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There Are No Restrictions!!!  There Are No Restrictions!!!

There Are No Restrictions!!!

Games, Demos, Prototypes, Soundtracks, Assets, Physical Games, Tools, Comics, Books, Artwork, Coloring Books, Sound FX, AR, VR, Character/Game Docs/Ideas (Text/Audio/Video), Screenshots, Characters, 2D, 3D, & ECT.


Welcome to the Official Pittsburgh Video Game Jam 2023About the Game Jam:

The Official Pittsburgh Video Game Jam 2023 is an exciting and inclusive event where game developers, designers, and enthusiasts come together to create amazing games within a set timeframe. Here's everything you need to know to get started:

End Date: [12/24/2023]


  • This year, the event will take place virtually. Participants can join from anywhere!

Sponsored By:

  • Extra Life Pittsburgh - Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh,
  • State-Of-The-Art-Game-Studio

We're Looking for More Sponsors and Judges:

  • Interested in supporting or judging the event? Contact us at

Who Can Participate:

  • Everyone is welcome! Whether you're an experienced game developer or just starting out, this jam is for you.


  • Stay tuned for exciting prize announcements coming on June 10th, 2023!

How to Participate:

  1. Registration: Register for the jam on our page: [].
  2. Theme Announcement: The jam's theme is "SUBMIT ANYTHING (GAME RELATED)"!!!!
  3. Create Your Game: Develop your game based on the theme within the specified time frame.
  4. Submission: Upload your game to before the submission deadline.
  5. Judging: If applicable, our panel of judges will evaluate the games.
  6. Results: Find out how your game ranked and discover the winners.

Rules and Guidelines:

  • Detailed rules and guidelines will be available on June 10th, 2023. Stay tuned!

Connect with Us:

Join the Unreal Engine Discord Community:


  • Have questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section on our page.

Get Inspired:

  • Need inspiration for your game? Explore past game jam entries and success stories.


  • For any inquiries or assistance, contact us at [ ].

Spread the Word:

  • Help us grow the jam by sharing it with your friends and fellow gamers.

Have Fun and Get Ready to Jam!

Join us for the Official Pittsburgh Video Game Jam 2023, where creativity knows no bounds. Get ready for a thrilling game development adventure, make new friends, and showcase your skills. We can't wait to see what you create!
This interactive guide is meant for people with no budget and no experience whatsoever in making games or programming. The guide also works for people who are working alone, though it can easily be used by teams as well.
Indie games... and essential resources for game developers
MDN web game development center. Book with a collection of patterns found in games that make code cleaner, easier to understand, and faster.


GIMP is a free and open-source cross-platform raster graphics editor
A good alternative to photoshop to edit images/photos etc. Can paint with it too.

Krita is a professional free and open-source painting program. Loads of brushes etc.

Another free image and photo editing software for windows.


A free & open-source 3D modeling, sculpting, and animation software

A free 3D sculpting tool, kind of the free version of zbrush.

A free tool to make and texture lowpoly 3D objects, using the pico8 engine.
Toolbox exports picoCad txt files into obj/mtl.

A tool for creating 3d scenes with tiles. Think of it as creating 2d tilemaps with three dimensions.
Free to use and save & export under 100 tiles, have to purchase it for using more than 100 tiles.

Sprytile (Blender Addon)
Inspired by Croctile, this open-source free Blender addon gives blender tile editing tools.

Level Buddy (Blender Addon)
Level Buddy is a CSG level modeling workflow add on for Blender 3D. It takes inspiration from old school editors like UnrealEd and DoomED. It is not BSP, you are work with poly meshes at all times.

It lets you draw onto your 3D models using any 2D image editor. Purchase of Pro version needed if you want bigger resolution bigger than 1024^2.

An open source tool to create a base for 3D humanoid characters.

VRoid Studio
A virtual youtuber character creating tool, might be neat as a base for 3D anime like characters.


Free and open-source animation production software which supports both vector & raster animating, tweening, skeletal animation, cut-out rigging, and much more.
Quite complex but very powerful, a good free alternative to Adobe Animate.

