Saturday, January 1, 2011

PC Gaming is DEAD!: December 31st, 2010

Congratulations again to JDCapo for solving the puzzle that was going on throughout December and winning a copy of Fallout: New Vegas.

Previous trivia question:
What highly influential first person shooter did Warren Spector design?

Pick the lock, manipulate electronics, hack the keypad,
enter the correct key code, or just shoot the guard?
Answer: Deus Ex by Ion Storm Inc.

Ion Storm was co-founded in 1996 by many important people in the gaming industry: John Romero, Tom Hall, Jerry O'Flaherty, and Todd Porter. In 1997 Warren Spector joined the company and founded the Austin branch of Ion Storm. Warren Spector worked on many influential games: Wing Commander, Ultima Underworld, System Shock and Thief. He brought along many other talented people from Looking Glass Studios that also worked on these games, and together they made Deus Ex.

Deus Ex built on what System Shock started. It was an FPS/RPG hybrid with a rich story built around real world conspiracy theories. The environments were open and encouraged the player to explore. Warren Spector tried to focus on making the game an immersive experience so players would not be pulled out of the story and reminded that they were playing a game.

Deus Ex received near-universal acclaim from the industry and from critics. It earned a number of awards and many nominations, including over 40 "Game of the Year" and/or "Best in Class" awards. In 2009 PC Gamer named Deus Ex the "Best PC Game of All Time."

Steam sales:

Daily indie deal:
Madballs in... Babo: Invasion for $2.50 (-75%), or get a 4 pack for $7.50 ($1.875 each). The skins are not on sale, but these can be unlocked through playing the game.

Guardians of Graxia is $2.49 (-75%) it's Map Pack is 74¢ (-75%). There is also a pack containing both of these items, but it is $3.24 which costs 1¢ more than buying them separately!

Flight Control HD is $1.70 (66% off).

The Theatre of War games are all 75% off. Theatre of War is $2.49. Theatre of War 2: Africa 1943 is $4.99 and it's Centauro DLC is $4.99. Theatre of War 2: Kursk 1943 is $4.99 and it's Battle of Caen DLC is $2.49. All of thse games are also available in the Theatre of War Collection for $11.25.

Supreme Commander 2 is $3.74 (-75%) and the Infinite War Battle Pack One DLC is $2.49 (-75%).

All of the Command & Conquer games are 75% off. Red Alert 3 is $4.99 and so it the Uprising DLC for it. Tiberium Wars is $7.49 and the expansion Kane's Wrath is $4.99. The newest game, Tiberian Twilight, is $4.99.

Dawn of Discovery Gold is $14.99 (-50%). If you already own Dawn of Discovery on Steam, you can purchase just the Venice DLC for $9.99 (-50%). There is currently no way to buy just Dawn of Discovery.

Empire & Napoleon Total War - Game of the Year Edition is $24.99 (50% off) or $19.99 (60% off) if you own Medieval II: Total War or Rome: Total War. This pack has Empire: Total War, and Napoleon: Total War, along with all the DLC for both games.

Star Wars: Jedi Knight Collection is $5.00 (75% off). It contains Dark Forces, Dark Forces II, Mysteries of the Sith, Jedi Outcast, and Jedi Academy.

The Hitman games are $2.49 (-75%) each. The Hitman Collection that includes Codename 47, Silent Assassin, and Blood Money is $7.47 (-75%). There is no extra discount for buying the collection.

The S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Bundle is $4.99 (88% off). It contains Shadow of Chernobyl and Call of Pripyat. It does NOT contain Clear Sky.

Far Cry 2: Fortune's Edition is $4.99 (-75%). Or get the Far Cry Complete pack that includes this game and Far Cry for $7.49 (-75%).

Team Fortress 2 is $5.00 (-75%). Or get the Team Fortress Complete pack that includes this game and Team Fortress Classic for $5.62 (-75%).

Other Sales:

Lego Batman is $9.99 (50% off) at Games for Windows. It's also the same price on Steam.

Medal of Honor is $29.95 (50% off) at Direct 2 Drive.

News/Discussion: The big list of PC games of the year.

GiantBomb's Best PC Only Game is StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. The runners Up were: Sid Meier's Civilization V and VVVVVV.

PC Gamer UK's Game of the Year is Minecraft.

IGN's PC Game of the Year is StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. The other nominees were: Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Sid Meier's Civilization V, and Mass Effect 2.

GameSpot's best PC game is StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. The other nominees were: Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Mass Effect 2, Sid Meier's Civilization V, and Dead Rising 2.

GameSpy's PC Game of the Year is Sid Meier's Civilization V. The honorable mentions were: BioShock 2, Fallout: New Vegas, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, and World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.

GameTrailer's best PC Game is Mass Effect 2. The other nominees were: Call of Duty: Black Ops, Sid Meier's Civilization V, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, and World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.

Spike's Video Game Awards
Best PC Game is StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. The other nominees were: Fallout: New Vegas, Mass Effect 2, and Sid Meier's Civilization V.

Gamasutra's Top 5 PC games of 2010 are (in order): StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, Sid Meier's Civilization V, Mass Effect 2, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, and Stalker: Call of Pripyat. The honorable mentions were: ArmA II, Supreme Commander 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Fallout: New Vegas, R.U.S.E., Super Meat Boy, Bejeweled 3, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, and DeathSpank.

Metacritic's Top 5 highest rated PC games of 2010 are (in order): Mass Effect 2, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, Super Meat Boy, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, and Sid Meier's Civilization V.

Listen to the show for today's trivia question, and send your answer to Today's contest closes at 6pm PST (-0800 UTC) on January 1st, 2011.

Happy New Year!


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