All Bundled Up

From tomorrow onwards, I’m going to make all posts pertaining to Humble (as in sales, and bundles) to the relevant blogs, those currently being Geeked Up & Network and Gamed Up. Given that Humble has now gone past gaming, it makes sense to split up the gaming and non-gaming bundles into separate posts; I will always link (at the bottom) the related posts on other Geeked Up blogs, so if you don’t find what you’re looking for on one blog post, it may be on the other. Keep in mind that I do eventually want to have blogs for Actioned Up and Stemed Up, the posts of which will follow the exact same format. I will also include other notable bundles within the same posts, under the correct categories, and where appropriate, with a partner link, which will help support our efforts, be it for purchasing equipment, games, hosting, travel, or otherwise supporting the Geeked Up Network as a whole (and also Stormhaven Media, GUN’s parent).

To make things easier, this is essentially the way I’ll be organising the link groupings:

  • Actioned Up: Comics, fiction books (including gaming settings), other entertainment, music (game and other)
  • Gamed Up: Video games, game music, tabletop gaming, fiction within a gaming setting
  • Geeked Up & Network: Anything not covered under the other branches
  • Stemed Up: Anything to do with the sciences, technology, engineering, and similarly technical subjects

All of the links will of course be using the “geekedupuk” partner link, but just to fit things into neat categories, as well as keeping each blog up to date, up to 4 blog posts will be made for each bundle – once we have launched the Actioned Up and Stemed Up blogs – but for the time being, there will only be posts to the Geeked Up & Network, or Gamed Up blogs. It is likely that the remaining 2 blogs will be deployed once we move over to proper hosting, so for now, there are two distinctive gaming and non-gaming bundle lists that will be compiled.

This post will be duplicated between both the Geeked Up Network and Gamed Up blogs, with a crosspost link available below; I’ll start using the new format now, so by the time things are launched, you’ll be used to seeing it in the appropriate posts. Please note however that some blogs may not be linked because there’s no corresponding post, it’s more just a format placeholder. The blogs will always be in alphabetical order (with Geeked Up & Network always at the start as it’s the parent), and below the writer’s signature.

Lastly, if you want to suggest charities we should be supporting, then please comment below, or tweet us at the relevant Twitter account, or comment in the Facebook page comments section, or in the comments section of anywhere else we have posted this blog post.

~Andy

Posted to: Geeked Up & Network / Actioned Up / Gamed Up / Stemed Up

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Okay folks…

The address change has been completed. If you click a link to any posts made before this one, be sure to add “uk” to the end of “gamedup” to see its new address, as there are no longer any blog posts on the blog that is linked to, as they have all been moved over to here.

There may be other addresses that are updated in the future as well, though to my knowledge, this was the only one that needed updating, unless Twitch does as well, which would be a bit more difficult to accomplish.

Changes… they’re coming!

This post is from the Geeked Up & Network blog, and should be read by everyone.

Geeked Up & Network

Okay folks, this is just an update to say that I’ll be starting to merge a few Geeked Up related presences online, most notably YouTube channels, as I’ve determined that it would be safe to merge some of the more complementary ones together. As of yet, I’m not quite sure what that will entail, but I will say that Gamed Up will remain in its current state, and will not be subject to any merging, seeing as it has a big enough amount of topics to cover. However, I will be looking to revert it to simply “Gamed Up” on all social media presences, along with keeping the consistent “gamedupuk” address, of which at this present time, only the WordPress blog is out of step with, though that will be changed this week, with minimal disruption.

As far as things go, the eligible merges I’m looking at doing are “Hardware…

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Starcraft for Free! (Latest Update)

Over the past few days, it was reported on many outlets that Starcraft would be made available as a free download as of the 30th of March; it also was accompanied by a free patch, version 1.18 which implements some fixes, such as better compatibility with more recent versions of Windows, and also an update to an OpenGL backend, amongst other things. However, as of 3 hours ago, they have decided to push back the release of the patch (and I assume the the proper release of the full game) by at least a week. You are still able to download the Public Testing Realm (PTR) release (which was being used to test the patch), which they’re allowing to remain free.

You can download the 1.18 PTR release (and view all the changes) via this link. Keep in mind that you will require a PTR account to play the game online, but the single player campaigns remain playable offline. If you don’t already have a Battlenet account (you have one if you play WoW), I highly recommend that you get one, because you will also be able to pick up three free games via Blizzard Classics. The games are Blackthorne (Win & Mac), The Lost Vikings (Win), and Rock & Roll Racing (Win). You’ll also be able to register the keys for all of your Blizzard games with them and get downloadable versions of them as well.

Other than that, there’s not a lot else to say, other than there being a Mac release coming out eventually too (which is why there’s a tag for Mac), though I have no idea when that will be released. Coincidentally, I haven’t tested it as of yet, but you may be able to use the data from the PTR release in the Stargus source port, which enables you to play it on any OS it supports, including Linux, and of course Windows, and Mac. Even if you can’t for some reason, then Stargus will accept data from your original Starcraft CD.

In any case, with the Starcraft Remaster coming out in the winter sometime, now is a good time to get back into Starcraft, or even if it a go to see what the fuss was all about! I’ll roll out another update when I learn more about what’s going on with version 1.18, and also the free release version of the game.

Catch you later, and happy gaming!

