How do i use 3d game engines?

I am new to this stuff. Can anybody tell me what are some game engines that are either cheap or are freeware?
I also dont exactly know how to use them.
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blacksparkConnect With a Mentor Commented:

Visit the following web site for a list of 3d engines.

You can also try using the sample programs available with Microsoft Direct X SDK which should give you insights.

I personally suggest you check the following web site :

Crystal SPace is one of the great 3d engines and easier to learn too.

You can also visit the following web site :




One of my classmates has developed a mod on Half-life Engine. It was quick and painless..

ps: Counter Strike is based on Half Life Engine

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