Helpful Game Development Resources

Many students are often confused on how to get started in game development. Below are some helpful links to get started in using an engine, 3D modeling tools, 2D art tools, open license resources, and more. Everything listed below is free to UNL students for some period of time, such as X years, or free to the public indefinitely.

Note: There are options to pay for some parts of these resources (like free vs paid assets) but there is absolutely no requirement to do so.

Game Engines

There are several engines to help students get started, often with their own set of documentation or other resources.

Unity 2018

The Unity game engine is a helpful tool for getting started in both 2D and 3D game development.

Download and install from Unity's website.
View their documentation at the Unity Documentation website.

Unreal Engine 4

The Unreal game engine is one used professionally in the game industry, but has a significantly steeper learning curve than Unity does.

Download and install from Unreal's website.
View their documentation at the Unreal Documentation website.

Art Tools - 2D

2D art tools can be helpful when creating custom sprites, backgrounds, and other assets for 2D scenes and/or games. It can also be helpful for creating textures to use in both 2D and 3D games.

Adobe Creative Cloud (UNL License)

Adobe's Creative Cloud Suite is free to UNL students for the duration of their time at the university. It can be downloaded from the UNL ITS website using their UNL credentials. It's a full suite of media creation tools to help people make and edit photos, videos, audio, and much more.

Visit the ITS Help Guide for more information.

GIMP

GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) is an image editor typically used for creating or manipulating 2D images, such as photographs or textures. It's very similar to Adobe's Photoshop.

Download and install from GIMP's website.

Krita

Krita is a digital painting tool typically used for creating or manipulating 2D images and creations. It has very good touch and pen support. It's very similar to Adobe's Illustrate.

Download and install from Kritas's website.

Paint.NET

Paint.NET is a drawing tool similar to Microsoft's Paint program, but with much more extensive functionality such as layers. It is Windows native, or can be run on MacOS and Linux via virtualization such as WINE.

Download and install from Paint.NET's website.

Art Tools - 3D

3D art tools can be helpful when creating 3D models of characters, levels, scene objects, and more. They can be used for creation, animation, and texturing of models.

Blender

Blender is a 3D modeling program used professionally for making 3D models of characters, assets, scenes, and even animating these models.

Download and install from Blender's website.

Houdini

Houdini is a 3D modeling program used professionally for making 3D models of characters, assets, scenes, and even animating these models.

Download and install from SideFX's website.

Autodesk Maya

Maya is a 3D modeling program used professionally for making 3D models of characters, assets, scenes, and even animating these models.

Download and install from Autodesk's website.

Google Sketchup & 3D Warehouse

Sketchup is a 3D modeling program used by hobbyists for making 3D models of characters and scenes. These models and scenes are posted on Sketchup's website for others to download and use.

Download and install from Sketchup's website.

Audio Tools

These audio tools can help anyone record and manipulate sound for games. This can be applicable for background music, sound effects, voiceovers, and more.

Audacity

Audacity is a tool helpful for recording any audio using a microphone and a computer. It is helpful for recording music, sound effects, or voiceovers.

Download and install from Audacity's website.

FamiTracker

FamiTracker is an NES-style music composition program built around emulating older video game sound chips. It is available on Windows natively, or Mac and Linux via WINE or virtual machine.

Visit FamiTracker's website for more information.

Online Resources

These online resouces will help discover open-licensed assets such as 2D sprites, 3D models, music, sound effects, and more for any game.

Audio - FreeSound.org

FreeSound.org is a website that hosts creative commons- and attribution-licensed music, sound effects, and other audio clips for anyone to use.

Visit FreeSound.org for more information.

Audio - Incompetech

Incompetech is a website that hosts royalty-free music, sound effects, and other audio clips for anyone to use.

Visit Incompetech.com for more information.

Art - TurboSquid.com

Incompetech is a website that hosts royalty-free 3D models for anyone to use.

Visit TurboSquid.com for more information.

Art - 3D Warehouse

3D Warehouse is the online platform where anyone can host open-licensed art made in Google's 3D Sketchup.

Visit Sketchup's 3D Warehouse website for more information.

Online Learning Platforms

These online learning platforms provide many classes to help teach students a variety of topics. They are all Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and organized in a manner that helps the individual student learn at their own pace. They also provide ways to connect with the instructor should the student have questions about the content.

Udemy

Visit Udemy to learn more about their classes.

Udacity

Visit Udacity to learn more about their classes.

Coursera

Visit Coursera to learn more about their classes.

Code Academy

Visit Code Academy to learn more about their classes.

Khan Academy

Visit Khan Academy to learn more about their classes.

EdX

Visit EdX to learn more about their classes.

Other Online Resources

YouTube

Visit YouTube to learn more.