All good things must come to an end, and Dealspwn is no exception. We'll get right to the point - today is our last day of operation. While it is sad that we will be no more, there's no denying that we've had a fantastic run since we began in 2009. We've covered some utterly brilliant (and frankly terrible) games during that time, built up a fantastic community that has engaged and entertained us, and we saved you all a few pennies here and there.
Or sent out back the way of Old Yeller. I'm not sure how the internet actually works.Click here to read more...
Fancy 25% off your purchases at Green Man Gaming? Right up until Monday at 5pm you can use our exclusive Green Man Gaming code to bag yourself just that.
Whilst you are over there make sure to check out their sale on Mount & Blade titles which currently have up to 66%.
It's coming. A full season of informative chat, witty (and not so witty banter), rant-inducing provocation, discussions of gaming culture and declarations of industry love - the Dealspwn podcast is almost here. The first episode will be going live on the site over the weekend, so watch this space. Jon, Carl and myself sit down and cast a retrospective eye over the past few weeks, natter about the games we've been reviewing, chat about the state of the industry and also have a glance at what lies ahead.
...and much more!
We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible and you should be warned that there may be some few instances of strong language.
This being a pilot episode, though, nothing is as yet set in stone. We're still exploring possibilities and playing around with certain things, but do give us your feedback if you have a listen, we'd love to hear what you think.
That's right, we're ringing the changes this summer, and we want everybody to get stuck in. You'll notice a few differences to the site over the coming week or so, although if you're familiar with our sister site Mobot you'll be right at home. Essentially, in order to bring about a little community spirit, we're bringing user login to the site - allowing you to use your HUKD or Mobot profile here on Dealspwn or just create one anew, pimp out your avatar and start ruling the comments section with witty banter, passionate debate and cool little pics.
On top of that, Discussions will be coming to Dealspwn too. Whether you're stuck on a boss battle with Link or are struggling to find feathers with Ezio or want some tactical tips from the community for your Yeovil Town team in FM 2011, there's bound to be someone who can help you out. But it's not just for that...got a query about release dates or multiplayer features? Fancy kicking off a BioWare vs Bethesda debate? Want to find out who would win if you stuffed all of the most annoying characters from the Final Fantasy series in a pit with a giant bear and a king cobra? We'll be leaping into the fray too to help answer questions and help spark some debate. It'll be just like being down the pub, but with less beer (unless you were smart and brought your own) and no darts board.
There are a few bits we're still tweaking, still a couple of loose ends to tie up and links to stuff into the right places, so bear with us if you encounter some teething issues in the next few days. If you do come across some glitches or rough patches, do let us know at [email protected] and we'll summon up some winged monkeys to fix it.
In the meantime, have a little look around - we'll still be bringing you hot deals and gaming news, in depth reviews and previews, and lots of witty comment...
We've just uploaded a few changes to the site. They are mainly visual changes, nothing major in terms of functionality. You still have all the same sections that you know and love.
Even so, we sometimes run into bugs and glitches, so if you spot something performing in a strange manner, please drop us a line. It would be very helpful if you also tell us what browser you are using. And if you are able to attach a screenshot of any glitch, that's also really useful.
(P.S. If you are experiencing any problems, sometimes a "ctrl + F5" can sort things out. :) )
That's right ladies and gents, it's that time of year. Thursday's press event kicks off the London Games Festival with a bang and we'll be at this year's Eurogamer Expo from Friday through to Sunday on all three days getting hands on with some of the most exciting games slated to come out this winter. Expect plenty of photos, a whole bunch of previews, crazy top tens, developer session feedback and our picks of the bunch. We might even throw in a couple of interviews for good measure.
You'll be able to follow all of our onsite coverage of the Expo by clicking on the sidebar badge over the weekend and keep an eye on the Dealspwn Twitter stream for some off the record opinions.
We'll be trotting around trying to take the pulse of the weekend and drawing up an anticipatory list as voted for by the public. Considering it's right on the doorstep for many of our faithful readership, we imagine a few of you might be attending. If so, be sure to look out for us sporting our snazzy new t-shirts. Seriously, come up and say hi. Tell us what you've been checking out, what you're most excited about and, especially if you're cosplaying it up, come over for a photo. You might even find your name in lights come Monday.
You can check out a pic of yours truly sporting the new threads below:
This trend-setting piece of glorious gaming fashion is currently available over at CafePress should you wish to purchase one (you'll certainly look better than me!), but if you're attending the Expo and you come up for a chat, slip us an email address and we'll send you a free one. Let's take this mother over!
Hopefully see you there!
