Monthly Archives: December 2014

Game Trailers Roundup: December 22, 2014

‘Twas the week before Christmas and all throughout the web
Trailers were dropping, even one from the makers of Left 4 Dead.

And that’s as much poetry as you’re going to get out of me. I made it two lines. That’s a hell of a lot better than I did in elementary school English class. Anyway, we have ten trailers for you to watch today. There are DLC trailers, reveal trailers, update trailers and more for you to watch for everything from Final Fantasy XV and Halo 5 to Star Citizen and SPAZ 2. And, yes, there’s one for Evolve too.

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Steam Holiday Sale: December 22, 2014

steam-holiday-sale-2014-header-dec-20Normally I’d open one of these posts with a little bit of knowledge or a story but I don’t have the time today. I’m done all my Christmas shopping but I’m busier today than when I was elbowing my way through crowds at the liquor store this weekend. Okay, so I do have time for a story. At least you don’t have to worry about fighting the crowds on Steam. Having enough money to buy the rest of your gifts, sure. But you don’t have to worry about quantity… Usually. Remember that time they sold out of keys for that one Star Wars game?

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CVG Shuts Down

cvg-headerBack in May, we brought you news that the world’s oldest gaming publication, CVG, was on the chopping block as part of their publisher’s structural evaluation. A second round of evaluations took place earlier this month and on Friday, CVG announced that they would be closing their doors.

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Steam Holiday Sale: December 21, 2014

steam-holiday-sale-2014-header-dec-20Another day, another set of new Steam deals. A bunch of the old Steam Sale favourites, such as Portal, Skyrim and Shadow Warrior, are for sale in today’s daily deal. Alien Isolation is also for sale today as the new release for 50% off. Unlike yesterday’s Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, this one might actually be worth it.

I also went through all of the Flash Sales before posting. Each of their store pages list them as being 24-hour deals. That means you can wait until the next round of Flash Sales before making a decision.

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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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