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Steam 2012 2013 Holiday sale

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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.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R Series – went on deep discount; I think the package reached 75% off? 75% off is a great price for Shadow of Chernobyl and Call of Pripyat. Clear Sky on the other hand, I would not waste my time or money on it.

Torchlight – went on sale for 50% and 75% off. Torchlight for $3.74 is a good deal. I just wish Torchlight I had multiplayer.

THQ package – The THQ package was probably the best deal of the holiday sale. The entire package of 22 games was on sale for $24.99, which is an amazing deal. THQ is having some financial problems and is on the edge of bankruptcy. I suspect the package is an attempt to get some money into the company.

For the past few years the Quake package and the Unreal package have gone on sale, so why didn’t they go on sale this year?

Does The Internet Change Like A Community

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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 at free hosting providers. 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.

Along with geocities, also went a vast amount of time, effort and internet history. Gone are the walk-throughs to Doom, Quake, Diablo, Quake II, Warcraft II,,, and other popular games from the 1990s.

Before geocities was closed in the 2009, sometimes I would land in a fan site that dated back to the 1990s. Reading those sites was like taking a trip back in time. There were some pages that had not been updated in 5, 6, 7 or more years. I wonder if the page was setup by a high school or college kid, then forgotten about?

Those lost geocities pages were like footsteps in the sand. They are only there for a little while, then the sands of time erases them. They only exist now in our memory.

As I drive through my home town of Bridge City Texas, I notice the front of an old store has been reworked, or an old house has been demolished.

The old homes that have been demolished exist only in my memory, much like the websites at geocities.

Just as a community changes, so does the internet. Maybe a friends house burns down, the house is sold, the house is updated with a fresh coat of paint,,, just like what happens to websites.

About 5 years ago or so I was going through a backup of my internet explorer favorites that dated from the late 1990s – early 2000s. The majority if the websites were offline. Those were websites that I used to visit on a regular basis, but had drifted away from.

As I was going through those old bookmarked sites, I found myself getting sad. Some of those sites were like a friends house. You visit the site, and you feel at home.

Maybe the internet is like a community, in that we build relationships with sites, and other people. We all have pages that we visit on a regular basis, just like we visit certain stores and the homes of certain people.

Black Mesa finally gets a release date

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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.

When Half-Life was released in November of 1998 it was revolutionary for the time. Half-Life used a heavily modified version of the id Quake engine, improved graphics, and a real story plot. The introduction scene of HL is probably one of the best cut scenes in all of gaming history.

Then came all of the modifications, such as Counter-Strike and Team Fortress classic.

Quake started the online multiplayer revolution, but Half-Life refined it.

When HL was released I was playing Quakeworld Deathmatch. Quake 2 had been released, it did not live up to my expectations, so I went back to the original Quake. The HL was released, and everything changed.

Half-Life was revolutionary in a number of ways. For one, the player did not have to find any keys to advance in the map. There were side quest that had to be completed, such as turning on a generator to open a door. Which was a nice break from Doom and Quake where the player had to find various colored keys to advance.

When Black Mesa source is available for download I will get it installed. From there I will post some screen shots and first impressions.

Skyrim First Impressions

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*** 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

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Steam Summer Sale Saturday July 14

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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

Payday the Heist – On Saturday July 13 Payday the Heist was on sale, so I bought the four pack for $15. I already have Payday, the extra copies will be gifted out to my kids.

Dead Island – I want to buy the 4 pack of dead island to gift out to my kids, and Left 4 Dead 2 to gift to the guest account.

Left 4 dead 2 – goes on community choice sale of 75% off in a couple of hours. I want to gift a copy of Left 4 Dead 2 to the guest account.

For the guest account, I want a mix of multiplayer games, and a couple of single player games. It would be nice for the kids or grandkids and I to play games over the LAN.

Video about Skyrim, not actual gameplay

Skyrim gameplay trailer

Steam 2012 Summer Sale Day 1

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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

Legend of Grimrock $5.99 60% off
Terraria $2.49 75% off
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 $29.99 50% off
Ridge Racer Unbounded $24.99 50% off

Portal Bundle $6.24 75% off includes below
Portal $2.49 75% off
Portal 2 $4.99 75% off

Crusader Kings 2 $9.99 75% off
Crusader Kings 2 DLC $0.49-$2.99 each 75% off

Bundles/Publisher Packs:

1C Collection $49.99 85% off
2K Collection $49.99 77% off
Activision Collection $49.99 71% off
Cyan Worlds Collection $14.99 50% off
Kalypso Collection $49.99 50% off
Meridian 4 Complete Pack $24.99 75% off
Novalogic Everything Pack $17.49 75% off
Mumbo Jumbo Collection $34.99 56% off
Paradox Collection $49.99 82% off
PopCap Complete Pack $49.99 50% off
Rockstar Hit Collection $49.99 58% off
Sega Hit Collection $49.99 88% off
Square Enix Hit Collection $49.99 79% off
Strategy First Collection $49.99 50% off
Star Wars Collection $49.99 50% off
Super id Software Pack $49.99 50% off
TellTale Collection $51.99 60% off
THQ Collection $49.99 84% off
Ubisoft Collection $49.99 50% off
Valve Complete Pack $49.99 50% off

Even though there are some great deals on sale, there are also some letdowns.

Bethesda Collection contains Brink, Fallout New Vegas Downloadable Content (DLC), Fallout New Vegas the main game, and Skyrim.

Why the hell would anyone in their right mind package Skyrim and Fallout New Vegas with Brink? Brink was probably one of the most overhyped games of all time. Plus, its not a Role Playing Game on the epic scale like New Vegas and Skyrim. Its like Bethesda is trying to get people to buy a crap game bundled with 2 epic games.

If you want to bundle something with New Vegas and Skyrim, bundle Fallout 3 or Oblivion. At least then the buyer would have 3 epic games instead of 2 great games and 1 junk game.

There is no Elder Scrolls collection bundle. Why cant I get Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim in a single package?

The 2K Collection contains the regular version of Borderlands and not the game of the year edition.  The game of the year edition has some add-ons that the regular version of Borderlands does not have.

Forum thread about the Steam 2012 Summer Sale

I Will Not Buy Diablo III

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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.

Diablo II was a good game for its time period.  Diablo was an epic game, Diablo II was a good game.

Diablo II had 5 character classes – Amazon, Necromancer, Barbarian, Sorceress and Paladin. The Druid and Assassin were introduced with the expansion Lord of Destruction. 5 new character classes was a nice improvement over the 3 classes from the original.

The graphics of Diablo II left a lot to be desired. When graphics were moving to 800X600 and 1024X768, Diablo II was released with 256 color display at 640×480 resolution. LOD expenasion upgraded to 800×600, which was still behind current trends for the time period.

Diablo II DRM was having the CD in the drive, and having to log into battle.net to play multiplayer.

Diablo III has 5 character classes? Why do Diablo II and Diablo III both have 5 classes?

The absolute reason why I will not be buying Diablo III is because of the always on internet requirement. Even to play single player you have to be connected to the internet. That is intrusive DRM, and I do not support such stupid ass decisions such as that.

I understand a company trying to protect its digital products in an era of piracy, but requiring an always on internet connection is just stupid.

Once again blizzard is behind the times. Why not develop a program like Steam? Where is the Blizzard solution to Steam? Why not have a program that manages all of my blizzard games in one location like Steam does?

I can start Steam without an internet connection and still be able to play my games. Why cant we do that with Diablo III?

As with the release of Diablo II in 640X480 resolution, Blizzard is behind the times in DRM.

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