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#472 Where are you Steam Sales?

As predicted, the yearly Steam Winter sales has hit the servers and as the norm most of the PC games in Valve’s store catalog went on sale at incredible prices.

I am a tad sad that not ALL of the games on my list are discounted

I am a tad sad that not ALL of the games on my list are discounted

As of writing, we are four days into the two week extravaganza and not to sound disingenuous because I appreciate what GabeN and the rest of the Steam Team has done to get all these game developers to discount these games a such steep prices all at the same time. But I feel like, for me, the magic from the sales are gone, the anticipation I felt when I refresh the store page at exactly 1pm is no longer there.

I do not know why, I have bought a few games titles this past week but something is missing, I am not going as crazy with the sales as I previously remembered . I am trying to remember the past sales with non-rose colored glasses, but I do remember that I had felt some suspense with each new day.

I might be feeling this way because I have already gone through this song and dance a few times before. For example I already bought most of the games featured in the Featured Deals as I looked through the Daily Deals, Flash Sales, and community voted sales the “In library” tag attached to most of list

And the few other games that I want to buy have "early access" tags on them,and I have a personal policy against buys games that are not completed yet.

And the few other games that I want to buy have “early access” tags on them,and I have a personal policy against buys games that are not completed yet.

I already have all the “Staple Steam” games, I have Portal 1 and 2, The Half Life series, Super Meat Boy, all the other must haves and all the best games of my favorite genera currently tied to my Steam account, so I see them again on sale this time around I just view that game as a blank space. It is the inevitable result of going through and buying all the games that looked interesting to me the last time around and currently there are recent AAA games that I have interested in buying now, Aliens Isolation and Skyrim might look like a nice stocking stuffers for some gamers but I only gave them a passing glance because I know I would not enjoy playing them.

I have a creeping suspicion that the slightly lackluster emotions I have for this year’s Winter Sales is because I have experience so many of these steam sales that I started this Winter Sales event as a veteran, with experienced gamer eyes (Be MOP #436). It is probability the same reason why Christmas as an adult is not as exciting compared to the Christmases you experienced as a child.

I want to know if I am alone in this way of thinking, are there other games out there that feel the same way about this year’s of steam sales. If so leave a comment down below and with your comment please include how long you have been in Steam and how many Steam Sales you have went through.


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#470 Dusting off my Steam Wishlist for the Harsh Winter Sales

A little birdy told the internet that the 2014 Steam Winter Sales will be starting this Thursday, and that means that soon all the good little boys and girls around the world will open their Steam clients at 1pm EST to find all of their favorite games on sale at ridiculous prices for the next few weeks. With that I need to brush off my steam wishlist to start my pre-steam sale celebration.

For a while now I have been using my wishlist as a quick cheat sheet of the interested games use it to easily check if the game is on a daily or flash sale. Since I first heard the news that the Great Winter Sales would be upon us soon, I have went through the Steam Catalog and started added games that will hopefully go on sales during this year’s winter sales.

This chart: know it. love it

This chart: know it. love it

I still have Fallout 3 on the wishlist and Deadrising 2 from my missed opportunity from the last -few- seasonal sales, along with a few Indie platformers like, Electronic Super Joy and Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures.

Recently I have added OVERKILL’s PAYDAY 2,and Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People from TellTale. Strong Bad’s game is on my wishlist because I have been wanting to stroll down pre-YouTube internet memory lane for quite a while now and HomeStar Runner’s cast of character will hhopefullybe the means to scratching that itch

I have also added METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE and The Legend of Korra to my wishlist because after playing through both Bayonetta games I have officially hopped on the Platinum * Games hype train. Even though I am not never played any Metal Gear game or watched the Avatar cartoon series beyond Book One I have complete faith in Platinum’s ability to draw me into the game and ramp up the excitement with each passing Boss fight.

Between those P* games and Wonderful 101, a game that will be waiting for me under the Christmas tree for me, I will be all set with action-fighting games for a while. 

Between those P* games and Wonderful 101, a game that will be waiting for me under the Christmas tree for me, I will be all set with action-fighting games for a long while.

Between that I have also been using the new Steam Curator feature for suggestions and added the indie games like 1001 Spikes and Divekick, two games I have seen given much praise from the Curators, various Youtube stars and news outlets.

