Monday, May 17, 2010

Bazaar Winnings, and download Portal for free

It took some time but my prizes from the BioWare Bazaar have finally arrived! After making such a big fuss about it last month, I figured I should show evidence of the payoff.

The two Mass Effect prequel novels, Mass Effect for Xbox 360, and the Mass Effect art book

I don't have an Xbox 360, but the Housemate and I are considering getting one. I am content with my PC gaming, but he has a Macbook with no video card worth mentioning and is very jealous of my fun games. So an Xbox 360 would mean he could play games, too, and then there's also the option of multiplayer games for both of us (and visiting guests), which would be fun.

My favorite part of the prize is the art book. Here are a few choice pages...

Asari concept sketches. My favorite is the full body drawing, second from the right, giving an idea not only of the Asari appearance, but the Asari character. Pretty and blue but not to be trifled with.

Ideas for the Mako. A hovercraft version (ideas shown bottom right) wouldn't make an appearance until ME2's downloadable content.

The beautiful Citadel Presidium. The bottom right shows a swanky Citadel apartment, never seen in the game. Looks like a nice place to live.

On a different but still gaming-related note, Steam is offering free downloads of the award-winning game Portal for Mac or PC totally free of charge right now until May 24.

Find it here

I haven't played it yet, but the basic idea is to use this hand-held portal device, which allows you to specify where in your line of sight the "in" portal should be and where the "out" portal should go, in order to uh, do stuff, such as get from A to B past various obstacles. It's a puzzle game. Beyond that I'm not sure how to describe it, but you can watch a nice demo video here. Can't argue the price, and the offer ends on May 24 (one week from now), so get it now, if you have any interest.


soft nonsense said...

Portal = love

Seriously, one of my favorite games out there. I downloaded the heck out of it, but my lame laptop doesn't have the video card to support it... :/

But Steam is awesome enough that I said "Eh, why not. It will be there for the rest of forever, and hopefully I"ll get a new computer eventually..."

Sebastian said...

Portal is (probably) the best game ever made. Portal 2 is finally coming too -- this autumn! It'll be a full game; more than just the few perfect hours of the original.

I like how you are buying things together now. Housemate becomes live-in boyfriend becomes fiance becomes...

Eleni said...

Soft nonsense - Good planning. I have it on my work computer right now, which is potentially dangerous.

Seb - Such high recommendations! I'm definitely looking forward to it. I guess then that this promotion will get lots of new people hooked, which will hopefully help their sales in the autumn?

Oh dear, I never thought of it that way. First we'll have an Xbox 360 together, then a puppy, then...! Stop right now! It's going too fast. I don't think we're ready to have an Xbox together.