Tools for Starting a Serious Game Company

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  1. mystic0

    mystic0 Freeman Member

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    I have compiled a list of software, utilities, and web sites for making an indie enterprise. The list is based on the startups I've been involved with, the most highly rated resource, and the most cost effective products to create the most valuable products and services available. There is a lot here so I know there will be something useful to everyone.

    This suggestion of applications include a lot of options. For some developers they use several drawing applications or music applications to get the result that they want.

    This is designed to start with an initial group of six: game designer, audio engineer, artist, computer scientist, (financial accounting) controller, and business operator. Most of the products I've included are free or low cost. In rare occasions, I've include Adobe products because I haven't found a sufficient substitution or combination of products.

    Programming
    IDE
    DB
    Server
    Security & Code Analysis
    Analytics
    Math
    Debugger
    Bug Reporting
    Bug Recording
    Repositories
    Backup
    WARNING: DO NOT CONFIGURE YOUR GIT or GITHUB REPOSITORY AND BACKUP TO THE SAME DIRECTORY AS IT CAN CORRUPT YOUR REPOSITORY

    Design
    Product Design
    2D
    Pixel drawing
    Animation
    Painting
    Movie
    Utilities
    Mapping
    3D
    Writing & Design
    Audio
    Sound
    Music
    Orchestral
    Chiptune/Midi
    Business
    Communication
    Project Management
    Distribution
    Digital Distribution
    Mobile App Distribution
    Multiple Distributions
    Human Resources
    Employee Scheduling
    Benefits
    Scheduling
    Utilities
    Finance & Accounting
    Accounting/Finance
    Accounting Package
    Commerce/Payment Processing
    Market Performance
    Spreadsheets
    Business Intelligence
    Marketing
    CRM
    Content Marketing & SEO
    Email Marketing
    Paid Advertising
    Public Relations
    Social Media Management
    Social Media Sites
    Legal
    Customer Service
     
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    TheoAllen Self-proclaimed jack of all trades Veteran

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    Can I add Anvil Studio for midi composing software? I've been working using this software for years, and I'm satisfied with it
     
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    Wow, that's a massive list! Nobody is going to start up with all of that. You use what you need to use to do the job you need to do. I use 3 of the things you mentioned, and have no need for any of the others.
     
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    Did you mean raster drawing? If you want an actual list of good pixel drawing software, I know of quite a few to put on here. Things like Pyxel Edit and Aseprite and ProMotion and GrafX2 and so many others. Or if you want good raster drawing programs you should have things like Clip Studio Paint or Paint Tool Sai or Media Bang Paint. If you want cost effective programs Adobe shouldn't be on the list at all.
     
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    nice list and good jobs, maybe good idea for pin this to Useful Development Tools tread.
    you forget *Adobe After effect for Professional animation rigging && sprites motions scrypting.
    also *texturePacker for make profesional spriteSheet for game.
    And *spriteilluminator for profesional Normal Map Editor for dynamic lighting and special effects.
    and in mapping http://www.3d-map-generator.com/ , pro mapping for photoshop game dev plugin, similar to tiled.
    @+
     
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    *scratches head
     
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    I've moved this thread to Useful Development Tools. Please be sure to post your threads in the correct forum next time. Thank you.

     
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    I love the list, the only downside is now I'm checking out a bunch of stuff I don't really need when I have a thousand other projects in the works. May I suggest adding Bitbucket (https://bitbucket.org) to Repositories (also they have a program called Sourcetree that gives you a handy GUI for all your Git and Hg needs). Bitrix24 (https://www.bitrix24.com/) is a good CRM, used it for a while with the last company I was with before we had to shut the doors. Not sure where on the list they might go, but PressKit() (https://dopresskit.com/) is handy for generating press releases, and they are working on Distrubute() (https://dodistribute.com/) for distributing said releases.
     
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    Not sure if anyone ever gave thought to something like this at almost a year back but for game-oriented mobile testing you could put BlueStacks in under freemium. Has a built-in APK import as well if you need it.

    Also, Java (if listed) needs to be moved immediately to freemium in relation to personal vs. production due to changes in support per the latest Oracle roadmap documentation. While this does not actually take full effect until the new year and existing deployments not fully affected until at least 2020 (not including JDK 11 which is migrated by default) it should legally be taken into account on the immediate.
     
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    Another good social media/messaging app is Google Hangouts (https://hangouts.google.com/). Maybe not as good as others but pretty much anyone can use it.
     
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    Under Design > Writing I have to recommend MicroSoft OneNote. It's perfect for creating game doc's and organizing all your design ideas and putting together a bible and such. And then of course there's Excel for allllll the numbers.
     
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    I made my own music but for SFX you can't always make them yourself. So i should go check out that website you typed.
     
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    Excuse me. As tempted as I am to use the inkarnate, does it comes with modern theme assets? I can only see medieval themes in the gallery.
     
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    you can upload your own assets, but I don't know about saving them or recovering them once uploaded, if you don't have a premium account.
    I tried to work with custom assets as well, and it allowed me some flexibility, but haven't set myself to work with it fully yet. I was making sure it would cover the basics.
     
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    Thank you for your patience everyone!
    UPDATE 1 8/15/2019: Added in suggested tools, additional DB, business intelligence, bug reporting, distribution platforms, security section. I also included that this is primarily designed for a small team that scales relatively easily.
     
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