The gaming industry has come a long way over the years. From simple brick games about two decades ago, the world has moved on to developing 3D games. Game developers around the world are expanding their skills to entertain avid gamers with an always engaging gaming experience. It’s not fun for the game developers, either. It’s a serious business worth over $10 billion. Whether it’s the personal computer, PlayStation, Xbox, or your mobile phone, 3D games are slowly but surely catching up with their two-dimensional cousins.
This growth has been further fueled by the emergence of many offshore centres where expert game developers create, innovate, and run new 3D games every day. Many small and large companies outsource their projects to these locations. Game developers use the latest tools and platforms to develop games. The games are extensively tested by experts before they are released on the market.
3ds Max by Autodesk-One of the favourites among developers, this is a modeling, animation, and rendering package. Well-known games such as Unreal Tournament, Need for Speed, Call of Duty, Half-Life, and The Lord of the Rings have been developed on this platform. The combination of integrated features such as Character Studio, Scene Explorer, and Key Framing in 3ds Max provides the best solution for game developers around the world. It comes with a flexible plug-in architecture and can be used on the Microsoft Windows platform.
Unity is a gentegreerde authoring-tool that is used om 3D-projecten te ontwikkelen, voornamelijk voor het mobiele platform, and has some of the best iPhone-and Android-games in its naam. Games like Batman Streets of Gotham, Foreign Legion, Enercities, Robot Rampage, and Star Wars: The Quest for R2-D2 are being developed with this platform.Het kan games produceren voor zowel het Windows-als het Mac-platform. Recently, support for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 has been added to this platform.It is also used in the development of browser games.
Autodesk Maya: This was Autodesk’s original tool and is popular with certain sections of developers. Well-known games such as Madden NFL 2004, NASCAR Thunder, Halo 2, and Final Fantasy XI were developed with Maya. It works equally well on Linux, Microsoft Windows, and Apple Macintosh platforms. Maya comes equipped with its own cross-platform scripting language, aptly named Maya Embedded Language.
Blender Game Engine: Blender Game Engine is mainly used for mobile game development and is an open-source comprehensive 3D production suite. The Blender game engine has been made robust with features like Python scripting and OpenAL 3D sound. Yo Frankie!, Boro-Toro, and DukDuk! are some of the best-known games made for this platform.
These platforms have pushed the threshold of game development, which has become one of the most competitive industries in the world.
Vishal Arora is an iPhone and Flash expert and works as a technical writer at Evon Technologies, an offshore development company engaged in the development of mobile phones, software, and web applications.
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