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Game Development, Animation, and Motion Graphics: General Info

A guide for finding resources on Game Development in the ACC Libraries and on the Internet.


Welcome to the Game Development Research Guide. Use the tabs across the top of the page to navigate through the different sections of this guide.

Types of sources

There are several major types of information sources available in print and electronic form through the ACC Library.



You will find a large selection of education-related books in our book collection. A book can provide detailed background and in-depth historical information about any given topic.



This covers encyclopedias, atlases, and other resources that are referred to for specific information. Go to these for definitions, shorter explanations, historical and biographical sketches, background or overviews, and statistical data.



Articles from journals, magazines, and newspapers (periodicals) are integral sources for current reviews, research, and criticism on recently published works. ACC e-resources can help connect you to these articles.


Web sites

The internet provides a vast array of good information from reputable organizations, professional associations, government entities, and scholars. However, there is a lot of unreliable information on the Web, so access sources and content critically.

Game Development Apps

Apps (little software applications) allow you to customize your tablet to do the things you like to do. Some of the apps listed are free, while others are fee-based. Additionally, some apps are initially free, and then require in-app purchases if more features and functionality are desired. Listed, you will find some app recommendations we have come up with through trial, error, and our own experiences.

ACC Library Services does not endorse any fee-based apps nor it is liable for reimbursement of any apps paid for by patrons. Please refer to the Tablet Circulation Policy for further details.

Directr App-please select iOS or Android below to access the app
Directr-Record unlimited length and number of scenes, trim scenes and caption them right in-line, add audio for narration, singing and interviews, and more. (iOS)

Paper App-please select iOS or Android below to access the app
Paper-Capture and connect your notes, photos, and sketches. Create checklists, spotlight details in photos, and sketch diagrams. (iOS)

Animation Desk App-please select iOS or Android below to access the app
Animation Desk-Allows users to create hand-drawn animations on iPad. The drawing interface provided by the app resembles the real working environment of a professional animator who completes each frame of an animation on a specially-designed desk, the animation desk. (iOS)

123D Design App-please select iOS or Android below to access the app
123D Design-Get started by choosing one of the basic shapes and then edit it to be just what you want. Connect one shape to another to make more detailed creations. (iOS)

Spacedraw App-please select iOS or Android below to access the app
Spacedraw-Professional 3D modeling for mobile multi-touch devices. (Android)

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