July 16 – July 20
Hey have you bought a new game recently? If so, good news. You've got at least the entire week to play it, because there's almost nothing of note new coming out this week. And what better week to have that happen than right smack dab in the middle of the Steam Summer Sale?
My damage so far for the Summer Sale has been relatively mild, but I did finally pick up Max Payne 3 at a healthy 50% discount. I have to admit, I feel almost bad about waiting out the purchase, as the wound of Rockstar Vancouver's closure is still fresh. And, I admit that the $29.99 price tag on MP3 feels like quite the bargain compared to the quality of the product, but I also recognize that as a customer my ultimate responsibility is to my own, personal shareholders and board of directors. That being made up of my wife, my kids, my mortgage lender, my utilities bills and the other claimants on my decidedly finite assets. Still, although my dollars probably weren't the difference between the studio being shuttered or not, there's always a little twinge of guilt I feel in finally buying into a product at steep savings after the people who actually did the work have been reorganized or let go.
On a lighter note, my weekend will likely be dominated by the kick-off of the MLG Summer Season in New York with StarCraft II Arena, and watching a ton of SC2 games with my son. It's still interesting to me how much a normal event this has become for us, particularly since 18 months ago I barely registered that e-sports was a thing that existed. The stream will be broadcasting for free in standard definition, so if you've been curious about e-sports before you might check out http://www.majorleaguegaming.com/ this weekend.
- Anna (download - $9.90)
- Cute Things Dying Violently (download - $3)
- Decisive Campaigns: Case Blue
- Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD (XBLA - $15)
- Dyad (PSN - $15)
- Heroes of Ruin
- The Phantom Thief Stina and 30 Jewels (eShop - $5)
- Candle Route (DSiWare - $2)
- Petit Computer (DSiWare - $8)