Game-related Resources

There are a lot of resources that will benefit you in a class like this. Here is a nice, long list (currently under creation; continued throughout class).

Be absolutely sure of the licenses for the assets and resources listed below!

General lists

  • Kavex’s giant list of resources and game sounds

    As mentioned, “Please remember to always look at the license before using something in your project.”

  • leereilly’s giant list of games on GitHub

    This “is a list of open source games and game-related projects that can be found on GitHub - old school text adventures, educational games, 8-bit platform games, browser-based games, indie games, GameJam projects, add-ons/maps/hacks/plugins for commercial games, libraries, frameworks, engines, you name it.”

Game Design Notebooks

  • Nathalie Lawhead’s game design notebooks

    “These are my game design notebooks!
    “Please don’t judge harshly, and excuse the grammar.

    “I’m sharing this to get over my fear of having “ideas stollen”. “Also, if they are stollen, just know that I would have done it better. :p :D”

Visual resources

  • Pond5 images: includes public domain; all royalty-free
  • Unsplash: “free (do whatever you want) high-res photos”
  • Morguefile: a classic
  • Raumrot: high quality photos, all free, CC-BY license (must give credit)
  • Pixabay: another classic, free to use anywhere. CC0 license - alter, do whatever, no credit necessary
  • abstract and people, mostly. CC0
  • Negative Space: another CC0 license site. Nice stuff but fairly small collection. Good organization.
  • FoodsiesFeed: precisely what it sounds like… stock footage of food or cooking-related implements
  • Life of Pix: again, small, but good quality
  • Realistic Shots: very modern blog-y but great. Instagram-y but high quality and not square.
  • Free Nature Stock: exactly what it sounds like: nature stock photos to use however you like.
  • Magdeline: “hand-picked photos for your inspiration]”
  • Public Domain Archive: pretty nice photos and all public domain (CC0, basically)
  • more CC0 license photos. Nice ones, actually.



  • Pond5: also does videos
  • Pond5: believe it or not, also does Adobe After Effects! Pretty cool.
  • Pixabay: another classic, free to use anywhere. CC0 license - alter, do whatever, no credit necessary
  • Pexels: totally free stock videos
  • Vimeo: specifically, videos tagged with the CC0 license. Good for cutting, I think.
  • Distill: lots of great royalty-free videos for emphasis/ambiance more than anything. Very cool.
  • Mazwai: very similar to Distill but more emphasis on subject]

Game resources

  • OpenGameArt: royalty-free gaming resources like sprites, effects, artwork, even sound effects
  • Game Art 2D: royalty free 2D game assets
  • Kenney: (nearly all CC0) game assets
  • Ludic Arts: free, royalty-free game art like tilesets, sprites, GUI elements and icons
  • Pixel Prospector: “indie games… and essential resources for game developers”