Morning folks. We've been feeling for some time now that our deals have been getting a little fat - massive indentations when sat down, copious sweating after five minutes of chewing, amassing small gravitational fields...you know, the usual signs - and so, starting from today, we're going to be slimming them down for you. It's as much to help us as it is to help you, it was felt that the longer structure was actually restricting opinion rather than developing it and therefore, in order to avoid sliding into the pit of marketing speech, we're just going to give you the good stuff.
From here on out deals will be a simple affair, stuffed with links to useful things - the product listing, relevant Gamebase listings and our review (or the most recent preview if it's a pre-order) - culminating in a short, punchy paragraph where we basically chip in with our two cents on whether or not the game in question is worth your money at the price concerned. We're aiming to start producing a lot more original content onsite and, hopefully, making some big changes to the way news works onsite. But more on that to follow at a later date.
A couple of other notes too, we're going to be introducing two new weekly columns as well, the first of which - Why We Love... - will pay homage to kickass sidekicks who don't always get the recognition they deserve, glorious cameos you might have missed, and iconic scenes from the annals of gaming history. We'll also be producing weekly Top Tens every Tuesday and would love for you guys and girls to be involved more: if there's a Best Of... list, or on the flip a Worst Of... parade, that you want to see just pop it in the comments box or sent a message over to [email protected] and we'll see what we can do about it. We might even put your name in lights...or bold, at least.
To begin with, all of us here would just like to say a big thank you again to everyone who took part in the competition. Whittling down the 144 submissions to a ten-strong list was no easy feat at all. Each of the Dealspwn staff was asked to nominate their top five and the results were collated and measured, with the highest scoring entries - those with the most nominations - making it onto the shortlist. There were some close calls to be made and, as the nominations trickled into my inbox over the course of this weekend, I became so very excited that I may have fainted and fallen off of my chair. The doctors wrote it off as heatstroke...but that's only because I lied.
We've had entries that have made us laugh and cry, made our jaws hit the floor and our gaming hearts sigh, if we could award prizes to you all we would, but sadly mailing out 150 Chupa-Chups would be far from cost-effective. We could only include ten titles in our shortlist, but there were some entries that came very close and so Honourable Mentions go to 'Cooking Motherfucker', 'Mirror's Hedge', 'Marvel Zombies', 'Paxman' and 'Katarmari Damasea'.
Congrats to you all. And so, ladies and gents, we move on to the Dealspwn Birthday Blowout Shortlist - the ten entries, propelled into stratospheric heights thanks to democratic process and all of the Dealspwn staff.
That's right ladies and gents, as of this post you have less than 36 hours to get your entries in if you want to be considered for the grand prize of a shiny new iPad. In fact, here's a full breakdown of what you could win...
First Prize: iPad
4 x Runners-up: £25 Amazon voucher
The competition will close at Midnight tomorrow night on Friday 2nd July.
Any entries submitted after that time will not be accepted so, if you're yet to participate, get your skates on!
A very big thank you to everyone who has entered so far, there have been some absolutely fantastic entries to date and our job as judges is certainly going to be a tough one. But there's still time to get your name into the hat. Check out the guidelines and rules for entry by clicking here, and you can have a browse of all of the entries so far at our Flickr gallery here.
Go! Go! GO! And the very best of luck to you all :)
Yes, that's right folks! Dealspwn is officially one year old! To celebrate this illustrious occasion and to thank you guys and girls who pop along to the site each day and give our roles some meaning, it's time for another opportunity to bag yourselves some free stuff. However, it's a big occasion, so we're going to be holding a big competition and, as everybody knows, in order to do that you need a Big Fat Prize.
So we thought we'd give you lot the chance to win an iPad!!
Try as I might to hate the thing, as a gaming platform it's actually rather good. In fact, some of the games that have been coming out for the super-sized iPhone are so good that I've actually given some serious thought to selling my soul on eBay and using the proceeds to actually hand over money for one. Thankfully, if you win this competition you won't even have to do that and will be the proud owner of the trendiest piece of kit on the planet without having to spend a penny.
Of course, we can't just give one away. That would be incredibly boring, so we've set a little task for entry: designing a game cover. Check out the guidelines below to see how you can get in on the anniversary excitement.
How To Enter - Designing A Game Cover
Right, before you all panic, let's spell out exactly what we're looking for. We'll provide you with a template for a video game case, all we need you to do is design a cover for the game of your dreams. It can be anything you want, in any format you want. So if you want to take an existing game cover and Photoshop the hell out of it then by all means go ahead. If you want to grab an HB pencil and sketch something before scanning it and sending it to us the do it. Fancy making a cover collage out of abandoned SEGA titles? Why not.You could even send us a drunken scrawl on a beer mat if you really wanted, but we'd probably just use them for their original purpose.
