The RPS Bargain Bucket: Wallet Bursters

By Cassandra Khaw on June 7th, 2014 at 2:15 pm.

Aaaaah? AAAAAAH. In case anyone was wondering, Tiguh X’s plush Xenomorph actually elicited a bit of a yelp when I first saw it. ANYWAY. Now, ordinarily, I like kicking off Bargain Bucket with something completely unrelated to the column but I’m going to take the opportunity here to point out that Green Man Gaming has gone bonkers with the whole sales thing of late. It’s a veritable explosion of good discounts over there, and they’ve even broken it down into categories for your convenience. The only problem with these sales is the fact they appear to be here today, gone tomorrow. Consequently, there’s a rather large chance that anything I list down will have expired by the time you get to it. Which is, well, not good. Grumble. Hiss. Humbug, and all that. Putting that aside, however, here is this week’s Bargain Bucket.

Film Bundle
Pay more than $8.08/£4.81/€5.92 to have it all
Zombie. Puppet. Musical. Take a moment to just contemplate that. Drink those words. It’s as peculiar as it sounds. The Film Bundle features a collection of films that is best described as “unusual.” From a mockumentary centered around a fictional East German space project to a Muppets-to-horror extravaganza, it’s a strange whirlwind of elements neatly packaged in the bundle’s unifying theme: music. It looks like Filmbundle’s a new challenger in the pay-what-you-want arena, and I’m actually pretty excited to see what it has to offer next. (P.S: At least two of these films are enjoyable.)

StoryBundle: Devastator Humor Bundle
Pay at least $12/£7.14/€8.79 for it all
Game deals? Game. Deals? No, not yet. You’ve had enough video game-related content this week. We’re going to talk about tangentially-related things instead. Like, books. StoryBundle’s latest collection consists of a variety of silly, offbeat titles including The Devastator: Fantasy which features parodies of all things medieval. Trial of the Clone, on the other hand, is a classic gamebook which invites readers to see if they’re any good at being a, well, fleshy replica. The other books follow similarly ludicrous patterns, with The Devastator: Apocalypse likely being my favorite of the bunch.

Scratches: Director’s Cut
$2.99/£1.78/€2.19
The first commercial adventure game from Argentina, and one of its most polarizing. Scratches catalyzed a variety of responses, but many seem to be in agreement over the fact that it is, at the very least, somewhat creepy. The point-and-click adventure game drops players into the shoes of a man called Michael Arthate. He is the owner of a Victorian home, which comes equipped with a crypt and a church. Bad things happen, obviously. Just look at the location. Unfortunately, you’re going to need to be the one to deal with it.

Be Mine 13
Pay at least $4/£2.38/€2.93 for it all
What is this? A Groupees’ bundle that was not delegated to the “also of note” section? Well, yes. Yes, it is. The 13th Be Mine bundle comes with a number of interesting titles, including Nekro which, I’m told, is rather intriguing in spite of the fact it doesn’t quite live up to initial expectations. It has been likened to Dungeon Keeper, however, which is a fantastic plus in my book. The Be Mine 13 bundle also includes fantastic multiplayer game Legend of Dungeon and the unimitable The Longest Journey. Personally, I hope a few more bundles get sold as I’d really, really like Journey of the Roach to be a part of this.

Also of note:

The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav – $5.38/£3.20/€3.94
If there’s one thing that Daedalic Entertainment is known for, it’s the beauty of their games. The content of their titles, however, are something else entirely. Fortunately, it looks like Daedalic’s fantasy point-and-click adventure game has elicited more positive responses than negative.

Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete Edition – $6.00/£4.40/€3.57
Still despairing over the fact that Grand Theft Auto V has yet to hit the PC? That’s okay. Grand Theft Auto IV will tide you by. Assuming, that is, you haven’t already played it to exhaustion.

Hotline Miami - ($1.49/£1.04/€1.27
Honestly, this top-down, neon-threaded masterpiece shouldn’t need an introduction, at this point. Editorial overlord Alec Meer described it as “violence porn,” which is an accurate overview of the game. Here, read this Wot I Think if you don’t believe me.

