Gaming industry has come a long way over the years. From simple brick games about two decades ago, the world has move to 3D game development. Around the world, game developers stretch their skills to entertain enthusiast gamers with ever enthralling gaming experience. Being a $10 billion plus industry it is not fun for the game developers but serious business. Be it the personal computer, play stations, Xbox or your mobile phones, 3D games are slowly but steadily overtaking their two dimensional cousins.
This growth has been further fuelled by the emergence of many offshore centers where expert game developers create, innovate and execute new 3D games every day. There are many small and big companies, which outsource their projects to these locations. The game developers use latest tools and platforms to develop games. The games are tested extensively by experts, before letting it into the market.
Popular 3D Game Tools
Autodesk 3ds Max – One of the favorite with developers this is a modeling, animation and rendering package. Renowned games like Unreal Tournament, Need for Speed, Call of Duty, Half-Life and The Lord of the Rings have been developed using this platform. Combining integrated features like Character Studio, Scene Explorer and Key Framing 3ds Max offer the best solution to game developers around the world. It comes with flexible plugin architecture and can be used on Microsoft Windows platform.
UNITY– It is an integrated authoring tool, which is used to develop 3D projects mainly for the mobile platform and has some of the best iPhone and Android games to its credit. Games like Batman Streets of Gotham, Foreign Legion, Enercities, Robot Rampage and Star Wars: The Quest for R2-D2 was developed using this platform. It can produce games both for the Windows and Mac platform. Recently support for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 has added to this platform. It is also used to develop browser games.
Autodesk Maya– This was the original tool from Autodesk and is popular among certain sections of developers. Renowned games such as Madden NFL 2004, NASCAR Thunder, Halo 2, and Final Fantasy XI are developed using Maya. It works equally well on Linux, Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh platforms. Maya is equipped with its very own cross-platform scripting language, fittingly called Maya Embedded Language.
Blender Game Engine– Mostly used for developing mobile games, Blender game engine is an open-source comprehensive 3D production suite. Blender game engine is made robust with features such as Python scripting and OpenAL 3D sound. Some of the most well-known games developed on this platform include Yo Frankie!, Boro-Toro and DukDuk!