So...in a few easy steps...
First Prize: iPad
4 x Runners-up: £25 Amazon voucher
There are a few steps there, but then it is a Big Fat Prize!
It is very important to note here that we're not looking for technical proficiency. Aesthetics are nice but not everyone's going to be a Photoshop whizz kid and we know it. So what we're really looking for is something inventive, a game that might make us laugh or gasp or wee a little with excitement.
The competition will run for two weeks, only one entry per person and all entries must be in by July 2nd 2010.
P.S. All comments on Dealspwn are put through a moderation filter to prevent spam. If you haven't seen your comment appear within a few hours of posting, please drop us an email.
It's been a little while since our last giveaway, so we figured we'd simply turn the entire month of March into a four week festive season and give you lot the chance to win some copies of the biggest new releases each week!
Starting March 1st, the contests will all run for a week before closing - from midday on the starting Monday through to midnight on Sunday that week.
The schedule will be as follows:
1st - 7th: Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (PC/PS3/X360)
8th - 14th: Final Fantasy XIII (PS3/X360)
15th - 21st: Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight (PC)
22nd - 28th: Just Cause 2 (PC/PS3/X360)
NB. Occasionally release dates are subject to change and, if this is the case, the game in question will be replaced with a prize of equal worth.
We'll be posting the details of each competition as and when they go live on the site, so be sure to check back each Monday for the chance to get in on some freebie action.
Best of luck and we'll see you on March 1st!
Well here it is folks, our first four-digit posting milestone! It's been a busy eight months or so since the site went live back in June 2009, but from the very first GTA Chinatown Wars deal to the latest bargains of the last 24 hours, our mission statement has always stayed the same: to bring you folks the hottest gaming deals to be found on the net. We thought we'd take this moment to reflect on a few of the highlights of the site's journey so far, and also give you wonderful people a bit of insight into what is to come from us here at Dealspwn in 2010. We couldn't have done it without you.
Emma mentioned a good number of the most stand-out deals and articles of 2009 in her Happy New Year post, but a few more of the originals that helped to kickstart the site could be found in Felix's features, from The Worst Gaming Trends to his analysis of the console war, and Marius' early reviews and popular news entries.
On the deals front, the thing that captured the attention the most in the past few months has been the now infamous Tesco Left 4 Dead 2 fiasco, but our recent foray into providing new release price comparison charts has also proved highly popular and is something that will be streamlined and refined over the coming months.
Finally, we strode new ground in January, launching our first interactive community-led Game of the Year contest. The ten-day long series of hotly contested polls made for lots of welcome opinionated feedback and generated a nice bundle of attention too.
We have high hopes for site growth over the next few months, with the aim of becoming the the first port of call for anyone hunting down UK games deals.
We have plans for deals expansion, with a view to increasing our average daily deals content on the site.
It's been teased out in the widgets at the foot of our deal posts, and also used to back up the new release posts and January's polls, but the price comparison engine is nearly there. When Gamebase eventually comes out of beta and goes live, we hope that it'll make hunting down the prices on the games much easier.
On top of that, we're going to be looking to expand the content of the site too, with hopes to bring a weekly topical opinion column to the fore following the popularity of articles such Tamsin's appraisal of the working conditions for game developers in the industry as our the recent look at the iPad.
Finally, we're hoping in the next week or two to begin a series of regular posts dedicated to casual gaming and the independent sector. Each week we'll be bringing you a recommended browser-based game to bust your boredom during the working week, along with a brief roundup of the pick of the indie-oriented news that week. Lastly, we'll be supplementing these posts with the odd indie developer interview, seeing what makes them tick, what it's like to live the dream and work for oneself in the games industry, and maybe pinch the odd exclusive preview too.
Do you have any ideas for the future of Dealspwn? Drop us a line.
Thanks again for reading folks, and don’t forget to subscribe to our RSS feeds or daily email updates as we’ll also be holding a load more competitions in the new year, giving away more cool games and gaming hardware!
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I have a spare copy of the game Colin McRae Rally DiRT 2, for the PC. Would you like it?
If so, leave a comment below please. A random winner will be chosen from the comments.
As this is a product key which you can use for the game activation through Steam, I can just email the product key when the winner is chosen.
Alternatively, if you're interested in buying a copy, check out the Colin McRae Dirt 2 price comparison here.
