Best Buy: Mushroom Men for $10!!

I hit up BB today hoping to get NFS:U PC for $20….sold out.
But what they did have was a couple of fairly new games in the bargain bin. So I picked up
Mushroom Men Wii – $10 – isn’t this still a new game?
Space Siege PC – $5 – not a big surprise here
Test Drive Unlimited PS2 – $9.99 – cuz I’m curious how it compares
Mana Khemia PS2 – $5 – looks decent

The funny thing is that each game with the yellow sticker had to be manually changed. And MM rang up at $49.99. So it’s worth it to swing in and check the bins for a bargain. If nothing else, you could trade them in at GS and make a few bucks.

Volcano Ecigs

Steam, DRM, and some much needed lovin’

I just figured with the supreme victory of EA deciding to publish on Steam, I would let out my thought on everything involved.
The whole EA-Steam thing is great…in a way. But frighteningly enough, the “in a way” is more on Valve and Steam’s end than EA.
As awesome as it is that EA is selling virtually DRM free games…..i say virtually because Steam is actually a very nice service….the problem lies in that nearly all Steam games have to be uploaded through Steam, regardless of whether there is a retail version.
My only problem with Steam is that there is a very small list of games that can be bought retail and registered on Steam.
As greatly as I prefer Steam over the bs of securom, why should I not be able to register my purchased copy of Doom3, Everquest, CoD: WaW. and other games I can’t think of offhand.
The ideal solution for me is to have the physical disc and an online backup if needed. They offer it on a handful of non Valve games, why not the rest of the offerings? If it’s a matter of publishing rights, why not make Steam and Steam retail a requirement. They have the ability to put the Orange Box in every retailer in the nation, why not the other games too?
Not that Steam is a bad thing overall.
I was opposed to it initially, but as it evolved, it became a great service. My only gripe is the retail/steam thing. I know offhand that I have more than a half dozen games that are carried on Steam, but not supported for the retail copy.
Having the physical disc/net option for all Steam games would benefit everyone. The consumer could use the install disc for a faster install, saving Steam a bit of bandwidth. There would be the updates on the consumer’s side, balanced by the game being tied to a Steam account. And then if you figure all the steamable games that have been available retail, that’s a sizable number of potential customers thrown away.
Well, this spun out to be more anti steam then i was intending. I do like steam and all that it does. I just wish they’d give those of us who like the benefits of a disc some lovin too.

Diablo 3 will be DRM free :)

In a recent interview with Wired, Blizzard’s executive vice president of game design, Rob Pardo announced that they will be relying on people wanting to play multiplayer on as opposed to something retarded like SecuROM. Blizzard, I tip my hat to you.
While Diablo and Diablo 2 were games that got old quick, I have to admit that nostalgia and some stunning screenshots and videos have me wanting to go back. And the lack of DRM means this will be a day one purchase for me.
From the look of things, vets will find themselves right at home here. Gameplay looks mostly unaltered and the spell effects have a familiar, albeit updated look.
You can see some pics and vids over on Blizzard’s site.