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Because We May Sale is Colossal

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From Humble Bundles to Indie Royales, discounts on indie games are all the rage, but you have not seen a sale like this. Initiated by Ron Carmel, developers from far and wide have banded together to support the message of Because We May by selling their games at rock-bottom prices on Steam, Android, iOS, and other platforms. There are well over 300 games on sale (I lost count), which begs the important question: what is the message?

“We believe that developers should have the freedom to price their games how they like, without interference from the online stores that sell the games. Why? Because it allows us to promote our games more freely, as we are doing here!”

At this point, you are probably thinking that this is another marketing stunt to drum up additional sales, and that is precisely the point. By pushing sales numbers through the roof, Because We May is out to prove that developers with full control over prices can sell their games more effectively. It’s a triple-win situation for the developers, distributors, and consumers.

The main concern of many people though, myself included, is that sales such as these make people less inclined to purchase indie games at full cost. Why pay full price when you know that it will likely be on sale in the future? Well, I say, buy now and let the developers learn that lesson for themselves. A small sample of the games up for grabs that caught my eye include Shadowgun, Canabalt HD, Capsized, Vessel, Jamestown, Superbrothers: Sword & Sorcery EP, and Avadon: The Black Fortress. The Because We May sale runs through June 1.

(Because We May started May 24. Sorry for the delayed news, but some family matters came first.)

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A few readers have emailed me asking why we don’t post weekly sales. Well, see, we do. Brandon’s Calender Man column posted every Monday usually contains weekly deals.

But I realize not everyone wants new stuff and they’d like to know about older games that can be found on the cheap and since we are part of the Amazon referral program…sounds like a win-win to me.

The deals here aren’t all necessarily “sales” (some are) but just some heavily discounted games that we tend to think are still worth the money. Funny how fast the prices drop on videogames.

I want to start off with a PC game on Steam — Tropico 4 is free until Sunday and after that will be slashed 66% to a $13.59 price tag.

Dark Souls. $39. That sort of sells itself.

One of Brandon’s favorites over the past year, Driver: San Francisco is now at $18.90, and even though I didn’t play it Brandon swears it’s great. If not, yell at him.

One of the best games of all time, Batman: Arkham City is now $38. If you didn’t play this — you kind of need to.

I still haven’t played Mass Effect 3 and really don’t feel like playing Mass Effect 3 but everyone else here seemed to like it well enough. It’s down to $43 on the PS3.

Yeah, BioShock: Infinite was delayed. Sucks. But BioShock 2 for $9.69 is pretty awesome.

Finally, Uncharted 3 has dipped to $36 and change. While most were letdown a tad by this third chapter, $36 is a pretty good bargain.

If you stumble upon any crazy good deals let us know. I’ll add them as I see them.