2009 has come to a close, and 2010 has leaped upon us, like a Left4Dead hunter on poor innocent little Zoe. Dealspwn has been up and running for about 6 months now, and we're getting busier and busier every day!
From myself, and all of the team here at Dealspwn, we'd like to say Happy New Year!
We had some great video game deals over the last few months. One of the most popular deals was Left4Dead2 for only £15, shortly after the release date. This was more than half the cost of the next best price. A lot of people ordered it from Tesco, who took the money, then decided to disappoint everyone and cancel all the orders. There were a lot of unhappy bunnies in that thread.
But sadly, many of the best deals only last for a few days, or even a few hours! You've sometimes got to be quick to grab those good bargains.
Believe it or not, the Game offer codes were also very popular, even though people often express their feelings at the general crappiness of the bargains on Game's website.
As for interesting articles, one of the most commented upon was John's write-up about the dreaded YLOD on the PS3, following a TV article on Watchdog on the same issue. If you want a light read, have a look at Felix's top ten video game plot twists, which also spawned some interesting conversation.
We hope Dealspwn to grow to become your first stop for gaming deals in the UK.
As mentioned recently, we're working on a video games price comparison engine (currently in beta) which we hope will evolve to be an excellent resource when you are looking for the best prices on your games.
We're planning on keeping you up to date with new releases and popular upcoming games, and helping you find the best bargains for those.
In January 2010, we plan on running a poll for the best video game of 2009 - so keep an eye out for that, and get your votes in.
Do you have any ideas for the future of Dealspwn? Drop us a line.
I've got a spare £25 voucher code for Play.com lying round. If you'd like to win it, leave a comment below naming one of the games I have used in compiling the image above, and sending us some nice New Year joy! (Contest now closed)
In our recent Dealspwn Christmas contest to give away a gaming console package of your choice, we had an overwhelming response! There were over 750 comments in that thread alone. Most people seemed very keen to own the Playstation 3 package, and it was the most popular request. There was poetry, there was begging, there was tweeting, there were tears. But a winner had to be selected!
Using a complicated process involving a bowler hat, a flock of carrier pigeons and a packet of jelly babies, we came up with a name! Eh, who am I kidding, I used Microsoft excel and random.org. Dealspwner JAMES has won the Playstation 3 package deal! Congratulations James! The prize is winging its way to James as we speak, and I hope he gets it in time for Christmas morning.
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We have some very nice prizes this month in the Dealspwn Christmas contest, so we hope there will be something for everyone! The contest winner can choose from the great packages below, for either the Nintendo Wii, the Sony Playstation 3 or the Microsoft Xbox 360.
You can choose one of the following packages:
When the winner chooses their package, we will try our best to get in contact and get the prize shipped in time for Christmas! We can't control the postal service though, but we will do our best to try and ensure you get the package for some Christmas gaming fun!
How to enter this contest:
Last month on Dealspwn, we had a contest to give away a copy of Mario & Sonic Winter Olympic Games for the Nintendo Wii. The winner has been chosen!
We allocated each entrant with a random number between 1 and gazillion, wrote each number on a hamster, and gave them all little tiny pointy spears. The last ham standing was allocated to Dealspwner "Robert" and a copy of that game is now winging its way to him, tied to the claws of a bald eagle. (UPDATE - Robert has received his game)
Congrats to Robert, and I hope you have fun with your new Wii game!
For those of you who didn't win, make sure you get in on the action to get a copy of the new Medieval Games title, also for the Nintendo Wii - enter here.
We've got another great little game to give away to the Dealspwners. This time, it is Medieval Games for the Nintendo Wii, which is due to be released on the 20th of November 2009.
How to enter:
If you are already subscribed to the email updates, you will automatically be entered in this contest, but maybe you’d like to try the other methods for bonus entries?
Some rules (gotta have them!)
Medieval Games will be starting at an RRP of £19.99, not bad for a new Wii title. If you are not lucky enough to win it in this Dealspwn contest, we will of course be keeping our eyes out for the best prices, and we will post if we see a hot bargain. It could be a good fun little game for the family at Christmas!
Tamsin, an author here on the blog, will soon be revewing the game and we will post the review here on Dealspwn, if you want to read a bit about it before you buy.
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Time for another little game giveaway!
Would you like to win a copy of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games for your Nintendo Wii? We're giving away a copy to one lucky Dealspwner.
Here's how to enter:
If you are already subscribed to the email updates, you will automatically be entered in this contest, but maybe you'd like to try the other methods for bonus entries?
Some rules (gotta have them!)
The Mario & Sonic game was released on the 16th of October, so it's a pretty recent game to add to your collection. Good luck!