafe

3D Links

3D M3

3D Revolution

TurboSquid – largest collection of models made in Maya

WireCase

Quality 3D

Poitra – expensive but nice stuff

Exchange 3D

DAZ 3D

Archive 3D – all free models

3D Extras – free models

Amazing 3D

3D Software

Maya – industry leader, costs a fortune though

3Ds Max – also an industry leader but cheaper than Maya. Owned by the same company.

Blender – free, can integrate python and lua scripting. Good support community, so-so documentation.

Drawing & Art Software

Photoshop -leading graphic art software, if you don’t have this you might as well quit now…

Painter – exclusively for people drawing with tablets

Gimp – essentially a free version of photoshop

Associations

ECA – Electronic Consumers Association

ESA – Electronic Software Association

ESRB – Entertainment Software Rating Board

IGDA – International Game Developers Association

Artists

Geninne – artist in Mexico, I want her on one of my projects one day

Creative Thursday – artists post to a new topic every thursday, great way to find a diamond in the rough

Illustration Friday – same as Creative Thursday with a bigger following

Simon Reeves – freelance 3D artist. Has done several commercials so I doubt he’s cheap.

Sarah J How – worked with her on graphics for one of my pet games. Highly recommended. She was a texture/character artists for Deep Red Games, looks like she’s running her own studio now.

DeviantArt.com – tons of various artists. As a last resort you can probably find someone here.

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