Not being plugged into the gaming world, I found out about this by accident, from listening to guild chat last night.
Oh, and no, I’m not part of the gaming world.
I’m part of the WoW world.
I don’t have any real gaming anything on my links or feedreaders or whatever. I used to follow the various gaming sites and have subscriptions to gaming magazines (owning multiple platforms, my favorite was Game Informer from EB Games), but years ago I accepted that I am no longer a person that buys games all the time, no matter HOW many platforms we have;
I just play WoW.
I think it’s because I’m a man on a budget, and as long as I’m going to be paying a monthly fee for a game, I find it ever harder to justify spending more money on them, as long as I’m happy with this one.
There’s nothing quite like having a sensible, responsible fiscal plan and basic math skills for ruining the fun of blowing thousands of $$$ on new video games that last 5 hours each to play.
Why look! A new game costs $50, it lasts 4 to 8 hours, and then it’s off to find another one. So, 3 to 4 games a month, times 12 months, times however many average dollars, equals ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR FREAKING MIND?!?!
So. Do your part to be a fiscal conservative, and play WoW.
Even in my cocooned little word, I heard about Portal.
When it was released, Portal almost instantly captured the snarky segment of the gaming world, and plaintive cries of “The cake is a lie!” began to ring throughout Azeroth.
But, like, dude… the game costs $20.
So, I didn’t buy it. Thought about it off and on, but never got it.
Are you like me? Did you always want to try Portal and see what all the fuss was about, but didn’t have the cash to satisfy your curiosity?
Grats! Level up!
It’s now free!
For a limited time….
Here’s the deal. Until May 24th, Portal is free for the taking through the Steam game download and purchasing system.
The only string is, in order to get it, you have to either have a Steam account, or create one and then use Steam to get Portal.
The link is here. <=========== Right there. Come on, click it!!
Seriously. That’s it. Create a Steam account, install Steam (which takes seconds), get your Portal, download it and start playing.
I did it this morning, and I’m darn near done with the first 19 levels. I burned through them in a frenzy of “This game ROCKS!” jubilation.
I now know where such phrases as “The cake is a lie” come from, and I am richer for the experience.
Damn, it is a good game. Brilliant, AND snarky! My favorite combination!
It is a first person shooter… without the shooting part. No, really, it’s freaking brilliant. Well, okay, there is SOME shooting. But you don’t do it. And saying more is a spoiler. So, darn.
I am disappointed that stacking four broken camera heads on a button switch doesn’t provide the weight to trigger it. I spent five minutes balancing those cameras, damn it.
You know those games that say “We encourage you to find alternate ways of winning without just hacking and slashing?”
That is what Portal is all about.
So what are you waiting for? Another Heroic?
Try something new for an afternoon. Go ahead, you can do eeeeet!