Voting starts for Unity Dashboard Widget Challenge

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Unity is Copenhagen, Denmark-based OTEE’s own game development platform, and it’s designed for Mac OS X. It was the basis of Gooball, the 3D casual platformer from Ambrosia Software, and it can be used to create Dashboard widgets for Mac OS X v10.4 “Tiger.” Widget-making using Unity has become so popular that OTEE recently started the Unity Dashboard Widget Challenge with its developers; now the public is invited to vote on the results.

Unity is an integrated game production environment that can be used to create 3D games. The software ships with an advanced lighting system, built-in shaders and includes Ageia’s physX physics engine. Standard features include skinned character animation, Javascript support and more.

The 16-day competition yielded 13 Dashboard widgets in total, and six of them have been open sourced by the developers, to help spur new Unity development. The Dashboard widgets created for the contest range from abstract, colorful puzzlers to 3D action games set in outer space, and everything in between. You can download them and put them through their paces, then you’re encouraged to vote for your favorites.

Three categories for winners have been set up: The People’s Love Ballot, Grand Prix of the Jury and The Project Files of Deep Wisdom. Prizes include ATI Radeon X800 XT Mac Edition cards and licenses for Unity itself. Voting ends Monday, September 5, 2005 at 12 PM Pacific time.

Unity is available in two forms: The US$249 Unity Indie and the $999 Unity Pro. Unity Pro gains additional capabilities like render to texture effects, secured deployment and direct access to OpenGL; it can also publish to PC.

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