I was just wondering what some of the tools that people here use for game design, art work, programming, etc?
Here's some of the things I use, or have been trying to get proficient at:
At my heart I'm a programmer, so I've got a softspot in my heart for Notepad++ . Great little text editor for scripts, css files, etc.
A pretty handy 3D game engine. There's a steep learning curve, and not everything always works like it should, but at the price of free, it makes it so you can build things pretty easily. I've never built a game with outside assets I've built myself yet, though.
A great free 3D modeling program. Pretty steep learning curve, but once you get it, you can do almost anything with it.
Visual Studio .NET
I use VS for all of my programming, from web design to hopefully someday application or mobile app development. Pretty steep price tag, if you're doing things professionally, though.