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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Weekend of Evil

By Cassandra Khaw on December 13th, 2014.

So many exciting things happened this week and I wish I could share some of it. Alas, I am instead shepherding 13 drunk people around today as the designated sober person, which may or may not entail me worrying about them falling off buildings. Wish me luck. In celebration of this annual event (and because this is my responsibility), have a bucket of bargains and a happy weekend. (Send me plushie photos, darnit all!)

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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Good Causes

By Cassandra Khaw on December 6th, 2014.

Pickings feel somewhat slim right after Black Friday. But, in case you weren’t able to spend some moolah then, here’s a bucket of deals for you today. (Have an old picture. I’m stuck outside without my bucket.)

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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Bucking the Trend

By Cassandra Khaw on November 29th, 2014.

It’s here. It’s finally here. Black Friday weekend. The capitalistic orgy to end all capitalistic orgies. Not even Christmas is so shameless, so ruthlessly focused on the material. It’s .. it’s glorious, really. If you’re not otherwise busy with turkey comas, this is an excellent time to stalk the various online distributors for deals because it looks like they’re coming in fast and furious.

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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Fizzle

By Cassandra Khaw on November 22nd, 2014.

And it’s the end of the week! Oh, thank god, it’s the end of the week. It’s beginning to feel like every Bargain Bucket is preceeded by muttering about long, long days. (Which it is. Good grief. You can thank my slow but inexorable assimilation into the fiction industry for that.) We’re going to try doing that “these are the big outlets having sales” sub-section this week. I will personally boff anyone who protests with a digital pillow. You have been fore-fluffed. As always, enjoy this bucket of deals. (How have YOUR weeks been?)

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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Hide and Go Chu!

By Cassandra Khaw on November 15th, 2014.

With the holiday season teetering on the edge of existence, it’s weird to even think about recommending games right now. You should wait. Maybe, not forever. But hanging onto your lusts for a few more weeks is definitely an idea to evaluate. That said, I’m plotting to acquire Pokemon and Persona Q the first opportunity I get so who I am to judge? As always, here’s a fresh chapter of cool deals, collated into one blue bucket of bargains. (P.S: No, I totally did not injure anyone for the keys to Castle Shotgun last week. Spoke creatively to, perhaps, but..)

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The RPS Bargain Bucket: November Expenditure

By Cassandra Khaw on November 8th, 2014.

Hello! This has been a rather strange week. It started with being in transit for about 40 odd hours, and ended with a volley of newswriting for RPS. (This may happen again soon. Maybe. We’ll see.) In between, I lost my wallet and started writing about polygamy in the Song Dynasty, and continued my interactive fiction piece for Choice of Games. My brain is sizzling. Slightly. The smoke wisping out of my ears has dulled to threads. While I recuperate from the week, have this bucket of bargains and the tiniest, awesome-st hedgehog this side of the hemisphere. I am taking name suggestions!

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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Candy Haze

By Cassandra Khaw on November 1st, 2014.

So, I had my first Halloween experience this week, which is to say, I spent a lot of time meandering after a troop of kids, and hanging out at a friend’s living room with a cauldron full of candy. My teeth ache from excess, but it has been an informative day. Hopefully, your Halloween was equally novel! Or frightful. Or, well, whichever idea you like best. As I am still in transit, there won’t be an exceptional new plushie to feast your eyes on so have a bucket filled with bargains instead.

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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Cat-llergical Problems

By Cassandra Khaw on October 18th, 2014.

I love cats, but their luxurious coats disagree with my nose. I am writing this from behind a mountain of soggy tissue paper, even as kittens attempt to use my toes as props in play. I should probably run away, but they’re too cute. Help. (On the bright side, this much sneezing has to qualify as a workout, right? Right?) Because I’m currently located in the Pacific North-West and must prepare this earlier than I normally would, there’s a chance that this week’s Bargain Bucket might have more inaccuracies than normal. I hope not. I don’t know. I’m too busy sneezing my lungs out in the service of cute, fuzzy things. Regardless, enjoy today’s collection of discounted video games. (Ah-choo!) Also, this week’s plushie is an old submission from Lemming because I’m too sick and too far away from home to take my own photos.

