Travis4

Joined 01/23/2012

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PC Gaming For Cheap!

So there's a new Humble Bundle out. Although it's called the Humble Android Bundle 3, all the games are cross-platform, for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. You can get Steam keys and Ubuntu Software Center activations as well, same as with the last numbered bundle. Some good stuff here, but nothing to top what we've seen in the past.

Everyone who's participated in a Humble Bundle knows that it's a great opportunity to get great games for next to nothing. But there are also other bundles going on that fewer people are aware of.

IndieGala

http://www.indiegala.com/

This works similarly to the Humble Bundle. There's a similar profit distribution, with a different charity, and you can set how much to go to which group, same as the Humble Bundle. They're currently on number 7, and I've heard good things about a few of the games they have included in this bundle.

Indie Royale

http://www.indieroyale.com/

This one is different. Same basic premise-- you set your own price, and you get a bonus for going over the average-- but it doesn't go to charity as far as I can tell, it's just to the developers. That said, this is made by the people who make Desura, so you know they care about their Indie Devs. Some of these games are not redeemable on Steam, but they are all redeemable on Desura. They have a new bundle up every two weeks.

Desura

http://www.desura.com/

Speaking of Desura, if you haven't heard of it you should check into it. It's another game distribution platform like Steam, but exclusively for indie games. There are some Kickstarter elements built in as well, so you can fund games with your preorders and get early alpha access or other bonuses. Generally games here are pretty cheap, as are almost all indie games when compared to big-budget titles.

SteamGifts

http://www.steamgifts.com/

What if you want a game but don't want to pay for it at all? This site lets you sign in with your Steam account, and anyone can put up games as giveaways that anyone can enter. Your chances of *winning* the giveaway are pretty slim, of course, but if you keep plugging you might get lucky without ever paying a cent.

CheapShark

http://www.cheapshark.com/

CheapShark indexes game sales across a wide variety of retailers, so if you're interested in a title, you can look it up on CheapShark and know you're getting the best deal available at the time.

So what other money-saving tips do you guys have for the gamer on a budget?


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And the last of the class previews, the Witch Doctor.

http://us.battle.net/d3/en/blog/6923459/Patch_104_Preview_Witch_Doctor-8_16_2012

I have yet to play a Witch Doctor. When I first saw Jon's I started drooling over it, but it became pretty apparent from all the buzz on forums, reddit, etc, that this was not a very functional class.

Blizzard apparently agrees, and the Witch Doctor is getting tons of buffs and reworking. From what I'm reading from this post, the Witch Doctor will be an appealing class to play finally. I'm finally looking forward to trying it out.

So that's all for the class previews. Now we just have a post from the man himself, Jay Wilson, about magic find, and the patch notes of course.

As an aside, the patch has been scheduled for "the 4th week of August." What that means is up for debate, since next week is the third *full* week, but the first week was only 3 days. My bet, with the frequency of these blog posts, is that 1.04 will hit next Tuesday when the servers go down for scheduled maintenance. This should not be taken as a guarantee by any means, just a prediction.

EDIT: It appears that this may be wrong. A community manager in the Diablo subreddit has said Jay Wilson's magic find post will be coming out next week. I guess they *could* post that one Monday and the patch notes Tuesday morning before the patch, but my prediction looks less likely.

So now the changes for all classes have been previewed, legendaries have been discussed, and the overall gameplay changes have been shown-- what do you think? Is this the patch that will fix vast amounts of the problems D3 players have been having, or will it still be the same?


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And now, the Demon Hunter.

http://us.battle.net/d3/en/blog/6986845/Patch_104_Preview_Demon_Hunter-8_16_2012

This is honestly the one I was looking forward to the most. I have a Demon Hunter at level 60 who's just sitting in Inferno and waiting because it got so frustrating to play. I was hoping for more details in this post, but it looks like things are going to be smoother sailing for him when I get back to him.


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And now, the preview for improvements in the upcoming patch 1.04 for the Monk!

http://us.battle.net/d3/en/blog/6939559/Patch_104_Preview_Monk-8_16_2012

Looks like an across-the-board improvement. I can't wait to get in with my monk and cause some havoc. Again, like the Wizard, this wasn't as detailed as I would have liked, but it seems to be win-win.


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Next up, the Wizard.

http://us.battle.net/d3/en/blog/6939564/Patch_104_Preview_Wizard-8_15_2012

This one is getting a slight nerf to one skill, although the comments would have you believe it's the worst thing that's ever happened since the Holocaust. Honestly, it doesn't *seem* like that big a deal to me, but I have yet to play a Wizard, so I'm not sure.

It seems that every other rune that isn't the most widely used for each skill is getting major buffs though. This post seems less informative than the last, so I guess we'll have to wait for the patch notes.


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Kinda lost in all the Diablo III news, but the Diablo III Starter Edition is now free, just like WoW and Starcraft 2. No need for guest passes.

It's the same content as the guest pass and the beta weekend-- you can level to 13, and get all the way through the Skeleton King.

http://us.battle.net/d3/en/blog/6939568/Diablo%C2%AE_III_FREE_Starter_Edition_Now_Available-8_14_2012


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Blizzard has just updated their blog with the Barbarian changes.

http://us.battle.net/d3/en/blog/6923460

More classes coming soon.

The one major thing to take away from this-- *nothing* is getting nerfed, and tons of things are getting buffed. The Barbarian is really the best well-rounded at the moment, so there are probably fewer things to do for this class than the others.

Stay tuned for the rest of the class updates!


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I spent far too long on this.


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Dawnguard is out for PC! Get it while it's hot!

http://store.steampowered.com/app/211720/

In case you missed it during the Steam Summer Sale, the base game is also half off right now, and there are deals on previous Elder Scrolls games as well.

If you've missed out on id games, you can also get a massive pack of every game id and Bethesda have released for cheap!


The wonderful people behind the Humble Bundles are doing something different this time-- Music!

A few of the albums are video game related, some directly, some tangentially. All albums are available in MP3 or FLAC, DRM-free.

I wonder what their next foray into electronic media for charity will be. Movies?


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