~Andy

New Section Announcement

Partly inspired by someone I was talking to on Twitter (@StormkeeperGU), I have now come up with a new section of Gamed Up, to complement the State of Play (SoP) section (which itself has yet to be properly commissioned), in discussing some of the more “serious” gaming topics; where SoP discusses gaming culture, politics, and related stuff, this new section will tackle the topic of ludology, which is the discipline of studying games, and playing in general.
 
The name of this new section? Ludological.
 
It, like SoP will have separate blogs on the Gamed Up site, which should be coming within the next couple of months, or at least the skeleton of it will be. In some respects, this will allow me to go back to more academic writing with regards to computer and video games, as well as games, and play in general, but it won’t be a solo effort. In time, I hope to have additional contributors to both blogs, but for now, both blogs will remain dormant, though they will start having a proper presence soon enough.
 
Additionally, given this post will be indexed by Google at some point, it makes sense to mention things by name, so I can have a clear timeline as to when I first mentioned it.
 
In any case, watch this space for developments, as I hope to soon set out at least the framework for Gamed Up, and deploying the relevant blogs off the domain proper, even if it may be a bit longer before content is written.
 
Also, if you have any suggestions for the site, or even anything for Geeked Up in general, I’d be interested in hearing it.
 
~Andy

Origin is still offering Mass Effect 2 for free…

…via ‘On the House’, if you want to pick it up.

It’s available here.

Arguably one of the best RPGs in recent years, it’s well worth picking up, especially at the current price of nothing! If you have yet to get into the series, it’s worth getting the game now, so you have it for when you’re in a position to get the first game (either free, or when it goes on sale), seeing as you already saved money by not having to get the second. Otherwise, you could start with it, although the story may not make as much sense.

If you want to see a bit of what the game is about, here’s a trailer:

~Andy

Basilisk Games is giving away Eschalon Book I for free…

…in order to celebrate it’s 10th anniversary of release!

You can get it free via GOG, although as they state, the Steam version is currently experiencing issues getting the discount, so you’ll need to wait a day or so before trying to get it from there.

Book II & Book III are also discounted as part of this celebration. The games are available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS.

If you want to see what the game looks like, check this video out (It’s an Action-RPG, kinda like Diablo, Torchlight, or Nox):

 

Credit goes to Gaming on Linux for the initial article covering this topic.

~Andy

New Humble Bundle: Bandai Namco Entertainment 2

Humble has a new bundle out as of a couple of hours ago. Check out the link below to see what games they have in the bundle! I’ll try to add a list in ASAP.

https://www.humblebundle.com/bandai-namco-bundle

Also, don’t forget that you can get a freebie and another good deal from Humble, as indicated in this previous post.

Two freebies and a great deal!

Okay folks, this is literally a bit of a fastball, as both freebies are due to be over tomorrow; you have an additional day to claim the deal below, and be sure to click through my referral link if you take advantage of it, as it supports my efforts!

First of all, the classic turn-based strategy game (and first game of the X-Com/XCOM series) X-Com: UFO Defense is available on the Humble Store for free! Simply go to this link, and add it to your cart, then check out! Be sure to claim by 17:00 hours tomorrow, or you will be unable to claim this offer. The code itself expires after than on the 15th of Feb, but again you must redeem it by tomorrow!

Additionally, if you’re a big fan of the X-Com/XCOM games, you can get XCOM 2 for the low price of $12 (or your regional equivalent) though Humble Monthly! If you redeemed the game above for free, you also get a 10% code off your first subscription, lowering the game cost to $10.80! If you want to support my efforts, you can subscribe via my referral link so I can purchase more games to review/LP. Please note that you only have till the 3rd of February to take advantage of this deal.

I will soon put up a dedicated Gamed Up Humble account to facilitate referrals on behalf of the site, but for the first time, I’ll be grabbing a few referrals through the link on this page. I will add however that I’ll be adding my personal referral links to my accounts, but otherwise referral links here can only be global Gamed Up links, which benefit the entire team in one way or another.

As for the second freebie… you can get the business building game Constructor free from GOG. If the link does not quite the price of the game free, then you can redeem it via code here. Again, this expires tomorrow, so be sure to pick it up ASAP!

I unfortunately haven’t got an affiliate link to GOG at this time, but I’ll be working on that ASAP too, plus anything else that is relevant. I will start trying to update this blog more often, when we properly launch in April (giving me time to stagger out my Stormkeeper at Geeked Up launch stuff, as well as letting other people on the team launch), when I hopefully have some other people available to write up posts, but for now you have only me.

Anyway, that’s it for this deal & freebie post. If you decide to get XCOM 2, let me know, as maybe we could play a game together at some point!

For now though, happy gaming.

~Andy (Stormkeeper)

Black Friday Weekend Deals & Freebies

Okay folks, as well as being a test of the Facebook page integration with this blog, this is also going to be a pretty big post detailing all the deals and freebies I’ve found today. Unless otherwise stated, the deals here will end on the 29th of November, which should give you plenty of time to nab them!

First of all, I’m currently having major issues with the Gamed Up Store on GamesRepublic, so I won’t be linking the deals until around Xmas. Secondly, you can pick up the Dragon Trainer DLC for Forge of Gods free from Giveaway of the Day! You can also get the Project Argo prototype for free from Bohemia Interactive’s store.

Steam currently has their Autumn Sale, so it’s worth going over there to check out what games are on sale; Civilization V Complete is going pretty cheap now at least.

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