Pay What You Want for 12 Great Games in Indie Gala V

This is turning out to be a positively great week for Indie game fans. Just a few days ago, the cross-platform “Because we May” promo went live. Now, we have another stunning indie-games deal in the form of “The Indie Gala V”.


Indie Gala follows the pay-what-you-want model that has been popularized by the massively successful Humble Indie Bundle. The fifth edition of Indie Gala V contains as many as twelve new indie-games. However, how many you actually end up getting will depend upon your tip. Minimum payment of $1 grants you access to four games, but you will need to pay $5.99 or more to get access to all the twelve games in the bundle. Not only that, folks who beat the average will get access to indie music (presumably game soundtracks) and additional goodies that will be revealed in the second week. If you stick with the default split, a part of your tip will also go to charity. This edition of Indie Gala is supporting AbleGamers (charity for children and adults with disabilities) and the Italian Red Cross. It’s worth noting that the retail price of the games on offer adds up to $150, while the current average tip amount in Indie Gala is only $5.27.

New Need For Speed: Most Wanted Is Coming Soon

Ask any gamer who likes Racing genre of games what their favorite game is and you’re bound to hear about Need For Speed: Most Wanted a lot of times. Need For Speed: Most Wanted was an absolute blast of a game, combining what most people crave – open world racing, car customization, street racing and cop chases.

IGN reports that a new New Need For Speed: Most Wanted is coming soon, and this was outed by TwitchTV’s E3 gaming schedule.  Whether the new Most Wanted will be a reboot of the series or a sequel remains to be seen; there’s no news on what the new game’s going to be like. Come E3 2012, however, this should be clear.

E3 2012 begins June 5th, 2012. And in case you don’t know what Most Wanted is all about, here’s Most Wanted’s trailer to bring you up to speed.

Deep Discounts on Dozens of Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android Games

If you are a gamer, last week was probably pretty torturous for you. The eagerly anticipated Diablo III hit the shelves about a decade after its predecessor, but most gamers couldn’t play the game due to crappy DRM and sloppy Blizzard infrastructure. While Blizzard continues to firefight with infrastructure upgrades and hotfixes, Ron Carmel of World of Goo fame has strewn together a neat little package that should cheer you up.


In an initiative called “Because We May”, several indie game developers have come together to offer their games at deep discounts (typically 50% or more). Unlike most other similar promotions, “Because We May” is as platform agnostic as you can get. It features games for Windows, Windows Phone, Mac, iOS, and Android. The promotion will last til June 1, and is meant to celebrate online stores that gives developers the freedom to determine pricing.

Games on offer include World of Goo, Osmos, Super Meat Boy, Beat Trip Runner, Penny Arcade, Dungeon Defenders, Zen Bound 2, Fieldrunners, Riptide, and dozens of other stellar indie titles. Head over to to check out all the games on offer.

Blizzard Addresses Diablo III Account Hack Complaints

It’s not been a good launch week for Blizzard’s newest game, Diablo III. First, the servers melted completely with the onslaught of users trying to release 12-years worth of click-click-clicking. Then, there was a game breaking bug involving the Demon Hunter and Templar early on into the game, which left many users kicked out of the game and unable to enter. Then, there were problems with the game not being able to recognize quest  trigger points, leaving users(including me) losing achievements.

The latest egg in the face quite possibly be the most serious one – Blizzard forums are full of complaints from users about their accounts being hacked into, the items and loot being stolen. Rock Paper Shotgun mentions that Eurogamer’s Christian Donlan had a first-hand experience of this hack. The reason for this is not very clear, but some speculation on Reddit suggests that the sessions are being hijacked, giving the hacker full control of the accounts.

Diablo III

Even though Blizzard had two-factor authentication for logins, reports around the forums suggest that even people with two-factor authentication enabled have had their accounts broken into. I took a quick glance into my account this morning and thankfully, as of now, there has been no break-in.

Bashiok makes it clear that there have been no session-hijacking exploits that are in the wild:

We’ve been taking the situation extremely seriously from the start, and have done everything possible to verify how and in what circumstances these compromises are occurring. Despite the claims and theories being made, we have yet to find any situations in which a person’s account was not compromised through traditional means of someone else logging into their account through the use of their password.

Though that still doesn’t say about how people with two-factor authentication have had their accounts accessed. Another speculation is that the two-factor authentication was enabled after the break-in.

Blizzard’s response has been fairly generic, attributing it to new game release. Quoting Lylirra, the community manager:

Historically, the release of a new game — such as a World of Warcraft® expansion — will result in an increase in reports of individual account compromises, and that’s exactly what we’re seeing now with Diablo III. We know how frustrating it can be to become the victim of account theft, and as always, we’re dedicated to doing everything we can to help our players keep their accounts safe — and we appreciate everyone who’s doing their part to help protect their accounts as well.

