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From Unity to Unreal, the number of easily available game engines and tools is slowly increasing. This is giving budding game developers another option for making new software, as you no longer need to have someone that is well versed in writing game engines. But what is there to pick from? What engines are suitable for small teams? What about programming languages?

Dave Voyles has compiled a list of game engines, as well as a few misc. tools for 3D asset creation and audio, so be sure to head to his blog and give it a read. But do you want to know more about video game development in general? Here are some other articles on the topic that you might find useful:

Developer tools from Microsoft - If you are about to get started with programming, what programs do you use? Microsoft has numerous solutions, which are detailed in this article. Come and take a look so you can decide for yourself.

Hitting the books: Learning about game design - Back to basics! Sometimes the best resources for learning something new are good old books, and game design isn't a topic that is exempt. If you want to break into a new area of game development, even if you excel in one particular area, perhaps a book is just what you need to get started.

How do you get into game development? - There are many ways to kickstart your journey into making games, but sometimes it's hard to figure out where to start. This article details key areas to focus on when starting out, and also how to start with making your own games if you don't want to join a larger company.

New fair trading rules for app-based games - New rules regarding in-app purchases were recently brought into force, which could mean changes for any games you're working on. Make sure to give it a read so that you can work around them.

Porting to Windows with Unity - We could tell you about the benefits of publishing on Microsoft platforms, but at the end of the day it's the word of fellow developers that you should be listening to. In this article, three previously non-Windows developers talk about how they took their Unity games onto the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 platforms, as well as how well they've done since.

Tax incentives for game developers in the UK - Taxes can be a major drain on the finances of smaller companies, which is why the recent confirmation of tax breaks for game developers was met with huge enthusiasm. If you plan to start a small development studio, be sure to read up on what this means for your and your team.

Tips and tricks for building your Windows 8 game - There are a few things that you need to consider when publishing games on Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8, which are detailed in these two posts. Areas like submission rules, unique Windows features and making sure your app supports different input methods are all covered.

Why game developers should participate in the Global Games Jam - Not only are Game Jams a great way to test new game ideas and to expand your skillsets, but they're also fantastic for meeting new people. There aren't many places where you can find swarms of people hungry to make their own video games, so it's perfect if you're scouting for members for a new development team.

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