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5:00 PM on 08.22.2013

Aksys throwing a sale on 3DS and Vita digital shops

Atlus isn't the only company ringing in the start of a new school year. Aksys Games is also so pleased that all the little brats are sweating in a classroom where they belong that it decided to place a number of games on the ...

Tony Ponce

11:15 AM on 08.20.2013

Is that you, EA? 24-hour refunds on Origin games

In a surprisingly progressive move, Electronic Arts will offer full refunds on game downloads for Windows or Mac that are purchased on its distribution platform Origin. What's the catch? There isn't one, really. You just have...

Jordan Devore

8:00 PM on 08.19.2013

GOG.com is pushing hard to attract indie developers

What's it take to submit a game to GOG.com? Find out for yourself -- the distribution platform has a page for exactly that, and it's refreshingly transparent. It's also a decidedly different approach than the one Steam is tak...

Jordan Devore

7:30 PM on 08.19.2013

Looking for Oculus Rift games? Find them on Oculus Share

Many of the cooler virtual-reality projects I've encountered for the Oculus Rift have been one-offs, coming to my attention either because they gained traction in the press, on YouTube, or made waves elsewhere. Having a place...

Jordan Devore





7:00 PM on 08.19.2013

Three Atlus 3DS games are each $10 off on eShop

Good news, cheapskates! Atlus is keeping the Nintendo love train going by dropping ten bucks off select 3DS eShop titles until August 31. This is in addition to other deal running through the end of the month, in which you'll...

Tony Ponce

7:00 PM on 08.16.2013

Games for Windows Live Marketplace closing soon

The Xbox.com PC Marketplace, which is where you can go to purchase Games for Windows Live titles, you non-existent person, you, is about to shut down. Microsoft has set its closure for the very near future: August 22, 2013. "...

Jordan Devore

4:30 PM on 08.16.2013

Ubisoft's digital boss says retail sales won't go away

It may seem like we're moving toward a world where it's more common to have your library of videogames stored on a hard drive instead of a shelf, but Ubisoft's VP of digital publishing doesn't quite completely envision that s...

Brett Makedonski

5:00 PM on 08.13.2013

L.A. Noire, Alan Wake, and Monaco are your daily deals

Whilst I've slowly weaned myself off pre-purchasing games, it's still a great way of saving some money without having to wait for a sale later in the year. Green Man Gaming's voucher system means you can save even on titles t...

Alasdair Duncan

7:00 PM on 08.07.2013

Two Worlds II and Oddworld are your daily deals

The middle of the week usually brings a slight lull to the deals we're hunting for but there's still a few new bargains to be had. This Horror Fest Bundle caught my eye, offering Steam keys for Scratches, Vigil: Blood Bittern...

Alasdair Duncan

4:00 PM on 08.07.2013

Amazon.co.uk launches digital game sales

I've long looked at Amazon.com's more expansive videogame selection with envy compared to the selection at Amazon.co.uk; digital titles were the thing I wanted most and now Amazon in the UK has finally stepped into the ring. ...

Alasdair Duncan



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GOG: Indies, nostalgia, and the evils of DRM
by Fraser Brown

It took a long time for me to be comfortable with digital distribution. I held onto my dusty boxes and physical media with grim determination, seeing no reason for me to move with the times. It was Space Quest that changed all that. I'd lost my discs filled with the adventures of space janitor Roger Wilco years before, but when I realized that I could simply download every single one of them and start playing them mere minutes later, I started to become a convert. 

That was many years ago, and now -- between plaforms like Steam and GOG -- I have almost 400 digital titles, and the last time I purchased a physical PC game, it was for an article I was writing about the experience of going back to a brick-and-mortar store. I want to emphasize this: I only bought the game for an experiment. 

GOG.com, once Good Old Games, started out by appealing to folk like myself. Those who wanted to dive into the classics and bygone titans of PC gaming, but it's transformed into something much larger: a huge digital platform promoting and selling bounties decades old next to modern indie titles, and all the time sticking to its anti-DRM principles. A year after its rebranding, I caught up with managing director Guillaume Rambourg, and some of the developers whose games feature on the site.

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7:00 PM on 07.26.2013

Weekend PC deals: Square Enix, Darksiders, Saints Row

GOG.com has a large amount of old-school titles reduced by 50% in its Soviet Strategy promotion, including the likes of IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946, Kings Bounty, and the UFO franchise. If Russians and strategy is right up your alle...

Alasdair Duncan

7:30 PM on 07.24.2013

Nintendo says 'no' to Japanese indie developers

Nintendo has spent much of this year reversing its previous, nose-upturned stance on independent developers. You may remember a couple years ago that Nintendo of America's Reggie Fils-Aime stated, "we are not looking to do bu...

Steven Hansen



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Grand theft activism and regional shakedowns
by Conrad Zimmerman

In this installment of Office Chat, Jim Sterling, Jordan Devore, and I discuss our impressions of where Grand Theft Auto is headed, based upon the latest gameplay trailer. Digital pricing discrepancies discovered during a beta involving Microsoft's upcoming transition to real-world currencies lead to a conversation regarding the squeeze placed on certain regions. And, finally, we're a touch boggled by consumer blowback to the Xbox One reversal (though, clearly, there are some curious agendas at work).

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8:00 PM on 07.11.2013

Deep Silver to handle Wasteland 2 distribution for inXile

The publisher of Saints Row IV, Metro: Last Light, and Dead Island will be working with inXile Entertainment on the crowdfunded Wasteland 2. Deep Silver will be responsible for the role-playing game's release at retail, quali...

Jordan Devore





6:00 PM on 07.10.2013

Second Life maker Linden Lab acquires Desura

Linden Lab, the company behind the bizarre, fascinating virtual world Second Life and a bunch of other stuff you won't recognize by name has picked up digital distribution platform Desura. The service "will continue uninterru...

Jordan Devore