Steam Gives Ubisoft a Weekend of Discounts

It’s hard to argue when you look at Steam that it’s not the leading distributor of PC games, with its digital platform offering sales and protection for both creators and players of games. This weekend it’s Ubisoft’s turn with a weekend of discounts on all of their games.

Want to grab one of their new games? Why not try about Rainbow Six Seige at 33% off, costing you only £26.79, or how about going a bit Savage in Far Cry Primal for 20% off at £31.99.

Feel like you need something in between? Why not try out Assasin Creed Syndicate for 50% off for only £19.99! Enjoyed the game? Why not purchase the Season pass, which is also 50% off at £9.99.

With Far Cry 3 at 75%, Far Cry 4 at 50% off, the modern Far Cry games all call to be purchased. But what about the older ones? Don’t worry these are also on sale, with the original Far Cry coming in at only £1.74 (75% off) and Far Cry 2: Fortune’s Edition costing only £4.99 (50% off).

Want to play some classics, grab Rayman Legends for £3.99 at 75% off or race around in TrackMania United Forever Star Edition at only £9.99 (50% off).

Classic games like Rainbow Six 3 Gold, the Brothers in Arms Series and the Ghost Recon series are also included in the sale at 50% off.

With so many games to buy, check out the full list here and brace your wallets for a steep decline in funds.

*All prices were listed from the UK version of the site and were valid at the time of writing.

UPDATE: While the games themselves may be discounted at good prices, be wary of buying in bulk as the bundles seem to cost more than if you were to add and buy the games individually. For example, the Assassins Creed Pack will set you back £27.99 but the sale puts the contents of the bundle at only £21.98, something that Steam itself even picks up and tells you. It always helps to shop around, even during sales.

How To Disable Windows 10 Lock Screen Adverts

Windows 10 has caused a debate amongst users, both those who have adopted the new operating system and those who have decided to stay with the older operating systems. One of the most contested things about Windows 10 was its adverts, including those found in its start menu. They even added adverts to solitaire (shown above). People aren’t too keen on the adverts and if you don’t like the ones that appear on your lock screen you can disable them by following the guide below.

It should be noted that the adverts that have appeared on users lock screens only appeared earlier this year, advertising Windows or Xbox games from the Windows Store. People dislike the ads for many reasons, not least of which is the fact that they appear as if they are just normal apps you have on your PC, they don’t even look like advertisements most of the time. The adverts are provided as part of Spotlight, a feature designed to customise your lock screen. If you prefer you didn’t get adverts, you can follow the guide below to remove them.

First things first, you need to go to the settings page and find the option titled Personalization (should have a monitor icon next to it). Once you get to the options you need to select Lock Screen on the left-hand side, something will open that looks innocent and gives you the option to change your lock screen image. Selecting Picture is all you need to do to disable the adverts.

Seems simple right? The catch is that when Microsoft have another ad for you in a weeks time, by default when it’s pushed to your computer Spotlight will re-enable (see why people are getting annoyed yet?).

To disable the recurring Spotlight you need to disable the “Get fun facts, tips, tricks, and more on your lock screen” option that can be found at the bottom once you’ve changed your selection from windows spotlight.

Thanks to Digital trends for pointing out these tips to everyone, and even going so far as to point out that if you check out the start tab of the Personalization screen, you can even disable the Start menu ad’s by disabling the “occasionally show suggestions” option.

Microsoft isn’t making many friends with their decisions to include ad’s (intrusive ones included) in their operating system and isn’t helping it by hiding the choice to disable them behind obscure names and enabling features whenever they want.

Verizon Enterprise Breach Leads to 1.5 Million Customers Records Up For Sale

It’s not been a good year for Verizon. Earlier this month we reported on the fact that the company had been fined by the FCC for “supercookie” tracking, and now it would seem that Verizon Enterprise has been breached resulting in 1.5 million customer records being put up for sale.

The revelation comes as a seller has begun advertising the sale of a database with information for 1.5 million customers of Verizon entertainment, all being offered for the price of $100,000. If you feel like that is a little much you can buy 100,000 records for just $10,000. The thread also contains the option to buy information about security vulnerabilities in Verizon’s website, leading people to question just how safe their data is.

