Hot on the heels of Valve’s latest show of benevolence, EA have also revealed their charitable side….
The new Humble Bundle is dedicated to all things Origin, and contains some real gems for the usual ludicrously low HB price. Included are: Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box, Crysis 2 Maximum Edition, Medal of Honor, Mirror’s Edge, Battlefield 3, Dead Space 3, The Sims 3, and Half Life 3!
All that for the cost of a decent coffee.
PC gamers’ favourite global behemoth, Valve, have yet again shown other, lesser developers and publishers how to do it right….
“COUNTER-STRIKE: GLOBAL OFFENSIVE LAUNCHES THE ARMS DEAL UPDATE
New Stock Weapons, Weapon Case Exclusives and Over 100 Unique New Weapon Finishes Added
August 14, 2013 – Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Portal, and Team Fortress) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced the release of The Arms Deal Update for its tactical first-person shooter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, which allows players to collect, buy, sell and trade decorated in-game weapons for the first time. The Update will also introduce weapon cases, which can be acquired through timed drops and opened by purchasing or trading for the appropriate key.
The Arms Deal Update will also actively support the CS:GO competitive community with the introduction of the eSports Weapon Case. A portion of the proceeds from sales of eSports Case Keys will go towards prize purses at competitive events. This update also adds two classic Counter-Strike: Source silenced weapons to the game in the form of the M4A1-S and USP-S.
CS:GO is the latest expansion of the team-based multiplayer Counter-Strike franchise. Since its initial release in Fall of 1999, Counter-Strike has become the number one played online action game, surpassing all commercial and noncommercial titles in its class. For more information about CS:GO and the Arms Deal Update please visit the Update Page at http://blog.counter-strike.net/armsdeal/ and the Arms Deal FAQ athttp://blog.counter-strike.net/armsdeal/faq.php“
When I loaded up Super Splatters, I was greeted by a funny blob made of clay*, with a high pitched voice. As soon as I saw this, I knew this game was going to filled with these weird little clay blob people, although, they look more presentable than the “blob director” on the start icon. (more…)
Something wonderful showed up this morning when I was doing my daily strolls through the featured items in the steam store. Something ground-breaking, original, and daring. A game that will surely change the face of gaming for generations to come. A game with such an original story, that it would be sure to strike a plethora of emotions into the hearts of even the coldest heart. That game is Final Fantasy VII.
What…what do you mean it’s just a re-release? No matter. Final Fantasy VII is doubtlessly one of the more influential and well loved games of our time so it doubtlessly is pretty good news that it is available to more people. Moreover, the addition of steam achievements adds a bit of motivation for people who have maybe played this game many times (We know you’re out there) to go through it again, and at just $11.99 there isn’t much reason not to buy it if you’re into the whole turn-based RPG thing. And, did I mention that there was cloud saving?? Huh? *ahem*
I for one never really played the game. I’ve never seen the appeal of a bunch of bobble-headed dolls with over-compensatory weapons taking turns wailing on various baddies. I know it’s supposed to have a ridiculously rich story that goes unrivalled in the gaming world, but that’s all just so much noise. I heard that Dear Esther has a pretty rich story too, but that won’t make me sit through so much tedium. Maybe I’m wrong though, so I’m leaving it up to you to convince me otherwise. Is Final Fantasy VII worth getting on steam? Will you be purchasing it again, or purchasing it for the first time? Or will you be like me and passing it by because you would rather play a western RPG with a bunch of racist assholes with more boring looking clothes and hair? Let us know in the comments below!
Something unexpected showed up on Wowhead today, a fansite many World of Warcraft players use for information, regarding a new cash shop item, the Enduring Elixir of Wisdom; which provides a hour long experience boost, not unlike the items that commonly appear in many free to play games. However, World of Warcraft players should not be too terribly worried that the herculean game is going to go down the path that many still regard as a path of failure, as a forum post by one of WoW‘s community managers stated “We are currently exploring the possibility of adding a way for players in certain regions to make purchases directly within the game. As part of this process, elements related to this will be appearing on the PTR. We’ll provide additional updates on our plans as development progresses.” What this probably means that this item is probably going to be exclusively used in the eastern regions, instead of being a dreaded headway into the uncertain void of F2P land.
Obviously this is just speculation, but I sincerely doubt that World of Warcraft would let go of the subscription model that it currently embraces any time soon. With 8 million players still paying monthly, it would make little sense for the online giant to change it’s business model this soon. $130 million (roughly) a month is nothing to scoff at, and it seems many times more likely that this item is intended solely for the Korean playerbase, as they have a different subscription model which would better allow for this sort of system.
What do you think about this? Please leave a comment below with your thoughts regarding this development. Does it mean that World of Warcraft is heading towards that dreaded Free to play territory? Or is it just an experiment to see if something like this would work for the Korean servers?
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