There’s a certain poetry to the recent schedule of sporting events. First, we had the World Cup, which was rather widely celebrated (and criticized.) Now, we have the International, which is somewhat less maligned but just as adored. I’m of the opinion that the Olympics will probably never open a sub-section for esports, but it’s rather exciting to see video game competitions turning into a multi-million dollar affair. My nine-year-old self would laugh at you if you told her that, but she was also very easily entertained and would laugh at just about anything. ANYWAY. Here’s this week’s Bargain Bucket, and the compulsory plushie. I shall leave its champion to explain this week’s conspicuous absence of a bucket. Prepare the pitchforks.
Time Gentlemen Please! & Ben There, Dan That
The phrase “rip-roaring point-and-click adventure game” works excellently with these two titles. There’s no ignoring the fact that these games have been around for a while, but humor is timeless. Immortal. Sure, we’ve all heard someone enthuse madly about these games. But, have you played them? If you haven’t, you should. They come with Robot Nazi dinosaur clones and alien invasions and whimsical commentary about everything. Have I mentioned the Nazi dinosaurs? Because you should be aware those exist.
This isn’t so much a recommendation as it is a, “Hey, Bucketeers. There is this thing over here.” The Indie Pinata is a new website that is comprised of games “handpicked and recommended by some of your favorite indie developers.” Which is an interesting prospect, really, as it suggests the concept of playing games that inspired games that you already like. (The developers could just be ardently recommending people they like. But, that’s good too.) I’m inexplicably fond of Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine, attached to the weirdness of The Bridge, and my inner kid loves Contraption Maker. Everything else? I’ve heard pretty good things about them all. You’ll get the discount if you own one of the games on the curated list, but I’m betting this won’t be a problem for you fine people.
Dishonored: Game of the Year
There are many people selling Dishonored: GOTY for very cheap right now, including Gamefly who I have been told are prats. However, in spite of being potentially unpleasant, it seems like they might be offering the best discount of them all. The Internet insists that using the ‘JUL20OFF’ code will lower the game to $7.99 for you. (Which is great.) Alternatively, you could pick up a copy from GreenManGaming, who are offering it for a little more. As always, make sure to use that 20% code. P36EYA-K5JYKT-ABO7X9
So, this is a new thing that Amazon recently introduced and I can’t decide if I like it. In many ways, it’s comparable to Netflix except for books. However, there is one crucial difference: most of the titles proffered in this $9.99 subscription package are from independent authors and publishers. As such, you are unlikely to see big names listed in the expansive collection of books. But, is that necessarily a bad thing? It’s easy to be lulled into caution, especially given the amount of time investment that this form of entertainment demands. However, this may be the perfect excuse to extend your horizons and investigate tomes you’ve never considered before. (P.S: One month free trials are nice.)
The Guild: Gold Edition
I like the Guild. It features men in silly clothing, dudes in pointy hats, and the ability to blackmail, kidnap, sabotage, and otherwise bastard your way to glory. What’s there not to like? If you’re willing to ignore the dated graphics (and the often horrendous combat system), there’s a lot The Guild can offer a nefarious gamer. Women. Children. Political standing. Permanent death. (Of course, given that your character can whelp, it’s entirely possible to simply continue your legacy through your kids.) As always, the standard caveat applies: this probably won’t delight everyone, but I still think this is worth checking out if you’ve never played it before. The Guild: Gold Edition comes with the original game, and the expansion pack.
Also of note:
Game Music Bundle
I’m frequently a little suspicious about Groupees bundles, but this Game Music collection has me charmed. To begin with, at least some of the proceeds will be going to a good cause. And also, really, the soundtracks being offered are just flat-out good. The works of Austin Wintory? The music from Hotline Miami? Rogue Legacy? Dustforce? What are you waiting for?
Disciples II: Gold Edition
Do we like Disciples II? I don’t know. I’m told it’s great, but I haven’t personally played it. In fact, I’ve been told it’s a cool little turn-based fantasy game. But, does it all really matter? Because Disciples II: Gold Edition is only 95 cents right now. Woo.
Zombie Festival – Assorted Prices
It’s all about zombies this weekend. Well, at least in part. GreenManGaming is running an undead extravaganza as part of their daily attempts to convince you to give them your money. The fantastic State of Decay is on sale, along with the puzzling Typing of the Dead. The sale also features the Half-Life games, Left 4 Dead, and a handful of other things that I have sadly never heard of.