In response, Verizon stated that they had “recently discovered and remediated a security on our enterprise client portal”. Regarding the data itself they state that “an attacked obtained basic contact information on a number of our enterprise customers”.

This would appear to authenticate that the data is real although it may not be as juicy and chock filled with information as some might hope it is. This only looks bad for Verizon Enterprise as they are the ones commonly finding flaws and reporting on breaches like these every year. If you were wondering just how much that could have an impact on people, Verizon’s Enterprise client list includes 99% of Fortune 500 companies.

Semiconductor Marvell Could be up for Sale

The semiconductor industry is a tough area to operate in and it is a dog-eat-dog world, and now it looks like Marvell Technology Group could be the next to be swallowed by a bigger dog on the market. According to an article in the New York Post, the chip maker could be up for sale and Broadcom/Avago could be the possible buyer.

This isn’t the first time that we’ve heard of Avago’s interest in Marvell. Last July several news outlets reported that Avago was interested in the purchase, but was holding their bid until the Broadcom and Avago merger was completed.

It hasn’t gone all that good for Marvell lately despite them making some great chips that we see all the time here in the office when we review products. For example, last month they reached a settlement with Carnegie Mellon University for $750 million and they have also just been through an audit for alleged fraud. They were however cleared in the audit and there wasn’t found any evidence of wrongdoing or accounting fraud as the allegations said.

Still, the stock has been on a steady decline as the semiconductor business generally has been going down and stockholders demand that the company cuts costs. After the stock dove about 40 percent of the past year, it doesn’t come as a big surprise that the stockholders demand some action.

Whether Broadcom (AVGO) will make an official bid or not is something time will tell and I’m sure that there will be a lot of details to iron out between the two before they’ll reach an agreement, if they do at all. There is however also some doubt on whether such a merger could result in an antitrust scrutiny as some of the areas of the two overlap, such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Ethernet switching chips, among others.

New Bill Prevents Federal Agencies Purchasing Apple Products

Apple is currently in congress talking to and explaining the impact that removing or bypassing protection on their iPhones would have if they followed a court order to do so for the FBI. In what may seem like a childish move a congressman has now introduced a bill that would forbid federal agencies from purchasing Apple products.

In the statement, Representative David Jolly stated the following:

“Taxpayers should not be subsidizing a company that refuses to cooperate in a terror investigation that left 14 Americans dead on American soil,” he said. “Who did the terrorist talk to? Who did he message with? Did he go to a safe house? Is there information on the phone that might prevent a future attack on US soil? Following the horrific events of September 11, 2001, every citizen and every company was willing to do whatever it took to side with law enforcement and defeat terror. It’s time Apple shows that same conviction to further protect our nation today.”

Currently, though the bill may not get passed with America split down the middle on the issue and, even more, people coming out in support of both sides, although Apple seems to have the majority rule with large companies and even ex-agency heads coming forward in their support.

With a man whose wife was lost in the attacks stating his support for Apple, the discussions seem to change with every passing minute as people go from supporting the company to stating that the phone could have infected (and be used to fix) virus’s that it may or may not have on it.

Steam Bundles will be Discounted If you Own a Game In the Bundle

It’s that time again, Sales time! We all know the most important sales for an owner of a PC is when the Steam sale comes around. You load up the page, and suddenly the money just seems to fade away from you as game after game comes along. You notice a bundle, your favourite game series has released a bundle with DLC’s and add-ons galore, but its still going to cost you a pretty large amount even though you own the main bulk of the bundle. This is all set to change though with Steam bundles losing price if you own something in the bundle.

The scale of the discount you’ll receive will changed based on several things including the price of what you own and how many of the items in the bundle you own, this means that you will only be paying the difference between your collection and the bundle. This doesn’t mean that all bundles will work like this, with older bundles (titled Must Purchase Together by Valve) will still exist for things like deluxe editions of games and those with soundtracks included in specific purchases.

Currently the system is only in place for a few bundles, and with an unclear future of when it could be rolled out to every bundle in their library, we just hope it’s done before the next Steam sale.

Smite Skin Sale Ends Soon!

