Best Gaming Tools

Gaming tools provide developers and others in the industry a variety of functionalities to aid in game development, design, and marketing. There is much more to it than choosing a game engine and creating 3D models, and gaming tools can help fill in some of those gaps. App development environments, asset exchanges, and even streaming services can all help create a game or a business around gaming. Gaming tools can help with coding, controller support, and even AI. Potentially highly specialized gaming tools can help with niche problems that crop up while working in the video game industry.

Gaming Tools Grid® Overview

The best Gaming Tools products are determined by customer satisfaction (based on user reviews) and market presence (based on products’ scale, focus, and influence) and placed into four categories on the Grid®:
  • Products in the Leader quadrant are rated highly by G2 Crowd users and have substantial Market Presence scores. Leaders include: Bitbucket
  • High Performers are highly rated by their users, but have not yet achieved the Market Presence of the Leaders
  • Contenders have significant Market Presence and resources, but have received below average user Satisfaction ratings or have not yet received a sufficient number of reviews to validate the solution. Contenders include: FBX
  • Niche solutions do not have the Market Presence of the Leaders. They may have been rated positively on customer Satisfaction, but have not yet received enough reviews to validate them. Niche products include: Bandicam
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    Bitbucket is the Git solution for professional teams. It provides collaboration and code management around the versioning of your codebase. Every piece of core functionality has been built to help software teams work better together. This ranges from collaboration to integrations & extensibility, security, and scalability. Bitbucket allows software teams to collaborate around their source code, secure their code base, enforce development workflows, and scale as their team grows. It integrates with JIRA Software for traceability from feature ideation through deployment. Bitbucket provides a platform for developers to discuss code changes, a window into development progress for development managers, and a performant version control system for system admins.


    FBX is an asset exchange technology that facilitates 3D data transfer between software applications enabling game developers to integrate FBX support in their applications for fidelity data import.


    Bandicam screen recorder makes it possible to record a certain area on a PC screen, or a program that uses the DirectX/OpenGL graphic technologies. Bandicam will help you carry out a video record with high compression ratio, while keeping the video quality closer to the original work, and provides performance far superior to other programs that provide similar functions.


    Fraps is a universal Windows application that can be used with games using DirectX or OpenGL graphic technology. In its current form Fraps performs many tasks and can best be described as:


    Twitch is the world's leading video platform and community for gamers. More than 45 million gamers gather every month on Twitch to broadcast, watch and chat.


    Desktop/Android/BlackBerry/iOS/HTML5 Java game development framework


    Action! is a screen recorder and video streaming software that allows to record and stream DirectX, Open GL and Vulcan games and applications. Thanks to easy to use and intuitive interface, users are able to configure their settings in a fast and a hassle-free manner. Action! is a feature-packed software that can record a selected application, desktop region or full screen with audio and 4K webcam support. What makes Action! different from other software is a very high quality of captured video files, smooth and lag-free recording of Vulcan games as well as advanced HUD options that informs users about the recording status.


    App Game Kit is a one stop solution for making game apps for mobile devices, where you are able to code your game once then deploy your game on multiple platforms.


    BINK is a defacto video codec for games that can work on any platform or device, that is completely self contained and built for multi-core.


    Cinemagraph Pro is the only professional tool specifically designed for the creation of flixels. With its unique “live-masking” technology, artists can preview their living images in real time and output HD (1080) and UHD (4K) quality hybrid photographs. The free version is full featured and exports with a Flixel watermark. You have a few options to buy and remove the watermark: - a one-time payment for a license for v2.x - upgrade a v1.x license to version 2 - a Flixel Cloud Web+Apps plan An intuitive interface enables swift navigation amongst a full suite of editing modes; with just a few clicks, your flixels are shared with the world. It’s never been easier to create beautiful, professional grade Cinemagraph images. Intuitive Creation. Fast Results. ● Shoot: Capture a short video and import it into the app. ● Trim: Identify your ideal sequence and easily set the still frame to create a more seamless loop. ● Still Frame: Customize your work or fix blemishes by easily exporting the still frame to other image editing apps. ● Mask: Select a specific area within your photograph to animate by simply “live-masking” the motion right into the image. ● Loop: Select a repeat or bounce loop style, then crossfade, and adjust speed. For a surprise effect, add a delay between loops. ● Adjustments: Adjust exposure, brightness, contrast, saturation, tone curve, and vignette of your living photos ● Preset: Instantly preview many built-in presets then make color adjustments and save your own Render in HD: ● Output as a HD or UHD video or go old school and create a GIF. Share with the World ● Whether it’s creating ads for an online marketing campaign or beautiful cinemagraphs of a wedding - upload your mesmerizing flixels in high resolution to flixel.com, or share on a variety of social networks. Flixel Cloud: A subscription service that helps you make money from your flixel images. Embed your flixel into your blog or website - the Flixel player provides a seamless experience that auto-plays and auto-loops your cinemagraph on all browsers and platforms, including mobile. 4 Key Benefits: Share and stream your flixels at the highest possible quality. GIFs are so yesterday. Remove or replace the Flixel watermark on any of your flixels. Control the target URL that each flixel is associated with. License the use of your flixel for a set period of time and then easily revoke it. You are in control of your creative. Available for macOS and iOS


