With Christmas just around the corner and all the festivities and shopping, I’ve neglected to mention the Steam sales that are going on right now. They’re being updated daily, but some of the current deals deserve a shout out – Batman: Arkham Origins for example is 50% off (until 12/21), so you can get one of the latest games for just $25. (Try that on a console!) Bioshock Infinite is another great game that you can pick up for $10 (75% off), Dead Island is available for $5 (75% off), Dishonored is $7.50 (75% off), Mirror’s Edge is $5 (75% off), and even the pre-order for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is getting a 33% off sale, so it’s $20 right now. There are many other games on sale, and as mentioned the list is being updated daily, so if you have some spare change still floating around the Steam Store is certainly worth a look.

Being Thursday, there’s also a new Humble Weekly starting up. This one doesn’t follow the traditional format in several ways. First, there are only four games, and they’re all from PuppyGames. The titles on hand are games that I haven’t personally played before (or even heard of), but don’t let that stop you as there are boatloads of good games I’ve missed I’m sure. In order of release date we have: Titan Attacks! (March 2006, ~72%), Droid Assault (May 2008, ~80%), Revenge of the Titans (May 2010, 79%), and the more recent Ultratron (March 2013, ~77%). All are retro-style games, and while they’re all normally $10 at Steam, right now they’re on sale for $2 each. But Humble goes one better and provides all four for your donation, to the developers, Humble Bundle, or the GamesAid charity—any amount will do, starting at a whole penny.

So I mentioned that there are a few differences between this Humble Weekly and previous offers. First is that there are no bonus games at the $6 tier; instead, you get Steam codes if you pay more than the average (currently $3.35); otherwise you “only” get DRM-free Windows, OS X, and Linux builds. (You do get the Sandbox Mode on Revenge of the Titans if you beat the average as well—normally a separate DLC.) There’s a stretch goal as well with this bundle: if it raises more than $150,000, PuppyGames will release the source code for all four titles. For anyone looking to get into game programming, that could be a nice little bonus, but perhaps more importantly it opens the door for the modding community to take the reins and run wild. Interesting to note is that the average for Linux purchases is over $1 more than for Windows/Mac users, suggesting the Linux community is perhaps working harder to unlock the source code.

Whatever you want to pay to play, enjoy the games and we at AnandTech wish you all a safe and happy holiday season!

Source: Humble Weekly

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  • marc1000 - Friday, December 20, 2013 - link

    this is a really big number of games on sale! too bad we are not teenagers with lots of free time anymore. I'm pulling the trigger on some Devil May Cry series games on steam today. tks for the news!
  • Death666Angel - Friday, December 20, 2013 - link

    "Interesting to note is that the average for Linux purchases is over $1 more than for Windows/Mac"
    I haven't done the research, but from my memory, Linux > Max > Windows, is usually how the average price goes, with the amount of orders being in the reverse order of course. So I wouldn't read too much into the source code, as the order right now is the standard order of most bundles I've seen. :)
  • DanNeely - Friday, December 20, 2013 - link

    I wish they offered some sort of more detailed breakdown on the donations. Mostly I'm curious if the OS differential is present across the entire range, if the difference in largely driven by the handful of people making huge donations checking linux, if he difference is largely driven by a huge tail of windows users donating a miniscule amount, or something else.
  • JarredWalton - Friday, December 20, 2013 - link

    Yeah, there's not a whole lot of depth, and what do you do if you are multi-platform? I usually go with Windows, but I do have some games I only play on Android. No Linux gaming for me right now -- too much of a hassle to use Linux IMO. :-p
  • BMNify - Friday, December 20, 2013 - link

    Greenmangaming is offering better prices than steam on many games plus there is an extra 20% off voucher code which can be applied to further bring down the price.

    I bought an old game for my old laptop "sonic and sega all star racing" on greenmangaming at $3.00 after using the 20% off code: GMG20-ZB5D1-93X49 , The same game is going for $7.50 under steam sale :)
  • Notmyusualid - Sunday, December 29, 2013 - link

    My wife is making $600 / day from home... no I'm just kidding, I'm kidding! :)

    But seriously, I looked at the sales thought GREAT, and then realized how many titles I have that I have yet to complete!

    It is almost too easy to get your games these days (assuming I'm not on my Thai internet connection), with just a click and confirm, and they get played for a few hours, and then left due to work, other life things, and that is that!

    I even promised myself that I wouldn't buy COD Ghosts due to the amount of cheating on the platform, but, but, but, *CLICK*, dam, I had it. Played it for 5 mins, and some guy goes 35 / 0, another 17 / 0, laughing all the way. What an idiot I am...

    I guess I'll wait until I've finished my current games unless something so cool hits me in the face, like stepping on a garden rake, *WHAM*, where did that come from....ok, but you get me.

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