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Big Kalypso Sale at Steam – Save 85% – Aug 14 – 18

Here’s something for ya, Kalypso is having a multi-day sale over at Steam with different titles going on sale each day. The best sales will probably be early on and right now the entire Tropico line is one sale, as well as Omerta, Port Royale, Patrician and Rise of Venice. Serious discounts for these games. Looks like I’ll be adding a whole slew of new games and raking in some new DLC for the games I already have.

Kalypso Anniversary Sale

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Sid Meier’s Railroads – A Blast From the Past

It’s been a long time since I sat down and played this game, but today I felt the urge to lay down some tracks and live through the steam era. And even after all these years the game still looks and plays great. I had the resolution set to 1920×1080 and it didn’t skip a beat. I only had time enough to play the first scenario, but it was a great time.

I actually got off to a really good start and was able to shuttle gold back and forth to Los Angeles. From there I made the connection to San Diego and made a quick buck moving passengers back and forth. I had a bit of lunch and there was a vineyard right down the road which opened up a Winery for me. From there I was able to extract some oil, bring in some corn and then some cattle. Yes, I was only on the first scenario but wow, the time flew buy as I made my fortune. I was actually able to buy out JP Morgan (yeah, like that could have ever really happened) and took over his rails. I was then able to make short work of connecting all the other cities and swept through each one of them building refineries, wineries and stockyards. I was able to bank over $100 million in cash before I hit the time limit. Pretty damn entertaining I have to say.

Sometimes you just want to jump into those old games. It doesn’t always have to be first person shooters, or dungeon crawlers, or exploring some seemingly dead planet. Sometimes you just want to amass a fortune and drive your competitors out of business. Railroads is still a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to a couple more games this weekend.

Anyone else get the urge to jump into the oldies from time to time?

And by the way, if you want to learn about the moguls of this era – Cornelius Vanderbilt, Andrew Carnegie, JP Morgan and JD Rockefeller, then check out the documentary – "The Men Who Built America". It’s a 5 hour program that showcases how these men quite literally built the America we know today. If you think Gates, Ballmer, Jobs and Buffet have wealth, you haven’t seen anything. These guys ruled and guided America and their wealth was about 10 times what our modern day robber barons have put together. The things they did were staggering. $400 million is a massive amount of money today, but what about a hundred years ago? A billion is more money than most people could ever spend today, but what about the turn of the century when things cost pennies? If a car cost $100 and you had$1 billion? It’s pretty staggering what these guys pulled off and well worth watching if you have any interest in history. Fun stuff!


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BeamNG Drive Comes to Steam

It’s been a long time coming, but BeamNG Drive has been given the Greenlight from Steam and will soon be available for Early Access purchase. If you bought the alpha builds through the BeamNG website you should get a Steam Key so that you can keep the game updated. This is really good news. Not only will the game stay updated, it means the devs have garnered enough support to really push this game to the next level.

If you’re not familiar with it, BeamNG Drive is a soft body physics game which is a fancy way of saying you beat the hell out of your vehicle and it will show and respond to the damage. The big fun of this game right now is to smash the stuffing out of your car or truck and watch the pieces fly in every direction as the body crumble like an empty beer can. There are some hilarious videos on YouTube showcases this destructive side of the game. My personal favorites involve the Mystery Machine going over the cliff or swerving down the road as though Fred is high as a kite.

So far the game has been a sandbox, but now that it’s hit the big leagues more and more features will be coming and I’m sure that will include some highly destructive racing. The placeholder for the game is already there so the ability to make a purchase should be here within a day or two.