    HumanIK is a runtime solution for creating believable, interactive character animation for games that features full body inverse kinematics and real-time retargeting technology, enabling characters to interact realistically with their environment.


    Object Oriented Input System is a cross platform solution for using input devices (keyboards, mice, joysticks etc.) and feedback devices (force feedback) that is written in C++ using Oriented Design pattern.


    Allegro library is a cross-platform, open source, gaming programming library that handles common, low level tasks such as creating windows, accepting user input, loading data, drawing images, playing sounds and more.


    Amazon GameLift is a managed service for deploying, operating, and scaling dedicated game servers for session-based multiplayer games.


    OpenDDL is a text based language that is designed to store arbitrary data in a concise human readable format that can be used for exchanging information among many programs or for storing a programs data in an editable format.


    Scaleform enables developers to leverage the power of the Adobe Flash tool set to create user interface environments for PCs, games consoles, mobile devices, and consumer technologies.


    XInput is an API that allows applications to receive input from the Xbox 360 controller for Windows.


    Oculus Mover is designed to help move Oculus games to another drive in Windows 10 64-bit.


    BatteryTech allows development of high performance applications for a variety of platforms and provides foundational system components like data structures, linear algebra classes, resource managers and more.


    Beast is a set of tools for creating realistic lighting in games, developers can simulate natural, physically correct lighting effects with color bounce, soft shadows, dynamic range lighting, and lighting of moving objects in real-time game environments.


    DI-Guy AI adds artificial intelligence to DI-Guy scenario enabling your IG to play performances created by others- and the characters will act out the performances appropriately.


    ECOSim is a company-level training simulation that teaches leaders how best to deploy troops and more with focus on rapid scenario generation, runtime operator control, and realistic & reactive human simulation.


    Flox is a cloud based back-end for your game that enables you to manage release dates, growth, and solve problems.


    Gideros Mobile provides cross-platform technology to create games for iOS and Android with Lua.


    Access hundreds of millions of 3D buildings, roads, landmarks, cafes, and parks to build your game.


    Havok AI is a runtime SDK for programmers and designers to create pathfinding, pathfollowing, and navigation mesh generation for dynamic environments.


    JOGL is designed to provide hardware-supported 3D graphics to applications written in Java.


    Kythera is an AI middleware that delivers experiences through comprehensive core features including perception, target selection, cover usage, and group coordination.


    MASA LIFE is an artificial intelligence for makers and not only coders that allows you to design how characters behave and how they interact with the world without code.


    Navigation is an artificial intelligence middleware that provides automatic NavMesh generation, hierarchical pathfinding, and path following in game environments.


    NavPower is an AI pathfinding middleware for the video game industry with NavGraph auto generation, dynamic obstacle avoidance, streaming and more with the ability to be used on platforms such as Playstation 4, Xbox One, Wii U and more.


    OpenGEX is a text based file format designed to facilitate the transfer of complex scene data between applications such as modeling tools and game engines.


    PathEngine is a middleware toolkit for the implementation of intelligent agent movement, built around and implementation of points-of-visibility pathfinding on 3D ground surfaces.


    RAIN is an AI engine used by studios to create any character, in any game and platform, that is engineered to meet the challenges of creating interactive characters.


    SimBionic is a toolset for creating intelligent behaviors for simulations, games, and other interactive systems without programming that specify how people, systems, and other entities respond to user actions and other events.


    SmartPixel is a screen recorder & video editor to help PC and Android user capture, edit, upload and share videos to YouTube.


    Sparrow is an open source game engine for iOS that is a objective-c library for iOS products with features that includes sprite sheets, partical effects, and more.


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