Shack PSA: Weekend PC Digital Deals and Discounts

"But beloved sage," the neighbourhood children will say as they crowd around you, their faces all sticky with honey and speckled with breadcrumbs, "why did you wait until the week-end to buy PC games? And what is a PC? And a game? Or laughter? And fun? Why did you weep when the Spider People descended from the skies in a rain of nuclear fire? And why do you wriggle so in our web?" Ah, the innocence of youth!

This weekend, you can pick up the original Dead Space for $6.80, just in time for the launch of its sequel next week. On the subject of launches, there's a third off the intriguing indie RTS Apox to celebrate its own launch, letting you enter a Mad Max-style post-apocalyptic world for only $10. If you want your strategy terrifyingly deep, though, there's 80% off Europa Universalis III. Or to be mystified, pick up Myst cheap.

Here's a selection of the discounts offered by digital distributors over the weekend:


Good Old Games Impulse Direct2Drive

20% off "survival" games including Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Dead Space, Dead Space 2 pre-orders and BioShock 2 with a coupon code. Also these discounts:

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From The Chatty
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    January 21, 2011 5:39 PM

    Any reason why Steam games (and PC games) are $59.99 now since need for materials to ship the game are non-existent? It's stupid.

    Just more reason to wait for a big price drop or bargain bin. Dead Space for $6 isn't bad, however.

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      January 21, 2011 5:48 PM

      What people pay is what determines how much they'll charge.

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      January 21, 2011 6:08 PM

      Perception of value

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      January 21, 2011 6:32 PM

      I'm going to guess it has something to do with publishers liking money.

      But yes, the consolation is that it will eventually be marked down to $10-20.

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      January 21, 2011 7:14 PM

      sure, you arent paying for a box or manual...but steam has to get a cut of the sale.

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      January 21, 2011 10:57 PM

      Materials and shipping never amounted to more than a few dollars of the value of any game. The major costs like development, marketing, and retailing don't go down if the game is sold via download. Plus, jtthe2nd is right.

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      January 22, 2011 5:44 AM

      So store sales aren't hurt. Publishers set them.

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      January 22, 2011 8:42 AM

      Did you realize that its only the Activision and EA games that are 59$, every other publisher sells their games at 49$ or lower.
      That's exactly why ill be waiting for a price drop before i buy Crysis 2 and Dead Space 2.

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      January 22, 2011 12:46 PM

      One of the biggest reasons I think explained earlier in steams life was so they don't walk all over retail stores. Because then, retail stores get pissed off they're beeing undercut and not moving as much product, and stop carrying it. Then publisher gets pissed off they're not selling their product at as many venues as possible. So in other words, steam has to match the price of retail stores otherise they get upset and at this point in time retail is still king.

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      January 22, 2011 5:24 PM

      Because publishers haven't figured out that putting the game at a lower price initially would lead to a lot more people buying it at launch, which would lead to more positive word of mouth leading to even greater profits than the sell less for more strategy they're currently using.

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      January 23, 2011 10:58 AM

      For all my games I wait at least 6 months to buy them. Patience isn't only a virtue, it's thrifty!

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        January 23, 2011 4:06 PM

        I've learned to do this with age. Unless it's a must have game like a Modern Warfare, WoW expansion or Diablo 3, DNF, pretty much the case. I just picked up Spiderman Shattered Dimensions at Wal Mart for $20 and that came out what, summertime?

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