The Future is Steam-y
Oh, Steam. You and your crack-pushing holiday deals.
Notable items not on that receipt:
- S.T.A.L.K.E.R. bundle ($8.74). Purchased and beat both games long ago. Very solid FPS games.
- SPAZ, or Space Pirates and Zombies ($11.24). Played the demo, wasn’t too impressed. Also, it’s difficult for someone to keep their indie cred (and suspension of disbelief) when the introduction is voiced by Totalbiscuit.
- Borderlands ($4.99). Purchased and beat long ago. It’s a pretty terrible PC port unless you download a mod, but otherwise was entertaining enough.
- Dead Island ($37.49). Still way too expensive for my tastes.
- Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines ($5). Already purchased from prior Steam deal, haven’t installed yet.
- F.E.A.R. Collection ($6.79). I may end up breaking down and buying these, even though I have FEAR 1 and an expansion pack on that archaic “DVD in a cardboard box” format that was all the rage in the early 21st century.
- Resident Evil 5 ($9.99). I’m not completely convinced RE-style games will be as entertaining on the PC. I did buy Silent Hill 5 of course, but that is because I swore an allegiance to the series years ago while running away from skinless babies wielding scalpels.
- LIMBO ($7.49). God damn you, Steam. I bought this on 9/18, like 1.5 months ago.
- Bioshock ($4.99) & Bioshock 2 ($4.99). Purchased and beat both a while ago.
- Terraria ($4.99). I have reasons to believe that this will be part of a future IndieRoyal bundle. Then again, that list also has Minecraft on it, which will never be coming to Steam according to Notch (something to do with updates/DLC issues).
- Dead Space pack ($13.59). Purchased both in a prior deal, beat the first, haven’t installed the second yet.
Incidentally, you may or may not have heard of IndieRoyale. It’s basically like the Humble Bundle, minus the charity – the game bundles start at $1.99 and go up 1 penny in price each time someone buys the minimum (and goes down if they pay more). The games currently up are Ares: Extinction Agenda, Gemini Rue, Sanctum, and Nimbus. I bought mine for $2.70, and the currently price as of this writing is $3.89 (and it looks like it spiked to $6 yesterday).
I honestly cannot imagine ever going back to buying games at Wal-Mart of Gamestop or other such places. Maybe if I was more of a console gamer? But I absolutely see this as the future.