We also wanted to reassure you that the Authenticator and Mobile Authenticator (a free app for iPhone and Android devices) continue to be some of the most effective measures we offer to help players protect themselves against account compromises, and we encourage everyone to take advantage of them. In addition, we also recently introduced a new service called SMS Protect, which allows you to use your text-enabled cell phone to unlock a locked account, recover your account name, approve a password reset, or remove a lost Authenticator. Optionally, you can set up the SMS Protect system to send you a text message whenever unusual activity is detected on your account, keeping you aware of important (and possibly unwanted) changes.

For more information on the Authenticator, visit

For more on the Mobile Authenticator, visit

For more on SMS Protect, visit

Blizzard also mentioned that users may be prompted with additional security questions, if the user is logging in from a previously unknown location

We also have other measures built into to help protect players. Occasionally, when detects unusual login activity that differs from your normal behavior — such as logging in from an unfamiliar location — we may prompt you for additional information (such as the answer to one of your security questions) and/or require you to perform a password reset through the website. World of Warcraft players might be familiar with this security method already, and Diablo III players may begin to encounter it as well.

Blizzard has asked the users to contact them via their “I’ve Been Hacked!” tool, if the user believes they have been a victim of an account compromise.

If you have had an account compromise in Diablo III, do leave a comment mentioning the details and the extent of losses.

The Pains Of Being A Gamer — A 2012 Edition

We all remember that game in our childhood which stole our hearts and made us wait 12 years for its next iteration. That game which, despite its few flaws, we would play for hours and hours, again and again because it was simply the most legendary RPG of its time. Yes I’m talking about Diablo II, what else? After over a decade of waiting, lovers of RPG can now lay their hands on Diablo III, which is poised to become THE most epic game ever once players have a chance to lay their hands on it.
Barely a day after the massive worldwide launch, people are disappointed. People are upset. Blizzard’s servers are unable to handle the load of users logging on to authenticate the game, resulting in a massive outrage all over the Internet. Diablo III requires an “always-on” connection even in single player mode, irking those who have an internet connection with a download cap, those who are often on the move and thus do not have a qualifying internet connection (Blizzard requires a “Broadband Internet connection”, specified in their requirements) and those (like me) who want to play in offline or single player mode and want nothing to do with Auction House or multiplayer mode.


Why is it wrong?

What is upsetting is the fact that Blizzard has confirmed that there will be no offline play in future either. There will be no segregation of single player and multiplayer modes like there was in Diablo II. But the thing really upsetting me is that other companies are now slowly and steadily moving toward this trend.
There were numerous reasons for Blizzard to require an “always online” connection. Primarily, Blizzard wanted to safeguard the economy of the D3 world by preventing abuse of the system through which users could cheat and sell items privately, or hack and create duplicate items; basically, what goes on in WoW. They also wanted users to have internet connections so Blizzard can check for pirated games.

What this has resulted in is that the major gameplay mechanics are shifted server side. Enemy /map generation. Character creation and saving. Majorly, it will all happen online and will be saved on Blizzard’s servers. While this will help in using the same character that you have put so much work into, in both the single and multiplayer modes, and also reduce to quite an extent the abuse of the economy of Diablo III and help Blizzard earn a few more monies, it will also require you to sit in a place with at least 3G Internet if you want to play the game without many lags. This is a bad move for those who spend majority of their time traveling and want some monster killing on-the-go.

Another bad move by Blizzard was not ensuring proper load handling capabilities for their servers, especially on launch day. While I agree that things like these happen, this was a really bad move on their part, especially when people are paying $60 for a game they have waited for for 12 years. And Blizzard is, since a few years now, known for making bad moves. Case in point — No official LAN mode for Starcraft?! That IMO is quite idiotic.

CD Projekt RED Hiring for an RPG in a Brand New Setting

CD Projekt RED is pretty much my most favorite developer. They have made The Witcher and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. That makes them pretty awesome in my book. They are dope. They are fantastic. They are- okay okay it seems my point has been put across.


So you can imagine my reaction when they put up a blog post with a title saying “Join Our Studio Today”. My excitement levels increased to over 9000 and I could not read the rest of the post without a crazy maniacal grin on my face. Here’s a little more about the new IP:-

Our mature dark-fantasy world is well known around the world, though if you can’t stomach dwarves, elves or sorceresses who put their ample charms on display in Playboy magazine, we’ve got also something special that might be right up your alley! We’re looking for people who would rather work on an entirely new and different IP – a vast RPG for which we want to assemble the best possible staff. It represents an opportunity for you to create a grand new project from the ground up!

So it seems it’s a dark SF world. One that aims to fill up the void left by Mass Effect perhaps?