Gimp with plug-ins like Narly Sprite
Gimp with this plugin allows multiple layers per frame, duplicate frames, exporting to sprite sheet or flattened layers with frame number for gimp gif exporting, previous frame transparency (primitive onion skinning), and some more things.

Has frame-by-frame raster animation, with very customizable onion skinning.

Paint.Net with plugin
Can help out with sprite sheet editing and save as gif too.

A free cloud based animation webapp featuring Vector and Raster support, skeletal, mesh deformations, IK etc. An account allows for unlimited public files, but private files needs a paid plan.
It also includes runtime implementations at

A free 2D bone animation tool/editor, features skeletal and skinning/mesh + IK and timelines etc. It's a great free alternative to Spine. It has integrations for: SFML(C++), ThreeJS + Pixi + Phaser (JS & TypeScript), unity, and GoDot plugin and more. Also has tools to convert to Spine json, Live2d json with these tools:
Find more about their runtime integrations at

Live2D Cubism
Is an animation tool that allows illusion of 3D from 2D characters, and provides ability to adjust their emotions and movements allowing for characters with detailed expressions, great for visual novels.
It has free or pro version, free version is a limited version of the commercial one with limitations on resources etc.
They also provide the SDK to integrate with unity, native, or web.

It is an open source 2D keyframe animation tool based on deformation of polygon meshes.
Exporting animations to an animated GIF, or sequence PNG/JPEG. Or Video formats like WEBM and MP4 etc. using FFmpeg (need to download it seperately).
Their github:

Anima2D (Unity plugin)
Now apart of Unity2D, it has 2D Bones, Sprite to mesh conversion, SpriteMesh Editor, Automatic weights, Weight Editor, Inverse Kinematics etc.

COA Tools (Blender Addon) (CutOut Animation Tools)
2D cutout animation workflow similar to programs like spine or spriter.

Pixel Art/Animation software

Graphics Gale
Good tool for pixel art and spriting, has a free version.

Online animated sprite and pixel art editing/creating, and you can freely download an offline version of the app too.

Paint of Persia
Is a free rotoscoping pixel-art tool where you can trace/draw on top of any window, wallpaper or video etc.

Similarly also a good tool for pixel art and spriting, but you'll have to purchase it, unless you can compile the source yourself.
And Aseprite2Unity can automatically import Aseprite into Unity.

A paid pixel art drawing application especially designed for working with tiles. It also supports making animations, and exporting them as sprite sheets or animated GIFs. It has an outdated free version.

Image/Animation Tools

A free Adobe Air based app, sort of a swiss knife for ui or sprite sheets, it has things like sprite sheet packer & extracter, slicer, frame sheet, bitmap font, tile extractor from a screenshot of a game, and texture ripper etc.

Explosion Generator
Generate very customizable 2D sprite explosions. It is a web app.

Sprite Sheet Previewer
A simple .Net4.6 free tool to preview sprite sheets.

SpriteMapper is a Java program which creates sprite maps (or sprite sheets) from a set of input images.

Complete .png fontsprite editor. A Fontsprite is a 16x16 character grid, usually 256x256 pixels in size.
This is how the older 6bit and 16 bit computer referenced their fonts. Using this editor you can directly edit this sort of font with complete control over color and transparency.

is a simple and free tool that generates polygonal hulls from transparent png images, and exports it as a JSON.
These polygonal hulls are used for more accurate collision checking in e.g. Box2D.

Good solution to reduce PNG image sizes via lossy compression.
Pngyu is simple PNG image file compression tool which uses pngquant as a compression engine.

A free and open-source software for when you need a small gif or video to show off your new game features for twitter etc.

Playscii is an open source ASCII art and animation program.

Tilemancer is a quick procedural tile creator designed for pixel-art games. Perfect for game jams, prototypes, texture mods, and more.

Dither Machine
Dither Machine is a tool to help you generate dithering automatically, instead of doing it by hand, which can be a tedious task.

