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Name Your Own Price for Games

You buy games for your computer all of the time. What if I told you that you could buy five games (normally worth about $80) together, name your own price, AND have all of the proceeds go directly to the game developers and charities? That’s almost a dream come true, right? It’s not a dream, though, it’s a reality. Thanks to the folks at Wolfire, you can choose the price you’re willing to pay and cut out the middle man.

Each of the games work great on Mac, Windows, and Linux. No matter what operating system you use, you aren’t going to miss out on this opportunity. Even better… they are DRM free. Once you buy the game bundle, you’re free to play it on any machine you may own.

100% of your purchase goes directly to the developers and non-profits as you specify (minus credit card fees). By default, the amount is split equally between the seven charity participants, but you can tweak the split any way you’d like.

This is so simple to do. Choose your payment amount. Pick how you want to pay (PayPal, Google Checkout or Amazon). Then, decide how to split up the money. You can give 100% of your money to the game developers. You could give 100% to the charities. Or, you can click “Customize” and set your own limits for each.

The software world would be a MUCH better place if more people would do things like this. Get rid of DRM, let us decide how much the product is worth, and stop taking such a huge cut of the profits. Let’s get the money to the developers… and help out some pretty awesome charities at the same time.

Download Center

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Every so often, you may need to download something to make your computer or mobile device run better. There are millions of pieces of software and applications available for every operating system you can think of. To help you find the best deals on software of every type, we’ve created our new Downloads center! Every day, we feature the very best software – including games! – that we can find, at excellent prices!

I’ve been downloading and gathering together software since 1996. I admit it… I’m addicted to software! I always have been. On the downloads center, we even have free software available. If you want to download your favorite software at no cost to you, just choose the program you want, complete a simple offer, and download the full version of your chosen application!

There are several people on our team who are all monitoring this software to the best of their ability. They don’t allow any questionable content to be added and they haven’t let anything with malware in it slip by, either. If you ever come across something on the site you don’t feel is quite “right” in some way, please send me an email. We will look into it faster than immediately.

We post an aggregate every day on Geeks in the blog section. In that post, you’ll find the very newest programs we’ve come across, as well as some really excellent deals. I’m also doing my best to keep Twitter and Facebook updated with the hottest deals.

If you’re not interested in this service, that’s fine. If you are – check it out! I’m all ears, and want to hear your feedback. We can’t make the site better without your help!

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Star Wars Games

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As you know, I am obsessed with Star Wars. I decided to buy myself this book for Christmas, since I’m a single adult. Santa doesn’t visit my house unless I make him visit! In any case, I love Star Wars. This trivia book is interactive, and something that will bring me hours (and HOURS!) of enjoyment!

The Obsessed with Star Wars: Test Your Knowledge of a Galaxy Far, Far Away book is an absolute hoot. We begin the adventure by pressing a button, which gives us a question to take a look at. Flip the book open, and find the right question. Read it, and choose your answer.

Choose your answer on the interactive scoring device, and if you are correct it will ding at you! If you are wrong, Darth Vader will vaporize you! Okay, Darth doesn’t really show up. But wouldn’t that be pretty awesome! If you’re incorrect, the device buzzes at you.

There are 2500 trivia questions inside this book, so you’ll not run out of trivia any time soon. If you do, then maybe you’re much more of a Trekkie than I could ever hope to be.

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Heaven on Earth – Geek Style

Reading a thread this evening on Geeks got me thinking. It talked about how if there were Heaven on Earth, what a wonderful place it would be for us Geeks! Can you even imagine? No more slow computers. No malware, nor any need for malware protection. No more parts that go bad, or become outdated in a matter of months. Ah, the life.

Close your eyes for a moment, and picture it. Now – leave me a comment, and tell me what it is you see in your Geeky Heaven on Earth.

When you’re finished, don’t forget to check out what others in the community are up to, as well!

What Cross-Platform Freeware Games Can You Download?

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I was trying to play Capture the Flag. It’s a cross-platform game that you can get for free! You can battle with up to 16 players in a variety of game modes. Teeworlds includes Team Deathmatch and Capture The Flag. You can even design your own maps!

No matter what operating system you’re using, you can play along. I asked you guys to send along awesome resources, and this is one of them! The graphics and audio are excellent, and the game is fun. It’s free and works on all platforms – so what more could you want?

Check out Teeworlds… maybe even set up your own Geeks server for all of us to play together!

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What are the Best Electronic Kits to Buy?

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I was walking through Radio Shack the other day and came across the section of the store where they had these Snap-Kits. They’re basically rudimentary electronic kits. If you have a kid or someone who likes electronic kits, this is for you.

