You know that stereotype of the total loser from high school – busted glasses, craggy acne canyon of a face, every spoken word followed by a refreshing mist of saliva – who goes on to become rich and successful beyond your wildest dreams? Well, that's the gaming industry's past ten years in a nutshell. No longer is gaming that shameful hobby you mumble in between “hanging out” and “...uh, other stuff.” Now, it's just something everyone does. With the exception of a few stragglers and the occasional re-emergence of Jack Thompson, gaming has finally arrived.
In that spirit, we thought it'd be fitting to spotlight some of the games that helped put our favorite past-time on top of the world. So, without further ado, we present the 30 best PC games of the past decade!
We’ve heard of penny-pinching, but this is ridiculous. Given the option to – if they so desired – spend exactly one penny on six fantastic DRM-free indie games, 25% of downloaders still chose to pirate the bundle. The Wolfire Games blog explained:
“How do people pirate the bundle? When I say this bundle is DRM-free -- I really mean DRM-free. Not only do the games themselves have no copy protection (not even a simple serial number check), but the Humble Indie Bundle website has limited copy protection. That means there are no download limits, everything is reachable on the command-line with 'wget', you can resume downloads, and do anything else you would expect to be able to do with a personal download link.”
Here’s the kicker, though: the proceeds earned from the bundle are split between indie game devs and charities. Granted, Wolfire’s speculation that some groups of gamers opted to make one big donation and then distribute the games among their friends might be right on the money, but that doesn’t mean every mega-miser out there’s off the hook.
Fortunately for your guilty conscience, there’s still time to set things right. As of publishing time, the Humble Indie Bundle still had 12 hours of life left in it, which is plenty of time for you to fork over whatever amount you want for World of Goo, Aquaria, Gish, Lugaru, Samorost 2, and Penumbra: Overture. Plus, you’ll be helping sick kids! Karmatically speaking, that’s like earning one “Get out of Murder Free” card. (Unless it's used on a child.) What’s not to like?
World of Goo, the most adorable game we’ve ever played cool game for cool people from 2D Boy, is officially one year old! Hooray! Oh, what’s that? You don’t own one or more copies of World of Goo? Well then, it’s your lucky day, because – until October 19 – the game’s price is, like its titular amorphous heroes, bending to your will.
Want to snag the game for one cent? Go for it. Think everyone at 2D Boy could use a Ferrari? Hey, it’s not our money; we’re saying nothing. Point is, you name the price and World of Goo is yours.
Also, in case you were wondering, World of Goo rocks. It’s charming, creative, and incredibly addictive. Plenty of things (mostly used cars, oddly enough) have been called The Deal of the Century, but we’re pretty sure this is actually it. Dig through your couch, find a penny, and buy it. Buy it now!