Steam Winter Sale 2012 - Seriously Guys, It Was Over Two Months Ago! Move Along!

Manach wrote:

Seems there was a hacking incident over at Ubi, again.. http://pc.gamespy.com/pc/far-cry-3/1...

Does Anno use Uplay?

Yes, Anno uses it to manage DLC, for in-game rewards, and probably for some of the social features.

and some were turned off by the sexual content

I would word that, at least in the first game, as 'outright misogyny'.

That game issues trading cards based on female NPCs you have f*cked.

I do not understand why I would ever need to say anything more, or why the game remains popular.

In the 1st one, wasn't all of that optional? Is it optional in the 2nd?

Thank you dejanzie for Civilization 5.

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Please tell the Persona 4 thread and the TF2 server that I love them and I'll see them again, some day. I'll remember them in my dreams.

Malor wrote:
and some were turned off by the sexual content

I would word that, at least in the first game, as 'outright misogyny'.

That game issues trading cards based on female NPCs you have f*cked.

I do not understand why I would ever need to say anything more, or why the game remains popular.

Two words.
Target. Market.

duckilama wrote:
Malor wrote:
and some were turned off by the sexual content

I would word that, at least in the first game, as 'outright misogyny'.

That game issues trading cards based on female NPCs you have f*cked.

I do not understand why I would ever need to say anything more, or why the game remains popular.

Two words.
Target. Market.

It's part of the "mature" content of the game. Actually comes off more juvenile, but obviously that's true, a lot of people like it.

My impression about the cards was that it was another aspect of the journal keeping track of the characters that you've met, or 'notches on the bedpost' at most. You couldn't really do anything with them, there was no gameplay behind them. The other side about Geralt being a man-slut and also being a character you play in an RPG game (so you make choices about what he does) is walking the line of what aspects of the game story the developer writes and what parts the player writes (you could probably add cutscene incompetence into that discussion too).

Malor wrote:
and some were turned off by the sexual content

I would word that, at least in the first game, as 'outright misogyny'.

That game issues trading cards based on female NPCs you have f*cked.

I do not understand why I would ever need to say anything more, or why the game remains popular.

As someone who has played through it I just want to say its not that Bad really. The sex scenes aren't much of anything and the cards themselves just have a boob or two.

I will never understand how most games have you ending the lives of all sorts of people and creatures but throw in some boobs or sexual situations and people come out to complain.

But that's a discussion for a different thread. I just wanted to say that both the witcher and its sequal are both tame compared to most other adult media. Just a single game of thrones episode will make it seem like seseme street.

Thank you everyone for your gifts. I love this community! Another great year of Steam Christmas sales!

Gravey wrote:
Citizen86 wrote:

I've read nothing but great things about both Witcher games

I could change that if you'd like.

Quiet, you. The Witcher 2 is one of my all-time favorite games, and anyone who does not like it is an unsophisticated brute.

conejote wrote:
Gravey wrote:
Citizen86 wrote:

I've read nothing but great things about both Witcher games

I could change that if you'd like.

Quiet, you. The Witcher 2 is one of my all-time favorite games, and anyone who does not like it is an unsophisticated brute.

Plow them all!

PRG013 wrote:

Bought for Myself for a total of $158.95
Alan Wake Bundle (Summer 2012)
Bastion + Soundtrack DLC
Chantelise
Dawn of War Franchise Pack
Fortune Summoners
FTL: Faster Than Light + Soundtrack
Half Minute Hero: Super Mega Neo Climax Ultimate Boy
Hotline Miami
Max Payne 3 (ROW) + Max Payne 3 Season Pass
Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale
Saints Row: The Third - The Full Package
Sleeping Dogs + Sleeping Dogs Dragon Master Pack
Symphony
The Bard's Tale
The Witcher 2
The Witcher: Enhanced Edition
Thief Bundle 2012
To The Moon Game and Soundtrack Bundle
Torchlight II 4-pack

Gifted
Ace of Spades
Analogue: A Hate Story Game and Soundtrack Bundle
DETOUR
I Am Alive
Red Faction: Guerrilla
Thief II
Thief: Deadly Shadows
Tidalis
TRAUMA

You're going to have a blast with Recettear - one of my favorites on Steam, period. Such a fun concept, and well executed.

