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#402 What DRM-Free means to me

If you have not already caught wind of the latest Humble Bundle but 2K has partnered with Humble Bundle to release a bundle of their best games for sale including such titles as Darkness II, Mafia II, XCOM Enemy Unknown, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, Spec Ops: The Line,the entire Bioshock trilogy, and the promise of more games coming soon. As always with these Humble Bundle promotions customizable portion of the purchases going to support for Action Against Hunger and the American Red Cross.

 

All the same Humble Bundle rules apply, pay what you want with two tiers of rewards for  donating

All the same Humble Bundle rules apply, pay what you want with two tiers of rewards for donating

 

But I have been having the same problem that other PC gamers have been having with the any popular videogames promotion, finding a reason for paying for games that I have already own. As of writing I already have half of the games in this bundle, all three Bioshock titles and Spec Ops: The Line with no interest in either the XCOM or Darkness series.

 

this single game that would provide motivation for me to buy the bundle IF I DID NOT ALREADY BOUGHT IT ON STEAM DURING THE LAST SUMMER SALES . A story that many other players have lived through

this single game that would provide motivation for me to buy the bundle IF I DID NOT ALREADY BOUGHT IT ON STEAM DURING THE LAST SUMMER SALES . A story that many other players have lived through

 

I was going to let this Humble Bundle slide by like the some of the previous Humble Bundles and the countless other Bundles I have seen around the internet. That was until I saw a little symbol next to the original Bioshock game.

To the left of the Steam symbol, that's right DRM FREE!

That’s right one of my, and many other gamer’s, favorite game comes in DRM-free format

 

I have written about it before but Bioshock is one of my favorite games, not because of the plot twist, but because it was not a game based around a good guy fighting against a bad guy but instead it is about a guy caught in a city based on a different, although extreme, set of rules and the antagonist is only labeled as evil because held to those set of rules to “never compromise not even in the face of Armageddon”. (Be MOP #255)

I knew there was a reason these two stories were so ranked high in their respective communities.

I knew there was a reason these two stories were so ranked high in their respective communities.

 

Now I add DRM-free copy of this amazing game to the flash drive I carry around that is chock full of some of my favorite games that I would carry around if I ever lose my Steam collection and if I am stranded somewhere with a computer with no internet connection (Be MOP #343).  With that one feature I went out and bought the entire bundle because I might as well buy the entire bundle for XCOM and the promise of future 2K games being added later in the week (an incredible clever fundraising technique Humble Bundle uses which I when more in-depth about it a while ago in Be MOP #256).

The people behind this site are genius when it comes to getting people to hand over more money than the consumer previously intended.

The people behind this site are genius when it comes to getting people to hand over more money than the consumer previously intended.

 

To tie this entire post back to the title at the top of the page, this is what DRM-free means to me, going out and rebuying all these titles not to play it again on another improved platform but so I can have legally own the one game I actually want. Now I can copy it over and over again to my various computers with out a limit from Steam, Windows Live, or any other service, and I can play this one game without an internet connection or worrying about what will happen to the game servers in the years to come.

 


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#301 Screenshots of Pandaria Part XV

I forgot to mention that last Friday’s post marked my 100th consecutive week of blogging for every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday since I started Be MOP. What better way to celebrate the start of my 101st week of this blog than a collection of screenshots!

P.S I still have not found a better title for this series now that I stopped playing World of Warcraft for a few months but I think I’m too far in to change names now.

You know the recent TF2 post where I realized that my no-hats rule was broken? This was the screenshot that made me realize how far down the rabbit hole I traveled

You know the recent TF2 post where I realized that my no-hats rule was broken? This was the moment that made me realize how far down the rabbit hole I traveled

It was only a few matches in CounterStrike Global Offensive when I stumbled upon my first cosmetic item (that was dropped by one of my teammates) While these items are more tasteful I'm not planning on actually buying any keys for the CS:GO creats

It was only a few matches in Counter Strike Global Offensive when I stumbled upon my first cosmetic item (that was dropped by one of my teammates) While these items are  a bit more fitting than TF2’s hats I’m still not planning on buying any keys for the CS:GO creates

While I thought the loading screens where a bit much in the Amazing Spiderman game I got a kick from the Internet comments that you could scroll through on the loading screen

While I do realize that loading screens are a necessary evil in videogames I do like it when developers add something to do while the game’s loading, like how the Amazing Spider-man game added internet comments from the NPC of the city

When I first played Bioshock I had countless arguements with my friend on why on Earth Rapture would spend so much time/money/resources by putting neon lights and advertisements in the saltwater outside of their buildings

When I first played Bioshock I had countless arguments with my friend on why on Earth the companies in  Rapture would spend so much time/money/resources by putting neon lights and advertisements in the saltwater outside of their buildings


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#255 Revisiting Rapture

2k has relieved the plot of the three new, and much-anticipated,  Downloadable Content for Bioshock Infinite earlier this week.

The first bit of content, out right now for all system for the price of $4.99, is Clash in the Clouds that focuses on the combat from Bioshock Infinite where you will be placed in an arena and be forced to fight against waves and waves of enemies that you faced throughout the story campaign in the whole new set of maps and offers a bit more lore of the city of Columbia and back story on the Lutece twins.

But the really interesting announcement was that the rest of the Bioshock DLC will be called Burial at Sea that will bring the players back to  Rapture where you get to play as both Booker and Elizabeth in the two-part story.

 

The two DLCs will be priced at $15 each

The two DLCs will be priced at $15 each

 

No surprises here, but like most players the I am more excited to return to the 1960’s and see Rapture in its prime and judging from the date on Booker’s desk, the two-part  DLC will take place the on the night of the revolution that brought the city to its knees before you arrive in the first Bioshock game.

 

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

 

Rapture was my favorite out of the two cities in the series because how it and the first game was built. The whole city was based on the on an extreme economical way of thinking, with a completely privatized economy with no government intervention that wanted severed ties from the rest of the world and the main drive of the city was the all mighty dollar.

The reason for the city’s collapse what with no regulation the was a major class divide between the rich and the poor and the introduction of the unregulated substance, Adam, into the market place was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

But story wasn’t the focus of the game’s main plot, you were left alone to figure why everything in Rapture went belly up and then form your own opinions on the matter by exploring the areas and paying attention to the audio-dairies.

 

Pure capitalism is all fine and good until someone finds a way to cheat the system

It’s like playing a college level Political science course 

While Columbia, on the other hand, had a cool theme going for it by having ultra-religious manifest destiny outlook on life and foreign policy with them floating up in the clouds, above the world. My (mind you minor) gripe I had with Bioshock Infinite was that the game goes out of its way to point out how the city collectively treated the minorities made it really clear from the get go that you were not supposed to like the city and Comstock.

That’s just my two bits as a Political junkie, right now I am holding out for the two-part DLC to go more in dept of Rapture’s social/political pressures that were placed on the lower class by rich under the sea and also for the chance that we get to witness the catalyst that started the revolution against Ryan and hopefully we will not be the cause of it, like we were in Columbia.

 

Bonus points if they mention Atlas, and bring back all of the original voice actors

Bonus points if they mention Atlas and bring back all of the original voice actors

 

But even though I am excited for the DLC I am going to hold off on buying the preorder of the new content for the reviews and opinions of others to come out so see if I it will hold up to the rest of the game and if it worth paying for half of the price of the latest Bioshock game.

 


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