Joyous day, indeed.

Blizzard Prepares For Diablo III Release, Entertains Fans with an Animated Short

Blizzard has been revealing small bits of about the Lore of the Diablo III universe, the playable classes, skills and developer diaries on their Darkness Falls, Heroes Rise portal since the past few weeks. And now, with just under a week to go for the game’s release – all content on the Diablo III has been completely unlocked on their portal. The last big reveal: a six-minute animated short film directed by Peter Chung and animated by the animation studio Titmouse.

Diablo III

Titled “Wrath”, the video shows Deckard Cain chronicling the battle between Angels of High Heavens and Demons of Burning Hells, well before creation of the sanctuary. Without further ado, check out the video and let me know your thoughts on it!

And oh, if you’re new to the Diablo series, Gamespot has a video unraveling the story of the Diablo universe – go check it out!

Steam Beta Client Allows for Remote Download and Install of Games from Steam Website

Ever been in this situation where you’ve purchased a kickass game during your work hours and can’t wait to reach home and start playing it? You’re eager to start the download. But you run into a small glitch. You can’t start the download till you have access to your home system and you can’t access your home system from work.


Luckily, Valve’s come up with a solution for this.The latest beta version of Steam client comes with a new feature: the ability to initiate remote downloads. You’ll need to opt-in into the beta program to utilize this.

Steam Beta Opt-in

Once you’ve updated to the new client, login to Steam Website, head over to Community -> Games. Now all games tied to your Steam account will be listed, as will be shown, the icon to start the remote install.

Steam Start Remote Install

You can even pause and check the status of the download, all right from the website.

Steam remote install status

Pretty nifty feature this, to be honest. Hope it gets featured into the stable builds soon. Till then, you can always opt-into the beta and start using this.

Rock Band iOS App Has An Expiration Date–May 31st

EA has some really bright ideas about marketing this wonderful commodity called a “video game” to potential buyers called “video gamers”, who have a fairly good idea about what this commodity should be. However EA does not, which has been repeatedly shown throughout its recent debacles. Not a month goes by without EA doing something wrong that is so basic that one wonders just how they did manage to become one of the biggest game publishing houses in the world.


Players (“Rockers”) of Rock Band for the iOS – a $4.99 game on the iTunes – were recently accosted by a friendly popup that said:-

On May 31, ROCK BAND will no longer be playable on your device. Thanks for rocking out with us!

No apologies, no explanations. Just that rather verbose message. What gives?

Many are of the opinion that relicensing the music was too expensive for EA, now that they already had the players’ money, so they just let the game “expire”. See, when you ‘buy’ an app on the iTunes Store, you are just buying the license to use it, which can be revoked at any time by the licensing authority – in this case EA.

So what can you do about it? Nothing much, although you can try to get a refund from EA. You can also email Tim Cook of Apple and tell him how this sort of behavior from a licensing company is atrocious.

[Picture via Reddit]

Words with Friends Cheats: Find Best High Scoring Words

Words with Friends is one of the best game available on app store which is very similar to the traditional Scrabble game. Words with Friends allows users to play the game with multiple friends online. I have been playing this game for a while and love it. The game also has apps for both iOS and allowing you to play the game on the go as well.

Considering that the game is played online there is a lot of chances for people to look up the dictionary to find words and score high points. So how do you score high points in Words with Friends? Well there are several ways to do it and I’ll list a few of them here.

Word Solver for Words With Friends

The first option to find words out of the alphabets on your board in Words With Friends is Word Solver. This website provides you options to solve Scrabble words using various dictionaries including; Scrabble Tournament Word List, English Scrabble Dictionary, Words with Friends Dictionary and French Scrabble Dictionary among others.

Word Solver Results

All you have to do is enter the words on your board in the textbox provided and click on the "Find words!" button and it will automatically display the words you can create using your board. Another similar alternative for finding words is Lexical Word Finder.

The above websites can be used to create words from alphabets on your board. However, what if you want to add to already existing words created on the table? Well, there is a cheat for that too.


More Words is a excellent website which would help  you in many ways with solving words in "Words for Friends" and Scrabble in general. It is basically a word search engine which provides you with definitions, anagrams and more. More Words also provides users with an option to create words by adding letters to it and also search for larger words containing a particular word and words starting with or ending with your search.

So if you are looking to cheat in Scrabble or Words with Friends online, look no farther than More Words since it can provide you with the best help you can do with.

While there are many more websites that can help you with finding words for your Scrabble or Words with Friends game. I think the above mentioned websites should be more than sufficient.

P.S. I didn’t want to be a spoilsport and take the fun out of the game. However, considering that players can play at their own pace and have the internet to look up words this isn’t technically cheating Smile or is it?