Game data files

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* [[STOS memory bank]] (.mbk)
* [[STOS memory bank]] (.mbk)
*Valve Source Engine
* Torque 3D game engine
**[[Valve Model Format]] (.mdl)
** [[DTS]] (.dts)
**[[Valve Collision Model]] (.phy)
**[[Valve Map Format]] (.vmf)
* Valve Source Engine
**[[Valve Material Type]] (.vmt)
** [[Valve Model Format]] (.mdl)
**[[Valve Vertex Data]] (.vvd)
** [[Valve Collision Model]] (.phy)
**[[Valve Texture Format]] (.vtf)
** [[Valve Map Format]] (.vmf)
** [[Valve Material Type]] (.vmt)
** [[Valve Vertex Data]] (.vvd)
** [[Valve Texture Format]] (.vtf)
* Xtremeworlds
* Xtremeworlds

Revision as of 06:29, 21 November 2019

File Format
Name Game data files




Many popular games use proprietary file formats to store their assets. These include custom image, sound and video formats and custom archive formats. There is no way that all of these can be enumerated here in some way or another. And as long as the games can still be run by an Emulator it's not that much of a deal. However, a lot of work has been put into deciphering, decrypting and hacking these files, and that work should be preserved.

See also: Interactive Fiction for data formats related to text adventure games, Puzzles for puzzle-game files, and Saved Games for data saved by games to store a player's game status.


  • Xentax Wiki
  • ReWiki
  • QuickBMS, a tool suite to describe archives in an abstract BASIC-like language, and lots of scripts for even more games

General Game Formats

This section details formats such as Interplay ACM and Unreal Music Format which are used in a number of games.

Archiving / Compression

Audio / Music

Game programming languages

(see also Programming Languages)


  • Infinity Engine
  • NetImmerse / Gamebryo Engine
  • Torque 3D game engine

Individual Game Formats

This section details formats which are specific to a single game (or perhaps a game series), such as God of Thunder Music Format.

Game hints

External links

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