Of all the multiplayer online battle arena games (MOBA’s), I will admit that I prefer Smite. The unique 3rd person view brings you closer to the action and means that sneaking up behind your opponent brings them that much closer to defeat. With every character unlockable for just a one off payment of £20.99, including all of their future releases, it isn’t hard to see a reason why people like putting gods like Zeus against Thor and Ra. If you ever felt like a change though their skins are often unique and refreshing, with the Leap Year and Rising Dawn sales ending soon you can get them for even less!

The Rising Dawn event is there to celebrate the release of the Japanese pantheon, with gods like Ameratsu and Raijin tearing through the battle with sword and thunder alike. To celebrate this you can get a set of Japanese inspired skins for your favourite gods, with the loveable Neith dressed in pink with love hearts and fluffy animals, or if you wanted to go Godzilla (or Gojira) on some people Sobek is your god to call. Ymir goes sumo with his new skin and grabbing all of these and the rising dawn bundle gets you a machine based Sol skin. The deal ends on the 1st March so now may be your best chance to grab the deal.

The Leap Year sale brings you a bunch of skins for 50% off, with everything from the mecha forms of Digi-Mir 9000 Ymir and G.E.B.1 GEB to the sneaky Shinobalanque Xbalanque and Infiltrator Loki all going for cheap. With the sale ending on the 29th though you haven’t got long.

Paypal Blocks VPN and UnoTelly Payments

Paypal is the default setting for a lot of people and companies when it comes to online payments, easy to implement and with a safety net of features people feel comforted by while doing online banking. With Paypal’s purchase of digital money company Xoom, it seemed like Paypal wanted to take all the money but they’ve now started blocking payments using the Candian company UnoTelly.

Under Paypal’s Acceptance use policy states that it cannot be used to send payments “for items that infringe or violate any copyright, trademark, right of publicity or privacy, or any other proprietary right under the laws of any jurisdiction”. UnoTelly offers smartDNS and VPN access, techniques which have been used to remove geo-blocks from websites, a technique that lets you watch or use sites that are often blocked in particular areas of the world. Copyright holders have often argued that VPN networks could be used to bypass copyright, enabling you to access and watch videos through services like Netflix in regions where the show is blocked.

The problem with this decision is that a lot of people, such as large businesses, use VPN’s for legitimate reasons and putting a blanket ban on VPN users making purchases through Paypal would surely only end with the services use declining.

Feeling Those Gamer Blues? Check out Humble Store’s Winter Sale

Christmas is over, the new year is gone. That doesn’t mean your gaming sales have to end, the Humble Store is the latest to start a winter sale with your bank accounts begging for a visit.

Why not start by surviving dinosaurs on a tropical island to overcome the cold in Ark Survival for %40 off, settling at an acceptable £13.79. Boost around the pitch and score goals in a rocket powered car in Rocket league for only £10.49. Still too much? Why not try games like Dishonored Game of the Year Edition for only £6.79, or the latest in the Trine series, Trine 3, for only £3.99. Go retro with Pacman for £2.99 or Audiosurf for £0.69.

With discounts on entire series like the Call of Duty franchise, you can enjoy Advanced Warefare Gold Edition for only £19.99 or the complete Zombie Experiance for £67.49, at 50% off.

Sales are all over the place all year around but with 10% of your purchase going to the one of the many charities they support, please think about checking out the store and doing a little good with your games. They even have a bundle for mobile courtesy of Bandai Namco, featuring everything from Pac-man to Pac-man, with a little bit of Flight Control and Ridge Racer joining.

“YAZI” Venator Class Star Destroyer Gaming Desktop Removed From eBay

Sander Van der Velden’s incredible reproduction of a Star destroyer is mind-blowing and one of the best case mods I’ve seen! The attention-to-detail throughout is hard to believe and constructed from aluminium pieces via 3D printing techniques. It’s certainly worth checking out the build log on here which provides a great insight into the techniques used to attain such a marvellous finish. After being showcased in the MSI suite, the creator listing the PC at a starting price of $2600.

However, the listing has now ended and is no longer available. This is because the item has been purchased by MSI as a showpiece for events.

