Hi there;
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.


BlitzBasic BlitzBasic is a language specifically made for game programming.
It has now the tools: Blitz3D (for creating 3D games, windows only)
BlitzPlus (for games with GUI interfaces, windows only)
BlitzMax (a next generation Blitz, with OOP support and support for Windows, Mac and Linux

Recently all three products have been released into the open source. The only requirement is creating an account onto the blitzbasic.com website.

User Rating:Rating: 9 / 10 ; 2 votes
License:Free to use license
In this I just collect all licenses that allow you you to freely use, modify and even sell stuff, however you may still be required to give credit to the original creator.

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Posted: Mar 20th 2016

The Blitz series, BlitzMax in particular offers the simplicity newbie programmers need, but the professionality to do really complex stuff the pros need. The language works on the three great platforms, and is extendable with C and C++. The achilles heel of BlitzMax is most likely the Linux support is it can be quite a disaster to get BlitzMax fully on the road with Linux.
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