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Here's a Chance to "Virtually Hang Out" with some of the Best in the Video Game Industry... Video Game Designers... Indie Game Developers and Studio .... Programmers... Graphic Artists... Bet Testers... Forums... and Find Out What's Happening...

If you are an aspiring video game designer... or graphic design artist... or programmer... here's an assemblage of resources designed to help you make connections and be noticed in this rewarding yet highly competitive industry... and to further in some small way the 'building of community' among an amazing group of creative geniuses. This page is an ongoing 'work in progress'. Please email us with any and all suggestions!

Indie Games Showcases

IndieGames.com "... a guide to the independent game movement and the very best indie video games...."

Indie and Flash Game Developers

Here are just some of the many indie (mostly flash) game developers. Some are relative newbies, while others are 10+ year veterans. Some sites showcase the owner's work, while others are huge almagams of the work of a whole community of developers, and openly invite you to join in the fun. If you are an aspiring game designer, be inspired by their stories and achievements... and know that anyone who has the drive, determination and a few basic tools can do the same. Follow your passion!

Afro-Ninja Productions

Edmund McMillen "Artistically Independent" 17+ games on CD... 15 comics... one dead baby plushy. Also see "The Independent Artistic Endeavors of Edmund McMillen" blog.

Ezone.com was founded in 1996 in San Francisco by the Edis Brothers Jamie and Simon. We are still a two man company and over the years have created more than 200 web games and animations... Ezone.com is now based in Perth, Western Australia..." They generously share the tools and information that helped them design the Shockware games so that others can do likewise.

FlipLineStudios "... Founded by Matt Neff and Tony Solary in 2004, Flipline Studios is a game development studio focused on delivering original, entertaining games for both the online and download markets...."

GameInaBottle.com Developers of 100's of free-to-play Flash games

HeroInteractive.com Follow their blog to keep up with new games, contests, etc.

IrregularGames.com Offers some free flash games for your site.

MiniClip "... the largest online games site where you can play free games, sports games, massive multiplayer games, action games, puzzle games, flash games and more. ... over 57 million unique users per month... a new online brand of digital interactive entertainment... focuses on providing high quality online entertainment experiences. The games are fun, intuitive to play, and quick to load. Miniclip games are browser based allowing users to play online easily without downloading or installing additional software. Miniclip games are cross platform compatible and versatile. They can be played anytime, anywhere, via the Internet across multiple devices and future hardware devices....currently over 450 games on Miniclip.com with two new games released every week ensuring fresh content. Miniclip encourages the sharing of its games through email, instant messaging and blogs. In 2001 Miniclip pioneered the mass syndication of online games. Today, Miniclip games are syndicated across more than 500,000 affiliate websites..."

NewGrounds.com ".... I eventually started using Flash in 1998 and the site turned into a huge showcase of my Flash work. I was getting a lot of traffic, so on-line buddies started sending me their work to showcase in front of the existing audience. This snowballed out of control and eventually the first-ever automated Flash Portal was launched on April 6, 2000. This system allows anyone anywhere to submit Flash and have it appear on the site instantly! We receive hundreds of submissions on a daily basis, with a daily top five selected by visitors like yourself!... For more than ten years, I ran Newgrounds from basements and bedrooms. Now we have an office, which rocks, but we're still 100% independent and love what we do. The database and back-end programming are handled by Ross (college friend) and James (long-time NG fan from England). My brother Wade helps manage the endless issues that arise from the on-line community. My friend Tim manages the servers, which we own and maintain in a hosting facility here in Philadelphia. Stamper, one of the first contributors to the automated Portal system, now does web design for the site.... "

PlayerForever.com "Small enthusiastic team who loves good games and game development". Download 100's of free games for your website.

WinterWolves.com "...small independent developers like us can help. As you can see , you can find quite unique games in our site, ideas that are too niche or just particular to get attention from the big publisher. We always try to keep our games very original and most importantly, we listen to customers feedback. Indeed, we try to update our games often, just check the readme RTF file included in each game demo to see the update history for each game. We really care about our customers, and when possible we try to offer free content updates like the expansion packs for our game..."

Some of the Major Game Development Studios

DreamCatcher Interactive

Electronic Arts: Black Box "... EA Black Box studio culture is one that promotes curiousity and innovation, and is based on values of creativity, ownership, respect and excellence – and that shines through in our work environment and the games we produce. At EA Black Box, our creative and dedicated community of 350+ artists, engineers, designers and producers are all working toward a common goal: making games we’re proud of – and that we want to play..."

Video Game Development Forums

ArmorGames.com Forum

Eutechnyx Forum

GameDev.net Forums DOZENS of topics covering virtually every aspect of game development.

