Game developer resources

For coders, one of the most difficult aspects of creating a game is finding the graphics and sound resources needed to bring a game to life. If you can't pay someone to produce resources for you, you'll have to either find someone willing to work with you for free, buy them pre-made, or find free resources.

Your first step should be to check out if what you want has already been made - whether it's available for free or at a price. If, for example, you're making a space shooter, you'll be in luck as there's plenty of free space ship, laser-like, and explosion graphics and sound around. Check out the list of resources below for sites that stock free and paid graphics and sound. There's a good chance you'll be satisfied with what's already out there.

If you can't find anything out there, or if you're particular with what your game needs to be just right, paying someone to create exactly what you need is the best option - assuming you've got the cash. This way you get exactly what you're after and won't have to compromise your vision.

If you're strapped for cash but can't use something off the shelf, but you have skilled graphic designer or artist friends, you might be in luck. Ask around. Otherwise, hit up game developer forums and see if you can sway a friendly internet person to help you out. There's plenty of enthusiasts who might buy into your vision and be happy to work with you for free.

Get started by checking out the many sites providing graphics and sound below.

Sound effects resources

Large collection of audio with a nice interface. Decent prices.
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Approx number of sound effects 20000
Open source, huge database. Good community feel.
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Approx number of sound effects 151574
A fairly large database of free, good quality sound effects, for use in your games or videos.
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Approx number of sound effects 5510
An open community database of sfx, mfx and gfx. Aimed at the indie devs. Quality varies.
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Approx number of sound effects 360
Large collection of purchasable sound effects. Prices are fairly reasonable.
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Approx number of sound effects 120000
Medium sized set of sounds presented with a moderately usable interface
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Approx number of sound effects 1500

Music for licensing resources

Good commercial music, good price. Fairly large rap beats focus - but most suit any purpose. Typically high tempo.
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Approx number of music tracks 750
Great interface for good quality music. Large database.
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Approx number of music tracks 123646
An open community database of sfx, mfx and gfx. Aimed at the indie devs. Quality varies.
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Approx number of music tracks 528
Dated interface, but decent selection.
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Approx number of music tracks 120
A huge collection of music and loops, including creative commons licensed
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Approx number of music tracks 300000
A decent collection of creative commons licensed music for podcasts, videos, games and so on.
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Approx number of music tracks 6000
A great modern site for a large collection of music tracks at fairly low prices
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Approx number of music tracks 88000
Nice set of $5 music tracks
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Approx number of music tracks 150
Royalty free music by Bensound
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Approx number of music tracks 69

Graphics resources

Some great graphics here, including the tileset for Tyrian, freely available.
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Approx number of graphics 250
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An open community database of sfx, mfx and gfx. Aimed at the indie devs. Quality varies.
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Approx number of graphics 2496
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A large, modern marketplace for Blender files. Many are creative commons licensed.
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Approx number of graphics 6600
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A great collection of vector graphics ideal for indie computer game design and development
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Approx number of graphics 100
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A large commercial collection of 3D models
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Approx number of graphics 8000
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Excellent 3D model packs, A couple of packs is typically enough for a pro 3D game.
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Approx number of graphics 1000
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Cheap packs of Unity-compatible 3D models
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Approx number of graphics 300
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Textures only - no 3D assets or 2D sprites. Available for free, however bulk downloading is rate limited by the site. The complete collection of textures is available in a single download for a low price.
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Approx number of graphics 4350
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A decent selection of mainly isometric, categorised, 2D and 3D royalty free graphics assets
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Approx number of graphics 250
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A simple png of 420 pixel art icons for use in an RPG
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Approx number of graphics 420
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A large collection of textures for use in 3D graphics. Formerly known as CGTextures.
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Approx number of graphics 5000
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A marketplace of professional higher quality 3D models, with prices to match. The collection is quite extensive, and the site is easy to navigate.
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Approx number of graphics 93101
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Game development blogs

Comprehensive collection of detailed articles on game design theory and art
Personal site for Matthew S. Burns. Worked on large franchise games like Call of Duty and Halo, now independent.
Detailed posts with a focus on game writing and story
Detailed game design articles by Soren Johnson, many from Game Developer magazine. Worked on games like Civ 4 and Spore
Miscellaneous game development posts from an industry veteran
Game design, reviews, and "other random stuff" by an MIT graduate professional game developer
Video game thoughts from the creative lead of a small development studio
A blog from veteran game designer Tadhg Kelly, a regular co tribute to gamasutra and Techcrunch. Excellent insights into how to go about thinking about game design.
Game design and development blog of Ian Garstang. Tips, advice, interviews and a diary of his latest games
Game notes, reviews, and design articles from an HTML5 game developer
Articles about game sound from British sound designer, composer and writer, Kenneth Young
Game design and art posts

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