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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.

Below I set out some basic rules for an entry to be contributed to the list

  1. This list is not a showcase to show off your skills, only a list to tell other people about good free programs and other free stuff that other people can use. In that sense you don't need to be the author of the stuff added to this list. Since I only link and do not host I can do this without violating copyrights. Of course, don't claim a project is yours when it isn't, just let me know about good free stuff a game programmer can use!
  2. On this moment I only accept free projects. Projects that come in a free and paid version are accepted.
    For the time being I do not accept 'low-budget' as I find it hard to define 'low-budget'. $10, $40, $100? What is 'low-budget'? I might put a poll for that on at some time, but for the time being only free stuff.
  3. In 'free' I only mean Free of Charge with no royalties attached. Please check the license of the projects if the license types allow you to use the content for commercial purposes or for free-only purposes before downloading stuff.
  4. All entries I receive will be scanned with 'McAfee SiteAdvisor'. All websites attached to the project must have a GREEN rating. Grey ratings can be put on delay, and yellow and red ratings are inacceptable!
  5. Please report it to me when projects no longer exist or are moved to a different site, so I can update the list. I cannot keep track of everything, so I rely on your support!
  6. I keep the right to judge all entries in the list as I see fit, the rules described here are more informative for you in an explanation how I work, but I keep the right to 'bend' the rules to my own way or to change these rules without any obligation to announce this!
  7. Spam will be rejected always, so save yourself the trouble. As a bonus your IP adress will be blacklisted, and that blacklist may become public someday.

Below is a quick list of reasons that may cause a new entry to be rejected or an existing entry to be removed:

  1. Dead Link
    Dead Links are links that do not work. Either leading to a 404 or other kinds of errors. I take the possibility of possible server errors into account, but if a site returns errors for longer than a week, I'll remove it. Having a site in maintenance mode is allowed, but if it's on maintenance mode for too long (which is 2 months or so) I won't believe the status will change (unless a date has been given on the maintenance note), and may thus lead to removal.
     
  2. Excessive Pop-Ups on sites
    When I visit a site to judge its content and my pop-up killer reports to have blocked 5 pop-ups or more, you site will be deemed Excessive Pop-Ups and thus not be allowed here.
     
  3. Fake-Free
    FREE DOWNLOAD which appears to be 30 day trial is what I call Fake-Free.
     
  4. Inappropriate content
    This can be:
    1. Porn
    2. Racist content
    3. Illegal content (Illegal = Violation of the Dutch law).

     
  5. Just another list
    I am not interested in just linking to another list with stuff like this. Even more so as I cannot check if everything they link is free or legal or anything.
     
  6. Not Free
    The product is not free or no longer free. Under `free` I note, free to obtain and no royalty costs required to use it in your games. Products that fall under the GNU or sortlike licenses still fall under `Free` must should be categorized as 'Strong Copyleft'
     
  7. Other
    There may be a few other reasons not listed in my rejection/removal list that may lead to to reject or remove programs. I, Jeroen Petrus Broks, keep the right of making such decissions. If an item is reported with "Other" as reason it's VERY important you use the explanation box to describe in detail why the website should be removed or altered from the list. I do expect this to happen very rarely, and should it happen it may even lead to a change of rule to clarify things.
     
  8. Project Discontinued
    If a project has been discontinued, it should be removed from this site. This goes of course most of all for software. :) Discontinued projects can easily get broken when OSes or other platform they run on get updated, so this is pretty important. Of course, when picture or music projects are discontinued they may remain on the site (as they will work on newer platforms anyway), unless they are all removed from its host site.
     
  9. Red Rating in McAfee
    Red Rating in McAfee SiteAdvisor (http://www.siteadvisor.com) means that the site is potentially full of malware or other threats. When the site is marked green and still got this reason tied to it, it might mean that the user reviews I found about it are of that kind that I distrust this site, or I found threatening data about it elsewhere.
     
  10. Site Horror
    The website must be easy to navigate through. A lot of sites are a plain nightmare to find stuff in. In a site is too horrible to navigate through, I'll reject (or if it got through) remove it.
     
  11. Site not in English
    All sites this list links to must be in English, or have (if they are in a different language) an easy to find link to run the site in English. I am not game to check your site on spelling errors so I never let that be a deciding factor unless the site is so full of spelling errors that nobody can understand the site, at all.
     
  12. Spam
    Unwanted (commercial) mail. You can save yourself the trouble sending it, as all entires will be reviewed and spam will always be rejected, plus your mail address will be blacklisted. Though I don't want to go into public blacklisting, excessive spam can have this as a result.
     
  13. Untrustworthy site
    Under this fall sites and products that do
    1. Virusses
    2. Worms
    3. Trojan Horses
    4. Spyware
    5. Tracking cookies
    6. And any other kind of imaginable malware
    When I judge this I use McAfee Site Advisor. All sites must have a GREEN rating in order to be approved by me.
     
  14. Yellow Rating McAfee SiteAdvisor
    Yellow Rating in McAfee SiteAdvisor (http://www.siteadvisor.com) means that the site may contain some content that could be malware or other treats, and is therefore inacceptable to this list.
     
  15. This all said I hope the list is useful to you, and I hope it helps you and that you are willing to help me to keep it up to date ;)

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