GameDealsCanada’s Deal of the Year 2010

doty-2010We’re in a bit of a post-holiday 2010 lull at the moment, so I thought it’d be a good time to reflect. It’s time to look back at 2010 and pick out some “deals of the year”.

If you’re curious about last year’s result, just head over here.

Digital Distribution Deal of the Year

Winner: Fallout: New Vegas Digital Collector’s Edition for $29.71 ($20 off) @ Direct2Drive

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A non-Steam sale for “Digital Distribution Deal of the Year”? Blasphemous? Not quite. Allow me to explain.

Just a little over a month after release and this game gets a hefty $20 off on Direct2Drive. It was a timely sale, there was plenty of time take advantage of it (weekend sale) and it was a deal for a game people wanted. We wouldn’t see a similar deal like this for another 30+ days on Steam. Plus, since this title was a Steamworks game,we were activating it on Valve’s service anyway.

Runners up: Super Meat Boy (PC) for $3.75 on Steam, Amnesia: The Dark Descent for $9.99 on Steam, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit for $19.95 on Direct2Drive

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Checkpoint: Halloween 2010 Gaming Edition

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I don’t normally do anything for Halloween. I’m part of the contingent of people who simply enjoys the cheap candy on November 1st. But this year is a bit different. I’m actually playing some horror themed games in celebration of this “holiday”.

Thanks to digital distribution sales and other October releases, I’m playing three games which could be considered Halloween games.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – It’s growing on me. The second chapter was rough, but I’m enjoying it more and more as I march forward. It still has issues, but it also has vampires, werewolves and ghouls which makes it thematically relevant. It’s not very scary though.

Limbo – I didn’t want to pick this up so soon. I wanted to wait for an Xbox Live! Arcade sale. But my bro wanted this game (along with Lara Croft & the Guardian of Light and the Alan Wake: The Writer DLC) for our “2400 MS games list”. It is a creepy game. Minimalist and gruesome.

Amnesia: The Dark Descent – I picked this up at GamersGate’s $9.99 sale. This is one of the most unsettling games I’ve played. You don’t see many monsters here; it’s all psychological. If you’re a fan of being scared by what seems like “nothing” then this game is for you. It sends shivers all over just thinking about it. (If only it would stop crashing.)

And those are my Halloween games! From thematic to moody to scary. Lots of variety this year. Who knows? Maybe this will become and annual thing for me if more games like these line up.

2009 Deal of the Year Awards

doty-2009It’s time to look back at the year that was — gaming deal wise, that is.

I started tracking deals via GameDealsCanada back on May 1st and while that may not be the beginning of 2009, I’m confident with the choices I’ve made for this year’s awards. So without further delay, let’s get right down to it.

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Sega’s “Leak” Provides Hope

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sega-logoIf Sega was in the business of selling hope to gamers, this month would have been quite the profitable one.

Following the promise of a new 2-D Sonic game and the glimmer of hope for a localized version of Yakuza 3 comes a plethora of possibilities. These supposedly “leaked” minutes from a meeting between Sega and SCEA reveal everything from the possibility of Sony re-releasing PS2 titles on the PlayStation Network to Sega evaluating the idea of re-releasing Sega DreamCast titles on said network. I recommend you all to read that document.

A lot of these items are possible and would make a lot of sense. Digital distribution allows for this kind of catering. Your average gamer who waltzes into BestBuy to pick up his copy of Modern Warfare 2 on launch day may not care, but there’s a significant audience out there like myself who would love to play ChuChu Rocket again. So I’m hoping at least half of the ideas documented in these minutes turn out to be true.

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