JohnKillo wrote:
conejote wrote:
Gravey wrote:
Citizen86 wrote:

I've read nothing but great things about both Witcher games

I could change that if you'd like.

Quiet, you. The Witcher 2 is one of my all-time favorite games, and anyone who does not like it is an unsophisticated brute.

Gotta plow them all!

FTFY

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I feel bad for making that joke, but someone had to fall on the grenade.

Cobble wrote:

I will never understand how most games have you ending the lives of all sorts of people and creatures but throw in some boobs or sexual situations and sheltered, fearful, puritanical people, more common in the US than most everywhere else, come out to complain.

FTFY

UMOarsman wrote:
JohnKillo wrote:
conejote wrote:
Gravey wrote:
Citizen86 wrote:

I've read nothing but great things about both Witcher games

I could change that if you'd like.

Quiet, you. The Witcher 2 is one of my all-time favorite games, and anyone who does not like it is an unsophisticated brute.

Gotta plow them all!

FTFY

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I feel bad for making that joke, but someone had to fall on the grenade.

Good lord, I am a whore about sharing jokes, but there is no audience in my life that will ever get that one.

The Witcher and Pokemon, together at last!

Cobble wrote:
Malor wrote:
and some were turned off by the sexual content

I would word that, at least in the first game, as 'outright misogyny'.
That game issues trading cards based on female NPCs you have f*cked.
I do not understand why I would ever need to say anything more, or why the game remains popular.

As someone who has played through it I just want to say its not that Bad really. The sex scenes aren't much of anything and the cards themselves just have a boob or two.
I will never understand how most games have you ending the lives of all sorts of people and creatures but throw in some boobs or sexual situations and people come out to complain.
But that's a discussion for a different thread. I just wanted to say that both the witcher and its sequal are both tame compared to most other adult media. Just a single game of thrones episode will make it seem like seseme street.

QFT I'd also like to add that collecting those notches on the bedpost is completely optional, you don't have to jump into bed with every woman who beckons. Honestly, it's just a fraction of the game and condemning it for that seems a bit of a shame.

Keithustus wrote:
Cobble wrote:

I will never understand how most games have you ending the lives of all sorts of people and creatures but throw in some boobs or sexual situations and sheltered, fearful, puritanical people, more common in the US than most everywhere else, come out to complain.

FTFY

*snicker* Wish I could argue with you, but then again, I grew up in the US, but have roots in a country which has lingerie ads at bus stops...

Back on topic! Only 13 hours left for the encore!! Gosh, it's hard to resist, must... hold... on... a few more... hours...

The gifting continues...Oh what a great bunch of people belong to this community. It's truly amazing.

Special thanks to m0nk3yboy for the totally unexpected Legend of Grimrock

I shall survive this adventure and tell you of my travels, good Sir.

Not much this year. I blame the pre-winter sale.

The Pile: $23.45
Prince of Persia
I Am Alive
Half Minute Hero
FTL
The Witcher 2

From alla y'all:
Thirty Flights of Loving (Delerat)

Unto Others:
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Pack
Home

Mr GT Chris wrote:

The Witcher and Pokemon, together at last!

Witchemon!

Mr GT Chris wrote:

The Witcher and Pokemon, together at last!

Pokewitch sounds like more fun.

Many thanks to Bonus_Eruptus for the gift it's so nice of you :3

Citizen86 wrote:

It's part of the "mature" content of the game. Actually comes off more juvenile, but obviously that's true, a lot of people like it.

And then of course the whole thing is subverted by your encounter with the princess, who unabashedly uses you as her sexual conquest. It's quite a bit more subtle and well-thought-out than most people realize. And of course, the "blue" stuff is completely side-quest-y -- you have to really, really try for it if you want it. Regardless, there is much less of that sort of thing in TW2, where it would be out of place given Geralt's personal situation.

The reason that both games are popular and extraordinarily well received (and not "instantly discredited") is that the girly stuff is like 0.01% of the first game and 0.001% of the second. They are both amazing RPGs and this aspect neither adds nor subtracts from that. In contrast, I personally found the Mass Effect series's "half space opera, half dating simulator!" relationship bits to be far more juvenile and difficult to avoid than those in the Witcher games.

