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Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

Postby Dark567 » Tue May 03, 2011 12:33 pm UTC

defaultusername wrote:EA week. Today's deal is Dragon Age. I'm definitely picking up Origins Ultimate for €15.

Hell yeah! I might get DA2 for 25% off too.............

(Suddenly I realize I don't have a credit card and still waiting to receive new ones in the mail) ..... :-(
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Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

Postby Obby » Tue May 03, 2011 2:38 pm UTC

I picked up DA2 yesterday. Quite worth the price it's at now, I think. So far it's very good.
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Postby bam » Thu May 05, 2011 11:49 pm UTC

The Mass Effect series is on sale today. I've played through ME2 and it's probably my favorite game so far...so I just picked up ME1 today for $5. Super excited to play it, but the bandwith here is crap now that classes are over and everybody is in their rooms "studying" i.e. on their computer.
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Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

Postby Axman » Fri May 06, 2011 5:04 am UTC

If you liked Tribes and you're not playing Section 8: Prejudice, then clearly you don't know this game exists.

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Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

Postby broken_escalator » Fri May 06, 2011 1:50 pm UTC

I've never heard of Section 8, but then again I didn't hear about tribes and I still enjoyed it. I'm more surprised it seems that the servers for xbox for this game are actual servers, not the usual crap Microsoft makes you use.

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Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

Postby Jorpho » Tue May 10, 2011 4:01 pm UTC

What's the word on Spacechem? I have to say I am quite entranced by the idea of any kind of game related to chemistry.

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Postby Xeio » Tue May 10, 2011 4:09 pm UTC

Very fun if you like puzzle games IMO. There is a demo out for it too.

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Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

Postby Korrente » Wed May 11, 2011 2:31 am UTC

SpaceChem is good. After I couldn't optimize the demo levels any more I finally broke down and bought it, and I recommend it to you. I think $15 is a little steep but oh well.

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Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

Postby Jorpho » Wed May 11, 2011 2:52 am UTC

Um, the reason I was asking is that it's on sale for $7.50 right now. :oops:

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Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

Postby Amnesiasoft » Wed May 11, 2011 6:20 am UTC

If you think SpaceChem actually has anything to do with chemistry, you're being silly.

That doesn't change the fact that it's an excellent puzzle game.

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Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

Postby bigglesworth » Wed May 11, 2011 9:25 am UTC

Yeah, that particular aspect made more sense when it was an internet Flash game and it was alchemy-themed.
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Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

Postby Korrente » Wed May 11, 2011 2:25 pm UTC

Jorpho wrote:Um, the reason I was asking is that it's on sale for $7.50 right now. :oops:


Ha..I waited forever for it to go on sale and finally gave up.

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Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

Postby savanik » Wed May 11, 2011 7:23 pm UTC

If anyone on here doesn't have Tropico 3 yet, it's on sale (along with a lot of other games) right now.

Honestly? They added a small bit of content from Tropico 2, but mostly what improved was the graphics engine. It's much prettier now. Gameplay is still mostly the same, but I think that's okay because the gameplay was always AWESOME.

The only thing I still miss is the option to import food to keep people from starving, or other goods to supply factories. C'est la vie.
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Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

Postby Jorpho » Sat May 14, 2011 3:45 am UTC

Say, do any of you use a skin for the Steam UI?

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Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

Postby headprogrammingczar » Sat May 14, 2011 11:25 am UTC

There are none at the moment.
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Postby Amnesiasoft » Sat May 14, 2011 1:46 pm UTC

I've been using the Apparition skin.

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Postby SoapyHobo » Mon May 16, 2011 10:24 pm UTC

If you think you have no self-restraint you might want to close Steam now and leave.

For the rest of you* it's probably easier to just email Valve with all your bank details, because starting today Steam will be having 24-hour sales every 24 hours.

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Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

Postby Mo0man » Mon May 16, 2011 10:38 pm UTC

This is why I've removed my credit card from the steam memory thingy
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Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

Postby thecommabandit » Tue May 17, 2011 6:10 pm UTC

This must be the reason I can never remember my PayPal password. My subconcious knew this was going to happen and is trying to protect me.
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Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

Postby bigglesworth » Tue May 17, 2011 6:57 pm UTC

Well, now is the Worms Reloaded 50% sale - it's now £8.99 for those Sterling-orientated.

Everyone should buy this game, and then play against me on it.
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Postby samusaran253 » Wed May 18, 2011 4:04 am UTC

OnLive is giving away Amnesia: The Dark Descent for free! It's pretty awesome and I just got it for free, the game usually costs $20 on Steam and this deal is for today only. So hurry up and check it out. You need a free OnLive account, then you have to download the program, then go to 'marketplace' then go to the Amnesia page and click 'purchase' then enter "THANKYOU" as the promo code, and you'll get the game for free.

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Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

Postby thecommabandit » Tue May 24, 2011 12:13 pm UTC

There's Ubisoft deals on all this week on Steam. Monday's (you don't have long now) is the Prince of Persia complete pack, containing Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Prince of Persia: Warrior Within, Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones, Prince of Persia (2008) and Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands for £12.50. I just bought it, because I've been meaning to play the old PoP games for a while, and it's cheaper to buy them with the two new (apparently crap) ones. You should be aware that Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands uses the draconian UbiDRM that needs a constant internet connection. I intend to use a crack because Ubisoft are gigantic dickheads who don't understand how piracy works.
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Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

Postby Jorpho » Wed Jun 01, 2011 10:31 pm UTC

Free old games from http://www.dotemu.com every day for the next five days. Because surely you don't have enough to play already, amirite?

