Cheap on the Cloud
Cheap on the Cloud – 10/22/11
Rip out the couch cushions. These deals are too good to pass up.
If you haven’t heard it (and given their approach to marketing, there’s a safe bet that you haven’t), OnLive is a cloud gaming service, which houses all of their data on remote servers and streams content to users who have purchased a “PlayPass”. This means no downloads, no hard drive space used, and no CDs to install.
The black lining to the silver cloud, however, is the often-experienced latency issues when using the service. Frequently when playing a game such as Splinter Cell: Conviction, a half-second lag spike can mean the difference between a stealthily executed flank and Mr. Fisher sprinting into flood lights in a straight line.
My modem has other plans…
My own frustrations aside, OnLive has been having some killer deals over the past couple of weeks. Their popular “Five Dollar Fridays” mega-sales are unfortunately coming to a close, having riddled off a massive week of sales including Assassin’s Creed 2 and Duke Nukem: Forever. A simple office gamble, however, has shed light onto an even bigger, almost ludicrous offer.
OnLive “Community Guy” Matt Jensen issued a challenge/wager to the Internet this past Thursday that at first appeared to be a pretty daunting task: to gain 10,000 additional fans on Facebook in a 48 hour period. Given that the official OnLive fan page was sitting at a shrug-worthy 52k at the time of posting, naysayers guffawed at the idea. Fast forward seven hours, and the goal was met.
Never offer the Internet money.
New users are eligible to purchase their first PlayPass for a single measly Washington, while loyal customers were emailed individual codes to redeem for a whopping 98% discount. The offer remains open until October 30th, and is valid on any playpass purchase, including versions containing bonus content (i.e. the Augmented Edition of Deus Ex: Human Revolution).
In honor of the 10th anniversary of Grand Theft Auto III, Steam is holding a Valve-esque deal on select GTA titles. And by select, I mean pretty much all of them.
The GTA classics pack, which includes GTA, GTA 2, GTA 3, GTA: Vice City, and GTA: San Andreas, has taken a slashing down to $10.19, while individual games in the pack range from $3.00 – $5.00. Meanwhile, the Complete Package, which includes all of the above listed titles in addition to GTA IV, GTA: San Andreas and GTA: Episodes from Liberty City, sits upon the digital shelf with a $12.49 sticker. If you’ve ever been even remotely interested in the Grand Theft Auto series, you owe it to yourself to pick up one of these package deals. The sale ends this Monday, the 24th at 10:00 AM PST.
Additionally, Alice: Madness Returns is taking half-off (gore pun unintended) this weekend per Steam’s regular Weekend Deal, and is available for $14.99. Reviews left fans of the franchise with mixed feelings overall, but given the capacity for generally ridiculous fun to be had here, it might be a deal worth checking out.
XBLA DOTW (Xbox Live Arcade Deal of the Week): Halo: Reach Defiant and Noble Map Packs
50% off – 400 MP/$5.00 per pack
Enjoy the deals, brethren. I’m off to the Laundromat, scavenging the floor in hopes of loose pockets.