HTML Animation and Utilities
You can adjust settings on each utility and it provides JS output for you to copy into your code.
It has Bezier Utility, Path Utility, Shadow Utility, Sprite Sheet Utility.
They offer also a library/app for looping gif animations on HTML/JS

Coolors Color schemes generator. Generates well balanced color palettes (up to 5 different colors per palette) for your game project.


Audacity is free, open-source, cross-platform audio software for multi-track recording and editing.

A free sound effect generator, and can export the results in wav format, alternatively you can download a Standalone version, since the online version uses Adobe Flash.

rFXGen A simple and easy-to-use tool to generate sounds for your games, based on the amazing sfxr.
Their github is at

Free online tool (Adobe Flash) for generating sound effects. Can export the result in wav format.


A free, cross-platform tool for creating melodies and beats, synthesizing and mixing sounds, arranging samples and much more.

A web-based tool to create a music easier

A free software to make, edit, and play Midi data.

Anvil Studio
Another free software to create, edit, and play Midi data.


A small, fast and powerful modular synthesizer with pattern-based sequencer (tracker), free for desktop, paid for iOS or Android mobile device versions.

Bosca Ceoil
A free and easy to use tool for creating music. Online on web or download the offline app.

A simple and fun tool to quickly create musical sketches, chiptunes and sound experiments.

Open ModPlug Tracker is a free tracker for windows.

A free multi-platform music application for creating .MOD and .XM module files.

Online Audio Tools

Soundation Studio
A free powerful online music studio. Has paid plans with more features.

A free online music production studio.

Online Sequencer
Free online music sequencer.

Generate some chord progressions for your music.

Music Generators

A lot taken from

Software with algorithms to create midi music for you.

Free open-source tool for generating more modern music, but has a very steep learning curve.

Melody Brains
Produces melodies with backing chords. Made by Marko

Trial is fully functional but cannot export. Purchases are not available either anymore, you could try contacting them and hopefully get responses, but there possibly other solutions to capture the audio.

Fake Music Generator
Creates an entire album using CGmusic's software.

Wolfram's Tones

Video Editing

a professional-quality video editor that is free for home use.

DaVinci Resolve
another professional-quality video editor that has a free version.

a free open-source compositing software. Node-graph based. Similar in functionalities to Adobe After Effects and Nuke by The Foundry.

a free, open-source, cross-platform video editor.

a free and open-source video editor.

a free and open-source video editor.

Game Engines, Frameworks, Libs.

Unity (C#)
Unreal (Blueprint(Visual Scripting), C++)
Defold (Lua, C++)
GODOT (C++, C#, GDScript, Visual Scripting, community-provided support for Python and more)
Cocos Creator, Cocos2dx (Creator: JS, TypeScript. Cocos2dx: C++, Lua)
Ren'Py a visual novel engine (Python)
GDevelop (Visual Scripting, extendable with JavaScript)
Game Maker Studio (Visual Scripting, GML)
ioquake3 (C)
Construct 2 (Visual Scripting)
FELGO (formerly known as V-Play) crossplatform games/apps (C++, QML, JavaScript)
WOLF RPG Editor (Free WYSIWYG Rpg maker software)
Eclipse OnlineRPG engine community:
Danmakufu ph3 (Bullet Hell Engine for running user-created danmaku scripts) EN docs:
Touhou Web Engine Engine for web-based bullet dodging game (JavaScript)
Mugen (2D fighting game engine)
OpenBOR (2D side scrolling/Beat'em up engine)
Processing good for small prototypes (Processing (Java-like))
Processing in JS: and Python:

