Monday, December 20, 2010

PC Gaming is DEAD!: December 19th, 2010

Congratulations to Barney on winning the December 17th trivia contest, and receiving a copy of NyxQuest!

Yesterday's question:
What was the first real time strategy game to feature 3D units and terrain?

That's a big cliff.
Answer: Total Annihilation by Cavedog Entertainment.

Although some real time strategy games before Total Annihilation may have had obstacles like cliffs, their height wasn't used by the game's combat mechanics and they just acted like natural walls. Total Annihilation was the first to take things like elevation into account.

If you were a fan of Total Annihilation or think the game might interest you, take a look at the Supreme Commander games. They are the spiritual successor to Total Annihilation and were designed by the same person: Chris Taylor.

According to the latest Serious Sam trailer, the Serious Sam HD games on Steam will be 75% off during Steam's sale.

Humble Indie Bundle #2 can now be activated on Steam and Desura. There are less than two days left to purchase! Steam keys may be limited in number.

On his blog, Notch mentions that there's only one day left to purchase Minecraft for the alpha price of about $13.50. Get it at

Pay what you want for Beat Hazard plus a music album, with 25% of the proceeds going to Save the Music.

Bible-themed free MMO Godstoria is getting some updates. Read more about them on the Joystiq article.

Goldeneye: Source released a fun gameplay trailer that is a homage to the old N64 game.

An article from giving statistics on Steam's sales:
"Steam, run by US studio Valve, serves a massive 80 percent of the PC download sector."
"PC gaming revenue grew in 2009 even as retail PC game sales shrank. In 2009, 21.3 million PC games were downloaded to computers in the U.S. via online game services such as Valve’s Steam, compared with 23.5 million purchased at stores."

In 2009:
47.5% of all PC game purchases were digital.
38% (17.04 million) of all PC games were purchased on Steam.

Other discussion topics:

Are some subject matters "too serious" for games?

Hacked Kinect being used to make PC games.

Recent game purchase discussion:

Civilization V
Just Cause 2
The Undergarden

Send your trivia contest entries to Today's contest closes December 20th at 6pm PT, 2am GMT.