Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Passing the time

Steam is a dangerous place to wander around with any spare money in your pockets. There is almost always something indie and cheap there to take up your time, and this is of course only made worse when they run their year end sales. I have no idea if the GREAT STEAM TREASURE HUNT is actually their sale in disguise. Really, I don't even care, as it has capitalized on the same metagame that achievements works on and created a very compelling reason to visit the site every two days: winning lots of free stuff. Every two days four new objectives will be revealed, most of which require that you actually own the game featured. Bullshit, you say? Hold on, so far the featured games have been ridiculously on sale. Case in point, I was not planning on purchasing Poker Night at the Inventory. It is just another poker game and, big surprise, they play exactly the same way. Then those magnificent bastards put it out there for $2.50, and while that is really not that much less then the original price, it comes in under some subconscious  monetary level, below which I will purchase just about anything.

It doesn't hurt that the game is actually pretty good. Poker is poker, but poker with Strong Bad and Tycho is something more. The only bad thing I have to say is that I do no really approve of Tycho's voice. The other characters have established, bizarre voices; Tycho is downright generic by comparison. This is most likely unavoidable when voicing a character who has never had a voice before; no matter what you do, someone is going to be unhappy. As a poker game it is perfectly serviceable. Even if I play it more than once I will have gotten my monies worth, which is much more than I can say for playing real poker with people.

Can you tell than I have nothing big to play right now? I might just wander back into Torchlight tonight, and that is never a good thing for anything else that needs to be done.

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