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Steam 2012 2013 Holiday sale

The Steam holiday sale is just about over; when this article was posted there is only about 23 hours left. There were some good sales, there were some crap sales and some games did not even go on sale.

L4d/L4D2 – went on sale for 75% off. But then again, that package goes on sale all through the year. I bought the L4D/L4D2 package a couple of months ago, stored it in my game inventory, then gifted it to a friend.

ARMA 2 – went on sale for 50% off a couple of times. I finally bought it just to play Day Z.

Fallout Series – it sucks that the Fallout bundle did not go on deep discount. I ended up buying Fallout: New Vegas from Green Man Gaming.

Witcher / Witcher 2 – went on deep discount, I almost bought Witcher 2, but decided not to at the last minute.

The Elder Scrolls – Morrowind and Oblivion both went on sale at 75% off, while Skyrim went on for 50% off. To me, that is a good deal. Skyrim is well worth $29.99. I was lucky enough to catch it on sale a few months ago for $19.99.

Quake Package – Quake I went on sale, but the Quake package did not go on deep discount. What pissed me off, when a game goe son sale, the game package usually goes on sale as well. When Quake won the community vote, the Quake package did not go on sale. I started a thread on the sale at the steam community forums, but the thread was locked by a heavy handed moderator.

Unreal Package – one of the biggest letdowns of the Steam sale was Unreal did not go on sale. None of the Unreal games went on sale, nor did the Unreal pack go on sale.

Borderlands – Borderlands I went on sale for 75% off, while Borderlands II went on for 50% off, which is inline with Skyrim. Continue Reading….

Does The Internet Change Like A Community

Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalistAs I was looking through some older sites, I started thinking about what the heritage of the internet would be without those sites?

For example, for you PC gamers that like to read about gaming history, or like to think about the “good ole days”, what would the internet be without sites like Doomworld.com or planetromero.com.

Quakeworld was wiped clean several years ago. All that remains is a “QuakeWorld.com.. stay tuned” message. Back in the late 1990s Quakeworld.com was one of the more popular pages on the net.

Back in the 1990s fans sites opened right and left. The main free hosting provider back in those days was GeoCities. But GeoCities closed a few years ago. All of those fan sites gone in a split second as the servers were unplugged. Continue Reading….

Black Mesa finally gets a release date

For those of you that have not been keeping with the Black Mesa, its a fan made modification that runs on the Valve Source engine.

Its more then just a fan made modification, Black Mesa is supposed to be a remake of the original Half-Life.

Black Mesa is scheduled to be released September 14th. Download servers will be announced shortly before the download goes live.

My only hope is that Black Mesa lives up to the hype.

Half-Life was released in November 2004. Development on Black Mesa started around January 2005. I hope the game shows 7 1/2 years of quality. Continue Reading….

Skyrim First Impressions

*** Spoiler Alert ***

This article contains spoilers. If you do not want any spoilers, stop reading!!!!!

Holy crap, I have not seen a game that grabs you by the balls like this in a long time. The last time I remember a game with such an epic start was Half-Life and Left 4 Dead.

The way Skyrim starts out, you are a prisoner in a wagon on the way to meet your death. Your neck is put on the chopping block, the executor is just about to swing when the dragon shows up. Mages start throwing fireballs at the dragon, archers are shooting their arrows as you and someone helping you head to cover.

The caves are a nice way to introduce the player to the game. When you get to the outside, its like “holy crap”. The graphics are awesome, the sounds, the mountains,,, everything is there to make the world believable.

Skyrim plays well even on my low hardware specs:

Motherboard – ASUS M4A785-M
CPU – AMD 620 quad core 2.6Ghz AM3
Memory – 6 gigs of PC6400 DDR2 800MHz
Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
Cable Modem
Video card – ATI 4850 – 512 megs Continue Reading….

Steam Summer Sale Saturday July 14

Third day of the Steam Summer sale (Saturday, July 14, 2012), and finally some games go on sale that I have been watching – Dead Island, Skyrim and Left 4 Dead 2 is the community puck for 75% off.

A few weeks ago I created a steam account for the grandkids – it sure beats buying console games at full price. The steam sales are when I stockup on the games. Why pay full price, when you can wait a few months and get the games on sale?

Even though Steam has a great sale every 6 months or so, I still buy new games when they come out. I preordered Left 4 Dead 2, and I am going to preorder Borderlands when it becomes available on Steam.

The games on sale on Friday July 14, 2012:

Indie bundle III – $9.99
Dirt Showdown $24.99
Skyrim $29.79
Tropico 4 – $7.49
Two worlds – $7.49
Orcs must die – $3.74
Borderlands – $4.99
Frozen Synapse – 44.99
Dead island – $10.19 Continue Reading….

Steam 2012 Summer Sale Day 1

Steam launched its summer sale today at 12 noon central time. As usual there are a lot of game packages ranging from 50% off – 77% off.

7/12/12 Thursdays Deals:

Indie Bundle 1 $9.99 75% off includes below
Anomaly Warzone Earth $4.99 50% off
Cave Story+ $5.99 40% off
Edge $3.99 50% off
Lone Survivor $6.49 35% off
The Baconing $14.99

Shogun 2 Total War Collection $19.99 71% off includes below
Total War Shogun 2 $7.49 75% off
Total War Shogun 2 Rise of the Samurai Campaign $2.49 75 %off
Total War Shogun 2 Fall of the Samurai $14.99 50% off

Total War Shogun 2 DLC $0.95-$2.99 40% off each

Might & Magic Heroes VI $24.99 50% off
Might & Magic Clash of Heroes $3.74 75% off
Might & Magic Clash of Heroes DLC $0.74 75% off
Heroes of Might & Magic V $2.49 75% off
Heroes of Might & Magic V Hammers of Fate $2.49 75% off
Heroes of Might & Magic V Tribes of the East $2.49 75% off
Dark Messiah Might & Magic $2.49 75% off

Forum thread about the Steam 2012 Summer Sale Continue Reading….

I Will Not Buy Diablo III

Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalistI will not be buying Diablo III, and neither should you.

Unlike the vast majority of zombies that bought Diablo III, I played the original Diablo and Diablo II “back in the day”. The day Diablo II was released, and was standing in front of Best Buy in Beaumont Texas 15 minutes before the store opened.

Diablo was an epic game for the time period. When the internet was new, and a lot of games were using IPX/SPX, Diablo came with built in TCP/IP support, and game making through battle.net.

Up until the release of Diablo you had to either have a dedicated server (like quake and quakeworld) or host the game on your computer and your buddies connect to your game. On dial up, hosting a game on your computer was a nightmare for everyone besides the person hosting the game. Diablo changed all of the rules for multiplayer game. No more having to lease a server, no more having to keep the server updated, no more security issues,,, and everything else that came with running your own server.

What kind of digital rights management did Diablo have? You had to have the CD in the CD player to play the game. When Diablo was installed, there was only about 30 megs of data stored on the hard drive, the rest ran off the CD.

Diablo had 3 character classes – Rogue, Warrior and Sorcerer. For the time period, having three different characters was awesome. Continue Reading….

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