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  1. djbriandamage says:

    Public service announcement – I’m having a heck of a time getting GTA4 to work on Windows 8.1 And has Rockstar announced whether they’re patching out GFWL which is dying soon?

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      drewski says:

      MS haven’t announced anything yet so we may have a little longer than originally thought.

    • tobecooper says:

      What kind of problem do you have?
      Win8 doesn’t like GfWL, so you have to install this first:
      http://www.xbox.com/en-US/LIVE/PC/DownloadClient
      And then GTA4 should work, unless you have a different issue.

    • cylentstorm says:

      Easy fix: Kill Windows 8.whatever. Install Win 7. Turn off UAC crap. Never install any game into the Program Files folders. Install any necessary DX and .Net packages. Don’t be all derpy-derp and regularly maintain your machine. Do NOT use 8.1 unless you have a touchscreen monitor/tablet and absolutely love an OS designed for small monkeys.

      Keep “Run as Admin” and compatibility settings as a last resort. Seriously, though–stop choking down what M$ shoves down your throat.

      • LionsPhil says:

        Do not disable UAC.
        Disabling UAC disables the virtual file/registry redirection for legacy applications that keeps them from trampling over system locations.

        Do not fuck with your copy of Windows, and you will find you have a lot less trouble with it. Once upon a time it was necessary to clean up after its continual accidents, but these days most things people suggest are taking good defaults arrived at by actual empirical research and sane security practice and trying to turn them back into Windows 95.

        Microsoft would do themselves a massive favour by removing most of these options. The power users who would be angry on the Internet would be better off for it once they get over it. (And they would. Internet rage never lasts.) Certainly a better change than taking the same stance over removing the Start Menu.

        • stupid_mcgee says:

          ” but these days most things people suggest are taking good defaults arrived at by actual empirical research and sane security practice and trying to turn them back into Windows 95.”

          I can’t agree with this more. I know so many “computer savvy” people that totally fuck up their system by doing the stupidest shit. “I installed CCleaner and cleaned my registry, and now my computer messes up when it boots. Thanks a lot MS!” Nevermind that the problem is that they deleted a bunch of essential registries that CCleaner erroneously flagged, it’s obviously MS’ problem.

          On the other hand, the virtual removal of Start didn’t piss me off anywhere near as much as the total clusterfuck that is the new Metro/Start Menu. Oh, what’s that? You don’t want a hundred different “Help” and “uninstall” icons clogging up your new Start Menu, I mean Metro interface? Too fucking bad. You can’t rearrange it to your own specificity and you can’t even delete shortcuts without deleting the whole program. It’s a terrible fuckup of epic proportions, IMO. Other than the annoying trend of following Apple into the realm of less user choice in the performance and setup of the OS and the default hiding away of integral features (my dad’s Macbook had scrollbars hidden by default, what kind of dipshit engineer thinks that’s a good idea?), Win8 is pretty good. At least, on a tablet it is aces. I cannot speak from a purely desktop perspective, but the new Metro and a few other things are nagging enough that I think my head would explode if I had to alter my workflow to accommodate Win8’s annoying shortcomings.

          • Noburu says:

            Resounding +2

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            drewski says:

            ohmygodthis so much

          • Mulletor says:

            Classic Shell makes the interface less terrible, but the fact that some pretty essential toolery is hidden away by default / or removed / or accessible only via CLI totally sucks balls.

            I like that Win 8 has a lighter footprint and (seemingly) better driver support, but that’s about it. And don’t get me started on the fact that MS broke mouse input for half of my games, fixable only via obscure incantations and registry hacks. Asshats.

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            Martel says:

            Try working in IT where those same people are responsible for your paycheck. Yay!

            Also, if anybody is on Windows 8 and not 8.1, do yourselves a favor and update. It helps with a lot of issues, especially around Metro start menu crap. It’s not perfect by any means, but far more serviceable.

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          Arren says:

          Resounding +1.

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    AngelTear says:

    The Longest Journey is alone worth the price of that Be Mine bundle. It changed my gaming life, and it affected the way I think in real life. Old graphics don’t matter, the writing (and the voice acting) is just so good, it could be a black screen with words on it and still be a masterpiece.

    Get it, and fall in love with Ragnar Tornquist.

