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Saturday, Apr 11, 2020

Free and Free to Play Games Roundup

Here's a quick roundup of games that are free to keep or free to play this weekend. Some of these were previously reported, but we're including them for your convenience. Thanks SteamDB and Ant for some of these.

Free to keep:

Temporarily free-to-play this weekend:

Free UNIGINE 2 Community SDK Released

UNIGINE announces the launch of the UNIGINE 2 Community SDK, allowing anyone to create "photorealistic virtual worlds" for free. Word is: "To support creative endeavors of individual enthusiasts and small projects, scientists, students, and non-profit organizations from all over the world, UNIGINE launches a highly anticipated free Community edition of its real-time 3D engine." Here's the announcement:
The UNIGINE 2 Community SDK makes the same 3D rendering technology used by leading enterprises available to a global community of programmers and digital artists. Individual developers or projects with annual revenue or funding not higher than 100,000 USD, and non-profit organizations can leverage from the main features of the engine, including photorealistic visual quality, VR optimizations, both C++ and C# APIs, a library of ready-to-use high-level objects, and a visual scene editor. This will enable the creation of various applications with 3D graphics: games, animation, architecture visualization, VR apps, product visualization, interactive art, and much more.

The enterprise-grade features, like large world support with virtual scenes as expansive as the solar system, distributed simulation over a network, embedding into proprietary apps, an extended set of GIS/CAD data formats, advanced video output, professional motion capture, and many others are available in the commercial SDK editions—UNIGINE 2 Engineering and UNIGINE 2 Sim.

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Out of the Blue

Today is the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 13, the ill-fated moon mission disaster that was a "successful failure" after the safe return of astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, and Jack Swigert following an explosion that crippled their spacecraft. I don't know how accurate the Ron Howard movie based on the incident is, but it's an incredible story that gives me chills every time I see it. I think I will mark the occasion by watching it again. Gene Kranz: "With all due respect, sir, I believe this is gonna be our finest hour."

Obituary: Computational Biologist James Taylor Dies.

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