In terms of its specifications, the device sports an MSI 780Ti lightning, MSI B150M motherboard, Intel Core i5-6600K, Avexir 16GB DDR4 memory, OCZ Vector 960Gb SSD, Thermaltake 1200 watt power supply and Thermaltake water cooling apparatus.

What would you pay to own this particular mod project?

Steam Sets New Concurrent Online User Record

Valve’s Steam platform has set many records over the years and this holiday sale managed to create a new one for them yesterday in the form of a new concurrent online user record. The previous record in this regard was set back in October where they managed to have 10.7 million users online at the same time. Current stats from Steam now show that they had an impressive 12.3 million concurrent users logged in at the same time yesterday.

The new record is undoubtedly aided by the ongoing holiday sale coming to an end. There haven’t been any daily deal or flash deals this year, so it is fair to assume that a lot of people have been holding off until the end with their purchases. The profile badge surely also had something to do with it and people were logging in to get the last few cards, either to sell or trade them, or complete the next level of their Winter Holiday 2015 badge.

The 12,332,504 concurrent users that were logged in at the same time is an impressive milestone and something that probably also was aided by the general increase of Chinese users. They now have about as many active users as the UK, but a total overall of 600 million user accounts. The US is still leading with about 25 million users at any given time where the UK and China come in around 5.5 and 6 million each. However, the average UK player owns five times the games according to SteamSpy statistics

It is also easy to see which games help steam on a daily basis with Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive ranking the top two spots daily with around 950,000 and 650,000 users playing the games respectively at the same time.

Have you been splurging on this years Steam Winter Sale or have you been holding back for one reason or another? Let us know what you got as well as what you had hoped to get but didn’t because the proper deal was missing.

Another Fantastic Humble Bundle – Just in Time for Christmas

At this time of year, we often see sales appear, from GOG’s store opening sales and deals to the infamous Steam Winter Sale. Amongst these sales, we must remember to keep your eyes peeled for other great deals, the ones that may not be holiday deals, but don’t mean they can’t brighten up those dark mornings. One of the regular deals, Humble Bundle, is back with yet another great selection.

The Humble Square Enix Bundle features a range of games going from $1 to $13. At $1 you get Life is Strange episode 1 and the last Remnant. As if altering time in order to twist a story as you wish it to unfold and saving the world from creatures unknown but all-powerful isn’t enough, why not solve murders in Murdered: Soul Suspect. Still not interested? How about Tomb Raider 1, 2 and 3!

Still not interested? Why not get Just Cause 1 and 2, 30 days of Final Fantasy XIV and Front Mission Evolved among the “pay more than the average” price bracket. With games like Tomb Raider GOTY edition and Hitman Absolution Elite Edition in the $13 bracket with even more games unlocking on Tuesday.

Check the bundle out here

Hide Your Wallets – Steam Winter Sale Starts Today

It is that wonderful time of the year again, the time where you should hide your wallets and credit cards far away and preferable forget where they are until next year. The reason, Steam Winter Sale is starting today and it is that time where your risk buying hundreds of games because they are cheap and look interesting enough to be worth it.

There will also be a lot of high-profile games on sale as there is each year and while PayPal told us the date for the sale a while ago, we don’t know what actual games will be on sale yet. But there are only a few hours until we all find out.

This year as every year, Steam created a profile badge for the sale where you can collect trading cards in order to craft your badge and get an emoticon, background, or other in-game items. Usually, you’ll get one card for free each day for logging in and more for every 10 dollars you spend during the sale.

Are there any special deals you are hoping for? Some game you have been waiting to get? Or have you already spent all your money in advance to be out of the risk zone? Let us know in the comments.

The GOG Christmas Gaming Sale is Here!

Another season, another sale. Every holiday we are greeted by an onslaught of sales with Steam’s beginning on the 23rd, but it is no way the first with GOG already starting their Christmas sale.

First up is their free game, Bio Menace. Featuring a CIA agent he battles mutants and monsters in a 2D scrolling shooter with clear influence from Duke Nukem, what with big guns and over the top violence, or is that just a few signs of a good game?

In case that isn’t enough for you then why not have a look at the 75% off the entire Bethesda catalog? Relieve some of the classics such as Quake or the original Fallout for as little as £1.69, of course, these are all DRM free as is everything from the GOG store. Feel like something a tiny bit more modern? Why not try the precursor to Oblivion and Skyrim, with the Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind for only £5.09 for the game of the year edition.

