Another Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and that means a whole lot of crossed fingers as we hope that our favorite portable gaming system holds its charge all weekend while camping.
Or, you know, beer and hot dogs at home followed by a whole lot of clicking, since Diablo’s been pretty stable this week. More or less.
But if you’re sitting there with no real plans for the weekend, let’s go on a quick virtual trip to some of the better places to visit this holiday weekend.
Your first trip needs to be to checkout the Because We May sale:
We believe that developers should have the freedom to price their games how they like, without interference from the online stores that sell the games. Why? Because it allows us to promote our games more freely, as we are doing here! We rely on the ability to promote our games for our livelihood and control over pricing is an important tool for this purpose.
For the last week of May (May 24 through June 1) our games will be deeply discounted to celebrate online stores that give us control over pricing: The App Store, Google Play, Steam, Desura, IndieVania, and a few others.
Seriously. Osmos for the Ipad is only $1.99. And AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! for the Awesome is only $5 on Steam. If you haven’t played Psychonauts and you have a Mac (mathematically-speaking, that has to be an extremely narrow group of people, but whatever), you can get it for $5 on the Mac App Store. And there are about 100 other titles to pick from. So go get some. But wait ’til you finish reading this article. Please.
Your next stop is to the friggin’ app store… I use that tone because even though it’s not an indie game, you probably should buy Infinity Blade II. It’s discounted again, this time down to $2.99. It won’t be that cheap for long (the last time it was discounted, it only lasted 48 hours), so you should probably go get it. It really is one of the best reasons to play games on an Ipad. Well besides the crack that is Jetpack Joyride…
Speaking of joyriding jetpacks and whatnot, your third stop should be to a science lab, since Halfbrick has released a new update for the horribly addictive game, including, but not limited to, a robot dog. Here is the ridiculously-almost-but-not-quite-funny video about it:
Your fourth stop on this virtual Memorial Day trip is to Joystiq to read this editorial about the horrible shit that’s going on up at 38 Studios. I don’t normally push traffic to the bigger sites, but this is a great article written by Alexander Sliwinsky, presenting a more human side to the sad story of the studio and the approximate 400 lay-offs that have happened since.
Now shake it off and go to your final stop: Sanctuary. Because let’s face it: 6.3 million copies of Diablo III means that a lot of you are playing the game, just itching to start making all of those millions of dollars using the real-money-auction house.
While you’re there, be sure to be careful, as there seem to have been quite a few account-hacks lately. After people started fussing about it all over the forums, Blizzard came out and said that the increased account compromises were similar to those spikes that occur around the launch of expansions for Warcraft and the like. They’d also like to remind you that if you have been hacked or cracked or compromised (well, your avatar…), you should go here: http://us.battle.net/en/security/help
Now that your virtual trip is done, go have fun and eat some damn hot dogs for pete’s sake.
Happy Memorial Day!