Steam Summer Sale Conclusion

Work has been totally crazy for the past couple of weeks and it looks to be continuing for at least the next few. Unfortunately when my day job gets intense I quickly lose both the time and the creative oomph to write blog posts, so expect light coverage for the next little while. I managed to make out pretty well in the Steam Sale, with a final total of 9 games for just under $50. A big part of that number was a willingness to deal...

Maybe it’s just me, but I’m sort of underwhelmed by the Summer Steam Sale this year. I know it’s fashionable now to point at our own enthusiastic consumerism during past sales as the problem but I actually think that Steam is as much to blame for the current sale malaise as we are. I mean yes, we have all bought a lot of games over the past 5 years of sales. In some cases we have bought more games than we could ever...

A few blog readers (hello!) have popped in over at my guild to see if they can join in the fun for WildStar, and of course the answer is yes! We have a bunch of people, myself included, who are psyched for launch. If you, dear reader, are looking for guildies who are smart, funny, and nice, people who don’t use slurs of any kind, and a guild that is focused on taking your time levelling and only very vague plans for raiding in...

There is a lot I dislike about paid early access / pay-for-alpha, much of which I’ve already written about here. One thing I haven’t mentioned yet is that I think these schemes encourage burning out before a game even launches. I’m worried about this particularly in relation to ArcheAge. I know a surprising number of people who bought the $150 alpha access pack. And on the one hand, I’m excited that so many...

Cat Context is turning 2 years old on Sunday, and we want your questions for the show! Leave them in the comments, email, tweet — whatever feels right. Today’s Friday Five topic is a little tongue in cheek: I’m looking back at some old posts that turned out to be pretty accurate in hindsight. A few of them got major pushback from commenters at the time (hello, WoW Insider readers!) but who was right in the long run?...

Apple Cider Mage has a very thorough post this morning on the practicality and morality of making money off of content, specifically gaming-related blogs, podcasts, and videos. It’s a good write-up, and you should probably go read it. It was also a very timely read for me, as this is a topic I’ve thought about a lot lately. Let me be frank — I live off a very tight budget, and due to some real life circumstances...

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