I don’t work for Valve, honest. But they are having yet another awesome sale, which includes a lot of great cheap horror games. Recently Steam has been made available on the Mac, should any gamers actually own one.
Sale currently includes Left 4 Dead 2 at £6.80 (about $10), and Killing Floor at £7.49 ($11), both for PC (always looking for humans to play these with). Deals are changing each day so check out the latest at http://store.steampowered.com/ . Sale goes on until 4th July
Hat-tip to Wave on the forum for posting a link to Human Centipede: The Video Game.
Not horror related in the slightest, but I thought I would share a fantastic deal for PC gamers. The Humble Indie Bundle is 5 PC games (good ones too! World of Goo and Gish are excellent), and you can pay as much or as little as you like. Profits are donated to charity. There are 7 days left to take advantage.
Check it out
Via Joystiq. Kind of interesting to think about, as far as completely unimportant topics go.
In the “Games as art” debate that seems to never end, the number one opponent of our industry’s medium of choice being considered art (at least “high art“) has been renowned film critic Roger Ebert. Since he made his initial declaratory statements about video games many years ago, folks have piped up on both sides of the argument. Ebert’s latest volley in the long-running discussion is a piece published on the Chicago Sun-Times website in response to thatgamecompany prez Kellee Santiago’s TED talk at USC last summer.
While he allows Santiago many pleasantries and compliments throughout the piece, he argues that, regardless of her various points, games “can never be art.” At the very least, he says, “No video gamer now living will survive long enough to experience the medium as an art form.” He contests that games consist of “rules, points, objectives, and an outcome,” which stands in contrast to his somewhat ambiguous definition of what, exactly, art is. In a moment of seeming clarity at the end of his piece, he asks: “Why are gamers so intensely concerned, anyway, that games be defined as art? Bobby Fischer, Michael Jordan and Dick Butkus never said they thought their games were an art form.” And while we might not agree with all of Mr. Ebert’s points, we can certainly find common ground with his wondering why the debate over games as art is still such a topic of concern among gamers (ourselves included).
EA are running a cool competition, whereby you can design an awesome kill for the upcoming Dead Space 2. The winner will be dismembered in the game!
Details are on the EA web site, and Dead Space facebook page:
Hardcore Gaming 101 is a really nifty site that I check every once in a while. Their design is incredibly lo-fi but the content is stellar. I just noticed that they’ve done an article on Phantasmagoria and its sequel. You might have heard us mention recently that Phantasmagoria is now available from GOG.com and that it was a game that really flipped our lids when we were younger. In truth, the game is pretty middling but it’s fun to reminisce.
I just signed in to Xbox Live – I’m fighting through the alien spaceship on Fallout 3 – and when I saw an advert for this pop up on my dashboard, I had to run back to my PC and make a smartalecky post about it.
You’ve participated in our Game with Fames, now try our first-ever Film with Fame with Rob Zombie, director of the classic horror thriller The Devil’s Rejects. He’ll be online watching the movie with Xbox LIVE® Gold Members providing a live director’s commentary on the film! If you’re a Gold Member (if you’re not a Member, upgrade now!) join us Friday, February 19 starting at 8:00 P.M. ET for the event.
I’ve always gone to bat for Mr. Z’s first two films. They’re just fun to me, what can I say? But I can’t help but chuckle at this idea. Do people really want to sign on to Xbox and watch a movie with Rob Zombie? Or any other celebrity for that matter?
It just sounds stupid and weird to me.