Learn about electronics by building a “space battle” sound generator with this fun Snap Circuits kit. The included electronic blocks snap onto a clear plastic base grid to build different circuits. The blocks have different colors and numbers making it easy to identify and put your snap circuits together with ease.

There are plastic and metal parts that aren’t really an Erector set, and not really like a LEGO kit. It’s an all-in-one kit. Each kit comes with various components, and I can create any of three different configurations.

There’s so many different things I can do with it – including making awesome noises that drive my dogs insane. These kits are relatively fun, and affordable!

If you want to educate yourself – or your child – on the basics of circuitry, this is an excellent idea!

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What is the Gamer’s Bill of Rights?


A Gamer’s “Bill of Rights” was unveiled two months ago by Stardock.com, which included many of the things that gamers should have been given in the first place. Is it stating the obvious? Well, let’s look at the rights:

  • Gamers shall have the right to return games that don’t work with their computers for a full refund.
  • Gamers shall have the right to demand that games be released in a finished state.
  • Gamers shall have the right to expect meaningful updates after a game’s release.
  • Gamers shall have the right to demand that download managers and updaters not force themselves to run or be forced to load in order to play a game.
  • Gamers shall have the right to expect that the minimum requirements for a game will mean that the game will play adequately on that computer.
  • Gamers shall have the right to expect that games won’t install hidden drivers or other potentially harmful software without their consent.
  • Gamers shall have the right to re-download the latest versions of the games they own at any time.
  • Gamers shall have the right to not be treated as potential criminals by developers or publishers.
  • Gamers shall have the right to demand that a single-player game not force them to be connected to the Internet every time they wish to play.
  • Gamers shall have the right that games which are installed to the hard drive shall not require a CD/DVD to remain in the drive to play.

Sounds very promising, doesn’t it? Publishers aren’t following it. Games like Spore, which drew fire from all sides for its strict DRM policy obviously didn’t follow this framework. But will publishers like EA, notorious for protecting their IP, follow this new set of guidelines? Well, let’s see what Spore specifically broke in this rights at launch:

  • Spore treated played like criminals. No-no.
  • It has to connect to the Internet every ten days to validate itself. Bad.
  • The DRM used, SecuROM runs with a rootkit (allegedly, granted). Poop.

So, Spore has already violated these rights, and this has driven many people to the “If I’m treated like a criminal, I might as well be one” train of thought (those who rely on BitTorrent for warez). Can you blame them? DRM aside, let’s look at the rights – and wonder if they’d actually work.

Like the Human Rights created by the United Nations, there’s a lot of gray area – some rules get followed, and others don’t (seemingly, on a whim). Will video game producers follow this line of thinking as well, and only use the rights on a per-game basis? Companies like Relic, with Company of Heroes, have really done a lot in proving they don’t really want your money. A patch made by Relic for Company of Heroes, just as its expansion came out, allowed players who didn’t own the expansion to play against them in multiplayer, giving those users the sides that you could not get beforehand.

There’s also the problem of piracy. No matter what rights are in place, piracy is nearly unavoidable. There aren’t many options left to protect your IP anymore. The only viable solution is to use those pesky little rootkits that mess up your computer, make your antivirus software freak out every time you do anything, and force you to leave your Internet connection on while you’re away just so your game can validate itself. There is less incentive to pirate if you weren’t treated like one. Yeah, there’s the occasional bastard, but the money you make because your game is good and it’s not shackled in DRM may encourage more people to buy it. Of course, publishers will laugh if you suggest the honor system (which is basically no DRM).

Another thing to consider is returns. The return policy is usually handled by the retailer, which doesn’t handle it so well. The rights mandate that gamers should be able to return a game without any date limit (no 30 day restriction) – which means that stores like Best Buy and GameStop would need to sign off. If not them, then the publishers. Publishers usually don’t take on the responsibility of taking back returned games, unless it’s a recall or the Activision Guitar Hero 3 (Wii) debacle. So this ‘right’ is really something that should be considered by several sides: who handles the returns? From which pocket does the gamer get a refund, the store or the publisher?

Another problem (a big one) concerns system requirements. For as long as anyone can remember, games on the PC have system requirements that are never true – simply used as a way for people to buy the game, thinking their system has enough power, and then using it as an upgrade vehicle to buy the components to actually run it. After all, what does “minimal” mean? Does it mean “able to open” the game? Or does it mean to run the game? The language here has to be more specific. This right is a must if the PC games industry wants to survive.

While the rights have promise, it will be a long time until they’re acknowledged and are applied by all – gamers and game companies alike.