Anyway, this all should be very, very low on your list of criteria of whether the Witcher games are worth your time. In my opinion, if you like RPGs at all, they are.

And in other news: Happy Steam Sale everyone! See you in June! =)

My turn! I haven't totaled any of this up, because really, why leave that sort of 'evidence' lying around

Damage Inflicted on Others - 35 (plus an undisclosed amount of Rats)
The Longest Journey, Dreamfall, Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble, The Bard's Tale, Legend of Grimlock, Psychonauts, Dead Island GOTY, Unmecanical, Limbo, World of Goo, They Bleed Pixels Collector's Edition, Section 8, Containment, Home, Awesomenauts, Home, Orcs Must Die 2, Awesomenauts, LA Noire, LA Noire DLC, FTL, FTL, Driver: San Francisco - Deluxe Edition, Miner Wars 2081, Snapshot, Atom Zombie Smasher, Hero Academy, Hero Academy, Awesomenauts, Hack Slash Loot, Civ IV: The Complete Edition, Thief Bundle 2012.

Self Harm - 10
Magic 2012 Gold Game Bundle, Dawn of War Franchise Pack, They Bleed Pixels Collector's Edition, Section 8, Awesomenauts, Snapshot game and Soundtrack, FTL Soundtrack, Closure, Awesomenauts Soundtrack, AVSEQ, Star Wars TCW: Republic Heroes, Aaaaaaa! Awesome.

Received with gratitude from all below, and the community in general, that supports and encourages such random acts of kindness!

BulletStorm - Bonus_Eruptus,
Shad'O - SaintFaucet,
Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet - NSMike,
The Walking Dead - TuffaloBuffalo,
Thirty Flights of Loving - psoplayer,
Batman Arkham City: GOTY - Bonus_Eruptus,
Home - Cobble and JillSammich,
McPixel - Cobble,
Containment - Cobble, Aztaka - Growat,
Hotline Miami - Jarpy,
Castle Crashers - Ahrezmendi,
Spirits - captdomano,
Jet Set Radio - Badkenbad,
Half Minute Hero - GT Chris,
Magical Drop V - FeralMonkey,
Bad Rats - Duckilama,
Unmechanical - Mortalgroove,
Rocketbirds: Hard Boiled Chicken - Duckilama,
MTG: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 - Cragmyre,
Q.U.B.E. - Eldon of Azure and Eleima,
FTL - Aristophan,
Flight Control HD - Garden Ninja,
The Oddboxx - The Counselor

I pledge that all of the items 'received' will be played in the next 12 months. There are many here I want to rip into straight away, but I am having 'issues' thanks to the last PC patch labeling my Windows7 install as 'non-genuine'. I now have to prove to Microsoft that I actually own the physical hard copy of the OS I installed in good faith when I set up my Mac as a dual boot unit.

Spoiler:

What a f*cking terrible business practice that is MS, well done…

m0nk3yboy wrote:

I pledge that all of the items 'received' will be played in the next 12 months. There are many here I want to rip into straight away, but I am having 'issues' thanks to the last PC patch labeling my Windows7 install as 'non-genuine'.

Holy cow, that's one heck of a pledge there!! In the pile thread, I simply said "I will try to". And I'm going to do my damndest, don't get me wrong, but always leave some wiggle room!

Eleima wrote:
m0nk3yboy wrote:

I pledge that all of the items 'received' will be played in the next 12 months. There are many here I want to rip into straight away, but I am having 'issues' thanks to the last PC patch labeling my Windows7 install as 'non-genuine'.

Holy cow, that's one heck of a pledge there!! In the pile thread, I simply said "I will try to". And I'm going to do my damndest, don't get me wrong, but always leave some wiggle room! ;)

"Played", not "completed".

Spoiler:

Wiggle wiggle wiggle...

m0nk3yboy wrote:

"Played", not "completed".

Spoiler:

Wiggle wiggle wiggle...

So I'm guessing "I launched it at least once, even if it was for 5 minutes only" counts, then? You sly little...

I suck at FTL..... that is all.

BlackSabre wrote:
Mr GT Chris wrote:

The Witcher and Pokemon, together at last!

Witchemon!

Pokeawitch!

Cobble wrote:

I suck at FTL..... that is all.

Me too... 20 hours in and I still haven't beaten it on easy.