Feel like something a little less fantasy, why not try Return to Castle Wolfenstein for £1.69. If this isn’t enough, get a free copy of The Elder Scrolls: Arena and The Elder Scrolls Chapter II: Daggerfall with any purchase from the Bethesda catalog.

Time for that early Christmas treat, but hurry the sale ends on December 29th!

Paypal Leaks Steam’s Upcoming Winter Sale Date

The Steam digital distribution client gained notoriety for deep discounts on a wide selection of games from niche indie titles to AAA blockbusters. Although, in recent years, the sales haven’t been as enticing and many people flock to third-party key resellers to acquire the latest games at rock bottom prices. Nevertheless, during any Steam event, there’s always some bargains to be found. As you might expect, Valve is planning a Winter Sale for the holiday period. Furthermore, The Dark Side of Gaming received an advert from Paypal leaking the sale’s date:

It’s not uncommon for Steam sale dates to be revealed beforehand, but it’s certainly an error on Paypal’s part. Unless, they want to inform people prior to the sale to purchase Steam gift cards. Whatever the case, December 22nd isn’t too far off and I cannot wait to see which games I can pick up for low prices. Sadly, it looks like there won’t be able flash deals, or daily deals due to the recent Steam Refund Policy. This does take away some of the excitement factor and I loved the countdown when new deals arrived each day.

GOG’s Big Winter Sale Begins – Over 500 Games at up to 90% Off

Today sees the launch of GOG.com’s Big Winter Sale, offering over 500 games for up to 90% off, and mystery games worth between $9.99 and $34.99 being sold for £1.99/$3; these mystery games are not included in the regular sale, and any games already owned the customer (via GOG) will be excluded.

The first wave of the sale includes some big bundles, available for the next 48 hours. The packages include:

  • Star Wars Blaster Bundle (Star Wars: X-Wing Special Edition, Star Wars: TIE Fighter Special Edition, Star Wars: X-Wing Vs. TIE Fighter, Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance, Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 3D, Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds Saga, Star Wars Rebellion, Star Wars: Rebel Assault, and  Star Wars: Rebel Assault 2) – £19.32 [60% off]
  • Star Wars Saber Bundle (Star Wars: Knight of the Old Republic, Star Wars: Knight of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, Star Wars Republic Commando, Star Wars: Jedi Knight – Jedi Academy, Star Wars: Jedi Knight II – Jedi Outcast, Star Wars: Dark Forces, Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II, Star Wars Empire at War: Gold Pack, Star Wars Starfighter, and Star Wars Battlefront II) – £15.60 [76% off]
  • Lucasarts Classics (Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb, Sam & Max Hit the Road, The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck’s Revenge, The Dig, Loom, Afterlife, Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders, and Outlaws + A Handful of Missions) – £11.30 [75% off]

Other sale highlights include The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (50% off), Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition (33% off), Kerbal Space Program (40% off), STASIS (50% off), and Metro 2033 Redux & Last Light Redux (75% off).

Developers Increased Steam Game Prices Before Autumn Sale!

The Steam Autumn Sale has finally begun and it can be extremely tempting to purchase a huge array of games across various genres. Bizarrely, the current sale doesn’t feature any flash or daily deals and critics have argued this could be a result of Steam’s Refund Policy. Arguably, Valve is concerned about people purchasing something at a specific price, using the Refund Policy and re-purchasing 24 hours later at a cheaper rate. As with any promotion, it’s important to be skeptical and realize the majority of sale events are a marketing exercise. You only need to look at Black Friday to see the tricks employed to make people overspend.

According to Steam Spy, a number of games have increased their base price just before the sale began. As a result, the discounted percentage is larger and makes the consumer feel they are getting a better deal. It also explains why 75% off doesn’t equate to £2-3 anymore.

While this is pretty dishonest, it’s been going on for some time and I cannot see it changing anytime soon. Developers are implementing every possible trick to maximize profits from each purchase. It’s a sorry situation, but you have to take into account the poor discoverability on Steam and huge quantity of games. This means it’s very difficult for smaller studios to remain in business.

