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Quixel Mixer 2020.1 Released

Quixel Mixer 2020.1.2 Released

There have been a lot of changes at Quixel since being acquired by Epic Games in late 2019, almost all for the better for developers.  Quixel Mixer 2020.1.2 is another example of that, with the texture generation tool getting a huge number of completely free smart materials, along side a new installer and resource manager.Details […]

WebGL Studio Hands-On

WebGLStudio Hands-On

Today we are looking at the game engine/framework combo WebGLStudio, an entirely browser based game engine with a complete visual editor. Key features of WebGLStudio include:A full 3D graphics engine (LiteScene.js) that supports multiple lights, shadowmaps, realtime reflections, custom materials, postFX, skinning, animation, and much more. An easily extended, component-based system for controlling the rendering […]

Pico-8 Fantasy Console Hands-On

PICO-8 Fantasy Console

PICO-8 is perhaps the most popular of the fantasy consoles and if you are extremely quick, you can pick it up as part of the Itch.io Racial Justice bundle along with a ton of other development tools and indie games.  PICO-8 is described as:PICO-8 is a fantasy console for making, sharing and playing tiny games […]

Dragon Ruby Hands-On

DragonRuby Game Framework

DragonRuby is a game development framework powered by the Ruby programming language.  It is lightweight and crossplatform with an easy to learn API.  It is regularly $47USD, however it is currently included in the Bundle For Racial Justice currently running on Itch.io, along with hundreds of games for just $5.Key features of DragonRuby include:Dirt simple […]

ZBRush Core Mini Released

ZBrushCore Mini Released

Pixologic have just released a new free version of their ZBrush sculpting application, ZBrushCore Mini.  Details of the software from the homepage:ZBrushCoreMini is all about sculpting. Start with a simple sphere or a stone block, then use a select group of the most popular digital sculpting brushes from ZBrush to add or remove material and […]

Embergen Fluid Simulation Software

EMBERGEN Real-Time Fluid Simulation

Embergen, by JangaFX is a real-time fluid simulation software for creating fire and smoke effects for game and film projects.  You can create and modify fluid simulations in real-time on consumer class graphics hardware and export your results in flipbook or image sequence formats for use in games, or export in OpenVDB format, an open […]

ShaderMap 4 Review

ShaderMap 4 Hands-On

ShaderMap 4 is a Windows based commercial application for rapidly creating texture maps. You can start from a single diffuse map and rapidly generate normal, height, ambient occlusion and other maps. You can also generate maps from a 3D object, using a very quick and easy workflow.Key Shadermap 4 features include:Fast Map GenerationSelect a mode […]

ezEngine Hands On Review

ezEngine Free and Open Source 3D Game Engine

ezEngine is an open source 3D game engine with a complete editor written in C++ using the Qt framework.  It is hosted on GitHub and available under the MIT source license.Details of the ezEngine:ezEngine is an open source C++ game engine in active development. It is currently mainly developed on Windows, and higher level functionality […]

ENVE Animation Software

ENVE–2D Animation Software

ENVE, or Enve is Not a Video Editor, is a new in development 2D animation software, completely free and open source.  Even in this early state, Enve is remarkably capable animation tool, with a full suite of drawing tools for both vector and result art, including MyPaint brush integration.ENVE is described as:Enve is a new […]

Crocotile Tile Based 3D Map Editor

Crocotile 3D

Crocotile3D is a unique level editor that takes the traditional 2D tiled based map creation approach, but applies it in 3D.  Crocotile3D is described as:Crocotile 3D is a tile-based 3d modeling editor. Originally released back in 2015 it is the first of its kind to use 2d tiles to construct 3d scenes. In contrast to […]

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