Digital Gifts

Posted: December 5, 2013 by Noccie in Video Games
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There are so many ways to show you love people. During the holiday season people are focused on giving gifts. Well, if you have someone nerdy in your life, chances are they play or have played video games in the past. Maybe there is an old game they miss or a new game they want. You can’t always get out to Game Stop, or sometimes you just refuse to give them your money. There is an alternative way to give your friends and family a game, digitally.

Using Steam, Good Old Games and the Humble Bundle you can pretty much take care of every geeky nerdy need this holiday season. Not only is this convenient but environmentally friendly.

Good Old Games

Good Old Games has some hum dingers. They specialize in conversions and updates to older games. That way you can keep playing your favorites from the 90s or older.

1. Alpha Centauri – this was Sid Meier’s space version of Civilization. It had a cool back story involving different governments with opposing goals and back stories. I bought this and played it… alot. It’s actually the third time I’ve owned this game.

2. Septerra Core – An action RPG, Septerra Core stared a female lead character that has to fight through a world divided into seven floating rings around the planets core. It’s Sci-fi and steam punk before steam punk was really a thing. I love the story and game play. My favorite character was Led, a female engineer with robotic legs.

3.  Phantasmagoria and Phantasmagoria 2: A Puzzle of Flesh – These were puzzle games where they actually filmed actors and then put them in digital environments. There was a huge industry that was involved with making these sort of games. They are not kid friendly through. The first one is about a married couple that moves into an old mansion. Her husband slowly gets possessed by the ghost of a former owner who killed his multiple wives.

The Humble Bundle

The Humble Bundle started as random charity for Child’s Play. They sold a bundle of games for whatever you wanted to donate. You could download them whenever. They started with indie games but they’ve had themed packs and expanded into a bundle, a weekly sale and a store. The main Humble Bundle is still pay what you want and goes to charity. It’s really heart warming. Keep an eye on this though, they change frequently.

Steam

Steam can be accessed two ways, through their website and through their program. Either way you can buy games online and download them. They constantly have sales and do a mid-week special on Wednesday. They added a feature when you buy a gift game, you can specify the date your friends can receive their gifts. It has a card where you can add a message as well. They have a lot of great big games like Team Fortress and they have indie games like Don’t Starve and Super Meat Boy.

1. Don’t Starve – You are stranded in the wilderness with nothing but the clothing on your back. You need to collect food, make tools, build fires and erect shelter before you starve. This is an addictive grinding game with random events and weather. Weather is vicious man, it doesn’t care that you have bad time mangement skills and forgot to build a tent.

2. Super Meat Boy – Super Meat Boy needs to save his girlfriend from an evil fetus wearing a tuxedo. This game is a fun physics platformer game. You can play it with a keyboard or a controller.

3. Deadly Premonition – Deadly Premonition stars Agent Francis York Morgan, of the FBI. You can call him Agent York. He’s brought to the small town of Greenvale investigating a brutal serial killer. On your way into town your car crashes and you find yourself stranded far from the highway and wandering through the woods haunted by ghosts. See my review of this hilarious game.

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