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Deal North

Deal North: Super crazy Amazon Digital Games sale

Over 1,000 digital PC games on sale
May 22
// Dale North
Amazon has some of the lowest prices ever on this batch of over 1,000 digital PC games for their MAYhem promotion. This event run from today through May 31, but the catch is that some of the lowest prices are only live for 48... photo

If gets into selling early-access games, it won't follow Steam's model

Not exactly
May 19
// Jordan Devore
The gap between Steam and has further widened now that Valve has embraced the sale of work-in-progress games under its Early Access program while the latter digital distributor has continued to focus on curating finis...
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So many games have released on Steam this year

More games hit Steam this year already than all of last year
May 15
// Jordan Devore
It's no secret that Steam is approving games left and right, granting access to developers that wouldn't have been so fortunate in prior years. Tracking the number of new releases on Steam, Gamasutra has learned that more tit...

NPD: Three out of four US gamers prefer physical games

And other fun core gamer stats from 2014
May 14
// Dale North
NPD's Core Gaming 2014 report shows that gamers still dig physical copies, with 74 percent of gamers in the United States saying that they would choose a physical copy of a game over a digital one. Digital acceptance is growi...
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Sparkle 2

Sparkle 2 set to glisten all over PS4 and Vita screens May 20

Marble shooters are kinda my jam
May 12
// Brittany Vincent
Luxor Zuma Sparkle 2, 10tons' PS4 marble shooter, is hitting the PlayStation Network for both PS4 and Vita on May 20, with cross buy support and a free trial if you're just not sure that shooting marbles is really your ...
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BurgerTime World Tour

BurgerTime World Tour is $5 now through April 30 before it disappears forever

Forever ever? For-EVER EVER?
Apr 17
// Brittany Vincent
MonkeyPaw Games is holding a funeral one last sale for BurgerTime: World Tour, allowing players to snap it up for only $5 before it's yanked from the digital distribution channels forever on April 30. You may be thinking th...
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Humble Bundle

Fast2Play, Kinguin, and sister sites reselling Humble Bundle keys

7 Entertainment responds with official comment
Mar 31
// Brittany Vincent
Just like you can always count on a Humble Bundle to offer up some fantastic deals for ridiculously low prices, you can also count on someone to take advantage of a service to make a profit. It turns out that, via Game Inform...
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Thief, Tomb Raider, and more half price on Xbox Live

Deals for Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Mar 25
// Jordan Devore
Xbox One deals straight from the console's digital marketplace itself are a welcome sight indeed. This week's Xbox Live sales are available to Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners alike from March 28 - 30: Thief (50 percent off), Tom... photo adding Linux support this fall

Including classic games
Mar 18
// Jordan Devore and Linux seem like a perfect couple but, last we heard, the digital distributor wasn't planning on supporting the operating system in the foreseeable future. Heck of an update on that front: Linux support is now plan...
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Save up to 90 percent in's new bundle sale

There's a bit of a wildcard to this one
Mar 14
// Jordan Devore
It's Friday, so rest assured has discounts to peruse. Now, there's a traditional sale, with standalone discounts on games like Shadow Warrior ($9.99), Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs ($7.99), and Deadly Premonition: Direc...
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Steam Greenlight

Latest Steam Greenlight batch includes Crawl

That's all I needed to hear
Mar 04
// Jordan Devore
In the time since Alasdair wrote about Crawl and its superb trailer earlier today, the arcade-y multiplayer dungeon crawler has been approved for release on Steam. Nice timing there. A bunch of other games were greenlit too, ...
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Valve launches Steam Family Sharing for all users

Not at all outrageous
Feb 28
// Jordan Devore
Steam has rolled out its Family Sharing feature to all users today following its beta release. As the name implies, it allows users to share their game libraries with others. To enable the feature, first set up Steam Guard if...
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Steam developers can now start sales without Valve

Self-serve promotions
Feb 26
// Jordan Devore
Developers with games on Steam can initiate sales without seeking approval from Valve now that new Steamworks tools have gone live. Promotions can be scheduled up to two months in advance and the discount percentage and sale ...
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Xbox One

Microsoft considering competitively pricing digital games

'On the agenda'
Jan 25
// Wesley Ruscher
Speaking in a Reddit thread,regarding the state of digital downloads for Microsoft's Xbox One, Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb has confirmed that competitive digital priced games is "indeed on the agenda" as well as other "great st...
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Digital property: 3rd age

Digital property: Entering the Third Age

Promoted from our Community Blogs!
Jan 12
// ShadeOfLight
[Yesterday's Collector's Corner post reminded me of this awesome piece Dtoid community blogger ShadeOfLight wrote a few months back. Want to see your own blog appear on our front page? Go write something! --Mr Andy Dixon] It ...
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Xbox One

The Xbox One could've released without a disc drive

Game file sizes proved too high for Microsoft
Jan 02
// Jordan Devore
In the what-if scenario of the day, Microsoft Studios head Phil Spencer tells OXM that the company considered making the Xbox One a "purely disc-less console." Another forward-looking idea for the system that didn't pan out, ...
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Some Marvel games have vanished from Steam, PSN, XBL

Activision-published Deadpool, Spider-Man, and X-Men titles affected
Jan 01
// Jordan Devore
Deadpool, a game that released on June 25, 2013, is no longer available for purchase on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, or Steam -- and it's not alone. Other games presumably impacted by a licensing agreement with Marvel comi...