BeamNG Drive on Steam

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More fun to be had with Bio Inc – The Biomedical Plague

So, I’ve been having a great time seeking vengeance against my enemies in Bio Inc. Ok, I don’t really have any enemies, but it’s still fun to put in the name of co-worker and then slowly turn the screws to unleash a flurry of diseases on them. Like I said, it’s my own little voodoo doll. On a more serious note, Bio Inc is a high quality game that’s as entertaining as it is complicated. The first couple of levels aren’t that big a deal, but sending my victim to the emergency room inside 150 days turned out to be a lot more difficult than I thought. It took me half a dozen tries to get it right and even then I just scraped by in 149 days. And that was on the moderate level. The other one that’s proving difficult is the Happy Birthday level. The goal is to kill off the patient in 365 days, which has been easy on all the previous levels, but now I’m struggling. That little bastard is a lot more resilient for this level. I’ve come close wherein I unleashed lung cancer and cirrhosis and thought I had it wrapped up. But alas, time ran out and he survived. Come on! How do you survive lung cancer and cirrhosis??? Bah humbug. Once we got into the emergency room the doctors kept working at full speed even though I used my points to slow them down. Clearly I need to develop a new strategy.

Anyway, this game is damn amusing! I find this is a great way to take a break and spend 10-15 minutes causing some serious destruction to someone near and dear to you. The price has jumped slightly, but even at $1.99 it’s still a great game to have. If you haven’t picked up a copy, I highly encourage that you do. It’s wicked fun that will leave a big smile on your face as you dish out some lung cancer and follow it up with a collapsed lung, some emphysema and then the flu. And let’s not forget about the kidney damage!

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Bio Inc – Biomedical Plague – A Look at Total Organ Failure

As stated, I got my copy and checked out what sort of nefarious medical machinations I could come up. Wow, there is quite a bit going on here and it’s just a click and he’ll die sort of game. You have to string together some nasty infections and diseases which are interdependent and related. You have to pay attention and move fast. Not only do you need to collect the bacteria for Bio Points you need to keep the pressure on the body and move against the doctors that are trying to save him.

Here’s a quick look at some of the mechanics.

The game is broken down into 7 systems of the body with each then broken down into multiple areas of failure. You also have the Risk Factors screen which gives you access to "Hereditary traits, Obesity, Malnutrition, Workaholic and Smoker just to name a few. There is also the Recovery choices which can be Bad Doctors, Nurses going on Strike, Fear of Hospitals and Placebos.

Your goal is to string these all together to make the worse possible conditions for the patient. For example, I went for Renal and Respiratory Failure. I used the Flu, Kidney Stones, Bronchitis, Pneumonia, High Cholesterol, Hypertension and Dehydration to get the ball rolling. However, you have to meet the requirements for a disease. For example, Kidney Stones need Dehydration which is under Risk Factors and needs to be unlocked after Heredity and Malnutrition.

Once things get moving, or more to the point, coming apart, it’s a made scramble to gather points by clicking on the correct system and finding the bacteria on the body. They aren’t always in the same place. The doctors also step in as the patient goes to the hospital and gets emergency treatment. That’s when you need to fight back with back doctors, placebos and nurses that go on strike. Just like with Plague, you have to mix up a nasty cocktail of disease and pestilence while keeping the doctors from finding a cure.

And as you advance your patient is more obsessed with diet and exercise and has other factors that negate your attempts to take them down. Just because the first guy couldn’t get off the couch to look for the remote doesn’t mean the rest of them will be so easy.

So far, I’m impressed and amused! Well done chaps!

Also, there is an educational side to this game. These are real risks that we all face in our daily lives and we can see how stress, working too much, poor diet, no exercise and in some cases genetics and bad luck can tear our bodies apart. It’s certainly a devious little game that will make you smirk or perhaps even laugh out loud as you bring down the whammy, but it’s good to keep in mind what we all need to take care of ourselves so we don’t end up as a crumbled, bleeding, leaking, dripping mass in the hospital where nurses want to go on strike and doctors want to slip in sugar pills rather than the real meds.

I say this is indeed a game worth having and is a nice variation on Plague, Inc that provides it’s own complexity and uniqueness to game play. Sure, there are similarities, but then again, there are similarities between Mac and Windows aren’t there?

Bio Inc. – Biomedical Plague on iTunes

Oh yes, there doesn’t seem to be any of those pain in the ass in-app purchases, so once you spend that $1 you’re all set and should be left alone. Let’s hope it stays that way.

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