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Can I use Visual C++ 2010 Express to release free Indie games?

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I already know that I can use VC++ to create games, and I'm fairly sure that I'm not allowed to actuall SELL the games that I make with it, but If I were to just make a game and release it on a site like GameJolt for free, would that break any rules with VC++?

 

I've only started thinking about this recently, and I'm probably going to switch to something like CodeBlocks soon, but I want to make sure if I need to switch for a small indie game.

 

Thanks in advance for your input

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No profiler in the express edition is the only minor complaint but you can download free profilers anyway.

 

You aren't allowed to distribute the debug libraries either IIRC, so make sure it runs in release mode.

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You should, if possible use the latest version of Visual Studio Express, which is the newly released VS 2013, also free and supports more c++11 features.  Yes you can sell software you made with it.

http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/eng/downloads

 

 

That said, I would recommend using an open source IDE, such as Eclipse or Qt Creator, that's just my opinion though.

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The problem with using the very latest visual c++ is that your players will need to install the run times. Windows 8 comes with the 2010 run times and c++ 2010 still supports much of the new c++ standard so I would advise sticking with it a while longer. GCC (provided by eclipse cdt and qt creator) and clang doesn't have these problems so are also good solutions.

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No profiler in the express edition is the only minor complaint but you can download free profilers anyway.

 

You aren't allowed to distribute the debug libraries either IIRC, so make sure it runs in release mode.

 

There are big problems as well, no support for plugins is a pretty major shortcoming.

Especially since third-party plugins like Visual Assist and Visual Lint are what makes Visual Studio better than the competitors, without any plugins  at all VS is almost as bad as Eclipse.

Edited by SimonForsman

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Just to confirm what has already been said above, you can sell programs made with the Visual Studio Express Editions, and of course you can also distribute them for free if you wish.

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