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This is a quick list of programs and other stuff that is very usable for game programming which is offered up free of charge and free of royalties.
If you know a tool or other thing that is handy for game programmers, please don't hesitate to add it to this list. Nothing it hosted here, we only link to stuff.
Please note that some programs may be marked as 'Strong Copyleft'. This means that the license of that tool or product may require you to make the game you create free or to copy the license of the product you chose. The GPL is the most famous example of that. So I really recommend to check the licenses before using the stuff I link to.
Jeroens Lua Guid
Always wanted to code a game, but you don't know how to code? Lua is one of the easiest languages out there, and I can teach you how to master it. Here I'm presenting you with a book in pdf form in which I'll teach you step by step to master Lua (and I even made a few notes for the more advanced coder). Lua is a scripting language which is very simple, yet pretty fast and powerful. Mastering Lua can be a good first step for turning pro. And I will light up a few things about LÖVE as a ready-to-go Lua interpreter, but you can from there easily switch to other engines. Simple assignments are in the book for practice. The book is in PDF, so any OS with a PDF viewer (that should be any modern OS) should be able to view this.
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