On the other hand, honesty is always the best policy and developers should respect consumers more by avoiding these sort of marketing tricks. It once again shows how Steam is simply becoming a client to play games while a huge number of people purchase codes from third-party resellers.

Amazon Passwords Could Have Been Leaked

It’s that time of the year again, when everyone goes crazy and starts buying ready for all the events and gift giving that is come over the next few months (some even preparing so much as to get some ordered for next year). Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year is upon us and with it a lot of people are looking and watching online stores waiting for that juicy one time deal they could quickly scope up before it all goes. To no surprise, Amazon is one of these online stores, so what does it mean when people started receiving emails asking them to change their passwords? That’s right another potential breach.

As reported by ZDNet, a selection of their readers received emails asking them to reset their password (the email was also sent via Amazons message centre, confirming that it came from a legitimate source). The reason given was that your password could have been stored on your device or transmitted in a way that exposed it to third parties.

Amazon continued to state they had corrected the issue, but that temporary passwords were being issued as a sign of caution.

Given recent hacks and breaches, it’s not surprising that Amazon is airing on the side of caution when it comes to people’s accounts, especially around this time of year.

The UK’s Xbox One Black Friday Sale is Rubbish

Black Friday has become a phenomenon throughout the world as shoppers desperately try to pickup items at heavily discounted prices. That’s only the theory though, as some retailers increase the RRP base price to make the discount rate higher. Although, this isn’t always the case and there are usually some bargains if you keep a close eye on HotUKDeals. While it’s not officially Black Friday just yet, stores like Amazon have already launched flash sales. Today, Microsoft unveiled their Xbox Black Friday digital sale which features discounts on a number of major releases. Sadly, the prices are terrible and you can easily acquire any of the discounted games from third party sellers at lower prices.

Microsoft has discounted quite a few titles but I’ve decided to focus on the major releases. Firstly, Grand Theft Auto V used has been as cheap as £17.51 and you can cheekily buy it using a VPN from Xbox’s Columbia store for £20.48. If you desperately want a retail copy which can be resold, eBay prices are still significantly lower than the £32.99. Fifa 16 is available via digital download from VideoGameBox for £23.13 and retail editions aren’t that much more expensive than Microsoft’s Black Friday price. Finally, Forza 6 recently sold for £27.99 although this has now increased.

To summarize, the Xbox One Black Friday sale is very disappointing and easily beaten by major retailers. Additionally, these are digital games with zero resale value. As a result, they should be at least £10 cheaper than the retail equivalents. Yes, I’ve included some digital games in the pricing comparison but this was simply to show the cheapest price on the market. In all honesty, you could probably buy retail copies cheaper, or around the same price and sell the games after competition.

Steam Autumn and Winter Sales Leaked: No more Flash/Daily Sales

For those of you looking to pick up games at a bargain price, it’s time to get your wallet ready. According to a report from the Steamworks developer group, the Steam Autumn sale will run from November 25th 10am PT to December 1st 10am PT. For the Winter/Holiday sale, the leaked duration is from December 22nd at 10am PT all the way till January 4th at 10am PT. The biggest change from past sales, however, will be the absence of the Flash and Daily sales.

In past Steam sales, games usually went on sale at an okay rate for the duration of the event. If you wanted a great deal like 50% or even more off, you would have to check in every day for the Daily deals. If you wanted an even steeper discount, there were multiple Flash sales which only lasted a few hours, meaning customers had to check in multiple times a day.

With the loss of the Daily and Flash deals, one discount price will last for the entire sale. This means customers will not have to check in all the time and see if their wishlist games got any cheaper that day. On the other hand, it does mean that even for those willing to put in the effort to check, there won’t be any extra steep discounts to be had. It will be interesting to see if Valve ends up going with this leaked plan and how it all turns out at the end.

Sony To Cease Betamax Sales After 40 Years

Betamax was pioneered by Sony in the 1970s and utilized a magnetic tape to offer mainstream recording functionality. Initially, Sony tried to dominate the market and make Betamax the industry standard. However, JVC had other ideas and decided to make their own tape recorder called VHS. By 1980, the VHS format accounted for 60% of the North American market and signified the demise of Betamax.