    • Philomelle says:

      Dreamfall is also in the bundle, albeit locked as one of the “secret bonuses”. It originally wasn’t supposed to be, but then FUNCOM accidentally gave Groupees Dreamfall keys instead of TLJ ones right before the bundle started, sighed and said “Oh okay, I guess you can keep those.”

      • kalirion says:

        Really? I knew they sent the Dreamfall keys by accident, but hadn’t heard about them being made part of the bundle.

    • kalirion says:

      And Cassandra will be glad to know that Journey of a Roach has been unlocked for all buyers of http://groupees.com/bm13.

      Also some people might be interested in Miasmat, Spate, Antisquad and Alpha Kimori, also part of the bundle.

      Finally, if by the end of the weekend 15,000 sales are reached, 2 more game and 3 album bonuses will be unlocked – though it is unknown what they are.

      Get buying, people!

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    AngelTear says:

    I’m not aware of any official explanation – I’m not on twitter – but I noticed they decided to heavily sanitize the comment section from the last S.exe (I was commenting and checking for answers, and they deleted a good chunk of comments, maybe as many as a third of the total at the time), so I’m guessing either Cara or someone else at Castle Shotgun got fed up with people’s attitude.

    Which is a shame because some comments were genuinely interesting. And I wanted to tell Cara how much I love her work (again) D:

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      drewski says:

      Tell her on Twitter!

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      AngelTear says:

      Well, I found out it’s not Cara’s decision.
      https://twitter.com/caraellison/status/475096255077433344
      https://twitter.com/caraellison/status/475096473952980992

      (There is another saying the same thing, but no more than 2 links per comment allowed)

      • LionsPhil says:

        Calling her readers/responders “kids”. Classy.

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        Lacero says:

        That’s an extremely uncharitable way of interpreting a tweet.

        It sounds more like a responsibility someone thought they had to something they love (reading + replying to comments) has been removed from them so they can go shopping for corduroy or watch Midsummer Murders.
        Or whatever people with children do.

      • steviebops says:

        Lacero – I’ve never heard a more middle-class description of parents- Brilliant!

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        kfix says:

        Cara’s tweet:

        When comments are off it’s a bit like you’ve dropped off the kids with a childminder or something

        LionsPhil, you really have to be trying to get offended at that. It’s a reference to how quiet it is.

        Edit: sorry Lacero, you said it better anyway

    • karthink says:

      Also, Snowblind Aces is, well, ace. It’s one of the gateway IF games I recommend to non-gamers, and to a person, I’ve had them come back and say some variant of “That was really cool. I didn’t know this videogames of this kind existed.”

      I was looking forward to discussing it in the comment thread.

    • steviebops says:

      Comments still off, not sure if they’re going to fix that. I have questions dammit!

    • joa says:

      The problem with the ‘sanitization’ comments is that it seems to be aimed at a fair amount of comments that are simply voicing an alternative viewpoint. Not ones that are particularly rude or mean. Comments are pointless if only ones that are flattering to the author’s viewpoint are allowed. Otherwise it’s just an echo chamber.

      I get you don’t want an endless stream of hate in the comments, but in my experience that’s not the majority. Perhaps this is an act of male protectiveness by John or Nathan?

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        AngelTear says:

        Perhaps this is an act of male protectiveness by John or Nathan?

        I… I… probably shouldn’t even answer that. But nice bait. You almost got me there.

        • joa says:

          That’s how it comes off though. Cara herself didn’t turn off comments – one of the other editors did. Does that not seem patronizing?

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          AngelTear says:

          Plot twist: what if it was Alice?

          So, follow me here, for a second. John And Nathan are OBVIOUSLY white knights, pretending to be all feminist and caring only because they want to get laid. This is established fact. So maybe Alice turned off the comments because she is using their method to get in their pants. What do you call a woman who is “white knighting” to protect the feelings of male white knights in order to get in their pants?
          Alternative, Alice is lesbian, so she is a regular white knight trying to get laid with women, only she is a woman herself. What do you call her, then?
          The last possibility is that Alice is in fact bisexual/pansexual and she is trying to get laid with every gender, possibly at the same time, with one swift move. Genius plan, Alice.

          I could write some good RPS fanfic off of this.

