From Gears of War to Unreal Tournament, Epic Games is known for great games and bleeding-edge technology. And now you can add another bonus to the list - free software.
The company just released the Unreal Development Kit for free online. Download the software, and you can use the acclaimed engine to make your own titles. Yes, there's a caveat - only for educational and non-commercial use. But Epic - along with Valve Software in Bellevue, WA and id Software in Mesquite, TX - remains committed to nurturing the homebrew gaming scene. It's worth noting that all three of these companies rose from the PC gaming underground, and have never forgotten their roots.