Despite this, Sony’s failed format continued to sell reasonably well in Japan and can still be procured today. Although, Sony announced that Betamax sales will officially end in March 2016. It might surprise people in the west that old formats like Betamax are popular in Japan. Although, ancient electronics and retro games are often seen in various second-hand stores, and the “junk” section can contain broken Betamax players.

It’s important to remember how long the PlayStation 2 was in production throughout Japan. 40 years is a healthy lifespan given the format’s utter failure. I’m personally sad to see any piece of technology being retired, but it’s very niche in 2015. Modern media revolves around streaming which means dedicated players could become obsolete soon. Of course, 4K Blu-Rays could help prolong the lifespan of optical media, but its fate is sealed.

Are you still using VHS tapes? Perhaps, you’re a fan of the mighty LaserDisc format!

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GOG.com’s Fall Sale Sees Huge Discounts on Hundreds of Games

Following its successful Halloween sale, GOG.com has launched its Fall (or Autumn, to us Brits) sale, with up to 90% off hundreds of recent and classic games, plus some tasty freebies for those who hit spending thresholds. Over 350 titles are on sale, with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Grim Fandango Remastered, and Pillars of Eternity all available at bargain prices.

Highlights of the sale include:

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (30% off): £34.99
  • Pillars of Eternity – Hero Edition (50% off): £17.49
  • Age of Wonders III – Deluxe Edition (75% off): £6.79
  • Elder Scrolls Classics [Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire, and Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard] (66% off): £7.57
  • Fallout Originals [Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics] (66% off): £6.57
  • Saints Row The Third – The Full Package (75% off): £2.49
  • Grim Fandango Remastered (66% off): £3.39
  • Jade Empire – Special Edition (80%): £1.99
  • Stasis (40% off): £11.39
  • Broken Age – Season Pass (75% off): £4.79
  • New ‘n’ Tasty! Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee (49% off): £7.59
  • Beyond Good and Evil (74% off): £1.69

As an added bonus, for the rest of today, if you spend £3.29 you get System Shock 2 absolutely free. Exceed £9.79 or £19.49, and you receive free copies of Chronicles of Riddick and Banished, respectively. The free games available will rotate every day during the sale.

Time to Scare Your Wallets! The Steam Halloween Sale is Here!

There are few times when our wallets fear to be opened, when they do, however, it tends to be a Steam sale. This Halloween is no different with sales on a variety of games (most of which with some fear factor in them).

Feel like it has been a slow day? Why not give Valve’s very own Left 4 Dead series for £2.99 each or both for £4.59. The zombie game features four survivors fighting off hordes of zombies, and some with a few special traits. Smoke, slime or slam as zombies in VS. or hope that your teamwork can hold out against the hordes in survival with the entire workshop library turning your nightmares into laughs and fear feasts.

Feel a little old today? Don’t worry Steam have you covered with 33% off Ark: Survival Evolved. Standard on an island, alone (or with friends, and some not so friendly people) you soon come face to face with dinos and disaster as you fight to survive on the island, staying warm and warding off everything from a dodo to a T-Rex. As if that wasn’t enough for £15.40, this week they have a special Halloween event where a certain dinosaur has a few more bones on show than usual.

Feel like a fright? Why not try the five nights at Freddy Series, pitting you against… children’s entertainment? Working the night shift will never be the same when you see what happens after dark with these fun-loving characters. And at 50% off, meaning it’s only £10 for the whole series, there are some things you just can’t hide from.

With thousands of games in the Steam Halloween Sale, it’s well worth checking out some of the deals, although be warned, your wallet is in for a scare!

GOG Halloween Sale Begins! Days Of Deals Up To 80% Off

Halloween is less than a week away and with sales and GOG are no stranger to sales and deals. For less than 4 days games are available for up to 80% off, so why not see if any of the following catch your interest.

Outlast

So what could be scarier than being a news reporter and having to go to strange new places and find out all those deep dark secrets? How about when you get a tip, you only have to follow up right? What about when that place is a locked up mental asylum?

Outlast sees you follow out this tale in a stealth based game utilizing parkour, based on real asylums and criminal insanity. At £3.29 for the base game, and a further £1.49 for the expansion you can grab the full bundle for less than £5 and it’s well worth the experience.