But I am also curious on what games you are waiting to waiting guy to buy from the Steam Winter Sale, leave a comment down below on the titles you hope to pick up and play during this Winter Season. I am interested in seeing what you all are waiting to buy.


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#412 Games from my Backlog Reflection

As I realized in my last blog post, my monthly “games from my backlog’ project quietly and unexpectedly reached it’s one year anniversary.

This entire project was something that was born after realizing how many games that I had in my library just collecting dust after I canceled my World of Warcraft subscription and just realizing my slight addiction to Team fortress 2 and various other time sinks(as talked about in Be MOP #360)  and this was a way to knock out some game titles that I have been meaning to play or that i gathered along the way by dedicating a each month a few games to play for my limited free game play time.

A series you can catch up with by reading all installments right now: Be MOP #258, #268, #281, #294, #307, #320, #334, #346, #359, #372, #385, #398, and #411.

Between that start of this little project I have removed about 30 games from my backlog, on top of a whole bunch of other games I played on the side.

Look how organized everything is, that habit does not reflex my organization of physical collections

Look how organized everything is, that habit does not reflex my organization of physical collections

 

Since, setting this up and forcing myself to games I might never have picked up by myself, I have found some favorite new titles and genres , They Bleed Pixels, Cloudberry Kingdom (and opening the floodgates to any pixel perfect and indie platformer), the Walking Dead series, Deadpool and Dust: an Elysian Tail. Basically any other game that I have dedicated a full blog post to or mentioned in future posts during or after the initial month.

Some of the games I picked were non-starters for me, like  Serious Sam 3 (motion sickness Be MOP #352) Borderlands 2 (lack of players on hand to play the game with co-op), & Gotham City Impostors, Final Fantasy VII, and the first Assassin’s Creed (lack of drive to boot up or play through the game).

Contrary to popular belief – or what this project’s mission might have been at the beginning-  its not about completing or even beating theses games it was about working through the mammoth amount of games I have trying out new games, dusting off some that I bought ages ago and just now playing, and trying new types of games after years of playing just one or two games exclusively from Highschool through College.

I am going to continue this project for the future because it is fun and pushing through and playing games I would never have thought to pick up I believe I am a better well rounded gamer because of it .

and studying for my blogging and streaming patterns it looks like I can not stop partaking in projects that has no dedicated end mark

and studying for my blogging and streaming patterns it looks like I can not stop partaking in projects that has no dedicated end mark

 


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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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#397 The Post-Steam Summer Sale Damage Report

It is over, it’s finally over, the Steam Summer sales have ended, the virtual summer camp have closed their doors and everyone has gone home, back to normal gaming life with at least something special and a possibly a lighter wallet for some at the end of the week.

...and people like me have walked away with a shiny award for helping out my Team Red

…and people like me also walked away with a shiny award for helping out my Team Red

 

While we are all readjusting to the idea of a full priced game, I thought I would take this time to go through my haul and catalog exactly what games I bought and show how much USD I paid versus how much I would have paid if they were not on sale:

 

Tiny Brains: 1.99/9.99

Rush Bros.: .99/9.99

Walking Dead Season 2: 6.24/24.99

Risk of Rain: 4.99/9.99

DuckTales: Remastered : 4.99/14.99

Battleblock Theater (2 pack) : 6.24/24.99

The Wolf Among Us: 8.49/24.99

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: 4.99/19.99

LEGO Batman 2: 4.99/19.99

Spec Ops: The Line 5.99/29.99

Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons: 2.99/14.99

Dark Souls: 4.99/19.99

Resident Evil 4: 11.99/19.99

Reus: 2.49/9.99

Transistor Soundtrack Pack: 22.50/29.99

 

Now if I did my math correctly I ended up spending $114.06 on 15 new games over the course of one week. If you are my mother that might seem like a lot but for the cost of $114.06 I received the gaming value equivalent of about $284.85 which is on average, 40% off everything that I was going to eventually buy anyways

On top of the incredible deal, it was also worth it because now I have a replenished and updated gaming library with games I want to play, rather than reluctantly playing games that I have ended up owning as consolation prizes from Humble Bundles. Something you will see  me talk more about in Wednesday’s blog post.