        • joa says:

          Oh give it a rest. Yes men never have protective feelings toward women. And everyone’s a pansexual post-modern homunculus. Happy?

        • LionsPhil says:

          Except creating no-reply soapboxes—on this topic, no less—is something John has a history of doing, so there’s a rational reason to suspect that, if it were an intentional act, it may be his.

          If he doesn’t want to be suspected of it, he should correct his behaviour so that it isn’t beliavable.

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          AngelTear says:

          Guys, John is on vacation. He’s not working on RPS at the moment.
          https://twitter.com/botherer

        • dE says:

          I could write some good RPS fanfic off of this.

          I actually just googled RPS Fanfiction out of something, that is supposedly lethal to cats, not really sure what I expected to see. Something? It’s surprisingly tame. I thought people would have taken fiction as means to gain control over them and have them dance to their wildest imagination…

        • stupid_mcgee says:

          dE, you obviously haven’t read my old fanfic: “Quintin Smith’s Naughty GPU Stories.”

      • Philomelle says:

        You should really stop imagining RPS as running a dark Illuminati agenda to silence the voices and rights of mens everywhere. It has honestly become somewhere between awkward and embarrassing to read.

        Sometimes comments are locked simply because people are being insufferable assholes in the comments. Honest!

        • JFS says:

          Men. It’s men. I find your reply very sexist as you don’t even seem to care about correct grammar regarding men.

        • Philomelle says:

          Correction: I don’t care about proper grammar regarding dumbasses. Gender and biological sex don’t play into it.

        • JFS says:

          Okay, I’m not entirely sure you caught my joke…

        • steviebops says:

          Why spend time getting jokes, when you can be angry about stuffs.

        • Philomelle says:

          I did. It simply wasn’t funny. A little groan-worthy, but that’s about it.

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    Anthile says:

    There’s something about Cara that makes some people very upset, and that’s why we can’t have nice things.

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    Rizlar says:

    Now that’s a soft toy I can get behind! Very far behind. Like, much further than leaping distance.

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    Dare_Wreck says:

    Legend of Dungeon is multiplayer? That’s news to me. Checking it’s listing on Steam, it does in fact have local co-op apparently. I was really excited for it, bought it during a sale, but then bounced off it hard when I finally played it. It seemed like really lackluster rogue-like with not enough boosts being thrown at me to keep me interested. Maybe I should give it a second try?

    • Cassandra Khaw says:

      I should have probably stuck the word “local” in there somewhere. Ugh. -_-

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        Dare_Wreck says:

        Sorry – I didn’t mean to be calling out a lack of specificity regarding it was local or online multiplayer. I was honestly surprised it had multiplayer at all.

    • steviebops says:

      What’s the updated word on that? Some of the older reviews seem ‘meh’ but I heard there were updates in the pipe too.

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        Dare_Wreck says:

        I just gave LoD a second chance right now, and here is a very brief summary of what I thought the second time around. First of all, an enemy dropped a powerful weapon really early on, which made the game more fun for me (the action is kind of tedious with the standard sword). However, one of the complaints I had when I originally tried it is still true – it’s often hard to figure out where you are supposed to go to descend to the next level. I often went in loops in and out the same set of doors, never finding the stairs to descend to the next level until I went a couple cycles around the same rooms. Very annoying. Some kind of in-game map would have been very helpful.

        Also annoying: the fact that experience is treated like a collectible item. You don’t automatically accrue it when you defeat enemies – you have to pick up the green orbs that they drop when you kill them to earn experience, and these orbs can be accidentally scattered like other items when you hit them with your weapon. I can’t think of any benefit of this design decision.

        There are a number of items scattered in the levels that are sitting on a really high ledge, and I’ve seen no way to get at them. Obviously, there must be a way to do it, but the game provides no hints as to what their secret is. That’s also very annoying.

        Lastly, I’ve collected a lot of coins but still have no idea what to do with them. I made it to level 6 so far and haven’t seen any use for them. On the plus side, there is now an option to save your progress when you quit, so that you can resume where you left off later! That’s always appreciated in rogue-likes, since I don’t always have time to sit down with a game for long periods of time.

