Steam holiday sale has started

As usual, some incredible deals, and check every day for new ones.

I’m off to buy every Prince of Persia game on steam – from Sands of Time to the deluxe edition of Forgotten Sands (even though I already have the older three on Gamecube) for less than $20 (total!)

P.S. Sands of Time is easily one of the best games of all time. Excellent story and characters (not “excellent story and characters for a video game”) beautiful exotic environments, brilliant acrobatic/parkour/combat gameplay, all extremely polished at every level. Very highly recommended (content warning: rated M, some violence and a very mild “adult” romance scene – nothing actually shown).

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Humble Indie Bundle 2

In case you haven’t heard yet, the second ever humble indie bundle is out!

Games in the bundle:

  1. Braid (which I highly recommend)
  2. Machinarium (which I was planning to get anyway)
  3. Cortex Command
  4. Osmos
  5. Revenge of the Titans

Pay whatever you want, and choose how much of it goes to which charity (including the games’ developers, EFF and child’s play)!

www.humblebundle.com/

P.S. For those of us who bought the original Humble Indie Bundle last year, they just released it on steam too, so you can download the games from there, etc.

Braid

As usual, I’m behind on this one, but: if you haven’t yet played Braid, please do.

For one, it’s pretty:

… with a unique art style something like a swirling, living painting.

It also has a mysterious, multi-layered story with genuinely interesting themes.

But the best part is the gameplay. It leads you in a perfect difficulty curve from simple platforming to absolutely mind-bending puzzles. Many of the solutions were so far outside-the-box that I felt like my brain was stretching; like the game was actually teaching me to think more creatively.

You don’t need a new PC with a fancy graphics card – an oldish pc will do; you can get it from steam for less than $10, (or get the free demo first, or wait for it to go even cheaper during a sale – there’ll probably be a steam sale or two around Christmas). It’s also on Mac (through steam), XBOX 360 and PS3.

One warning though: don’t use a walk-through if you get stuck. I did use some non-spoiler hints I found, towards the end when I was really stumped. But use them sparingly, if at all; the satisfaction of solving it yourself is worth it.

Radiolab

Radiolab is a truly great podcast.

The tagline is “on a curiosity bender”, and it seeks answers to interesting questions about science, humankind, the world, and everything else.

Here are a couple of recommended episodes:

The 1938 War of the Worlds Broadcast

Numbers

Emergence

Highly recommended.

Background: I was disappointed to learn recently that some of the most popular podcasts are very similar in content to popular radio shows: mildly amusing but vacuous people chattering inanely. A tragic waste of time considering the alternatives. I thought I’d better do my part to promote some podcasts with actual content, content that’s actually entertaining, informative and/or genuinely useful.

Bioshock

I finally finished Bioshock.

It is a truly extraordinary work of art. Beautiful, frightening, thought-provoking.

If you haven’t played it (and you’re an adult, and not too squeamish) you might like to know it’s on sale through steam for $4.99 until November 1st.

Warning: It’s a horror game. It’s shocking, frightening, very graphically violent, and includes a bit of offensive language and a few sexual references. I do not recommend it for kids.

Note: This is not in any way a paid product endorsement.