Steam Sales

I'd recomend Amnesia over Dead Space. Penumbra: Black Plague as well.
Black Plague has really good story-telling when it picks up.
For L.A. Noire, is the sale still going on immediately after it's release, or is it only for prepurchasing?
The 10% and 20% price cut is usually a gimmick with the game being sold at a higher price by default to give the illusion it's cheaper.
The L.A Noire PC at Best buy is 49.99 regular, so it's not a bad deal. Not much saved, but still something saved.

My question is, will the price decrease for Steam still last past the release day? Like, till November 9th, for instance?

Also, it turns out my cousin's old copy of Half : of the Year Edition has tons of in it, along with shift and Opposing Force/ Counter Strike.

Ironic, considering I also got the actual CDS for Blue Shift and Counter Strike from him, too. :D

Also, I spent 20 minutes playing Ricochet with two bots locked in eternal combat. Those servers are so empty.
Here is the skinny on that.

Gabe Newell, founder and CEO of Valve Software, has announced that the online digital store, game library and multiplayer network has experienced a security breach and data loss. The announcement, released today (Thursday), began with the news that the Steam forums had been “defaced” in an attack on Sunday, and went on:
We learned that intruders obtained access to a Steam database in addition to the forums. This database contained information including user names, hashed and salted passwords, game purchases, email addresses, billing addresses and encrypted credit card information. We do not have evidence that encrypted credit card numbers or personally identifying information were taken by the intruders, or that the protection on credit card numbers or passwords was cracked. We are still investigating.
We don’t have evidence of credit card misuse at this time. Nonetheless you should watch your credit card activity and statements closely.
While we only know of a few forum accounts that have been compromised, all forum users will be required to change their passwords the next time they login. If you have used your Steam forum password on other accounts you should change those passwords as well.
We do not know of any compromised Steam accounts, so we are not planning to force a change of Steam account passwords (which are separate from forum passwords). However, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to change that as well, especially if it is the same as your Steam forum account password.
Once the jitters have subsided, this doesn’t look on face value as bad as it might. The greatest danger is probably to those who used the same password for their Steam and Steam forums accounts, or – worse – have been using the same password for multiple accounts, including their email. This is particularly dangerous as, along with probably providing a means to obtain passwords for every other online service connected to that address, it invalidates the Steam Guard protection, introduced in March, which requires verification by email whenever a user’s Steam account is accessed from a new computer.
“My steam account is worth more than my bank account”
Security failures are a nightmare for Steam and its users, not least because they highlight the fragility of the cloud. By making all games purchased through Steam accessible for download at any time, Steam is a great way for gamers to buy far more games than they could ever fit on their hard drives, or their shelves. Commenting on the PC gaming site Rock, Paper, Shotgun, one dismayed player commented
My steam account is worth more than my bank account
In short, panic is not required, but vigilance would be welcome – and if you have used the same password across multiple services (a) don’t do that and (b) change your passwords.
Valve’s size and dominance in the digital download market, with over 30 million registered accounts, makes this a source of concern. On the plus side, the evidence is at least that Steam’s identity protection has been doing the right things in the event of a security failure. The passwords captured are hashed and salted – although a short, simple password may still be vulnerable to a brute-force attack, depending on the level of encryption, as they were when Gawker’s database was compromised.
With Electronic Arts pushing their own download service, Origin, hard, this could have come at a better time for Steam. However, as the story stands at the moment it is wholly survivable. When the PlayStation Network was hack in April, there was much anger, but in the end the value provided by PSN was sufficiently great that by June network activity was back to 90% of pre-hack levels. As long as Steam is contrite, service is not badly disrupted and the consequences are not unexpectedly severe, this should be a manageable crisis.
Of greater concern over the long term is the possible use of the unencrypted data in social engineering attacks. Once lost, customer data can never be recaptured, and one suspects that these reported cases are only the tip of an iceberg of slow leaks of lost, sold or stolen data. At some point, the way data is customer stored and associated will need to be examined. But this will not be the tipping point.
I changed my password and memorable question on Steam as soon as I heard about the breach.
I'm now a proud owner of VVVVVV and Medieval II: Total War Gold.
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Looking at steam stats, there is only 400 people playing LA Noir. Which is low, really low. The average indie game gets much higher than that. At release it was only about 2 thousand if I remember correctly. With about 250 thousand playing Skyrim. I'm willing to bet this rather fast price chop was due to poor sales. Releasing it at the same time as Skyrim was not very bright. Given the horrible state Grand Theft Auto IV's port was as well, i'm willing to bet that put people off it as well.
I'm really surprised L.A. Noire hasn't fared better on PC. It's basically just an adventure game with shooting segments. But yes, releasing any new game against an established AAA franchise is an incredibly foolish move. I can't even begin to imagine how a decision like that gets made.

I'm not sure what this is in other currency, but £5 is cheap.
Actually, alot of the deals are pretty good on origin at moment. Saying that though, steams Christmas sale has yet to start.

Looking at the pricing of Arkham City, it's £35 on steam and only £24 on origin.
Publishers are starting to abuse steam now by bumping prices up. Some of the prices on Origin are still horrible. Battlefield 3 is the price of a console game and The Old Republic is about 1/3 more expensive than a console game.
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66% off Total: War Shogun 2

66% Off Rise Of The Samurai expansion

66% Off DLC
Picked up Portal + Portal 2 for $8 and change. Also got my eye on the Hearts of Iron 3 collection.
Red Orchestra 2 is a very good game, I enjoyed it more so than Battlefield 3. It's worth picking up if you after a more tactical shooter. Very brutal though, not run and gun.
Also the tank gameplay is awsome. It's too bad there is only two or three maps you get the chance to use them.


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