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Game deals: Steam holds Summer Sale, Humble Spiderweb Bundle
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Jul 11, 2013, 07:46 PM
Gaming download merchant Steam has kicked off its Summer Sale, which runs from today through July 22 and offers up to 90 percent off on a changed-daily array of its popular Mac and PC titles. Users can vote for games to be included in a "flash sale" for an eight-hour period as well. In a separate offer, the Humble Bundle group have devoted their weekly sale to the old-school RPG works of Spiderweb Software, makers of titles such as Avernum and Avadon. The Humble Bundle is a pay-what-you-want offer, and includes 15 Spiderweb titles along with bonus game art and hint books.

The Steam Summer sale's daily deals for Thursday include the Windows version of Bioshock Infinite, which is been reduced to half of its $60 normal price. The lush fantasy epic has steep machine requirements but can be played on Macs running Windows provided the machines are of recent vintage and have a substantive video card or chipset. The "Columbia's Finest" add-on pack is also available for half of its usual $5 price.

The other titles for Thursday are the cartoon survival game Don't Starve (now $9, 40 percent off, Mac/Windows/Linux); Call of Juarez Gunslinger ($10.04, 33 percent off, Windows only); Left4Dead 2 ($5, 75 percent off, Mac and Windows), along with another deal that offers both the original Left4Dead and Left4Dead 2 for 75 percent off, a total of $7.50 -- along with similar discounts on add-on packs and game accessories; strategy game Endless Space ($10.50, 66 percent off, Mac and Windows); Antichamber ($6.79, 66 percent off, Windows only); casual adventure platformer Toki Tori 2+ ($9.89, 34 percent off, Mac and Windows); casual strategy/adventure title Scribblenauts Unlimited ($5, 75 percent off, Windows only); crime RPG Hotline Miami ($2.50, 75 percent off, Mac and Windows) and MMPRG Defiance ($13.59, 66 percent off, Windows only).

In addition, titles such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive ($5.09, 66 percent off, Mac and Windows); racing game Grid 2 ($30, 40 percent off, Windows only); Dragon Age Origins Unlimited Edition ($9, 70 percent off, Windows only), and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition ($36, 40 percent off, Windows only) are featured in the current "flash sale" at the time of this writing, with two hours left before the four selections are swapped out for user-voted alternatives. A complete list of sale games can be found here.

The Humble Weekly Bundle features DRM-free games that run on multiple platforms, priced on a pay-what-you-want basis with a portion of the money going to user-selected charities in user-selected percentages. The two charities on offer are Child's Play, which provides games and gaming equipment to children's hospitals, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Buyers can opt to pay more than the average price (currently $3.95) in order to unlock additional games and content.

The offer includes a total of 15 of Spiderweb's games reaching back into the 90s in their origins in some cases, but most updated for modern machines while retaining the old-school graphical RPG dungeon-crawl feel of the games. Included in the basic bundle is the Geneforge Saga, including all five titles in the series that mixes fantasy and science fiction; the company's latest title, Avadon: The Black Fortress; The Avernum First Trilogy (which will not run on OS X 10.7 or newer) and Blades of Avernum; The Great Trials Trilogy which comprises Avernum 4, 5 and 6; and bonus game art and hint books. Buyers who top the average price will also get the 90s-styled Avernum: Escape from the Pit as well as Nethergate Resurrection, the modern revamp of the 1999 fantasy/historical RPG Nethergate.

The Humble Bundle, which also kicked off earlier today, has already raised $57,000 from 14,277 purchases. As is traditional with these offers, Linux users pay the most on average, followed by Mac users close behind and Windows users (who make up just over two-thirds of buyers) paying far less. Users decide what portion of their donation goes to each charity or to the Humble Bundle organizers as a "tip." The sale ends on July 17.

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