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Marvel

Some Marvel games have vanished from Steam, PSN, XBL


Activision-published Deadpool, Spider-Man, and X-Men titles affected
Jan 01
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... read
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... read feature

GOG.com

GOG.com site strains at the start of its Winter Sale


The website is offering the first three Fallout games for free
Dec 12
Well, I'm sure this hasn't gone to plan for the folks over at GOG.com; 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... read
PS Plus

PS Plus members get Borderlands 2 this week


Holiday Sale savings too
Dec 09
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... read
GOG.com

GOG.com to introduce 30-day full refunds for broken games


The move is being described as 'an act of trust' from gamers
Dec 09
In another welcome move, GOG.com 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... read
Electronic Arts

EA lowers digital PS4 games to £54.99 on UK store


Lowered again
Nov 27
[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... read
Mac

GOG.com adds 36 more Mac games


All they needed was a bucket
Nov 15
The folks over at GOG.com 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... read
Octodad: Dadliest Catch

From PC to console: Octodad dev on making the transition


Developer talks professional perception of his indie studio
Nov 13
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... read
GOG.com

GOG.com have 'blink and you'll miss 'em' Insomnia deals


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

Now you can buy PSN games from Amazon


Get a $5 credit
Nov 12
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. read
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
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... read
Nintendo

Nintendo breaks previous digital sales record


Downloadable retail titles lead the charge
Nov 02
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... read
Xbox One

Xbox One game gifting may be coming after all


Major Nelson notes that it's still in focus
Oct 31
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... read
Steam

The Steam Family Sharing beta has started


Are you among the lucky first thousand?
Sep 26
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... read
Greenlight

Superhot and Mount Your Friends greenlit on Steam


The latest batch of titles approved for release
Sep 18
It's far from the best group of Steam Greenlight titles to move forward -- and that's putting it nicely -- but the September 18th group has a few standouts. Superhot, the first-person shooter where time moves when you do; the... read
NoA's Dan Adelman and Damon Baker lay out Nintendo's digital plans
As we creep towards the one-year anniversary of Wii U's launch, players are readying themselves for the second-generation lineup of games that will hopefully make up for the rather dull spring and summer months. But with upco... read feature

Freebies

Apogee's shmup Stargunner is free on GOG.com


There's also a sale on the Square Enix library
Sep 13
I had forgotten that Apogee Software made a sidescrolling shoot-'em-up -- one with '90s-rific pre-rendered 3D graphics, no less. That's more to do with my terrible memory and general cluelessness when it comes to the genre th... read
Steam

Valve announces Steam Family Sharing


Limited beta starts next week
Sep 11
Steam letting users share their game libraries has been suggested before as a possibility, and it puts a smile on my face to see that we're finally getting the feature. With Family Sharing, you can share your Steam library wi... read
Deals

Pick five games on GOG.com for 80 percent off


And there's a decent selection to pick from, too
Sep 09
Digital distributor GOG.com has a promotion running for the next week that let's users choose five games out of a total 25 applicable titles for an 80-percent discount. Unless you're some sort of game-playing machine (hi Chri... read
Linux

No Linux support on GOG.com for the 'foreseeable future'


Never say never
Sep 06
Linux and GOG.com might sound like a match made in heaven, but in practice, there are some notable issues holding such support back. As expected, the financial incentive doesn't seem to be there. The digital distributor spoke... read
Greenlight

Valve approves 100 new titles on Steam Greenlight


Now this is progress
Aug 28
Valve has been candid about Steam Greenlight not being where it ought to be yet. There's been talk of wanting to fix bottlenecks in the system so that more games can get approved which, more recently, has resulted in more fre... read
Aksys 3DS and Vita sale

Aksys throwing a sale on 3DS and Vita digital shops


Save big bucks on Virtue's Last Reward, Muramasa, BIT.TRIP, and BlazBlue
Aug 22
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 ... read
Origin

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


More of this, please
Aug 20
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... read
GOG

GOG.com is pushing hard to attract indie developers


An alternative to Steam Greenlight
Aug 19
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... read
Oculus

Looking for Oculus Rift games? Find them on Oculus Share


Official hub now in beta
Aug 19
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... read
Atlus 3DS sale

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


Code of Princess, Etrian Odyssey IV, and Soul Hackers are discounted until August 31
Aug 19
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... read
PC

Games for Windows Live Marketplace closing soon


I didn't even realize it was still open
Aug 16
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. "... read
Retail sales

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


Digital and retail both have their pros and cons
Aug 16
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... read
Deals

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


Rockstar titles are reduced this week at Green Man Gaming
Aug 13
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... read
Deals

Two Worlds II and Oddworld are your daily deals


Horror Fest bundle will cost you just a $1.01!
Aug 07
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... read






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