Reddit is a great place for game designers and developers to find a community with which they can share ideas, get inspiration, and even ask for help when they hit a roadblock. We decided to go looking for subreddits that we thought would be helpful with some aspect of game development, and it turns out there are a lot.
In order to make the list a little more manageable, we split it into a number of different categories which you can jump to using the following table of contents:
What Is a Subreddit?
A subreddit is an online community that is hosted on the website reddit. reddit calls itself ‘the front page of the internet’ and grand claims aside, reddit has has become wildly popular in recent years, largely taking the place that forums used to occupy in the early days of the internet.
Each subreddit is a specifically aimed a certain topic, and is moderated by the community with the visibility of posts and comments decided on by the number of ‘upvotes’ or ‘downvotes’ they get. Each subreddits creators are also able to designate administrators who are given the ability to delete inappropriate or off-topic posts and ban troublemakers.
This result of reddits structure is that a good subreddit can be a brilliant place to meet like minded people and learn about, or share information, on whatever topic you love. The downside is that a subreddit is only as good as the people who frequent it and the quality of subreddits can vary wildly.
Here is our comprehensive (or as close as we could manage) list of subreddits that anyone who makes games, or wants to make games, could conceivably find useful. We can’t make any promises as to how welcoming or friendly they are, other than to say we omitted any that seemed openly toxic or unpleasant. Make sure to read the rules of any sub you choose to join. And good luck!
These subreddits will help anyone looking for inspiration on what to include in their game and just as importantly, what not to include. On these subs, you can find everyone from experienced designers sharing their process to aspiring game makers pitching their very first idea.
These subreddits are the perfect place to go if you need help with how to add something to your game, or how others have done so. The depth and breadth of knowledge that can be found on these subs is invaluable to anyone who cares to take the time and seek it out.
These subreddits will help you with the process of planning and releasing your game. It’s easy to get excited about what you want your game to look like. But it’s also important to think about the reality of making a game. Things like “How long will it take?” and “How much will it cost?” These subs are where you go to answer those questions.
These subreddits are the perfect place to go if you want to engage in some thoughtful analysis of what makes a game work and why. Many of the posts on these subs are by players who have put almost as much time into examining the decisions made during development as the designers themselves. Some of the most valuable posts are by developers who give everyone a peek behind the curtain that helps explain why those decisions were made.
If you want to make a game that fits into one of the genres below and you want to find people who are wildly passionate about that type of game, these subreddits are the place to go. A lot of the posts on you’ll find on them are just people raving about their favorite game. But in between all those posts are plenty about what elements of the genre make the games within it special, and which don’t work.
If you are using a particular tool, platform, or programming language to make your game, these subreddits are where you can find other people using those tools. Some of the below could be the perfect place to find help with a specific feature or quirk that you just can’t get your head around.
If you need help or inspiration to get your literary juices flowing, these subreddits are the place to go. Whether your game writing aspires to be as simple as “Our Princess is in another castle!” or as emotionally poignant as The Last of Us, you should be able to find something of value below.
For anyone who lives and breathes video game art, the below subreddits should give you something to get excited about. Full of people sharing art they love from the games they play or art they made for the game they hope to release, there is plenty of eye candy to go around.
One of the most important aspects of game development but also one of the most overlooked, the subreddits below are full of people who give sound and music in games the love and attention it deserves.
The best subreddits to frequent if you are looking to get your first job in the industry, or even to make a move to a new job, or find some freelance work to help pay the bills with. The following subreddits not only offer job listings but also advice and information on how to approach the job hunt and the interview process.
Below are some subreddits that that do not fit snugly into any of the categories above and that may not strictly be related to video game development. But, they absolutely do have the potential to be a valuable resource for any game designer or developer who is looking for a novel or out of the box idea to add to their game.
What Other Resources Are There for Making Games?
Funny you should ask! We love helping people make games, and we regularly post articles about doing just that on our blog.
If you like lists like this one, we also made one about the best YouTube channels for game designers and another about the best YouTube channels for game developers.
We hope you found this list helpful? It’s by no means exhaustive, we tried including every game development-related sub we found that had a decent number of users and was relatively active. If you can think of any others that match that description which we missed, please let us know and we will add it.