Gamestar Mechanic is a game-based digital learning platform geared at 4th to 9th grade students that is designed to teach the guiding principles of game design and systems thinking in a highly engaging and creative environment.
C++ Game Development - C++ is a programming language that you are going to want to know how to use if you really want to be a programmer or game developer:
When you go to the site, go to the left side of the screen and click on Basic C++ lessons. Then click on introduction to C++. This will bring up a basic introduction to C++. If you go back to the link above, then click on Basic C++ lessons, you can choose any lesson from that list, although it is recommended you start with Introduction to C++.
Unreal Development Kit (3D Game Creator) - Okay folks - this is THE software that Epic Games (Cary, NC) uses to create cool things like Gears of War and Unreal Tournament. Epic WANTS you to use this software - download and check it out.
JAVA - Another good programming language to know as it will allow you to create content for PCs, Web Browsers, and Mobile Platforms.
Source SDK - If you have any source games (Half-Life 2, Portal, Counter-Strike Source, etc., then you can make mods and maps for those games with Source SDK. If you do not know if your game is a source game, then you can find it on the list here: http://www.listal.com/list/powered-by-source-engine
Google Sketch Up -
You know Google, check out their TOTALLY FREE version of a 3d software package. Download
This is a FREE alternative to Adobe Illustrator. A nice, 2D vector software package. Download - http://inkscape.org/
This is a FREE alternative to Adobe Photoshop. A nice, basic photo-editing package. Download - http://www.gimp.org/
This is a FREE alternative to Adobe Photoshop and it's 100% on-line - NO download necessary. Web Page - http://pixlr.com
Tutorial - To view the Alice tutorial, launch Alice and click on the "Start the Tutorial" button in the Welcome to Alice dialogue box. You can also jump to a specific tutorial by clicking on one of the tutorial worlds below the "Start the Tutorial" button.
Scratch - Much like Alice, Scratch comes to us as a free gift from the best engineering school in the land..... MIT.
Audacity - This is a simple audio creation/editing package that will have you creating custom sound effects in no-time for your games and videos.
JamStudio - Here is another simple audio creation/editing package. However, this one is web-based, so you don't even need to download anything!
Image J -
Here is nice little image analysis program from the National Institutes of Health. You can do all sorts of cool, pixel-by-pixel breakdowns of digital images with this software.
Free Autodesk Software Download -
Students can download an educational license for the Autdoesk Softwares from this link: http://students.autodesk.com