Wednesday, December 29, 2010

PC Gaming is DEAD!: December 28th, 2010

Congratulations to Vango for winning the trivia contest for December 24th and receiving a copy of Audiosurf!

Previous trivia question:

What was the first stealth game to use light and sound as gameplay mechanics?

Hiding in the shadows.
Answer: Thief: The Dark Project by Looking Glass Studios.

Thief was released in 1998, and unlike other first person games at the time, it was about avoiding confrontation.

Lighting and sound played important roles in Thief. You would hide in the shadows to avoid being seen by guards. Guards would hear you and you could hear them. You could tell many things about your environment from sound, make noises to act as distractions, and sound was dynamic. Additionally, Thief had very complex AI that was unscripted and could detect visual and audio cues from the environment.

Thief has inspired many games, including the Splinter Cell and the Assassin's Creed series.

The third game in the Thief series is currently on sale on Steam for $9.99 (50% off). It's also part of the Square Complete Pack for $74.99.

Today's indie deals:
ProtoGalaxy is $2.49 (75% off).

RUSH is $1.69 (66% off).

The Mount & Blade games are 75% off. Mount & Blade is $4.99, Mount & Blade: Warband is $7.49, and a bundle containing both games is $9.99. We only recommend purchasing Warband because it contains the same content as Mount & Blade, plus multi-player and upgrades.

SimCity 4 Deluxe is $4.99 (75% off). This version includes the Rush Hour expansion.

The Doom Complete Pack is $8.74 (75% off). If you like first person shooters and you haven't played Doom, you should try it just to see where it all started. This isn't the best sale that Steam has ever had on Doom, however.

The Crysis games are 75% off. Crysis is $7.49, Crysis Warhead is $4.99, and a bundle containing both games is $9.99.

Section 8 is $4.99 (75% off).

Global Agenda is $7.49 (75% off).

Dirt 2 is $4.99 (75% off).

Lost Horizon is $9.99 (50% off).

However, Amazon has a digital copy of this game on sale for $5.

And continuing with Amazon sales:

Amazon has 192 digital games on sale for 75% off.

Some of the other games they have for $5 are:
- The Witcher
- Grand Theft Auto 4
- BioShock 2
- Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition
- Alien vs Predator
- Ghostbusters: The Video Game
- Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena
- Velvet Assassin
- Blood Bowl
- Trine
- Haunted House (perfect for the holidays)

Amazon also has Medal of Honor as their Deal of the Day. It is currently for $37.99 for all platforms, including PC.

Star Trek Online Collector's Edition for $6.99.

Games for Windows:
Deal of the Week: Dead Rising 2 for $19.99.
Deal of the Day: Prototype for $14.99.

News: recently announced their Editor's Choice and Player's Choice award winners for 2010.

An excellent and informative article from Gamasutra on accessibility in games, and the value of focusing on this in designing a game.

Write to us to let us know what time you'd prefer the live show to be! This will be the show where we give the final clue to grab the copy of Fallout: New Vegas that we're giving away.

We'll make the final decision about when to have the show on December 29th, and announce the time on that day's podcast.

Send times and trivia question responses to Today's trivia contest closes on December 29th at 6pm PT.