Steam Holiday Sale: December 20, 2014

steam-holiday-sale-2014-header-dec-20So as of writing, Steam appears to be fairly broken so it’s very likely that whatever discounts are written below have changed since posting. If I can keep up with the changes, I will. I think only the Community Pick discounts are still likely wrong at this point.

And I’m learning some things as I click around the Holiday Sale. Most interestingly is that the Flash Sales don’t seem to be 12 hours. Most appear to run for 24 hours but DMC: Devil May Cry’s story page showed it’s on discount for 24 hours. So you might not have to rush as quickly for that flash sale but keep your eyes on them in case Valve catches on.

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Steam Holiday Sale: December 19, 2014

steam-holiday-sale-2014-header-dec-18It’s the second day of the fifteen-day Steam Holiday Sale. It kind of makes you worry about how much you might need to pace yourself when you realize how long you’re going to be staring at ridiculous deals. Funnily enough, I was just about to buy one of yesterday’s deals but was stopped by a well-timed review copy.

A quick note before today’s discounts. The Community Choices are the three games that were voted on during the previous 24 hours. The winner will have the big discount while the other two will have lesser discounts. I’ll list the winner first followed by the other two. I’m not sure yet if it’s worth getting the two runners-up at their discount, though. Not that today’s runners-up are that inspiring.

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Mojang and Telltale Teaming Up for Minecraft: Story Mode

minecraft-story-mode-logoI’ve never played Minecraft which puts me in an amazingly small minority of gamers. That doesn’t mean that the possibility of a Minecraft story mode doesn’t intrigue me. This isn’t going to be your standard story mode in Minecraft.

Yesterday, Mojang announced that it would be teaming up with Telltale Games to make Minecraft: Story Mode. It’s not a story mode in Minecraft, though. It’s a standalone Telltale Game set in the world of Minecraft.

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Steam Holiday Sale: December 18, 2014

steam-holiday-sale-2014-header-dec-18It’s Christmas Time at old GabeN’s place. From now until 12:59 PM EST on Friday, January 2nd, it’s time for the 2014 edition of the Steam Holiday Sale. Note that date and time because the end of sale timing seems to confuse a lot of people.

Let’s take a look at some of the new features of this year’s Holiday Sale. The Daily Deals, called Featured Deals in this sale, run for 48 hours which is what we’ve come to expect. Flash Sales are back and rotate through every twelve hours instead of every eight. And the community picks are back with cards as a voting incentive. However, Community Picks run for 24 hours and the Community Pick bundle choices are gone this time around. Community picks are just one game for this sale.

As usual, don’t buy something unless it’s a Daily Deal, Flash Sale or Community Pick until we get to the final twelve hours of the sale. Inside those final 12 hours, it’s anything goes.

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The Hobbit’s Five Armies (Infographic)

hobbit-battle-of-five-armies-infographic-headerA six-movie saga that has spanned thirteen years in cinemas and 77 years since The Hobbit was first published is coming to an end this weekend. Yesterday was the North American release date for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the last movie in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit dual trilogy.

To celebrate the premiere of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, we have not only a handy infographic with a look at the titular five armies but also an interactive flash graphic with the armies and a map.

By the way, SPOILERS! So many spoilers! Well, I suppose it’s a spoiler if you haven’t read the book.

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Valve Makes Another Change to the Steam Controller

steam-controller-headerThe Steam Controller has been in a state of seemingly constant evolution since it was first unveiled in September 2013. It’s gone from two touchpads and a touchscreen to something resembling a PlayStation controller with touchpads. Now, Valve is believed to have made another change that brings it a little closer to the status quo. Now, the left touchpad will have a directional guide that makes it look a lot closer to the classic D-pad.

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Formula E Punta del Este ePrix: Survive, If You Can

formula-e-2014-punta-del-este-buemi-victoryThe following post was originally written for The Lowdown and is geared towards a motorsport audience. Most of the analysis is written for that audience rather than a tech crowd so it may not necessarily be for you. That being said, an all-electric motorsports world championship is kind of a big deal so we’re continuing our coverage of Formula E.

Say what you will about all-electric racing technology that’s been rushed to the race track, spec cars, one-day race weekends and cramped little street circuits, Formula E knows how to put on a show. Once again, Formula E showed that you don’t need 700 horsepower to put on a show. All you need is low downforce and drivers willing to fight for position.

In a race that saw the safety car make its way onto the circuit four times for various incidents, it was Sebastian Buemi who survived the crashes and mechanical troubles that plagued the field to win his first Formula E race.

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Steam Pulls and Restores Controversial Game Hatred from Greenlight

hatred-game-headerThe controversial isometric shooter about a serial killer, Hatred, made it to Steam Greenlight but it didn’t last long there. After only a few hours on Greenlight, Hatred had ascended to #7 on the Steam Greenlight chart but that was as high as it would go. Valve quickly removed the game from Greenlight and indicated that Hatred would not be making its game onto Steam.

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Comic Book Pull List for December 17, 2014

dredd-uprise-2Since I love doing themes in each week’s comic book pull list, let’s do another one this week. For this week’s comic book pull list, I have four recommendations from the world of comic spinoffs for TV shows and movies.

From the TV world, Bob’s Burgers wraps up its five-issue miniseries that I didn’t see advertised as a miniseries until this week in Bob’s Burgers #5. Smallville starts its own new miniseries in Smallville Season 11: Continuity #1. The rebooted Star Trek comic continues its adventures with Q. This time, Kirk and Sisko join forces to hold off the Dominion while Spock deals with Gul Ducat in Star Trek #39. You know, I always loved DS9. The best episodes of the Dominion War era were among the best Star Trek ever put on TV. And let’s close out with Dredd: Uprise #2, the second issue of the two-part miniseries based on the movie.

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Windows 10 to Include Xbox App and Cortana Integration

windows-10-platform-headerIn the gaming sector, Microsoft is often criticized for seemingly being opposed to cross-platform play opportunities. For those outside the gaming space, Microsoft isn’t open to Xbox console gamers playing with those on the likes of PC and PlayStation at the same time. A leak from a technical preview of Windows 10 shows that Microsoft might be willing to integrate a little more cross-platform functionality.

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