Black Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday

The peculiar USian shopping tradition of Black Friday (most famous in the UK for resulting in some poor Wal-Mart peon being trampled a few years back) has been leeching out into the wider world of digital distribution this year, and as a result I’ve acquired dirt-cheap copies of Aliens vs. Predator, Altitude, DogFight, Flotilla, Gratuitous Space Battles, Plain Sight, Galactic Civilizations I Ultimate, Machinarium, Doc Clock: The Toasted Sandwich of Time, Eufloria, Iron Grip: Warlord, VVVVVV, World of Goo (already owned; part of a bundle), Beat Hazard (already owned on 360), Audiosurf (a-o), Rhythm Zone, The Polynomial, Gish, Jolly Rover, Puzzle Agent, Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale, And Yet It Moves, Batman: Arkham Asylum: GOTY, Deus Ex: Invisible War (already owned and sold on Xbox, but for £1 why not), Alpha Protocol, Sam & Max Season 3 complete, BRAINPIPE, GalCon Fusion, Gridrunner Revolution, ProtoGalaxy, and Quantz.

Astute readers will note that the majority of these are indie games, so yes, you can expect a bunch of indie reviews to appear as I dabble in them. I’m already enjoying GalCon Fusion (the best way to spend two minutes aside from a cup of Chai tea) and Recettear (the only time you will hear me utter the phrase Capitalism, Ho!).

(At some point I’ll join the rest of the internet in showing off my rubbish MineCraft constructions, too.)

Damn I love games, you guys. And I love digital distribution even more. All of the above probably cost about £30-40 all told, and there’s no annoying packaging or install discs at all. Just the costs of server hosting for the distributor/retailer, bandwidth for the both of us, and a little download and install time for me. The future is rad.

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