 


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#393 Summer Fun, Sales, and Games

It is finally here! The Steam Summer Sales just went live, it’s a magical time when almost everything on Steam’s digital shelves are on sale for all the good little boys and girls around the web. This is a great time to be online, not only is it a time to pick up games at insane prices and start collecting digital trading cards in order to craft badges to gain points for your camp team but also get your chance to grab some in-game cosmetic items. On top of all of that this is a big time because, for me, it actually buy some games.

I am from a big family and that tends to result in some penny-pinching techniques like, always use coupons, entering ever contest you come across, always eat your leftovers first, and never buy anything at full price when you know that it will eventually go on sale.

About time too because I needed some new games to play too, after sorting through my library of games I played from the games from my backlog and games I have played before I started that project I realized that I just have the games

About time too because I needed some new games to play too, after sorting through my library of games I played from the games from my backlog and games I have played before I started that project I realized that I just have the games

 

With all these sales this is my time to shine, to cut loose and buy games while not breaking the bank. And more importantly than having a small week-long window to buy all the games that are currently taking up residence on my wish list but now is the time when I take a chance on games that I might have never heard of before their were showcased on either the Daily Deals or on the Flash Sales sections of Steam’s front page. It was because of Steam’s incredibly low prices was the reason picked up Dust: An Elysian Tail and the punishing pixel perfect games Super Meat Boy, Binding of Isaac, They Bleed Pixels and Cloudberry Kingdom. These are some of my favorite games of all time that I would never even thought of buying at full price. I even installed and briefly started playing TF2 because of the holiday sale promotional items back in 2011.

It was just to try to get an easy TF2 achievement and I ended up grabbing one of the rarest hats from the event.

It was just to try to get an easy TF2 achievement and I ended up grabbing one of the rarest hats from the event.

 

Now I can take time to actually browse the shops and add stuff to my cart, knowing that these are going to be the lowest prices for this year. And it has already begun, last night I have already added Tiny Brains and Rush Bros.

 

Before anyone says, "dont buy until the daily deal/flash sales" both games were 80% and 90% off. I'll eat may hat if it goes any lower throughout the week

Before anyone says, “don’t buy until the daily deal/flash sales” both games were 80% and 90% off. I’ll eat my hat if either of these games goes any lower throughout the week

 

I already have a few games I want to pick throughout this week but I want to bounce a question back to you for the weekend and the following week, “What games are on your wish list that you hope to pick up during the Steam Sales and do you have any games to recommend now that I am in the mode to buy games?”

PS: Go Team Red!

 


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#343 Taking Indie Games on the go

If you have been living under a rock for the past few days, let me be the first to tell you that the eleventh Humble Indie Bundle is now live. I have talked plenty about this website and service before so I am not going to waste any more words on WHY it is awesome all you need to know is that you should buy it.

It's all these games plus more on its way

It’s all these games plus more on its way do yourself a favor and just buy it now

With all the previous bundles that I have bought over the years I have always gone with the Steam Keys option for retrieving the games I bought but after very recently rediscovering my old flash drive. Since I am no longer using it to store drafts of college papers I thought to use the DRM-free feature of the Indie games I bought to fill it up with the essential games that I have would want to have on me at all time. Imagine this as the list of games I would want if I ever get deserted on an island with a desktop with little to no internet connection.

I mentioned before that both Binding of Isaac and Neocolonialism have already earned their place on this flash drive but after cleaning up the contents I figured out a bit more games that could be added to the drive.

For the first game on this list is the amazing title, The Bastion, one of the first indie game that provoked an emotional response out of me and it was the game that made me excited to explore the interesting world of indie games.

For the laid back game I also added a copy of Poker Night at the Inventory and even though I won all the TF2 items in this game I constantly go back to the first game rather than the squeal because the original characters are just more appealing to me.

Dear Strongbad how can you play Poker with Boxer Gloves? Still waiting for your reply Snozell, NH.

Dear Strong bad, how can you play Poker with Boxer Gloves? Still waiting for your reply Snozell, NH.

And to round out the list the last game is Edmund Mcmillen’s first blockbuster success, Super Meat Boy just a perfect pair to have it along with the other tough as nails platformer game VVVVVV.

I would like to thank past me for inspiring current me when I had the same thought of carrying my three published WoW insider posts with me at all times.

I would like to thank past me for inspiring current me when I had the same thought of carrying my three published WoW insider posts with me at all times.

