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“Watchmen: The End is Nigh” out on Steam, PSN, XBOX Live


Truth is, you can’t buy this game from a store — you need to download it.

So have you seen the Doctor’s Manhattan the film adaptation? If you can’t get enough of Nite Owl and Rorschach, The End is Nigh brings gamers into a 6 episode series that can’t be found anywhere else except through the Internet. This is another good reason to convince gamers to grab a Steam account (there’s also a promo for Unreal Tournament III Titan Pack at $11.00 till the 15th of March — but let’s save that for another post).

“Discless downloads” are becoming the next big thing that lessens game piracy and increases margins since developers don’t need to answer the costs for physical discs or boxes. When promos like these occur, gamers are more than willing to drop a few dollars more than the pirated disk price in order to have access to exclusive online content and engage other gamers in lobby matches. It’s a one stop shop, really.

If you are a console gamer, Watchmen: The End is Nigh is available through direct download via the XBOX Live Arcade and the Playstation Network.

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Left 4 Dead: Rally for Philippine Steam community

I’m slowly becoming a convert to huge digital downloads. I wasn’t a big fan of torrents because of my relatively slow connection but the recent news that Left 4 Dead might not be available on retail for the PC in Datablitz (it might be available elsewhere) made me shell out cash instead for a digital copy through Steam. It took me about 36 hours to download, but it was well worth it. I’m able to backup games as well onto a portable hard drive in case I reformat.

L4D is THE game that brings together a montage of the best of zombie horror flicks, reminiscent from the fast “infected” zombies of 28 Days Later. And I’ve been playing. A lot.

What makes buying games off Steam more interesting is that I get to interact with old high school friends from the US who aren’t into the Facebook craze. Steam is fantastic – a digital download mechanism for games that incorporates its own “social networking” and copyright protection.

it works pretty much the way a social network would – every profile lists the games purchased, what game they are currently playing, how many hours clocked in and you can even invite friends into your current game lobby. Steam also has an integrated VoIP solution, a must have for most Source engine powered games like Half Life, Counter Strike, Left 4 Dead and Team Fortress 2.

Anyone else playing Left 4 Dead or Team Fortress 2 from the Philippines? Add me up — the zombie apocalypse is more fun with friends!! My SteamID is “The Lolmower Man” and you can find my profile at

P.S. I can run Steam on my Mac using Crossover. Hah! (See screenshot)