GarageGames.com Forums

IndieGamer.com Forum Indie Gamer Development Discussion Boards "... Discuss business-related topics, including sales, marketing, publishing, serving customers, legal issues, search engines, download sites, and web hosting....Discuss game development and technical topics, including programming, art, design, music, sound fx, web development, porting, localization, and hardware.... Discuss topics related to high level game design concepts and how they affect the player.... feedback and opinions on work in progress,..."

Infinity Ward Forum 235,000+ members

MiniClip.com Forum Share game ideas. Post bugs. Discuss games. Talk about your biggest wins. General chat about almost anything. Almost a million posts and over 80,000 members.

PopCap Developer Program Forum Deals with their open source Popcap Games Framework.

 


File Planet gives you free games, exclusive betas, and PC-game demos for every gamer

Fileplanet (IGN Entertainment)FilePlanet.com "... the premier online destination for Gaming downloads. We're here to provide gamers with blazing fast and reliable downloads of the most comprehensive collection of gaming files on the net. We allow users to upload their own files to our library of over three hundred thousand free pc games, mods, demos, patches, and movie trailers. We also run exclusive beta tests of new games with top game developers and publishers. Come try our download service by creating a free account on FilePlanet to download Gaming on our public servers or upgrade to a premium account to access our high-speed servers...."

 

See also Get Paid Creating Flash Video Games

Alpha and Beta Testers Wanted

Betawatcher.com "Online computer video game beta testing"

Zening Beta Testers Wanted by Kongregate

Check Eutechnyx's Forum for news about Beta Tests

Flash Game Distribution Beta Test Application "... This tool assists developers in distributing their flash games across the internet... allows developers to easily post their games to game portals, contact game portals, and automatically distribute their games to our partners...."

Beta Testing Video Games Information

GamesTester.com "... the unique news and information source for games testers and all those interested in playing games for a living. The site is GLOBAL with resource from the computer and videogames industry in the USA, Europe, the Far East and Australia. It features recent articles on testing, hints and tips on finding work as a tester and a directory of employment openings and games testing companies. All the news and information on this site is designed to help games testers. We are NOT an employment agency or recruitment consultancy and we do NOT have any job openings for games testers at GamesTester.... This information is FREE to all job seekers and recruiting companies...."

Get the Latest News About Video Game Design Competitions... and Contests for Video Game-related Art

Armor Games: Puzzle Your Way to a PS3 "... ArmorGames.com is sponsoring Hero Interactive's latest contest and we want YOU to win a Play Station 3! What do you have to do? It's simple! Just go to ArmorGames.com and play Hero Interactive's latest game: StarShine 2: Puzzle Master. Create an awesome puzzle and submit it. That's it! The top 5 puzzles win!..." First prize is a PS3... 2nd is an iPod Touch... 3rd, 4th, 5th receive iPod Nano. Submit before Feb 1, 2009.

Screenburn at SXSW Game Design Competition "... New for 2009 is the ScreenBurn at SXSW Game Design Competition, which provides a venue for emerging designers to pitch their concept to a jury of established professionals. Participants in this event are challenged to excite the imagination with a description of the game they want to build. These proposals are entirely conceptual -- but tight organization is a must as these entries cannot exceed 200 words in length.... "

Vortex - The Game Competition (not up to date) "... was created as a reaction to the huge interest around and growth of the videogame industry in Canada. It is a great opportunity open to emerging videogame developers. Vortex itself is now in its fourth year gaining in strength and impact each time - and has built a reputation as one of the most exciting aspects of the McLuhan International Festival of the Future (MIFF)...."

Speak Visual: Design Digital (contest closes Jan. 14, 2009... but keep in mind for next year) Covers Fractal Art, Vector Art, Painting and Airbrushing, 3 D Art, Pixel Art. See also Avatar of 2009 contest and others (check the blog)

Photoshop Cafe contests (move to approprite page and update for next year)... like Design a Video Game Cover contest that ran in 2009

Indebted.com "The Challenge" "... Win $10,000 for best video game idea that addresses the fiscal crisis, and work with mtvU to produce your vision..." deadline Jan 14 2009..

Dexigner.com's well-maintained and substantial list of design competitions. Some of these may work for game graphic design artists. Worth a look.

Video Game Development and Design Tools

Unity3D.com "... Unity is a multiplatform game development tool, designed from the start to ease creation. A fully integrated professional application that just happens to contain the most powerful engine this side of a million dollars.

Video Game Development Degree Programs

Full Sail University has a Bachelor's Degree in Game Development Winter Park, FL.

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