Amnesia

Mentioned in our recent covering of Halloween based games, Amnesia is a series of games which feature more of a scare and run than run and gun. At £3.29 for Amnesia Dark Descent and a further £3.29 for A Machine For Pigs, you can hide and seek out the truth while avoiding both the creatures that look to hunt you and the darkness that may make you a little jumpy at the shadows.

Alan Wake

The dark is a mysterious thing, it can be both intriguing and at the same time it can also make you jump and hear your heart beat through your ears. For £6.68 for the series or £4.99 for Alex Wake, and £1.69 for the American Nightmare, why not try scaring off the shadows and experiencing a story that will grip you till you leave.

Toshiba is Apparently Selling Their Camera Business to Sony

There have been rumors circulating from Bloomberg, the Japan Times and Reuters regarding the sale of Toshiba’s sensor business to Sony. Apparently, the deal is worth $165 million and part of Toshiba’s large restructuring programme. The image sensors are paramount to Toshiba’s LSI semiconductor business and provides the technology for smartphones and traditional cameras. However, Toshiba’s position in the smartphone market is extremely weak and only used in a couple of handsets; the most luxurious model is the HTC One M9.

In contrast to this, Sony controlled about 40 percent of the $8.7 billion image sensor market last year, compared with about 16 percent for its next biggest competitor, according to Techno System Research. Compared to their other business ventures, the sensor market is extremely promising and a profitable endeavor. As a result, this particular sale makes sense given Sony’s financial success and Toshiba’s fragile position. Additionally, Toshiba needs to try to restore faith in their company given the recent executive profits scandal.

Sony even provides the sensor technology to a large quantity of Chinese handsets, while keeping their flagship technology for the Xperia series. It’s an interesting course of events, as Sony’s mobile sales were quite poor and it looked for some time they could exit this particular market.

UK Customers Can Now Get 20% Off Any eBay Item From 4PM Today

As Christmas season approaches, it’s vital to find the best deals on technology, video games and other essential presents before the chaotic rush begins. Shopping online around the holiday period is usually stress-free and allows you to purchase items at a significant discount. For one day only, eBay is launching a promotion for UK buyers and offering 20% off any item over £20. However, on more expensive items, the highest discount offered is £50. This is still an excellent promotion though as eBay has a wide range of products from leading companies.

To access the promotional code, all you have to do is ‘Like’ eBay’s Facebook page, then apply the discount during checkout. Please note, purchases apply to any item via bidding or Buy-It-Now listings and you have to pay using PayPal. If you’re not overly fond of Facebook, then the code should be displayed on this thread. In terms of technology, the discount allows you to purchase CPU coolers, RAM and GPUs at a price which could be below the retailer cost value. Remember that eBay is taking the loss on 20% and not the retailer. In theory, the deal means it’s relatively easy to pick up an Xbox One around the £200 mark, or high-end items like the Swiftech H220-X for approximately £130.

Whatever your specific needs are, this promotion could be the best chance to pick up technology at rock-bottom prices. As always, check the user’s feedback and I would recommend you purchase items from leading sellers like Scan, ShopTo and others!

Steam Launched Short Time Stealth Game Sale With up to 90% Discounts

Steam has launched a new short time sale and it is a stealthy one, but it is one where you might be able to get a great deal on one of those games that you’ve been holding back getting. We’ve recently shown you where to get great deals outside of Steam, but we shouldn’t forget about the platform itself.

The sale is the first Stealth Game sale that Steam is hosting and it will continue from today thru Friday with great deals on over 60 titles that include savings of up to 90%. You’ll find games such as Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry where you can dive into large open-world maps and live out an adventure for a while, but there are also Tom Clancy Games, Styx, Crysis and many more.

Mini ninjas, Thief, and Aliens vs. Predator are also great games that definitely are worth checking out while Steam Workshop fans might find Gunpoint entertaining.

If you spotted something you want, then you should right on over to the Steam Stealth Sale page that can be found at store.steampowered.com/sale/stealth_sale There is plenty to choose from, but not unlimited time to do so. Have you spotted anything that you’re missing or are you saving your pennies for something else? Let us know in the comments.