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          Dare_Wreck says:

          As a postscript, I will note that there are some really helpful tips from players that love the game in LoD’s Steam forum. I will point out, though, that while I don’t mind perusing a wiki site to get the most out of a rogue-like game, I need to find the gameplay compelling enough to start with before I feel the desire to dig deep into a game’s secrets.

  7. Sami H says:

    That plushy is one accessory away from becoming the world’s most horrifying fleshlight.

    • Cassandra Khaw says:

      Our usual plushie lovers are going to be so terrified…

      • CookPassBabtridge says:

        It suddenly seems like many many years ago that Gap Gen caused me to watch a cute video of an IKEA owl puppet 47 times as a result of Hoot and Rambert’s sequel appearance :(

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        thedosbox says:

        You are an evil evil curator of plushies. Though I must admit it helped my hangover recovery.

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        AngelTear says:

        What I want to know, now that you’ve got me curious is: Is there an actual plushie sex toy? Like, you know, a blow-up doll or something, only it’s a plushie. Or any other sex toy that is a plushie in all the non-important parts.

        • LionsPhil says:

          Of course.

          Human sexuality is about as unbounded as human stupidity.

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            AngelTear says:

            I don’t know how to say this, but I… *want* this, I want to be this, or something. I don’t know. I’m confused. My identity has been called into question. I’m working on it.

          • The Random One says:

            It may be shocking and challenging, but you’ll be at peace with yourself once you accept that you are a Homestuck character.

        • Philomelle says:

          As a fair warning, it’s impossibly hard to wash sex-related bodily fluids out of plush, plus strands of fabric might end up sticking to places where you never wanted them to stick. So the sincere recommendation is that you use a sex toy built into a plushie rather than a plush sex toy.

          Not a problem I personally dealt with, but I did hear horror stories.

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            AngelTear says:

            That’s why I said “In all the non-important parts”. It’d be very unhygienic otherwise ^_^

          • CookPassBabtridge says:

            FOR GOD’S SAKE CASSANDRA BRING BACK HOOT AND RAMBERT.
            Show them having tea, or discussing politics. Smoking a pipe. Something bland. Anodyne. Make this place CLEAN AGAIN

          • Kaeoschassis says:

            It will never be clean again.
            Ever.

            I am amused that this reply works for several comments in this thread.

          • dE says:

            What is clean, if not but a definition of exclusion by means of two states: Clean – as perceived as normal and unclean – as perceived as abnormal.
            But if you look around, everything tends to move towards chaos and being decidedly and appreciably messy. Therefore clean is a tool of opression. Down with the normative oppression through clean.

          • CookPassBabtridge says:

            Though it may not be something high on my personal wishlist, I would personally fight for your right to fap on a garfield plushie.

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            kfix says:

            I am almost moved to tears, CookPassBabtridge. You are the Evelyn Hall of plushophiles everywhere…

          • The Random One says:

            Voltaire would be proud!

      • Shadowcat says:

        Rock Plushie Screaming

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      drewski says:

      Why. Would you. Even.

      • Sami H says:

        I’m not saying *I* would, but as the saying goes: anything can be a sex toy if you’re brave enough…

      • Shuck says:

        It probably already exists. (I absolutely refuse to Google this.) I mean, there are zombie themed dildos for goodness sake, sold by mainstream retailers. I don’t even.

        • MartinWisse says:

          Course it exists; never heard of furries?

          • Shuck says:

            Furries are one thing, a commercial sex toy based on a chest-burster is another thing entirely…

    • elevown says:

      Anyone know what it is? Its obviously not a face hugger – it kinda looks like pai’s flying pet/mount thingy from 3×3 eyes a bit.

      http://myanimelist.net/anime/300/3x3_Eyes/pic&pid=26940

      • steviebops says:

        Not a facehugger, I think it’s stage 3: Chestburster.

      • Philomelle says:

        It’s a newborn Xenomorph, affectionately nicknamed the Chestburster by the fandom. That’s how they look right after they chew their way out of the victim, but before their carapace hardens and adopts its iconic obsidian sheen.

        You might’ve had problems finding it because you need to google for “Chestburster” in order to find images of it. Googling “newborn xenomorph” will only give you the alien/human hybrid from Alien 4 due to it having been codenamed “Newborn” during that movie’s production.

