As I mentioned, being a student I didn't have a whole lot of money, so console gaming was perfect for me as I could often pick up pre owned or bargain bin games to keep me ticking over or save up the money for any upcoming games that I wanted to buy at launch. To this effect I was barred from the expensive world of PC gaming, something that I had missed since I last had a pc of my own ( about 6-7 years ago ) .
Although I was out of the loop I still had a number of friends who had PC's and I caught the occasional tidbit of information from online / podcasts etc. It was through these channels that I first heard of steam, so I had an idea about what it was. Steam, for some of you who don't know Steam is adigital distribution, digital rightys management multiplayer and communications platform developed by Valve corporation. It was launched in 2003 and basically was the template upon which all online game marketplaces such as XBLA and PSN were based.
I love Steam because of it's sales, which are based upon seasons generally. We're just off the back of the Haloween sale, in which I bought 6 games for 25 euro. I could have easily kept going but I over-rode my brains reckless need to blow all my cash on whatever caught my eye. In the end I came away with Ghostbusters, The penumbra series, Borderlands GOTY edition, Terraria, Vampire the masquerade and Cthullu saves the world.
Cthullu saves the world I hear you ask? Just what in the hell are you talking about! Well this is the real reason I decided to write this article. Cthullu saves the world is an old school turn based RPG developed by Zeboyd games ( which I['m pretty sure is jsut a couple of guys in someones bedroom ) all kitted out with a retro look and feel that takes you back to the days of Chrono trigger/secret of Mana on the snes. The concept is crazy. You control the great old god Cthullu of lovecraftian fame, who has been stripped of his powers and must rise through the ranks once more, comitting heroic deeds to restore himself to his former glory. I have only played about half an hour so far but I'm loving it due to it's blend of humour and rock solid turn based mechanics. You can tell that a lot of care and attention has gone into this game, so much so that the title screen offers you the choice to turn on 'Directors commentary.' Doing so will enable you to activate dialog boxes at certain parts of the game, where a little cartoon avatar of the games creator pops up to tell you about the developers thoughts and ideas at that particular point in the story.
It's such a shame that xbox owners in Ireland can't access the indie marketplace. Who knows how many more of these less publicised gems are hiding among the muti million dollar blockbusters!