Grandparents who complain about everything. Crowded supermarkets that make you wish you were driving a tank indoors. Extra-irritating car guards in your personal home driveway. Gentlmen, that spells Christmas to me. But there’s one other tradition that we’ve left off of that list: The Steam Holiday Sale. Cheap games, rock-bottom prices and a backlog that you’ll never finish. The sale kicks off from 8PM US of A time, so ready your bank accounts. There’s some shopping to do!
If you’ve been waiting patiently for a Metal Gear Solid title to grace your PC again, then you’re just a few short hours away. Ground Zeroes, the prequel to next year’s fully fledged Phantom Pain sequel, is out on Steam tomorrow. That’s the good news though. The bad news is that the requirements for the game just got a little beefier.
We've been talking about O3DX for a while now. The off-road, Trails-esque title developed by a team in Cape Town is set for launch on PC, console and mobile in the near future, but you can already jump the gun and purchase a copy. Not only will you grab it at a discount, but you could also walk away with some incredible prizes as well.
Late last week Valve took down their new Auction House, which allowed everyone to convert useless trading cards into gems in order to bid on a massive catalogue of games. It wasn’t long before a huge exploit was discovered, allowing anyone to basically create gems out of thin air and post ludicrous bids. Valve say they’ve fixed the problem, but it still seems wildly silly.
I'm one of those strange people who enjoys collecting Steam trading cards for my favorite games, later crafting them into badges and bragging rights. However, my Steam inventory can also get cluttered with weird, worthless junk. But it's time to clean it out and get some fun games in the process.
Want to know a bit more about me? Of course you don’t, but I’m going to tell you anyways! My biggest passion after gaming is writing. I want to spend the rest my life putting words to paper (or fingers to keys), and my biggest dream is to be an author one day. That’s probably why I find this game, Elegy for a Dead World, so fascinating.
If you’ve never heard of Troy Baker, you might as well hand in your gaming licence at your nearest Internet Cafe. This fella has voiced something in just about EVERYTHING you’ve ever played in the last few years. For example, he took the role of Pagan Min in Far Cry 4, and Batman in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, and Mitchell in Advanced Warfare and… see what I’m getting at here? What can’t he do? Surely there is a role out there that’s just too much for him? Of course not, not even a slice of bread can sway his talent!
Streaming is big business. It’s become one of the most prolific phenomenon in all of games. Amazon recently purchased Twitch – which reports over 60 million visitors every month - for just under a billion dollars. The PlayStation 4 was shipped with built-in Twitch streaming, and the Xbox One got it patched in not very long after that. Valve’s jumping on before the bandwagon gets too full, allowing Steam users to broadcast and watch gameplay right from their Steam clients.
Gaming has certainly evolved over the past few years. Better visuals, smarter AI, unique gameplay mechanics… what haven’t gaming developers explored or done yet? The life of a slice of bread apparently. The creators of Surgeon Simulator have been hard at work on a title called I am Bread, and it’s hitting Steam Early Access tomorrow.
Hey! Have you heard? EVERYTHING IS ON SALE! It’s not just Valve looking to steal randelas from your credit card, there’s also a ton of other goods on special thanks to Black Friday in the USA (which even some SA retailers seem to be taking part in). No matter where I look today, there is some or other discounted game looking to rob my pocket. It got me thinking about how big my gaming library and collection really is, and how much of it I haven’t even finished, let alone touched. I’m not just talking Steam here, I have many titles across several consoles that still need some loving!
It’s that time of the year again. The time for gaudy decorations, fruit cake that is harder than reinforced concrete and gifts under the tree that are bound to disappoint. Yes, I’m still bitter about the fact that I literally got a bar of soap for Christmas. Still, if there’s a gamer or two in your life, then now is the time to grab a gift early on the latest Steam sale, and squirrel that away. Here’s what has the charts on fire.
Valve’s Steam allows you to gift items, and trade gift items around like some sort of digital game bartering bazaar. Unfortunately, sometimes that sort of thing goes awry thanks to unscrupulous people on the internet. Valve has now changed the way it handles Steam trading, which they say is for your protection.
It's common for games to receive a lengthy hype period leading up to it's eventual launch. That's what gets people excited and clambering for the game on release day, even if the wait feels excruciating. Telltale seemingly missed that class during Game Design 101, as they've decided to launch their take on the Borderlands universe right now.
Steam's Early Access program has managed to earn itself a bad name over the years, thanks to a few terrible projects that have sucked fans dry and delivered only broken promises. It has made backing a game a far more complex and risky decision to make - a fact that Valve is incredibly unhappy about. That's why they're changing Early Access and making it far more strict for potential developers.