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In a nutshell, Hand of Greed is a puzzle game that I have dubbed part of the “hand in the cookie jar sub-genre”. The object is to steal a multitude of gems and coins from various trap boxes without getting your fingers sliced off. It features tons of different levels (boxes), and from what I’ve played of it, they’re quite varied.

The end result is incredibly fun, to the point where I actually feel the figurative pain of my avatar when his hand is sliced to bits. It’s an incredibly unique puzzle concept that I would have easily paid $5 for. Try it out!

Today is a good day.  For all of you sporting an Xbox Live membership, the Battlefield: Bad Company 2 multiplayer demo hit the Xbox Live Marketplace this morning.  It is, in a word, fantastic.

The map available for the demo is set in Port Valdez, Alaska.  While this has been available to PC gamers for awhile now (at least to those who preordered it), it’s still nice to dive in with a 360 controller.  And for those of you with PS3′s, never fear!  The Bad Company 2 demo will hit PSN on February 11th. Read more… »

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Battlefield 1943 is $7 today
By: | December 31st, 2009

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Go buy it?

Pardon my hesitance. Hell, Battlefield 1943 is a lovely little downloadable title, and I tossed a bunch of time into it, running like an idiot across huge maps, driving jeeps into tanks and somehow being surprised at the results, and attempting to take down tanks armed with nothing more than a pistol. All great fun, I assure you, but in a world that now knows the glory of Modern Warfare 2, I can’t help but think that the online community for this is somewhat lacking. But at 600 MS points ($7.50), it might be worth a shot – just don’t expect to play this without some buddies.

Actually, this sale takes me back to the day of my first Battlefield 1943 match, and the hilarity that immediately ensued. Hit the jump to cue the Wayne’s-World-style flashback sequence – one that might just sway your decision.

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Steam had a great Black Friday sale for gamers, offering up to 80% off of many select titles, but this new sale, which is targeting last minute shoppers, has some of the best deals we’ve seen on Steam to date.

They’re reviving the 24-hour deal practice, which will continue on until January 3rd,  so you can be sure you’ll be reloading your Steam store page well after all the turkey and ham has been digested and you’ve popped the top on that bottle of champagne.

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There’s only a few more days left until Christmas; did you get all your shopping done?

If not, the Internet has some great last second deals.  SEGA is offering its PlayStation Store games (ALL of them) for 40% off, Good Old Games dropped the price of 171 of its DRM-free titles by 25-40% (that’s almost their entire catalog), and apparently Amazon.com is offering the first Holy Invasion of Privacy Badman! game for FREE when you pre-order its just-announced sequel which releases in March.

Find the SEGA games on sale after the jump.  Just hit the links for the other specials, and Merry Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa!

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Today developer BioWare launched a new Facebook game described as “the first in a series of compelling social experiences.” Developed by its new R&D group, dubbed BioWare Labs, the mini-game, called Gift of the Yeti, promises to donate money to charity and gives gamers a discount on Dragon Age.

The premise of the game is simple. Santa has been put out of commission thanks to some bad eggnog and it’s up to you, a friendly yeti, to save Christmas by lumbering around town delivering gifts. The real kicker is BioWare will donate one cent per play to the children’s gaming charity Child’s Play, up to $10,000. Read more… »

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EA’s online PC store is seemingly in the holiday mood, and cutting 30% off a heap of titles. The sale is not available for everything, but you can still get some newer-ish games like Command and Conquer 3 for $20.96,  Dragon Age: Origins for $34.96 (!!) and Mass Effect for $13.96. The sale lasts until Monday, and if I were you, I’d be spending those Friday paychecks right away on Mass Effect and Dragon Age: after all, Bioware deserves it!

Check it out the full sale listing here, and to our American viewers: Happy Thanksgiving!

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Do you like hacking and slashing? Want to play the best dungeon adventure since Diablo 2?  Well, you could be in luck. A wonderful person at Runic Games has given us five copies of Torchlight to giveaway.

All you have to do to get a copy is state what your all time favourite Action RPG is.

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Want to relive the glory days of the shoot ‘em up genre, but with modern graphics? Well, you’re in luck! We have a single, solitary copy of Ion Assault that needs to go.

All you have to do to get a copy is state what your all time favourite Shoot ‘em up is.

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Want to try your hand at a DoTA clone? Well, we have managed to muster up 8 extra beta keys for Heroes of Newerth to giveaway!  All you have to do to snag one is be within the first 8 people to respond to this post.

Alternatively if you miss out on the giveaway, you’ll no doubt find League of Legends to be the next best thing.

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warriors

Want to know what one of the arguably lowest rated games on XBLA plays like? Well you could be in luck, as we have been ‘blessed’ with the opportunity to give one copy away to a lucky reader.

All you have to do to potentially get a copy is state what your all time favorite beat ‘em up game is.

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In case you didn’t know, you’ve been able to pick up the original DOOM for the iPhone for awhile now ($6.99 on iTunes).

If that seems too simple, however, you can now download the DOOM iPhone source code, as iD Software has just released it to the masses on their DOOM Classic website.  They’ve even included build instructions to compile the code on a Mac OS X system.

Oh, John Carmack.  You’re such a pal.

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