.GAM File Extension

File Type 1

Saved Game File

Developer N/A
Popularity
4.1  |  161 Votes
Category Game Files
Format N/A

What is a GAM file?

A GAM file is created by various video games to store saved games. It allows the gamer to continue where he or she left off the next time the program is opened. GAM files may be manually saved by the user or automatically saved by the program, for example, at the end of each level.

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Programs that open GAM files

Windows
Various video games
Mac
Various video games
Updated June 3, 2016
File Type 2

Half-Life Custom Game Settings File

Developer Valve
Popularity
1.5  |  2 Votes
Category Game Files
Format Text

What is a GAM file?

Liblist.gam is a custom game settings file used by the video game Half-Life. It contains settings used to show a custom game mode in either Half-Life's Custom game menu or Steam's game library, as well as launch the game mode.

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Screenshot of a .gam file in Microsoft Visual Studio Code
GAM file open in Microsoft Visual Studio Code

Half-Life is a first-person shooter (FPS) developed by Valve and released in 1998. In the game, scientist Gordon Freeman must escape the Black Mesa Research Facility as it is attacked by aliens.

Originally, Half-Life was published as a CD-ROM-based game available for Windows. This version of Half-Life allowed players to create and add custom game modes, which were available to select from within the game. Later, Valve re-released Half-Life through the Steam gaming platform. This version of Half-Life also allows players to create and launch custom game modes, but shows those game modes as separate games in players' Steam game library.

The data used to show and load a custom Half-Life game mode is saved in its own directory, usually named to indicate what kind of game mode the directory contains. To be used with Half-Life, this directory must be stored in the game's main installation directory, and it must include a settings file named liblist.gam.

What settings does liblist.gam contain?

Liblist.gam can contain settings used to:

  • Specify the custom game mode's name
  • Specify the game mode's icon
  • Specify the path to the game mode's .DLL files
  • Set the custom game mode's map(s)
  • Specify whether the game mode is single player or multiplayer
  • Specify where the game mode's files are located

Some liblist.gam files may contain additional settings.

Common GAM Filenames

Liblist.gam - A settings file that Half-Life custom game modes use.

How to open a GAM file

You can open and edit liblist.gam using any text or source code editor, such as Microsoft Notepad (Windows), Apple TextEdit (Mac), or GitHub Atom (cross-platform).

Programs that open or reference GAM files

Windows
Mac
Linux
Updated December 28, 2021

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