Game Studies: The International Journal of Computer Game Research Game Studies is an open access, crossdisciplinary journal dedicated to games and gaming research and the aesthetic, cultural and communicative aspects of computer games. Additional open access journals can be found using the Open Access Journals section at the bottom of the page.
Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds focuses on theoretical and applied, empirical, critical, rhetorical, creative, economic and professional approaches to the study of electronic games across platforms and genres as well as ludic and serious online environments. (Access available from 2010-2013 and from 2017 onwards)
IEEE Xplore Access to more than 4 million full-text documents from some of the world’s most highly cited publications in electrical engineering, computer science and electronics. It contains more than 30% of the world’s technical literature.
Copyright User. An online resource aimed at informing everyone who uses copyright including musicians, filmmakers, performers, writers, visual artists and interactive developers, about how to protect their work, how to license and exploit it, and how to legally re-use the work of others.
Creative Commons Search. Useful for finding videos, images and media you can share, use and remix. Always check licence conditions.
Digital Art Museum. Aims to become the world's leading online resources for the history of digital art.
Digital Art Source. Directory of links to new media art, including links to digital artists, software, music and digital photography sites.
EU Screen. Offers free online access to videos, stills, texts and audio from European broadcasters and audiovisual archives. Explore selected content from early 1900s until today.
Free SFX. Over 1,200 individual sound effect files available to download and re-use. You need to sign up for a free account in order to download the files. Some are available under and End User Licence Agreement, some under a Creative Commons Licence.
Gamasutra. Information resources on computer games. Articles, jobs, products, companies, online theses etc.
GameDevNet. Articles, tutorials and online resources for games technology, game development and programming,
Game FAQs. Produced by CNET Networks Entertainment, this site includes gaming FAQs, code, game cheats and discussion boards.
Getty Images. The John Paul Getty Museum has made 100s of images of their collection freely available to download and re-use.
Jamendo. Copyright free music which you can download and use in projects.
Moving Image Archive. Thousands of digital films ranging from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts. Many of these videos are available for free download. More information available about licences, downloading and re-use here.
TIGA. National Trade Association representing games developers in the UK and Europe.
VADS. A collection of visual arts digital resources, free of charge to UK HE and FE sectors. To search the resources you will need to register online. Materials can be used for personal educational and research purposes only. Please check the Copyright Disclaimer Notice.
Open Access Journals
Freely available peer-reviewed journals include:
Animation Studies is the Society for Animation Studies’ peer-reviewed online journal. One cumulative volume per year is published although articles are added irregularly throughout the year.
The Computer Games Journal is a Scottish publication on computer games development, includes records of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Video Games Technology.
Journal for Artistic Research is an international, open access and peer-reviewed journal for the identification, publication and dissemination of artistic research and its methodologies, from all arts disciplines.
Journal of Games Criticism is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal which is multidisciplinary in nature and focuses on video games criticism.
Pluralsight (formerly Digital Tutors) is the world's largest CG, VFX and digital art training resource. Contains video tutorials on Maya, XNA, Zbrush, Photoshop, Flash and and much more. Access via registered accounts only for Arts, Media & Computer Games.