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Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

Postby bigglesworth » Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:19 am UTC

So Steam has released some free mummorpogers (with opportunity to pay more to do things faster).
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Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

Postby SlyReaper » Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:31 am UTC

bigglesworth wrote:So Steam has released some free mummorpogers (with opportunity to pay more to do things faster).

Ah, the old "it's free to play, but we'll make sure you have an absolutely miserable time of it if you actually decide to play for free" business model.
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Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

Postby Felstaff » Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:38 am UTC

Still sore about pumping all that dough into Entropia, huh
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Postby Box Boy » Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:39 am UTC

hmm, Alliance of Valiant Arms looks sort of neat.
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Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

Postby SlyReaper » Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:44 am UTC

Felstaff wrote:Still sore about pumping all that dough into Entropia, huh

Yes. :cry:
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Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

Postby bigglesworth » Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:50 am UTC

Box Boy wrote:hmm, Alliance of Valiant Arms looks sort of neat.
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The models and animations looked utterly wank on that one to be honest. Global Agenda looked more interesting to me. The 'advance faster by paying', by a multiplier effect on xp is a good one I think. I know quite a few people who play World of Tanks and it works well there.
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Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

Postby Box Boy » Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:55 am UTC

I have significantly lower standards for games when I get them for free, sooooo, yeah, they look fine to me.
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Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

Postby novax6 » Wed Jun 15, 2011 11:05 am UTC

bigglesworth wrote:
Box Boy wrote:hmm, Alliance of Valiant Arms looks sort of neat.
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The models and animations looked utterly wank on that one to be honest. Global Agenda looked more interesting to me. The 'advance faster by paying', by a multiplier effect on xp is a good one I think. I know quite a few people who play World of Tanks and it works well there.


IMO that's the worst thing about a lot of free to play games, I don't think the fact that you have money should give you an unfair boost over other players. It makes me want to play a game less to be honest, not invest money into it. There's much better models of how to do 'freemium' games I think, but basically anything that doesn't actually give one player an advantage over another (either through character power, time/exp, in game currency, or anything similar) is a ton better.

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Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

Postby Goldstein » Wed Jun 15, 2011 12:02 pm UTC

As Penny Arcade recently pointed out, League of Legends' freemium model is great. Money doesn't give any in-game advantage. Sure, you can get things a bit quicker if you spend real money on it, but I and everyone I play with has all those things already. Despite that, I still dump so much money into the game.
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Postby thecommabandit » Wed Jun 15, 2011 12:43 pm UTC

SlyReaper wrote:
Felstaff wrote:Still sore about pumping all that dough into Entropia, huh

Yes. :cry:

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Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

Postby Xeio » Wed Jun 15, 2011 2:37 pm UTC

SlyReaper wrote:
Felstaff wrote:Still sore about pumping all that dough into Entropia, huh

Yes. :cry:
I never spent that much on entropia, probably an equivalent to a year or so of subscriptions elsewhere, and I played it for 4-5... :)

EDIT:
http://exophase.com/23486/ea-pulls-crysis-2-from-steam-store-now-only-on-origin/

So apparently it's begun. *ponders*

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Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

Postby Jorpho » Fri Jun 17, 2011 3:20 am UTC

Another two Indie packs up for grabs at the moment, if you're not keeping track. Now you can buy Machinarium for the fifth time!

The Variety pack does actually look sort of interesting. Are any of you folks familiar with the other games it contains?
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Postby Amnesiasoft » Fri Jun 17, 2011 3:44 am UTC

Jorpho wrote:I shall not pay five bucks for Beat Hazard Ultra after the searing anguish that game put me through during the Treasure Hunt, that's for sure.

The whole point of Beat Hazard is searing anguish!

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Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

Postby Beardhammer » Fri Jun 17, 2011 6:49 am UTC

bigglesworth wrote:
Box Boy wrote:hmm, Alliance of Valiant Arms looks sort of neat.
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The models and animations looked utterly wank on that one to be honest. Global Agenda looked more interesting to me. The 'advance faster by paying', by a multiplier effect on xp is a good one I think. I know quite a few people who play World of Tanks and it works well there.


Global Agenda was good at one point, but it's crap now. Spiral Knights was kind of amusing, but the cutesy art style wears thin quickly for me - seems like it'd be a good game to franchise out with plush dolls and miscellaneous crap.

Steam's got another indie sale going on. Unfortunately, all of the good games are in different packs. Still, five games per pack for only $10 (each game is usually $10 on its own.) ARES is so far pretty fun, though it's not much like either Metroid or Mega Man (the two games I was expecting it to play like.) Controls feel a little sluggish at times, there are numerous spelling errors and grammatical mistakes, and I'm not a big fan of the art style (never been much of a fan of japanese-style cartoons), but overall it's pretty fun. Mechanarium is a pretty highly regarded indie title, though I didn't enjoy it when I played it (I bought it a long time ago.)

The first-person tank arena combat game in the action pack looks pretty fun, but I can't afford to buy both packs. Still, it's always a good idea to support indie gaming since that's where the majority of innovation comes from these days.

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Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

Postby Jesse » Fri Jun 17, 2011 7:57 am UTC

For me, Machinarium was worth $10 alone, a beautiful little adventure game.

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Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

Postby bigglesworth » Fri Jun 17, 2011 11:23 am UTC

Beardhammer wrote:
bigglesworth wrote:The models and animations looked utterly wank on that one to be honest. Global Agenda looked more interesting to me.
Global Agenda was good at one point, but it's crap now.
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Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

Postby Jesse » Fri Jun 17, 2011 11:30 am UTC

They moved away from the interesting MMO they'd created and essentially introduced a grind to it, and moved more to a 'ability is determined by length of time spent playing' rather than 'ability defined by skill at the game' that they originally had going.


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