Steam, the largest digital distribution retailer, has featured seven recently published games for their "Five-Day-Long, One-Day-Only" Holiday sale. Gamers will find games like the new hit Dragon Age: Origins available for 25% off, Batman: Arkham Asylum is listed at 50% off, and more. The sale continues through the Monday after American Thanksgiving, but of course benefits all Steam users. See the full list with more details below:
Dragon Age: Origins - $37.49 from $49.99 (25%)
Far Cry 2: Fortune's Edition - $9.99 from $19.99 (50%)
Osmos - $2.00 from $9.99 (80%)
Fallen Earth - $24.99 from $49.99 (50%)
Grid - $7.49 from $29.99 (75%)
Champions Online - $19.99 from $39.99 (50%)
Batman: Arkham Asylum - $24.99 from $49.99 (50%)
You have 41 more hours, at time of posting, to take advantage of this sale! Get to it!
-Steve "Lelldorianx" Burke
Digital distributor Steam is required to play Modern Warfare 2. Steam shows the top 75 games being played, ranked by player count, and the numbers look grim. The 6 year old FPS Counter-Strike: Source (which is online only) is beating out Modern Warfare 2's release day multiplayer numbers by 50,000 players. If you were to add the Singleplayer + Multiplayer numbers together, you still fall ~17,000 short. The message here is clear: PC gamers, especially those who enjoy the use of Steam, are spoiled by the ability to host and play on dedicated servers. Being a platform owned and maintained by Valve, many of the gamers using it have played Valve games, all of which have dedicated server support. Will the numbers sky-rocket in the next few days to surpass CSS and other old games, or will they stagnate and decrease rapidly after the first month of release? You decide, we'll see who wins out within the next month.
Top 75 games by current player count
|33,271||33,271||Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 SP|
|19,969||19,969||Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 MP|
Steam Rankings Page
~Steve "Lelldorianx" Burke
The winners are:
Congratulations to all of the winners, see you on the battlefield! For those of you that one, please post on the Whatever-You-Want forum post the price that you wish to receive. This will be sent to you via digital download or other means.
In an interview with Cliff Bleszinski during the Triangle Game Conference earlier this year, GN asked, "Using the least exaggerated amount possible, how much do developers normally pay for Unreal Engine licensing?" Cliff's answer was simple, "Like a bazillion dollars."
I'm not sure if it was my disappointed look I shot him or the general groan of gamers in the room, but Epic Games recently announced the release of their Unreal Development Kit, the free edition of Unreal Engine 3 for all sprouting developers.
The Unreal Engine is famous for its original series, Unreal Tournament, and the more recent one, Gears of War. Modders have had access to mapping tools for some time, but nothing near as powerful as UDK offers (at least, not without an indentured servitude program).
Mark Rein, the vice president of Epic Games said, "I'm excited about the possibilities the Unreal Development Kit opens to those who are looking to get into the game business but don't otherwise have the means to acquire world-class technology and tools like ours. UDK is Unreal Engine 3, which has been used to create games in a wide range of genres, as well as military simulations, 3D architectural walkthroughs, animated movies and more. Users are only limited by their imaginations. Go ahead make something Unreal!"
Download the full development kit now at UDK.com
Paradox Interactive's more recent games will be 50-70% off this weekend at GamersGate, a digital distributor. Here are the details-
"Publisher Special for November: Paradox Interactive – Daily Deals 50-70% OFF
Games of the Weekend:
Grappling Hook - 50% OFF (PC and Mac)
Painkiller - 30% OFF
Painkiller Overdose - 30% OFF
Painkiller Universe - 30% OFF
Dragon Age Origins - Nov 6th
World of Zoo - Nov 8th
For the Glory A Europa Universalis Game, pre-order today and receive 250 extra Blue Coins with a price guarantee and pre-load. Get Europa Universalis II for 75% OFF."
Get in on it while you can!
Diablo 3 has been in a perpetual ’pending’ state, and for us die-hard hack-n-slash fans, the wait can get exhausting. Luckily, a band of veterans from the now-defunct Blizzard North represent our light at the end of the tunnel – Torchlight.
Paradox Interactive has become known for its ability to cover obscure sub-genres of the ever-growing strategy scene. Whether it is a fantasy economy simulator like Majesty 2 or the Dutch East India Trading Company, they've been one of a few publishers willing to risk taking on a niche audience. Surprise, surprise, they've done it again with Elven Legacy: Ranger.
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