        • Tiguh says:

          My wonderful girlfriend gave it to me for Christmas 2012. I sleep with it wrapped around the frame of my bed hovering over my head every night. I have yet to try using it as a sex toy, but the tail is wired, so it COULD work?

    • LionsPhil says:

      I was wondering why it had those strangely padded mouthparts…

    • WiggumEsquilax says:

      Who’s to say it isn’t one.

  8. Vendae says:

    Could we say that Green Man Gaming has kicked the bucket?

    Ahem. Anyway, this GMG offer is of quantity rather than grade, as a significant number of the offers have been beaten in the past, at least in euromonies. Fairly interesting, still.

    • Philomelle says:

      GMG recently made several spectacular fuck-ups that cost them a lot of customer trust. This looks more or less like an attempt to hastily pad out their wallets in order to keep kicking.

      Their handling of the Watch_Dogs launch was terrible, with them having only delivered the keys to customers two days after the game’s launch due to server failures. For WildStar, faulty keys were delivered to numerous people and because GMG gets notoriously butthurt about replacing faulty keys, they ended up demanding NCSoft patches the servers to accept said faulty keys.

      On my side, they delivered me a WildStar key for the wrong region. Once I contacted their customer support, they refused to replace the key or apply me a refund, then blamed the problem onto the WildStar team and said I should go to them for a key replacement. I did exactly that, at which point a member of Carbine’s support team told me it’s in fact GMG’s responsibility to replace any faulty or wrong keys, and actually complained that the number of complaints and support tickets they received about GMG was higher than every other online retailer combined.

      They finally refunded my purchase after I contacted my bank and raised a chargeback claim, but not before passive-aggressively attempting to bully me into changing my entire NCSoft account’s region for the sake of making the code valid, despite me saying repeatedly that it would fuck with my other registered keys and lock me off from playing on the same servers as my guildmates.

      tl;dr Only use GMG if you really want some sort of deal on a Steamworks or Ubi game. All their other games are latched onto their Capsule DRM, while their customer service ranges between bad and shockingly awful.

      • CookPassBabtridge says:

        Long story short, my very first use of GMG was exactly like this, with them blaming everyone else via a story my bank confirmed was untrue. Lewie went through a phase of not linking to them, though later relented. PCG had some deal going with them too, but they have all too often run deals that are intended to pull in punters but are too good to be true.

        They have their fans but personally I have steered well clear.

        • Vendae says:

          I have experienced no problems with them yet (aside from their loyalty program being faulty at best), but it is nevertheless true that all of it was low-profile Steamworks stuff.

          Still, I will pay heed to the advice of you both for the future. Thanks.

          • CookPassBabtridge says:

            Its probably the case that most of the time folks get their keys and are happy. Its those times when GMG don’t seem fully… prepared for demand that they can be seen to employ some practices that lead to angry backlash. Rather than do the decent thing, they seem to go to great lengths to hang onto your cash. I suspect their deals tend to be so tempting that lost customers have little impact. Gamers have short memories too.

          • Philomelle says:

            I never had an issue with them back when I used their website to bypass obnoxious regional locks on specific Steam games by purchasing keys from other retailers and activating them on Steam. Everything I bought through them that didn’t involve a one-click Steam activation ended up as a pain in the arse, though.

      • malkav11 says:

        I would never buy a game from GMG that used their proprietary client, but they intermittently have better prices than anyone else on games that register with someone else’s service, and they seem to be pretty much -the- place to do a lot of Steamworks preorders. If you’re gonna preorder, anyway. Which by and large you should not.

      • CantankerousDave says:

        Nice to see I’m not the only one who’s sworn off GMG. They do have good sale prices, but heaven help you if something should go wrong, because they clearly do not put any of their profits into bolstering their dysfunctional customer service system.

      • Cassandra Khaw says:

        Oh, jesus christ. I haven’t been paying attention to those controversies since I’m mostly focused on writing tech news these days. o___o

      • bill says:

        When I used then a year or two ago, they seemed very nice and responsive. I never had any big problems, but when I emailed them with requests they actually changed the website / client / deals in response to my requests, within hours/days.

