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>> No. 18091 Anonymous
5th January 2014
Sunday 7:54 pm
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Well, I wasted about £200 on that bloody sale...good stuff though.

All the bioshocks (dlc for infinite), GTA collection, CSGO, Tomb Raider collection, Alan Wake, Castlevania, etc

A good use of money?

Maybe...
Oh, and gaming in 1440p is glorious.
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>> No. 18092 Anonymous
5th January 2014
Sunday 7:55 pm
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All of those games are crap mate. Congrats on wasting your dough.
>> No. 18093 Anonymous
5th January 2014
Sunday 7:59 pm
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DEFCON and Railway Tycoon III.

I don't like spending money.
>> No. 18097 Anonymous
5th January 2014
Sunday 9:49 pm
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The Swapper
Dust: An Elysian Tail
Unepic
Rocksmith 2014 + Some DLC
Volgarr The Viking
Morrowind GOTY
Kentucky Route Zero
Resident Evil Revelations
Project Zomboid
Eldritch
Speedrunners
Age of Empires II

Very satisfied, didn't keep count how much I spent.
>> No. 18098 Anonymous
5th January 2014
Sunday 10:55 pm
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Staff Announcement, Incoming patients with Bloaty Head.
>> No. 18099 Anonymous
5th January 2014
Sunday 11:08 pm
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>>18098
Messrs. Burke and Hare to the rear exit please.
>> No. 18100 Anonymous
5th January 2014
Sunday 11:21 pm
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Devil May Cry 4, Torchlight 2 and XCom Enemy Within.

About £18 altogether, although XC:EW was still a tenner for being only a couple of months old.

Torchlight 2 is great fun if you've got someone to do the multiplayer with. And I've already managed to ragequit a campaign on Enemy Within due to Thin Men.
>> No. 18102 Anonymous
6th January 2014
Monday 12:42 am
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>>18097
>Morrowind GOTY

If you're anything like me, we'll hear from you sometime in early 2015, wondering why your levitation spell keeps failing when you try to strut over your neighbours near wall.

Seriously though, if I found a way to get paid whilst doing nothing but playing Morrowind until the end of time, I'd probably never be seen again.
>> No. 18104 Anonymous
6th January 2014
Monday 7:30 pm
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>>18102
Morrowind is an excellent and absorbing game, even today. Even though Skyrim's better.
>> No. 18105 Anonymous
7th January 2014
Tuesday 11:04 am
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Not a penny.

I found nothing interesting in the sale. I'm probably growing up.
>> No. 18106 Anonymous
7th January 2014
Tuesday 12:21 pm
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>>18105

A good sign, lad. You'll use that time for other things. These days people are buying things they'll never use anyway. Just look at the insane digital book collections people have. Tens of thousands and growing that they could never possibly read. Countless films and music tracks and hundreds of games on Steam, more on Gamersgate, Desura, GOG.com, Humblebundle, etc. and with every buying frenzy more games on the list they've bought but haven't even tried. It's like shopaholics but with less to show for it at the end.
>> No. 18107 Anonymous
7th January 2014
Tuesday 12:46 pm
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>>18105
I bought ANother World for £2, and I had that on Disc from the 15th Aniversary release a while back anyway.

I usually buy a few bits, but really nothing seemed to be so much of a bargain like they used to be.
>> No. 18108 Anonymous
8th January 2014
Wednesday 1:24 pm
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>>18107

>but really nothing seemed to be so much of a bargain like they used to be.

They are growing confident in their monopoly. We need to stop using Steam and go to other digital distribution services en masse if we want to defend the future of cheap PC games.