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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Angry Pigeons

By Cassandra Khaw on October 4th, 2014.

I’m leaving on a jet plane, and I know exactly when I will be coming home – I suppose that disrupts some of the romanticism, doesn’t it? Alas. Anyway, I’ve been musing about something that was brought up in the comments in last week’s Bargain Bucket. What’s everyone’s stance on sites like cdkeys? They make me leery, obviously. Especially with that recent rash of news about people scamming developers for keys, and the grey areas surrounding the whole concept. Is this all a socially acceptable situation? Or is it more of a “click-click, nudge-nudge” kind of deal? Should I be scouring these key-trading sites too? While you all have a think, here’s a bucket of shinies. This week’s plushies are from Hideous! (As always, send more picture. Kthxbai.)

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The Sunday Papers

By Graham Smith on September 21st, 2014.

Sundays are for transcribing 20,000 words of interviews long ago recorded, but before I type my fingers into bloodied stumps, lets round up the week’s best wordythoughts about viddygames.

  • Time sent a war photographer into The Last Of Us, which is a great idea I wish was carried out in Arma 3.
  • None of the game’s characters show distress, and that to me was bizarre – it’s a post apocalyptic scenario, with a few remaining humans fighting for the survival of their race! To be successful, a player must be the perpetrator of extreme, and highly graphic, violence. I’m interested in a more emotionally engaged type of photography, where the human reaction to a scene is what brings a story to life. That was tough inside this game. Occasionally the characters show anger, though generally they’re nonchalant about the situation they’ve found themselves in. In the end, their emotions mimicked that of the zombies they were killing.

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    The RPS Bargain Bucket: Love At First Fluff

    By Cassandra Khaw on September 20th, 2014.

    Avast, ye – no, I’m not even going to try. But, it is apparently Talk like a Pirate Day and I won’t judge if you fill my comments with growly, ocean lingo. As some of you might already know, I had the distinct pleasure of having fellow columnist Cara Ellison over in Malaysia for a few weeks. I also played host to Aaron Souppouris, a colleague from the Verge. Naturally, both brought plushies to the altar. (P.S: I haven’t figured out a name for the cozily-garbed bear. If anyone would like to contribute a ponder, go right ahead.) Personal updates, enjoy this week’s bucket of bargains.

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    The Sunday Papers

    By Graham Smith on September 14th, 2014.

    Sundays are for looking. Scrabble around your brimming shelves until you find it down the back of your Gamecube games. A lighter, still full. Flick it on and hold it underneath your monitor till the heat warps the plastic, the frame cracks, and liquid crystals start to dribble on to your desk. Trepanning is the only way to get the madness out.

  • Mark Johnson is working on Ultima Ratio Regum, an ambitious procedurally generated 4X roguelike. Before that, he once tried his hand at making a living as a poker player, and he writes excellently here about the power games have when you invest in them fully. It’s a story about losing.
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    The RPS Bargain Bucket: Flash Frustration

    By Cassandra Khaw on September 13th, 2014.

    I wrote about three games today that were, quite sadly, part of flash sales. In my pizza-birthed delirium, I made the mistake of forgetting to check if the deals would last long enough for me to transfer ownership of this column to an editor. They didn’t. So I am writing this introductory paragraph right now with my eyes carefully narrowed and a frown like thunder. Why, Gods of the Bargain Bucket, why have you forsaken me? I was aiming to introduce an authentic, one-of-a-kind Papa Moomin today as the plushie of the day, but that plan fell apart thanks to a lack of time. Instead, I am going to filch a photo from MadKatrina and show off this awesome snake on a bucket. Honestly, people, why have we not made this wonderful lady into a millionaire yet?
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