Wednesday, December 22, 2010

PC Gaming is DEAD!: December 21st, 2010

Congratulations to the December 18th trivia contest winner, Taylynne, who won a copy of Audiosurf!

Yesterday's trivia question:
What was the first RTS that was completely 3D where units could move on all 3 axes?

The mothership was a massive, slow-moving ship
that had to be protected.
Answer: Homeworld by Relic Entertainment.

Because it took place in space it was able to do something no other RTS has done before: let the player move units on an X, Y, and Z axis. This is still a rare thing to find in an RTS game.

Here's a Homeworld gameplay video.

Sale News!:

The time on the Humble Indie Bundle #2 was extended so that it now ends on Christmas. The people behind the Humble Bundle are also saying to look for another surprise to be added to the pack. They've surpassed their revenue of $1,273,613 from the original Humble Bundle.

Natural Selection 2 is having a get two for the price of one sale. If you pre-order now, you can play the closed beta on Steam.

Natural Selection 2 also released a gameplay trailer.

We've all been waiting for it and here it is, just released today, Farming Simulator 2011 Equipment Pack 1! Only $9.99 on Steam! clearly shows all of Steam's sales, and sorts by price and savings.

Highlights from Steam: 11 packs of 5 indie games for $5 each, one pack of 8 of the most popular for $20.

The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom is $0.49 (-90%).

Lots of developer packs with complete (or almost complete) libraries of their games for one low price, or sales of up to 50% off most of their titles.
Unreal Deal Pack for $14.99 (-79%)
THQ Complete Pack for $49.99 (-87%)
Valve Complete Pack for $49.99 (-72%)
Bethesda Pack for $69.99 (-55%)
1C Complete Pack for $74.99 (-87%)
Square-Enix-Eidos Complete Pack for $74.99 (-88%)
The 2K Mega Pack for $79.99 (-81%)
Paradox Complete Pack for $79.99 (-86%)

Sales in Valve's merchandise store continue, including some discounts on new merchandise.

Get a free Oddboxx Soundtrack Sampler as a gift from the makers of Oddworld.

Minecraft is now in beta, with some fun new glitches!

DC Universe Online has been announced for a January 11th release for North American, January 14th for the UK.

Hacked Kinect has potential for sign-language recognition.

Joystiq announces that there are no noteworthy PC releases this week. The Oddboxx isn't noteworthy? Or a new Back to the Future game by Telltale?

As reported by NPR, there is another study of the effects of video games on cognitive abilities. Conclusion: "It turns out that action video games are far from mindless." Participants in the study found that playing action games had a significant effect on many mental abilities that are significant to "real life" applications.

Also of note in this study: both women and men who played games had similar spatial cognitive skills, something that sets them apart from the average population, where a gender-gap exists.

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