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Dark Souls PC 14.99 Amazon Download Black Friday deal
Scout
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November 23, 2012 - 6:10 pm
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Dark Souls is on sale on Amazon for 14.99. I think it's a Black Friday only deal. Finally hit my price point. Actually well below it at I was waiting for 19.99. Your purchase will give you a download code. Go to your Steam Library, click on Add a Game and then on Activate a non-Steam product and enter the code.

Mine is downloading into my Steam library now.

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Somewhat related:  Amazon tells me Dishonored will go on sale for $25 on the 28th.

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Great find, Scout! As you may have guessed, there're a lot of folks around here who can advise you. : ) 

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Wait. You guys have heard of Dark Souls?

 

I also picked up Dishonored on Black Friday at Green Man Gaming. 25.00 and then they cut off 2.50 so it came to 22.50. Also activates on Steam.

I think I love Valve. I sometimes wish that they will come up with a gaming OS for free so we can finally kick Microsoft to the curb. Already I noticed people calling gaming PCs Steam rigs. About three second of thinking and I can see how that would never work.

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It might just happen, Scout. I love Valve, and the truth is they're barely a game developer any more. What they are is a very influential force in the business, with some amazing engineers. I think a SteamOS based on the Ubuntu Linux kernel, with WINE (for Windows compatibility) deeply integrated... I think it could happen.

What a strange world we live in, where a videogame developer might be the one to topple Microsoft's dominance.

Do you have a 360 controller to play Dark Souls with? I recommend it. If not there are some fan mods that improve the KBM setup, but I have not tried them.

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Someone once commented to me that Linux is only free if your time has no value.  Making Linux a serious desktop OS alternative to Windows would take more than a move to Linux-based games (although games are part of the equation).  However, a Linux-based OS for dedicated gaming is a slightly different beast.  If anyone is positioned to make that happen, it's Valve.

After all, it's gaming that proved the key to integrating the TV and internet services.  Microsoft knows this - I don't believe console gaming was anything more for them than a means to the end of getting into your living room.

If Valve can make it happen, then it could very well be the pebble that turns into an avalanche.  The avalanche that buries Microsoft.

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That would be very cool.

 

I have a Saitek P 990 Dual Analog controller I was hoping would work. Haven't used a controller in a while so we shall see. Does it have to be a 360 controller? Is there an inherent advantage?

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It doesn't have to be a 360 controller, no, but the game assumes you're using one in its tutorial messages and stuff. The key thing is that it has a similar button number and layout to the 360 or PS3 controller - four shoulder buttons, a D-Pad, two thumbsticks, etc. But even this isn't required. Your Saitek should work just fine, you might have to get used to some things is all.

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I've heard of Steam being able to be used directly from a smart TV now?  Not sure how that works given you need the computer's hard drive and processing ability to actually download and play the games.  Anyone heard of this or has tried it?  I'm not talking about just outputting the video to the TV but actually running steam interface on the tv without a computer.  There must be some kind of set top box to buy to do this?  And I'm assuming that is not an X-box 360 ha ha.

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It's not quite that evolved, Lakerz. What you're talking about is Steam's Big Picture feature, currently available to those who participate in Steam's betas (which anyone can do). You need your PC hooked up to a TV, then you switch to Big Picture mode and it's designed for use with a controller, sitting ten feet away from the display. By all accounts it's a fantastic system, and really well-designed. But you do need that PC connected to your television.

More and more we're seeing manufacturers making small, quiet, powerful PCs for living room use. I may invest in one sooner or later actually, for Steam Big Picture as well as mere convenience. What I'd really like is a very good cable card solution that'd let the PC act as a multi-channel DVR; so far I have not seen many options for that.

If you want to get the most out of Dark Souls on a PC, it's probably wise to invest in a 360 controller. Wired ones can be had for as little as $19.99. The Souls games have very specific controls that don't remap easily, and heavily depend on two shoulder buttons. If your controller doesn't have those, it's going to take a lot of getting used to; plus, in typical mediocre port fashion, the Dark Souls tutorial assumes you have a 360 controller and uses the button icons from that device to describe actions, even if you've remapped them to keys, mouse clicks, or whatever else.

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It does appear that the PC-as-DVR thing has no simple solution these days.  Surely that's got to change.  I don't have any sort of cable or satellite service, so using a PC is the best candidate.  But I haven't taken the time to set something up.

And another controller option:  You an use a PS3 controller as well.  You just need a USB cable and a handy utility called DS3 Tool

 

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