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Of 2013: Year of the Bundle

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Do you want a backlog of games you may never play without spending a lot of money? Is your Steam list embarrassingly short and you want to fluff it up without going broke? Do you like collecting/selling Steam trading cards? If so then you better get yourself back to January and buy up every bundle you see because 2013 was totally the Year of the Bundle.

From the Humble Bundle to Indie Royale to the Indie Game Stand (and beyond, there’s a wiki just for bundles!), I bought a ton of games for not a lot of money in 2013. Some of them I wanted badly and some of them were surprising new favorites that I never would’ve bought on their own. Most I haven’t even played yet… but I’ve got them. Ya know, in case people stop making new games.

And now — for no other reason than the comedic value of a massive list — here’s everything I got through a bundle in 2013.

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Starbound pre-order
Viscera Cleanup Detail pre-order

Alan Wake
Alan Wake’s American Nightmare

Dear Esther
Capsized
Thomas Was Alone
Little Inferno
Awesomenauts +DLC
Hotline Miami
Proteus
Tiny and Big in Grandpa’s Leftovers
English Country Tune
Intrusion 2
Oil Rush

Dead Space
Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box
Crysis 2 Maximum Edition
Dead Space 3
Medal of Honor
Mirror’s Edge
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 – Uprising
Populous

AI War + 4 DLC packs
Tidalis
A Valley Without Wind 1 and 2

Brutal Legend
Eets Munchies
Mark of the Ninja
Trine 2 Complete Story

Bloons TD5
God of Blades
Punch Quest
Star Command
Time Surfer

Tropico 3
Sine Mora
SkyDrift
Anna

Supreme Commander
Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance
The Guild 2
Red Faction: Armageddon
Neighbours from Hell

Cities XL Platinum
Blood Bowl: Legendary Edition
Divinity II: Developer’s Cut
R.A.W. Realms of Ancient War
Game of Thrones
Confrontation

Anodyne
Greed Corp
Incredipede
Ticket to Ride +DLC

Scribblenauts Unlimited
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Batman: Arkham City
F.E.A.R. 2
F.E.A.R. 3
Lord of the Rings: War in the North

EPOCH
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SpellTower
Swordigo
Ridiculous Fishing
Kingdom Rush
Hundreds
Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor
Desert Bus

Pinball FX 2 Bundle

Natural Selection 2
Sanctum 2
Magicka + DLC
Serious Sam 3
Garry’s Mod
Cities in Motion 2
Orcs Must Die

Zeno Clash 1 + 2
Killing Floor
Dwarfs?!

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Sniper Elite V2
Gatling Gears
Bloody Trapland
Judge Dredd: Dredd vs Death
Lucid
Polygon Storm

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Adventures of Shuggy + soundtrack
Papo y Yo + soundtrack

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Bioshock Infinite Preorder
Bioshock
The Darkness II
XCOM: Enemy Unknown

4-Play Promo
Almost all the Tomb Raider games + Cargo! The Quest for Gravity
Almost all the Hitman games + Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project

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Monaco
FTL
Fez
Gunpoint
Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded
World of Goo

Dust: An Elysian Tail
Braid
Rogue Legacy
Electronic Super Joy
Famaze

Of 2013: The PlayStation Plus Recap List

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I enjoyed more of the “free” games from PlayStation Plus in 2012 but I still think the annual membership is worth it. After nearly two years I have dozens of games to play on both PlayStation 3 and Vita and some of them I’d never have touched if it weren’t for the Instant Game Collection offered by Plus.

On top of the games below I took advantage of some Plus-subsidized sales to pick up Sound Shapes, NiGHTS, The Unfinished Swan, Guacamelee and Spelunky at a discount. I also realized the perfect way to re-up every year is by asking for a 12-month subscription card for your birthday; then those “free” games really are free! Here’s all the games I managed to download and play in 2013 (with 2013 releases in bold):

  • Foosball 2012
  • Closure
  • Chronovolt
  • Joe Danger 2: The Movie
  • Demon’s Souls
  • Malicious
  • Sleeping Dogs
  • Knytt Underground
  • The Pinball Arcade
  • Star Wars Pinball
  • Dokuro
  • Disgaea® 3: Absence of Detention
  • Tekken 6
  • Plants vs Zombies
  • Mega Man 9 & 10
  • NBA Jam: On Fire Edition
  • Ibb & Obb
  • Hotline Miami
  • Galaga Legions DX
  • Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
  • Urban Trial Freestyle

With similar games and discounts promised for PlayStation 4 and continued support for PlayStation 3 and Vita the value of PlayStation Plus is hard to beat. Oh, and you’ll need it anyways to play PS4 games online so go ahead and grab those 12-month cards now before the price inevitably goes up in 2014!

