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December 19, 2011

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Beta Review

Ah yes, good old Counter-Strike.  No oth­er shoot­er series has been as pop­u­lar and com­peta­tive for as long as Counter-Strike has.  Well, as many of you know by now, Valve announced a new, long over­due, addi­tion to the Counter-Strike series, Counter-Strike:Global Offen­sive.  Imme­di­ate­ly so many rumors came out about the game and how true to Counter-Strike it would end up being and so on.  All any­one had were a few short videos show­ing some lim­it­ed game­play to stare at and for­mu­late opin­ions on.  There were some details giv­en out such as the fact that the game is being made for XBox and PS3 as well as PC, and that they want to make it con­sole friend­ly to draw in a new crowd.  I think this def­i­nite­ly scared a lot of the old school CS play­ers as so often when aRead more…

July 18, 2011

Valve Complete Giveaway

In cel­e­bra­tion of Valve and all the great games they have giv­en to the us over the years we have decid­ed to host a give­away in hon­or of this for all of our cur­rent and future mem­bers.  We will be giv­ing away the ‘Valve Com­plete Pack’, for those of you who don’t know what that means let me tell you.  The “Valve Com­plete Pack” con­tains every sin­gle Valve game includ­ing Left 4 Dead 2, Por­tal 2, Half-Life 2, and many more.  To see a com­plete list of games check the list at the bot­tom of the page.  The con­test ends July 31st, 2011.  You may now be ask­ing your­self what do I have to do to get qual­i­fied for this  fan­tas­tic give away.  Read below! 1.  Sign up on the web­site here at  www.thegamersblog.com.  If you are already a mem­ber please pro­ceedRead more…

July 11, 2011

Digital Distribution… Competition Bad for Business?

A war is brew­ing on the inter­net for your mon­ey, sup­port, and loy­al­ty (no it’s not the PC vs Con­sole war that you see flames on a dai­ly basis) and the out­come could have dire con­se­quences for the gam­ing indus­try.  That war is the suprema­cy over Dig­i­tal Dis­tri­b­u­tion.  Cur­rent­ly there are sev­er­al key play­ers in the indus­try, Steam (Valve Soft­ware), Impulse Dri­ven (GameStop), Direct2Drive and GoG.  Steam is by far the most pop­u­lar and largest of the group by sev­er­al times how­ev­er sev­er­al com­pa­nies are look­ing into pro­vid­ing their own ser­vices instead of sell­ing them through a ven­dor and com­peti­tor like Steam. We often hear the phrase “com­pe­ti­tion is bet­ter for con­sumers” and in many cas­es this is true but in the case of Dig­i­tal Dis­tri­b­u­tion is this tru­ly the case?  Con­sid­er this, the major­i­ty of major title games can be hadRead more…

June 16, 2011

Crysis 2 Gone From Steam

Steam recent­ly removed Cry­sis 2 from it’s online store.  This is rather supris­ing con­sid­er­ing that Cry­sis 2 is one of it’s top sell­ing titles.  The game was appar­ent­ly removed a few days ago when some steam users who fre­quent the site real­ized that it was no longer avail­able for sale.  EA released a state­ment say­ing ” It’s unfor­tu­nate that Steam has removed Cry­sis II from their ser­vice. This was not an EA deci­sion or the result of any action by EA. Steam has imposed a set of busi­ness terms for devel­op­ers hop­ing to sell con­tent on that ser­vice — many of which are not imposed by oth­er online game ser­vices. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, Cry­tek has an agree­ment with anoth­er down­load ser­vice which vio­lates the new rules from Steam and result­ed in its expul­sion of Cry­sis II from Steam. Cry­sis II con­tin­ues toRead more…

December 22, 2010

Steam Has Over 1000 Games on Sale

Steam has over 1000 games on sale dur­ing the hol­i­day week­end.  Steam is offer­ing dis­counts on almost every title and mega­pack in their arse­nal.  Some of the titles on sale are Bor­der­lands, Left 4 Dead 2, Bad Com­pa­ny, Mafia, Mafia 2, Fear, Prince of Per­sia, Xcom, X3 and many oth­ers.  Their packs are also on sale and some of them are up to 75% off.  This means for around $40.00 —  $70.00 you can get between 12 and 20 titles.  Valve also announced that you will some­times get addi­tion­al dis­counts depend­ing on the games you already own.  For exam­ple lets say you want to buy por­tal and it’s already 5o% off but if you own Half Life 2, which you do… right… you get an addi­tion­al 10% off.  Steam detects that you own the title and applies the addtion­al dis­count.  ValveRead more…

July 26, 2010

Banning Punishment = Free Game

  This past week­end many Steam users were unfor­tu­nate­ly banned from Call of Duty: Mod­ern War­fare 2. What was the cause you ask? Noth­ing more than a Valve screw up. Valve’s anti-cheat soft­ware banned ran­dom users for no oth­er rea­son than an error. In response to the ban­ning errors, Pres­i­dent of Valve Gabe Newell, came out and said it was a mis­take and apol­o­gized. As part of the apol­o­gy Valve restored the banned accounts and  gave out two free copies of Left 4 Dead 2. One for the user and one to give to a friend. They also sent out an apol­o­gy mail along with the games which you can read here: Hello,Recently, your Steam account was erro­neous­ly banned from Call of Duty: Mod­ern War­fare 2. This was our mis­take, and I apol­o­gize for any frus­tra­tion or angst it may have caused you. TheRead more…

June 25, 2010

Steam Offering More Insane Deals

Right now Steam is run­ning it’s Inde­pen­dence day spe­cial.  You can get games from almost every pub­lish­ers at high­ly dis­count­ed rates.  Some of the games include Bioshock II $14.99, The Witch­er: Direc­tors Cut $6.99,  Counter-Strike:  Source $6.99 and many many oth­ers.  I’m glad to see that Steam is help­ing to fight against pira­cy by offer­ing so many great deals.  Steam is also offer­ing spe­cials on not only the games but pub­lish packs.  Right now you can get the THQ com­plete pack which includes all of the Dawn of War series, Com­pa­ny of Heros series, Stalk­er, Metro 2033, and sev­er­al oth­ers for only $50?  I have bought sev­er­al games already at these low prices.  Steam tends to hurt my bank book quite often.  I sus­pect that over the next few days that they are going to have even more amaz­ing spe­cials. Read more…

April 25, 2010

Steam Client Beta : It’s Just Better

Steam is work­ing on a new ver­sion of it’s steam client.  Beta par­tic­i­pa­tion is option­al and cur­rent­ly any­one can join in.  I had a chance to sit down and play with the new Steam Beta today and I have to say that I am pret­ty impressed.  There are sev­er­al new fea­tures or “rein­ven­tions of the wheel” that I am real­ly enjoy­ing.   Instead of telling you every­thing that has changed I’m going to give you the major high­lights of what I think makes this new steam release bet­ter. The first thing that real­ly stood out to me in this beta is the chang­ing of the col­or schemes and over­all feel of the client.   Most of the greens that were in the pre­vi­ous ver­sion are gone.  The client it now pre­dom­i­nant­ly black and gray.   It looks sleek­er, it feels more mod­ern and it looksRead more…

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