Holiday Games Roundup

I originally titled the entry “Steam Holiday Sale Roundup” but I’m including the two games I got from work.

  • Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (Company gift)
  • Driver: San Francisco Deluxe (Company gift)
  • Portal 2 (me)
  • Orc Must Die! (yun; got myself the DLCs)
  • Dungeons of Dredmor: Realm of the Diggle Gods (me)
  • Cthulhu Saves the World & Breath of Death VII Double Pack (Isaac)
  • Guardians of Graxia Complete (Isaac)
  • Sonic Generations (Khalid)
  • Dead Space (yun)
  • Planescape Torment (Weiquan)

The holiday plan was to clear my backlog but it seems I got myself a new stack of games. Hope you guys enjoy my gifts to you too!

Let me know if anyone is interested in any of these.

Interesting Factoid and Interesting Game

Top 10 Scouting Population by Country

I was following some links in Wikipedia where I found this list of total Scouts membership by country. I’m really surprised that #1 is Indonesia and more than twice the population of #2, USA. There’re a lot of south Asia countries as well.

Tried the lite version of this iOS game: Shake Spears!. Basically, it’s a medieval tilting / jousting simulator. You use your left thumb to control the shield and right thumb to control your lance. I was a little annoyed when they referred the lance as a spear but I guess they wanted the “shakespeare” pun. They correctly calls it the lance in the shop though.

Seems fun enough, doubt I’d buy it. Just bought Pocket Academy by Kairosoft for 99c.

Summary of Summer Sale Damage

Steam Summer Sale has always been a devourer of wallets. These are what I got for myself:

  • Witcher 2 @ $33.49 USD (U.P. $49.99)
  • Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood @ $19.99 USD (U.P. $39.99)
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat @ $3.74 USD (U.P. $29.99)
  • Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light @ $3.74 USD (U.P. $14.99)
  • Company of Heroes Gold @ $7.49 USD (U.P. $29.98)

Total: $68.45 USD (U.P. $164.94)
Savings: $96.49 USD (58.5%)

I also got Alien Breed 2 for free from their summer activities and a handful of games which as gifts for some buddies’ birthdays.


The Espionage RPG

When Alpha Protocol (2010) was announced, I was totally psyched. Following the success of Mass Effect 2, another shooter-RPG, I had great expectations of this “Espionage RPG” from the makers of Knight of the Old Republic II and Neverwinter Nights 2. Alas, Obsidian Entertainment’s first foray into original IP territory left many disappointed.

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Of Game Piracy

[Penny Arcade]

I buy a lot of games and I think it’s no secret that I don’t have the time to play all of them. It’s like how some girls buy lots of shoes and bags, I buy games (and books). Well, I bought a bunch of new games lately so I thought I’d write a little about game piracy.

I had a discussion with Jo some time back about the difference between branded goods and video games. When someone carries an imitation of say a LV or Gucci bag, said person will be scoffed in public. However, when someone gets a bootleg copy of the latest game, he becomes everyone’s best friend, at least till they all got a copy from him.

Of course, she replied that there isn’t “branded” video games, to which, I tried to explain that there are triple A titles where publishers pump millions of dollars and developers can spent up to 5 years working on. On the other hand, you have hobbyist or casual games developed by a couple of friends and published online as a free Flash game or selling for a couple of bucks. More often than not, it’s those triple A titles that get pirated.

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