I feel my Free Gamer mojo returning. Awesome! :-)
These days some Free games are really, really impressive. For any disbelievers were have youtube to help showcase some of the best the Free Software gaming community has to offer.
TA:Spring is increasingly impressive these days. Some of the scenes in this video are amazing. And another. There's a large number of TA:Spring mods these days too, which I've been meaning to do a post about when I have the time to finish researching (or even play) them.
Or how about this video which was made using the The Babylon Project - a total conversion of Freespace 2 set in the Babylon 5 universe. That looks like it could have been taken straight out the series.
UFO:AI is snowballing - picking up more artists and contributors. Some of the contributed work is incredibly high quality. This game is going to really challenge the commercial competition in the coming years to actually innovate a little.
The translation efforts on the FreeTrain SE project continue. The contributed plugins have now undergone translation for all but the [rather length] train descriptions, and can now be downloaded. This introduces all kinds of fun features including a soccer management game - showing just how flexible FreeTrain is.