Of 2013: The Compliments of Microsoft Award

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With a computer capable of playing modern games and consoles further past their prime I didn’t spend a lot of time on the Xbox 360 in 2013. In 2012 I’d cashed in enough Bing rewards points to cover the cost of ten games but there just wasn’t that much I really wanted this year.

Early on I picked up Diabolical Pitch on sale (which I still haven’t played), then grabbed Star Wars Pinball and finally put 400 Points towards one of my top five games of the year, State of Decay. With the launch of Grand Theft Auto Online I also cashed in some Bing points for a few free months of Xbox Live and tossed a few into an Xbox One giveaway. Most recently I won $10 in Microsoft money for tweeting a shot of my Windows 8.1 start screen and took advantage of an Amazon deal that gave me an extra $20 for free.

Microsoft’s desperation is our advantage and I still recommend everyone spending a few minutes each day to rack up those Bing rewards points. Here, use this handy referral link!

Of 2013: Favorite Free Games

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I’m not talking Free-to-Play here, these are four games I spent a good chunk of time with and didn’t spend a penny on (except for Minecraft, but you own that already right?). Microsoft launched Wordament on iOS in 2012 but it came to the web, Android, and Windows 8 in 2013 and I played a bunch of it on each platform. Naturally, swiping around on a touchscreen is the best (and fastest) way to play but any version will do if you’re looking for a unique word game diversion.

When I got my new laptop I went spelunking through the Windows 8 store looking for free games with Xbox Achievements and found Shuffle Party. It’d be more fun with a touchscreen but it only requires one click on the mouse to send shiny shuffleboard pucks and pins careening across the screen. It’s dead simple but still pretty fun — oh and it does have Achievements and even shows your Xbox Avatar celebrate and pout as you play.

The free version of SpinTires was designed as a tech demo/Kickstarter bonus to show the potential of what the final game could be. There’s not much of a point to it but the water physics, real-time terrain deformation and the challenge of getting a giant truck out of the mud kept me at it. Even in demo form the combination of the physics simulations, lighting and the intricate sounds of the trucks made for a dazzling presentation.

Okay, you’ll have to own Minecraft on PC to take a trip to the McMagic server but we bought in so long ago I honestly forgot it wasn’t free. Once logged in you’ll find the most amazingly intricate Minecraft server whose aim is to recreate the entirely of the Walt Disney World parks down to the most awkwardly realized drinking fountains. Katy, Dana, Ryan and I spent a week or so visiting our favorite locations, riding rides, spamming our way behind the scenes and having just as magical a time as we would in the real Walt Disney World.

Of 2013

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The year of 2013 was the worst year of my life. I was going to paint a poemly picture but no one wants to read that; this is Game of the Year time, not amateur beatnick love-in night. So, to set the stage for this month’s year-in-review posts, I’ll regale you with a few all-encompassing figures from my playtime in 2013.

  • I played at least 143 games. I didn’t count some of the ones I ran back through to farm Steam trading cards and I’m sure there are some IGF and web games I flirted with that I completely forgot about.
  • I paid full price for 11 games or 8% of everything I played. The vast majority, about 89%, were either on sale or a freebie from PlayStation Plus or a game I borrowed from a friend.
  • The two meager games I have played on Xbox One so far account for 0.013986013986014% of everything I played.
  • I didn’t play a single Wii game in 2013, down from an astounding two in 2012 and a record breaking one in 2011.
  • Speaking of old stuff! I hit a pretty good balance between new and old last year having played 65 games from 2013 and 78 from years past. This is largely thanks to my YouTube endeavors.

There’s a whole stinking load of spreadsheets and data if anyone wants to look. I’ve updated my ‘Spreadsheet of Annual Playtime’ for 2013 as well as my ‘Games I Played In…’ document. Coming over the next nine days are the usual year end posts: favorite free games, favorite soundtracks and the like, culminating in my Bottom Five and Top Five games from 2013. Lists from last year: catch the fever!