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.

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

Gaming News – June 28th – Gundog, Gun Monkeys, Steam Trading Cards


News is a bit short to day (and a bit silly) as there isn’t really a whole lot to talk about.
ALSO: I now realize that my monitors may be affecting my lighting. I’ll try to be more aware of this in the future and hopefully it won’t be as noticeably terrible as it was tonight.

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Project Spark Beta

Sign Up for the Project Spark Beta

 
Project Spark was one of the games at E3 that I was intrigued by. It’s a weird mix of world-building, social, and RPG that seems to use Xbox Live avatars as characters.

This is the first time that I’ve hear that it will be available on a platform aside from the Xbox One, so I’m excited that I’ll actually get to play it now.

Beta is starting soon and it’s sounding like the game will be available on Xbox One, PC, and (presumably only Windows 8) Tablets.

Microsoft Changing XBLA Patch Restrictions

EuroGamer.net Article:

ORIGINAL STORY: Microsoft no longer charges developers for Xbox 360 title updates, Eurogamer has been told by multiple development sources.
I’ll be keeping an eye on this, hopefully we learn more about this.

 
I’ll be keeping an eye on this story as it develops. It’ll be interesting to see what Microsoft’s reasoning is behind this and how this will affect indies on Xbox One.

According to the article we’re still not sure whether or not this change will be retroactive, or only apply to new games going forward.

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see… although Microsoft is having to fight really hard now to get back into the good graces of gamers, and I can’t imagine they’d be able to get away with making this change only for new games without getting a ton of flak for it.