        Back then they were new, and I got the impression it was probably just 1 or 2 guys running it. So I guess they might have grown too quickly and any kind of customer support has gotten overwhelmed.

        I also imagine that the cut-throat cut-price online game market has VERY low profit margins, and that probably explains any reluctance to change/replace keys (assuming they have to pay for those).

        Anyway, I haven’t actually bought anything there for years, but they used to be nice.

    • Shuck says:

      Yeah, in dollars as well, these GMG prices are regularly beaten by Steam sales.

      • HadToLogin says:

        Strange. not so long ago GMG was much better place to buy Steam-games than Steam. I bought bunch of games from them, until they changed super-duper $ into sucky and overpriced £.

        But then, nearly every shop has better offers than Steam (just sometimes not in same time :) ), unless you live in Russia and can buy games 2, 3 times cheaper than everyone else.

        • dE says:

          They probably still are, but for some reason they chose to hide it behind silly coupons. I’ve lost interest in GMG when they decreed I can’t use a coupon and my accumulated store credit at the same time.

          • HadToLogin says:

            Could be, but it used to be same as Steam and then coupon would beat Steam.

            But I don’t really check them now-a-days, ever since they changed $ into £, sometimes even 1:1.

    • Frank says:

      I’ve never bought anything there, but they’ll have to cut prices deeper than this to entice me. I won’t buy anything over five dollars, and that much only for blockbusters of yesteryear.

  9. LionsPhil says:

    Because RPS haven’t learnt that “Comments off” turns into “Comments end up on some unrelated nearby article”.

  10. KitchenDon says:

    There’s a week long sale of at IndieGameStand, too. About 140 games on sale including 1849, Fract OSC, Ring Runner: Flight of the Sages, Shelter. Also a ton of smaller Indie games that are easy to take a gamble on for only a buck or two. https://indiegamestand.com/

    • Shadowcat says:

      Yeah, IndieGameStand are good. The sale URL is https://indiegamestand.com/store/browse.php?tab=on_sale

      The games are generally DRM-free in my experience; but not always, and the sale page is unfortunately lacking that information, so you need to view the game page for things you’re interested in, and look to the bottom-right of the main description text for the “DRM-Free” logo.

      They always have a “pay what you want” deal happening as well, so you might want to keep an eye on them in general (that’s the “Today’s Deal” menu item, which used to be the whole purpose for the site, before it was expanded to a more general store).

  11. Frank says:

    Thanks for pointing me toward the comedy and film bundles, Ms Khaw!

  12. Armante says:

    GTA4 pack is USA only, requiring USA physical address.
    Not that I was going to buy it – just a Public Service Announcement.

    Stupid restrictions on digital oceans. Don’t they know it’s a global world now?

    • Vendae says:

      They don’t send any physical item to your home so if you are an “US citizen” who cannot access its “US address” even while “living in the US” and thus you are entitled to buy it, you can safely write your “US address” down.

      If you want to put an US address that exists and “is real”, Google Maps might help you with finding it, albeit since they sent nothing, as stated above, you could make do without checking the veracity of “your US address”.

      By the way, I suggest you “move” to a state that does not charge sales taxes in goods purchased electronically, which, as every informed US citizen knows, are those not in this list http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=468512.

      That got silly quickly.

    • HadToLogin says:

      They know. You can thank publishers for that.

    • bill says:

      Movie bundle is USA only too… :-(

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    Borodin says:

    Is there a way of buying the FilmBundle from the UK, as it’s a North America-only deal? I can get to the checkout using a VPN, but they insist on being paid through PayPal, so I get blown off as soon as I use a UK account. I can’t even create a new PayPal account, as they notice that you’ve registered your card before.

    Advice anyone?

    • bill says:

      No advice (sorry), but equal frustration.
      90% of my online purchasing/entertainment experiences tend to be marred by the hassle of working out how to get around the barriers that they’ve put in place to stop me giving them money.

      Paypal is a pain. It feels like it should be global, but it often seems to be worse than credit cards in terms of regional blocking. I don’t know why Paypal needs to even report your region. Or where/how it decides on it.

      Unless they have another payment option, you might be stuffed.

    • Cassandra Khaw says:

      *coughsHOLAcough*