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Update: And we are done!

(Insert hilarious introduction blurb here!)


For the next seven days, leading up to Halloween night (23:59 GMT...ON THE DOT!!1), I'll be giving away free games. That's right! I said it! FREE! And not just horror games, although there's plenty of spooky titles if that's your thang!

So, behind the spoiler tags is a list of games. If you notice any that take your fancy, simply post your interest in this thread and I will PM you the corresponding Steam key (within 24hrs)! Titles with a strike-through have been claimed and are no longer available. Make sure to make a note of what people have already asked for, on the off chance a title has been given away but has yet to be updated with a strike-through.


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Small Print: One (1) key per customer, per day. To ensure everybody has a chance to get what they want, try to ask for games that you're sure you want to play. All keys come from reputable sources (mostly Humble Bundle), so there's no need to worry about dodgy key sellers and stuff. All keys should work, though some may be quite old and I may have already given them away and forgotten about it. If a key doesn't work, I'll happily substitute it.

General Discussion / Re: Not secure
« on: 22 Oct 2017, 19:50 »
I get that on a number of websites. Its just a warning from Firefox that you're logging into a website that doesn't use HTTPS security. It's more of an annoyance, than a useful feature.

Or maybe read the board rules, and try again. ;)

Once you've done that, here's an example of the correct way to start a recruitment thread.

The Rumpus Room / Re: Happy Birthday Thread!
« on: 15 Oct 2017, 19:50 »
Happy birthday, cat! ;D

Congratulations on the release.

As moderator, could I ask that you ease up on the double (and in some place triple, quadruple...and quintuple?) posting?

Thanks. :)

General Discussion / Re: Copyright Pictures Rules
« on: 25 Sep 2017, 00:01 »
If you plan on releasing your game commercially, I would advise erring on the side of caution, and treat everything as a possible copyright violation.

The two images you have provided are, if I'm not mistaken, a 3D render and a still from a TV broadcast. Copyright on the render would lie with the original artist, so, unless explicitly stated as free to be reworked or remixed (under a Creative Commons license, or some such), your appropriation of it would go beyond mere inspiration.

The still from the TV broadcast, and your resulting image, would seem less problematic, so long as you remove all identifying trademarks or logos, but I'm no expert.

But, as I said, unless you're using public domain images (which are clearly noted as such), you're on thin ice when you begin selling derivative works for money.

Congratulations! Glad to hear everyone is doing well. ;D

The Rumpus Room / Re: Happy Birthday Thread!
« on: 07 Sep 2017, 23:56 »
Thanks a lot, guys! ;D

Critics' Lounge / Re: Trip on this. A moving thread.
« on: 16 Aug 2017, 21:10 »
Pardon me while I have a strange interlude.

The basic number of friend slots is more than enough for most people, I'd say.

Oh, I agree. But it's still the only way, if people do want more, to raise the limit.

I really dislike getting achievements for simply reaching a certain distance in the game. I feel as though they're a little patronising, and are a very lazy attempt at making achievements.

Well, it depends on the game. Reaching a higher level in a tricky rogue-like, for instance, may prove to be as difficult to achieve as some of the more obscure tasks in otherwise linear games.

Just to clarify, games bought from Steam do NOT require the Steam client to be running in order to play them. I play games offline all the time when I am on the train or on a plane, and I find it quicker to navigate to the game on my hard drive than to wait for the Steam client to boot up.

This problem only occurs when the developer deliberately codes their game that way. For example: earlier versions of the AGS Steam plugin assumed that your Steam client would be running, so it would throw up an error if it wasn't. That was the GAME'S problem, not Steam's. Steam is not DRM in the technical sense.

It depends. Smaller indie games, or games not tied to the Steam API may work. But, for instance, if I randomly pick a game I have installed at the moment (in this case "Betrayer"), and try to launch the .exe from the game's directory without Steam running, it will first boot Steam, and then run. There's no way around it. Steam can be in offline mode, sure, so there's no DRM check happening (at least no online check), but the games .exe is looking for the Steam .exe and is useless without it.

Unless you're just talking about AGS games, which I agree are unlikely to have Steamworks tied to them in the same way. But in most cases, I'd argue that Steam is very much DRM.

I quite like achievements. I rarely go out of my way to get them, though, but it's nice to have a reminder that you did something in a game. In that respect, I guess I prefer linear achievements, but I can see the (relative) value in the hard to obtain ones too.

Trading cards on the other hand...

Unless you're invested in Steam as a gaming "space", I can understand how they would hold little attraction. For those of us who use Steam, cards are the only way to craft badges. Crafting badges gives you EXP. EXP gives you levels. Levels give you friend slots. If you want to have a lot of Steam friends, you're going to need a lot of slots.

And, right or wrong, the gamification of Steam itself is a very real thing.

...and the Penis Museum

Now I'm jealous!

Sounds like a blast, though. I hope everybody is having a good time. :)

General Discussion / Re: The Father of Zombies died
« on: 21 Jul 2017, 00:00 »
As a fan of Romero's work since I was old enough to operate a VCR, people need to look outside the zombie oeuvre to see some of, in my opinion, his finest work. I think my favorite non-zombie Romero flick is "The Crazies", which also happens to feature my favorite Romero sequence:

I'd also recommend "Martin" and "Knightriders".

As an aside, I've been reading comments like "Man, he was old!", "At least he had a full life!", and "Was he still alive?!" 'round the net, and to be honest I'm a little surprised. He was only 77, and I'm saying that without a shred of sarcasm. He smoked liked a chimney though, and he looked old beyond he years for the better part of two decades. But 77 is not ancient, and is, in my opinion, just a wee bit young for people not to say so.

Listen up, horror auteurs! Smoking kills. I'm talking to you, Carpenter!:

At the time this image was taken, John Carpenter was 65. Years old, not lbs.
Cigarettes are not your friend!

Anyhow...R.I.P, G.A.R.


Adventure Related Talk & Chat / Re: Yomawari: Night Alone
« on: 09 Jul 2017, 23:00 »
I could only find the PC version on steam though.  :undecided:
Is it available DRM-free anywhere?

Afraid not. It seems to be a Steam exclusive, as far as the PC is concerned.

Adventure Related Talk & Chat / Yomawari: Night Alone
« on: 09 Jul 2017, 02:28 »
I don't normally gush, but I'm really loving this game at the moment. It's available on PC, but I'm playing it on the Vita. It's mostly a survival horror, in the loosest sense, but it's also got a hint of adventure game about it. Plus, and excuse the hyperbole, it has one of the greatest openings I've experienced in recent memory.

It puts most other so-called "horror" games to shame, as it manages to elicit quite a jolt from a story about a little girl searching for his sister. And her dog. Oh, Christ...the dog. I...


If anyone has a Vita, Sony are having a "Big in Japan" sale over on PSN, and you can get Yomawari in a bundle with the developers previous game (htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary) for a steal. That is, if you consider €12.99 (or your regional equivalent) as a steal. Which I do!

And comedy shouldn't just be about punchlines.

I'm kinda drunk at the moment, but I can honestly say that the above statement makes perfect sense to me.

Nope, I can't watch it! I...just...can't! Jealousy...gland...overloading!


General Discussion / Re: Trumpmageddon
« on: 14 Jun 2017, 22:49 »
Trump is the only person of colour in that room.

That game doesn't even have a database entry, so it's nice that you found a copy. Still...ALMOST FOURTEEN YEARS is some marvelous necro-posting! 8-0

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