Gaming News – July 8th – Omni, MolyJam, Star Wars & Kingdom Hearts 3

Not sure what was up with the lighting on the first few minutes, but it seems to fix itself. (I’m thinking an open window had something to do with it) I’ll try to be more aware of things like this in the future!

Also, I have no idea what’s going on in the background at around the 2:12 mark, sounds like a motorcycle or something drove by but I don’t remember hearing anything.

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My Summer Sale Purchases

I thought I’d keep a running total of all of the games I picked up, so I’ll be listing them here (along with where I got them from)

Green Man Gaming

  • Guns of Icarus Online – $3.60
  • Borderlands 2 + Season Pass – $13.50
  • Rise of the Triad – $11.25 (Pre-Order, includes Apogee Throwback Pack)
  • Dollar Dash – $2.25
  • DLC Quest – $1.35
  • Stealth Bastard Deluxe – $2.00

Total: $33.95

I’ve only ever had a passing interest in Guns of Icarus Online, and though I’ve heard good things about it, and it seems like a lot of fun, I’ve never been willing to fork over 20 bucks for it, but at $3.60, I couldn’t say no… and so my Steam library grows ever larger…

I’m really glad I held off getting BL2 as long as I did. I was hoping for a GOTY edition but the season pass is just as good.

I don’t normally pre-order games, but given the 25% discount and the Apogee bundle that was included with it, even if the new Rise of the Triad game is a letdown (which would make me a very sad panda indeed) the classic is still an amazing game and I’ll get my money’s worth form it one way or the other.

Dollar Dash is an odd game, but playing the demo I found myself enjoying it nonetheless. At $2.25 I’m willing to pick it up and see if the game has much more than an hour or two to offer.

As a little side experiment, I’ll also be keeping track of the disk space each game takes up.

  • Guns of Icarus Online – 1.1 GB
  • Borderlands 2 + Season Pass – 8.6 GB (including DLC?)
  • Apogee Throwback Pack – 97 MB (for 4 games! <3 retro fps)
  • Dollar Dash – 549 MB
  • DLC Quest – 67 MB
  • Stealth Bastard Deluxe – 148 MB

Making the Most of a Digital Sale

As Steam often has the best and biggest deals around, I would advise anyone who is closely watching Amazon/GMG to hold off on buying anything just yet.

As a rule of thumb, anything discounted 50% or less is something that I would hold off on buying (unless you absolutely have to have it now)

Several of GreenManGaming’s sales today have been 75% or higher off, which is great, and honestly Steam’s discounts don’t generally get much higher than that.

The only thing to be mindful of is that Steam is very likely to have multiple Indie bundles, so if it’s and Indie game you’re looking to pick up, you may want to wait on it as the Indie Bundles on Steam usually range from 75%-90% off.

Ramen Adventure #1 – Beef

I decided I’d begin my ramen adventure with Beef. I’m not completely sure, but I think I may have tried this once or twice in the past, though I can’t recall whether or not I liked it.

The first think I noticed about this cup was that the noodles seemed unusually… (for lack of a better word) slimy. I cooked this the same way I always cook my ramen, but the texture of the noodles seems a bit different, and I’m not sure if it’s the flavor packet that made it like that or if I just left the noodles cook a bit longer than I do normally.

Noodles aside, I’m very underwhelmed by the Beef flavor. There honestly isn’t much flavor at all aside from the taste of salt. Even drinking the broth by itself, I would hardly be able to tell it was (supposed to be) beef flavored if I hadn’t made it myself. It doesn’t even really smell like beef.

Maybe my expectations were set too high, and I shouldn’t hope for all of the other flavors to be as great as the chicken is, but I was really let down, but I guess that’s the whole point in trying new things. I now know for certain that I’m not missing anything spectacular by not getting Beef ramen.

Pictures after the break!

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Ramen Adventures

This is going to be incredible off topic for a gaming blog, but it’s my blog and I feel like talking about ramen today.

So… I was at the grocery store the other day and I found myself in front of a wall of assorted ramen. I wasn’t at my normal grocery store, do I was surprised to see the wide range of different flavors of ramen that were available. I realized that I had only ever gotten the chicken flavor, and never tried any of the other types available, and so I picked up one of almost everything (passing over the shrimp) and decided I’d try them all.

Pictures after the break!

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The Summer of Game Sales

July has just begun and already the digital sales have begun! Check out the links and read on for more info on each of them. Also be sure to check out my tips on making the most of a digital sale!

GreenManGaming’s 666 Sale
6 deals lasting for 6 hours over 6 days
This means four sets of deals each day, for a total of 24 sales in all. I’m not sure as of now if there will be any repeats or not, but if the first batch of deals is any indication, this is going to be a sweet sale!

If you’re planning on getting one of the games in the 666 deal, be sure to use the coupon code GMG10-U49LX-GAE17 for an extra 10% off.

Just note that youll need to create an account to buy anything from GreenManGaming. If you need to register an account, you can use my referral link and as soon as you make your first purchase you’ll receive a $2 credit towards your next purchase!

EDIT: as of right now (~11PM CST) the GreenManGaming site is suffering under heavy load and may be a bit unstable. GMG staff have address the issue and hopefully we’ll get another chance at of some of the first few sales.

GreenManGaming’s Super Dooper 25% off coupon code
In addition to the crazy 666 deals going on, there’s another coupon code that will get you 25% off on ‘selected titles’. (GMG25-BAWQB-8UQWG)

This can be used for pre-orders as well, so you can pick up games like Saints Row IV, Total War: Rome II, Batman Arkham Origins, and Civ 5 (just to name a few) at 25% off!

Amazon’s Digital Games Summer Sale
Not a lot to say about this honestly, except that it’s really big. GMG is outshining everyone today with the ridiculous sale on Borderlands 2, so even Amazon’s attempt to be a good value is looking meager in comparison.
If there’s a game you’re looking for in particular, there’s a good chance it’ll be on sale at Amazon, though it may be worth waiting for.

Honorable Mention: Gamefly

Gamefly isn’t a site that may come immediately to mind when thinking of where to buy a digital game, but they oftentimes have some pretty good deals going on.

Their coupon for 20% off applies to a large number of digital games. GFDJUL20, and while it’s eclipsed slightly by GreenManGaming’s 25% off discount, there are a few games not available on GMG that you can get on Gamefly for a steal.

My pick from Gamefly would have to be Deadpool. At $32 after the coupon, it’s worth picking up, even if it is short and can get a bit samey if played in long bursts.

The coupon should also apply if you’re interested in pre-ordering PAYDAY 2. 20% off bring the price down from 30 bucks to 24.

Also Check Out: My Summer Sale Purchases