LÖVE (Lua)
Phaser3 or Phaser CE 2D game framework for making HTML5 games on Canvas and WebGL (JavaScript)
libGDX (Java)
Electron A framework to create cross-platform desktop applications, based on Node.js and Chromium. (JavaScript, HTML and CSS)
HaxeFlixel A Cross-Platform Framework powered on OpenFL to make games easier and free (Haxe)
Heaps (Haxe)
BabylonJS Create 3D WebGL games for the browser (JavaScript)
PaperJS A vector graphics scripting framework for HTML5 Canvas (JavaScript)
ZIM A framework for the HTML5 Canvas, powered by CreateJS (JavaScript)

pygame (Python)
SFML (C++, Java, Python and more)
SDL2 (C, C++)
Box2D a 2D physics engine for games (C++, ports for: JavaScript, Java, C# )
Chipmunk2D 2D rigid body physics library written in C (C++, Python, Ruby, Java, Ports: JS)
Liquidfun = Box2d + fluid simulation (C++, JavaScript, Java)
RMLUi a C++ user interface package based on HTML and CSS standards (C++, XHTML1.0, CSS2.0, borrowing features from HTML5 and CSS3)

List of HTML5 game engines list of game engines (and more)


HumbleNet a cross-platform networking library that works in the browser (C/C++ C#)
enet ENet reliable UDP networking library (C)
GameJolt Api
Communicates with the Game Jolt servers. Implementing the Game API allows you to add features to your game such as: Online score tables, Trophies (achievements), Cloud data storage, Game session logging, User verification and auto-login.

Minimal SYStem 2 is a software distro and building platform for Windows. Allows you to use gcc, g++ etc in windows.

Free C/C++ Profiling/Testing:

Very Sleepy (Windows only)
cppcheck (a static analysis tool for C/C++)
Googletests (a C++ test framework)
clumsy (lag/network condition emulator)

Text Editors & IDEs:

IntelliJ IDEA (Java, Kotlin, Scala, Groovy and more JVM languages)
Visual Studio Code
Atom (C++, C#, JavaScript, Python, and more)
Notepad++ (a lot)
Brackets (Web Development focused)
Geany (C++, C#, JavaScript, Python, and more)
Visual Studio Community edition (C++, C#, VB, and more)
Netbeans (Java, PHP, C/C++, HTML5)
Android Studio (Android App Development focused)
Code::Blocks (C/C++)
Eclipse (Java, C/C++, and more)
PyCharm (Python)

Level Design

An open-source 2D level editor with game entities with properties and other useful features. Note it focuses on side & top-downs perspectives, no isometric.
Exports in a JSON format with already existing loaders in: C# & Unity, Haxe, Go, Python, Rust, C++ & Godot, Kotlin, JS.

Tiled Map Editor
Tiled is a free software level editor. It supports editing tile maps in various projections (orthogonal, isometric, hexagonal) and can also add objects with properties.
Many game frameworks and libraries support it. It can also be exported to many formats including JSON.
It has Unity import support through

Ogmo Editor 3
A Simple, Easy and Free level editor it was used on Celeste

A Cave Generator based on Cellular Automata.

Quest Design

Visual development environment for designing branching game quests & narratives using AI.

Other tools

YarnSpinner Editor
A dialogue editor tool used to write interactive dialogue, it has a C# and JS library for runtimes, also supports Unity.

A great customizable console emulator for Windows, it looks nice and can have tabbed terminals etc.

More Random tools on

File Converter

An open-source GUI for ffmpeg which is an open-source command-line media converter.

A team communication app.

An online board with lists and cards to keep track of tasks and projects.

OBS Studio
Open Broadcaster Software studio is a free and open-source software for screen recording and streaming.

OpenCV (C++, C, Python, Java)
open-source Computer Vision Library is an open-source computer vision and machine learning software library.

instant storm 2.0
Is a freeware flash screensaver creator that turns Adobe Flash files (SWF) into screensavers.

Pixelbyte Color Picker A very simple and nice software that capture colors on your desktop and covert it to many color codes such as Hex, Unity3D, CMYK, etc.

Free Resources

Useful Web Resources:

Upload your Games etc.

Cross-Platform (Web or Desktop)

Desktop Only

Web Only

Game Jam Websites

Online Game Services API

Sound Resources

Music Resources ( )

Find more in this blog post

Art Resources
Visual Novel characters:

Images/Photos Resources

Textures Resources (TXR-*)

3D Objects Resources ( )

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