Deal North: Crazy good download deals and more

Dec 19 // Dale North
First, here are a few cool things I've highlighted: Don't miss Toilet Tycoon, guys. You'll shit over its $1.99 price. And speaking of shit, Aliens Colonial Marines is also $1.99 through tomorrow. Preorder Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance for PC today on Amazon and get $10 off. It will be released digitally on January 9, 2014.  Also, the Humble Store has lots of really nice deals. Discounted games galore on Amazon: GTA Trilogy + GTA IV -- $10.99 XCOM Enemy Unknown and Enemy Within pack -- $19.99 Final Fantasy VII -- $5.99 Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn -- $14.99 I AM ALIVE -- $7.49 Far Cry 3 -- $14.99 Rocksmith -- $14.99 Binary Domain -- $3.75 (Do it. Do it. Do it.) Bioshock Triple Pack -- $14.99 Borderlands 2 and Borderlands GOTY -- $11.99 Medieval II: Total War Collection -- $4.99 Command and Conquer The Ultimate Collection -- $4.99 Dead Space 2 -- $4.99 To The Moon -- $2.49 Brutal Legend and its soundtrack -- $12.50 Kentucky Route Zero -- $12.50 Pet Vet 3D: Animal Hospital -- Triple Threat -- $3.40 (I'm not fucking around.) PixelJunk Eden -- $2.50 Firaxis Pack: XCOM EU, Civ V Gold, Civ IV Complete) -- $14.99 GameStop deals: Get an old DSi for $50 Get a used Xbox 360 for $79.99 Lots of games are under $20 DualShock 3 controllers are $10 off NewEgg: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy -- get $10 gift card with pre-order Remember Me -- $19.99 Hyperkin NES RetroN1 -- $17.99 Kmart: Pokemon X and Y are $29.99 PSN: Add $50 to your wallet via Paypal and get a bonus $10 250GB Xbox 360 hard drive -- $48.99
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Corgi sleigh full of deals
Imagine me as Santa. Imagine me flying high above your home in a sleigh filled with crazy good deals on downloadable games, guided by fuzzy little flying corgis with reindeer antlers. It's snowing. The ground is glimmering.&n... photo site strains at the start of its Winter Sale

The website is offering the first three Fallout games for free
Dec 12
// Alasdair Duncan
Well, I'm sure this hasn't gone to plan for the folks over at; today saw the launch of their Winter Sale and the website has been unreachable for a good portion of the day. Which might be a good thing as this is a sig...
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PS Plus

PS Plus members get Borderlands 2 this week

Holiday Sale savings too
Dec 09
// Conrad Zimmerman
This week's PlayStation promotions have been revealed and there are some delightful presents Sony is giving out starting tomorrow. First off, PlayStation Plus subscribers will get Borderlands 2 added to the Instant Game Colle... photo to introduce 30-day full refunds for broken games

The move is being described as 'an act of trust' from gamers
Dec 09
// Alasdair Duncan
In another welcome move, will start giving 100% refunds on its games, if gamers are unable to run them. This moves follows EA's similar move to give refunds on first-party games on Origin earlier in the year. If supp...
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Electronic Arts

EA lowers digital PS4 games to £54.99 on UK store

Lowered again
Nov 27
// Steven Hansen
[Update: EA has lowered the price of digital PS4 games again, down to £54.99, the same price as the Xbox One, Eurogamer reports. So the parity is nice. That's still quite expensive, at about $100 USD, and more expe...
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Mac adds 36 more Mac games

All they needed was a bucket
Nov 15
// Harry Monogenis
The folks over at have been doing some pretty marvelous things recently, and they show no signs of stopping as they have, according to them, taken a bunch of PC games, thrown them into a bucket and somehow made t...
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Octodad: Dadliest Catch

From PC to console: Octodad dev on making the transition

Developer talks professional perception of his indie studio
Nov 13
// Alessandro Fillari
In recent years, large publishers have taken steps towards embracing titles made by independent developers, and in many cases it has paid off incredibly well. With the new next-gen systems on the horizon, a number of indie de... photo have 'blink and you'll miss 'em' Insomnia deals

They're running limited flash deals. Pay attention!
Nov 13
// Alasdair Duncan
Whilst the site doesn't have the largest catalog of games, I always appreciate the effort puts into making its sales interesting. Right now, there's an Insomnia sale happening which is taking a novel approach to flash...
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Amazon PSN store

Now you can buy PSN games from Amazon

Get a $5 credit
Nov 12
// Joshua Derocher
Amazon has a PlayStation Network store now, and it is exactly what you think it is. You can buy digital copies of games and downloadable content to play on your Sony gaming device. Right now you can get a $5 credit if you buy a select title from the new store, so it might be worth checking out. Some games I saw are discounted a little bit too, which is always nice.
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Nintendo Land eShop

You won't find Nintendo Land on the US eShop anymore

But really, who doesn't already have this that wanted it?
Nov 11
// Brett Zeidler
In a strange move that no one understands, everyone's favorite Mario factory has recently removed original Wii U pack-in Nintendo Land from the system's eShop. Exactly when, we're not sure. NeoGAF users found the title gone f...
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Nintendo breaks previous digital sales record

Downloadable retail titles lead the charge
Nov 02
// Wesley Ruscher
Things are beginning to look up for Nintendo's digital sales. The company recently reported in their second quarter financial results briefing that the total money earned in downloadable sales, for the first half of this fina...
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Xbox One

Xbox One game gifting may be coming after all

Major Nelson notes that it's still in focus
Oct 31
// Chris Carter
Back when the Xbox One was announced and all of that terrible DRM news came out of it, there was one pretty neat feature -- digital game gifting. Essentially, the practice allowed you to buy a game digitally, play it, then "g...
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The Steam Family Sharing beta has started

Are you among the lucky first thousand?
Sep 26
// Jordan Devore
With Steam's Family Sharing feature, you can lend your Steam library with "family members" who are on authorized devices and all parties involved retain their own achievements and save files. A nice addition, certainly, thoug...

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