Free software for people interested in becoming video game designers and working in other computer based industries
Game Engine for Design Students

Unity (Game Engine Software): http://www.unity3d.com/

Unreal 4: https://www.unrealengine.com/what-is-unreal-engine-4

App Inventor for Android Devices: http://www.appinventor.mit.edu/

Programming Tools for Programmers or Business Applications

Visual Basic, C++, C#: http://www.microsoft.com/express/Windows/

3D Programs

Blender (3D Program): http://www.blender.org/

Google Sketchup (3D Modeling): http://sketchup.google.com/

2D Programs

Graphics Image Manipulation Program (2D Program): http://www.gimp.org/

MyPaint: http://mypaint.intilinux.com/

Inkscape (Vector Art): http://www.inkscape.org/


Audacity (Audio Editor): http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

LMMS Studio (Music Maker): http://lmms.sourceforge.net/

Production Tools

Dia (Flowcharting): http://dia-installer.de/index_en.html

OpenOffice (Office Suite): http://www.openoffice.org/

Motion Capture

Real-time Motion Capture Plugin for Blender: http://www.ni-mate.com/

Pixar in a box, free online lessons: 

Free motion capture with the Microsoft Kinect: http://www.brekel.com/

Tutorials and Resources for Designers

Blender Cookie – Training for Blender 3D: http://cgcookie.com/blender/

Free Unity resources from the company: http://unity3d.com/learn/

Walker Boys Unity Training Introduction with JavaScript focus: http://www.walkerboystudio.com/html/unity_training___free__.html

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