Game Deals & Book thread

Thanks for helping me. Self-moderation is almost as hard as moderating a forum :stuck_out_tongue:

I deleted it because it is such a negative comment, and not really about games.

Some things just aren’t nice to talk about, but you are right that that does not mean we shouldn’t.
animal suffering

Although I guess this is pretty political and the official rule is no politics.
I find that a very difficult rule though, because IMO there are no actions that are non-political.

There I go again, I derailed it.

Back on track: free is a very good deal.
It’s not a deal per se but my partner has been playing Stray (I’ve been watching) and it is a very very cute game. They put a disproportionate amount of effort into cat animations and it is awesome. Will post some more in the “games we play” thread.

I think I’m making it worse. Do let me know if I should delete it all here

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I always wonder how that many things can be given away for free. It’s most likely a potpourri of deals behind it. Some alright, some questionable. Eternal vigiliance!

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staying steve bannon GIF

There are though, just these days everything has politics assigned to it, shoehorned and hammered in to subvert and coerce the people. This seems especially the case in the US. And if this is Mudspikes stand of ‘no politics’ then this isn’t exactly true as the seems to be a bias… But that’s for another place and time.

PM me if you are interested in having a call about philosophy and politics :slight_smile:

As amazing as that sounds I’ll pass for tonight lol :grimacing:

I guess i should have added a smiley. Oh well, in for a penny…

A bit of a rant about the problematic normalization of surveillance in our neoliberal society

Aside from the politics of ownership of Epic that @Freak has outlined, just like Steam et al it’s a tool designed to farm information about you. It lives on your OS and you have precious little control over what data it actually collects. The least nefarious use of that data is to manipulate you to buy more games from them (you’d be surprised at how effective they have become at this). But does it end there? Who knows.

Whoops, we’re letting you know that our database was compromised. Sorry, but we did the best we could. And while we show no restraint in reaping every opportunity to create cash from your data, we just don’t feel like compensating you for when we screw up and leak it for every Tom, Dick and Harry on the darknet to buy at their discretion.

So let’s earn a little side cash. Let’s find out who’s very likely a furry (would take me the better of 5 minutes on a dataset of purchases). I don’t mind, but a fair percentage of those probably don’t want their relatives to know about that certain preference. So why not blackmail them by threatening to disclose it to their families. It’s all fun and games, right? A little psychological pressure never hurt anyone.

Give me a break.

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While i have no actual knowledge on this stuff, I have a fair idea that surely this would happen on every service on the net to some extent? Almost as if you cant fight it so why bother trying to.

I use a VPN when the mood takes me, but i doubt that actually helps either. Isnt all this just a byproduct of the age we are in? Doesnt make it right or even legal but its not stoppable is it? I mean that as a question. Is it stoppable?

Because not fighting back has very real consequences. It’s a real problem for democratic societies.

This would go far beyond the scope of this thread, which this discussion has more than overstretched, but if the topic interests you, I’d recommend reading “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism”.

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This pisses me off

Why?

(Honestly, curious. I have no knowledge about anything relating to the current MW games. I did play MW3 quite a bit when it came out (and pirate moon, which was superb!), but could just never get into MW4, just didn’t have the same feel.)

Maybe he just bought it full price?

Gog, one of the former good guys absolutely bombard me with emails. Constantly. All the bloody time.

Exclusive one time only just for you discount on xyz game. Today only

Your one time personal code discount for random game you’ve never heard of.

Heres a countdown to force you into making a decision on a game you have no intention of buying.

But the worst. The ABSOLUTE BLOODY WORST is
Buy this game now. Quick quick quick. Sale ends soon and its just for you.
ON A GAME I ALREADY OWN.

Urgh.

This is not a dig at mechwarrior. Lol

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Ah, understood! :laughing: :+1:

OMG I had a great time with “MechWarrior 2: 31st Century Combat” online back in '95 LOL! I was using an IPX network emulator called “Kali” back then. Even exchanged words with Jay Cotton, one of the devs … back in those days it was fun hooking up with the OG’s. :slight_smile:

Anyone know how Mech 5 is looking?

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If anybody was sleeping on project cars and wanted to get it eventually. Eventually is now. They’re being delisted for sale on Steam.

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Pcars 1 was decent but a disappointment for me due to the amount of content held or unable to be put in from the Alpha phase and the announcement of Pcars 2 on release day.

Pcars 2 is worth it, still one of the best around if you have a wheel.

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Half-Life: Alyx on sale for $30 until 9/29/22

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