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The resources and links on this page will be useful for anyone studying or interested in Games Programming.
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News and Magazines
Below is a selection of online magazine with information and news about the games industry. Please remember to evaluate all information you read.
App Developer Magazine
Game developer news For mobile, console, and other devices
Great for in-depth analysis of new games
Game industry insights, news, and community blogs. Covers the art and business of making games. The parent company of Gamasutra, UBM TechWeb, also operates the Game Developers Conference series.
Games industry news, reviews and information
Rock Paper Shotgun
Variety of content, including games reviews and tips for developers.
Scottish Games Network
The Scottish Games Network encompasses and supports all of the cultural, creative, academic, governmental and other organisations, which support, promote and are involved in the videogames sector in Scotland.
News and information related to the games sector as well as providing a platform to ask questions, network and find out more about video games and interactive entertainment in Scotland.
Search for books on your reading list through Discovery
Open Access and Free Books
Directory of Open Access Books
Searchable index to peer-reviewed monographs and edited collections published under an open access licence, with links to the full texts of the publications at the publisher’s website or repository.
Manning free content
Free content from Manning publishers
O'Reilly Open Books
Selection of O'Reilly books with some form of open use license
Based at Carnegie Mellon. Produce open access books and ejournals on entertainment technology, game theory and game playing.
Below is a collection of databases and journal collections. Please remember to evaluate all information you read.
Key Resources for Computer Science
Highlights useful databases for Computer Science. Many more resources are available from Heriot-Watt. Please ask for help at your campus library, or contact Rachel Whittington, the Academic Support and Liaison Librarian for MACS, if you cannot find the information you need.
A-Z list of databases and electronic resources
Complete list of all Heriot-Watt databases and other electronic resources.
DBLP Computer Science Bibliography
The dblp computer science bibliography provides open bibliographic information on major computer science journals and proceedings.
European Union Digital Library
Open access conference proceedings and peer-reviewed book series and journals from the European Alliance for Innovation (EAI).
Subject areas include computer science, engineering, biochemistry, energy, medicine, social sciences, and humanities.
Open Access Journals on Games Development
Below is a selection of open access journals on games development. Please remember to evaluate all information you read.
HWU Journals on Game Development
Below is a selection of journals in the library collection on game development. Search Discovery for more journals and articles on Games Programming. Please remember to evaluate all information you read.
Browse programming journals
Professional Societies and Organisations
SIGCHI is an international organization of academics, professionals and students who have an interest in human-technology and human-computer interaction (HCI). The organization provides members with a forum that enables them to discuss all facets of HCI through web sites, publications, conferences, email discussion groups, and various other services.
International community of researchers, artists, developers, filmmakers, scientists, and business professionals who share an interest in computer graphics and interactive techniques.
Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA)
Association for academics and professionals who research digital games.
European Games Development Federation
Studies, data, law and information on the games industry.
A public site where game developers can freely exchange information through blogs, online communities and events. Open to beginners and veterans, professionals and hobbyists.
Games Industry International
News and information about the global video games industry.
International Game Developers Association (IGDA)
Largest non-profit membership organisation in the world. Serves everyone involved in game design and development. Provides resources and networking opportunities.
Scottish Game Developers Association
Was previously IGDA Scotland (Scottish chapter of the International Game Developers Association)
TIGA is the trade association representing the UK's games industry.
UKIE - the Association for UK Interactive Entertainment
Reports, research, guides, policy papers and trade events.
Below are a selection of websites with information about the games industry. Please remember to evaluate all information you read.
Learning Games Initiative
"Designed around the concept of "preservation through use," LGIRA makes accessible to researchers all over the world and of all ages, a constantly expanding collection of computer games, systems, peripherals, memorabilia, scholarship, and a plethora of other game-related materials. "
Videogame Videos Archive
The Internet Archive is working with multiple external parties, including the IGDA's Preservation SIG and Stanford University's How They Got Game Project to preserve all kinds of rare and difficult to source video files relating to videogames.
The official YouTube channel for the Scottish Games Network
Official Unity game engine YouTube channel
Official Unreal Engine YouTube channel
AI and Games
YouTube Channel on AI in games run by Dr Tommy Thompson (AI developer, researcher and consultant in the video game industry).
YouTube Channel run by Yan Chernikov, software engineer. Videos about software engineering and game engine development.
YouTube channel with tutorials on how to make video games.
Game Maker's Toolkit
YouTube channel with videos on game design, level design and game production.
YouTube channel supporting game development in Unity3D