If Valve gets away with what they are planning, then Steambox with do for PCs what Live and PSN have always been for consoles. Walled garden markets such with goddamn tight price fixing that I'm genuinely unsure how exactly they get away with it.
>> No. 18109 Anonymous
8th January 2014
Wednesday 2:58 pm
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>>18108
Steam and Valve has always had a large number of fanboys defending them rabidly, even from legitimate criticism. Like the issues surrounding playing games offline - you need to connect online, set it to offline mode, and hope the games you want work as it's a bit inconsistent. But as you can't always predict when you'll be offline, you can be locked out from accessing your games, even though they're installed on your hard drive and the executables are accessible through explorer. That's obviously a problem, but when it's mentioned on the Steam forums there's a flood of people saying "Well it's your fault for not being online". But then when any other company has a similar sort of DRM, like Origin or Blizzard or Ubisoft, they are labelled the cancer killing PC gaming.

The Steam sales are obviously good, though not as good in recent years with less killer deals, but the price of new games on Steam is pretty steep. In my experience, I've always saved at least 1/3 of the price of a new game by buying the disc from ShopTo and just redeeming it on Steam.

I'm a big fan of GoG - no need to download a client, games are DRM free, good mixture of classic, indie and new games, lots of bonus content which is nice, and things are the same price or cheaper than Steam. Only thing it lacks is the community aspect that Steam has, which I think is why Steam has the monopoly because it integrates achievements and forums and all that.
>> No. 18110 Anonymous
8th January 2014
Wednesday 3:41 pm
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>>18109
>Steam and Valve has always had a large number of fanboys defending them rabidly, even from legitimate criticism.
Funny, I remember for the first couple of years Steam was pretty uniformly hated by the community. Animated gifs like the attached were commonplace on forums of the day.

>The Steam sales are obviously good, though not as good in recent years with less killer deals
I don't know about that. I got Skyrim for £4.50 or thereabouts this Christmas. I never saw anything like that on XBL or PSN (though admittedly I've not signed into either in a year or two).

>Steam has the monopoly because it integrates achievements and forums and all that.
To be honest I don't think Steam has a monopoly. Like yourself I use GoG from time to time and given that Steam will always be Windows-compatible I don't see the price hike/fixing that >>18108's worried about ever coming to pass.
>> No. 18111 Anonymous
8th January 2014
Wednesday 4:00 pm
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>>18110
GoG userbase is surely infinitely smaller than Steam. I only heard about GoG recently.
>> No. 18112 Anonymous
8th January 2014
Wednesday 4:07 pm
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>GoG userbase is surely infinitely smaller than Steam.
Yes, though still sizeable.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GOG.com#Market_share
What point were you trying to make, though?
>> No. 18113 Anonymous
8th January 2014
Wednesday 4:13 pm
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>>18112
It's an effective monopoly if one company dwarfs the other.
>> No. 18114 Anonymous
8th January 2014
Wednesday 4:14 pm
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>>18113

Is your mum an effective monopoly then?
>> No. 18115 Anonymous
8th January 2014
Wednesday 4:21 pm
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>>18114
Yes, she only sleeps with my dad who has an 85.5% market share.
>> No. 18116 Anonymous
8th January 2014
Wednesday 4:57 pm
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>It's an effective monopoly if one company dwarfs the other.
Er, no, it isn't. It's a monopoly if Steam precludes the existence of other digital stores (or physical ones), and that's quite obviously not the case. Apple have a monopoly on iOS devices, Microsoft have a monopoly with Windows Store on Windows RT, and on Xbox Live, etc etc. Valve do not have a monopoly on PC gaming and the existence of the Steambox doesn't, and can't, change that - short of becoming an entirely isolated ecosystem in itself.
>> No. 18117 Anonymous
8th January 2014
Wednesday 7:01 pm
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>>18116
No, an overly large company can have a monopoly, it doesn't have to be the exclusive provider, it has significant market power.
>> No. 18118 Anonymous
8th January 2014
Wednesday 7:06 pm
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>>18099
IS THAT WHAT SHE SAYS JESUS CHRIST I'VE BEEN TRYING TO WORK IT OUT FOR YEARS

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