But I want to throw this question back to you. Do you carry any copies of games on your person? and If not which games would you want to have with you at all time regardless of memory size?


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#316 The Magic of the Steam Winter Sale

The Winter Steam Sales is in full swing with their standard sales and price cuts that have made Valve so famous and beloved by all PC players.

And with this is the time of year (summer too) where I my brothers, and I assume many other gamers cut their purse strings loose and buy the big games that have been sitting on our wishlist for the past few months without having to worry about being undercut by a sudden Steal sale in a few months. There is also extremely magical about buying an AAA game for just $5.

I've heard of so many people buying games at full price last week and they are kicking themselves in the wallet now.

I’ve heard of so many people buying games at full price last week and they are kicking themselves in the wallet now.

But I also I use this event as a time to go out and take a chance on games I never heard of or might be a bit hesitant about, an act I normally never do when the games are at their normal asking price.

For example, La-mulana? I heard nothing but good things about the game around the web and for Flash sale price of 1.99 how could I say no?

The Bridge, an indie 2d logic puzzle about physics and perspective that challenges your mind with stages that draws inspiration from Isaac Newton and MC Escher, looks amazing enough try out for just three dollars

Paranautical Activity, a game that is quoted in its description as the combination of “the classic FPS action of games like Doom and Quake, with the randomness and difficulty of modern roguelikes like Binding of Isaac and Spelunky” This game looks like it was made with me in mind.

This is the first early access game I bought into, lets hope it successes

I only found this game because it was one of the contender for Yesterday’s Community’s Choice poll

 

So far I have purchased five games from these sales, the three games I already mentioned, Bulletstorm and the sequel to one of the first PC indie games I ever played, Runner 2. All these games added to my and the Winter Sales are not even half over yet, I do not even want to think about what my wallet will look like at the end of the year.

I haven't been bothered to do any reserach but I have a theory that one of the critizems of Runner 1 is that there was no much of a plot

I haven’t been bothered to do any research but I have a theory that one of the criticism of Runner 1 is that there was not much of a plot. That is the only reason I could think on why the game developers added a crazy plot delivered by an over the top voice actor

 


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#262 The Allure of Indie Games

I have some great news today, last week I actually stayed true to my schedule and completed a game my August backlog! The title was Telltale’s The Walking Dead while I will not spoil anything for the ones who hasn’t played through all of it, but that game was one of the very few games that left me speechless once everything was said and done.

Whoa, just whoa.......

Whoa, just whoa…….

With those Walkers and Quick Time Events out-of-the-way I now turn my attention to the next game on my list, Dust: an Elysian Tail, and hopefully I can finished the main story soon so that I can play a bit of Borderlands 2 before this month comes to a close.

I mentioned on this site before that I have a special place in my heart for indie games, but I never could put my finger on why I liked them until I experienced a (very) late night epiphany. For me, the reason why I prefer playing the small indie games to AAA games is because when an indie team wants to make a game, either because it’s the developer’s interest or restraints on resources, they tend to only focus on one type of gameplay, but when they do those developers polish that one aspect until it shines.

Just look at  Super Meat Boy for example, Team Meat focused on precision platforming over story or graphics and they delivered the best collection level designs and character controls I have ever seen.

When I say 'the best levels' I mean the best to raise your blood pressure.

When I say ‘the best levels’ I mean the best to raise your blood pressure.

Thomas was Alone focused on delivering the best story they could create with the best voice actor they had, Limbo gave its audience the best way to ruin any good feelings they might have had going into the game and Dust: an Elysian Tail has some of the smoothest two button hack&slash castlevania-style 2D combat.

And The Bastion must have set their sights on making the best game ever because that videogame succeeded in delivering expectation shattering  musical score, combat, story and lore.

Another game that left me speechless when I finished. the third game was Limbo.

Another game that left me speechless when I finished. The third game was Limbo.

 

I’m talking about indie games because I want to give one last shout out the second annual Boston Festival of Indie Games is just around the corner (September 14th) and I wanted to make sure that this event gets its fair share of public exposure for any interested gamers in the Boston/New England area, admission is free and there will be plenty of new indie games showcased the event.

boston FIG

also I’m arising awareness because east coast videogame events are few and far between. 

 


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