Black Friday is a day of the year you either love or hate. The official start of the Christmas shopping season, it is named “Black Friday” because it is the day of the year in which many retailers finally go from unprofitable to profitable…from the “red” to the “black”. It is also, for many, the most accursed day of the year, marked by tons of junk mail and the shift from hearing good music in the stores to hearing nothing but Jingle Bells over and over for a month while people scramble to get all of their shopping in before Christmas day…
Personally, I hate Black Friday. I view it as just another excuse for people to act like jerks to one another while they run all over like rabid dogs and spend money at a breakneck pace. My mailbox is so full of junk crap right now that it will hardly close and I can’t be bothered to look at it because I know it’s just advertisements and coupons and the spam filter on my email is screaming in terror as I type this.
One of the things that I was happy to see This year, though, was a few emails talking about great deals on games, which are being offered up for Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. Let’s have a look at some of what’s going on:
First, we have Square Enix, who are offering up a number of titles for sale starting Thanksgiving day and running through Monday the 26th. Those titles, including Sleeping Dogs, Kingdom Hearts 3d[Dream Drop Distance], Heroes of Ruin and Theatrythm Final Fantasy will be available for up to 50% off. That’s a smoking hot deal any way you look at it.
BitFlip announced that they will be honoring Black Friday by offering 50% off the pre-order price of their tactical collectible card game Minion Master, a digital board game that brings together the moment-to-moment tactics of collectible card games with the long-term strategy of miniature war gaming.
Next up, GOG.com is doing a Pick 5 & Pay $10 Promo, which allows gamers to pick any 5 games from a list of twenty great indy titles and pay only $10, regardless of the selected games. The list of games is impressive, including titles like Alan Wake’s American Nightmare, DEFCON, Darwinia and UPLINK: Hacker Elite.
And finally, Reverb Publishing has announced an “Autumn Sale” Starting the 21st and running through the 27th, during which time Primal Carnage, Ravaged and Rocketbirds will be on sale at huge discounts. Ravaged will be available for $4.99, Primal Carnage will be going for $8.99 and Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken will be available at 50% off its normal price for $4.99.
Of course there’s a lot more going on out there but these are some of the big ones so if you’re in the market for some great gaming deals this season, make sure you have a look at some of these deals. More bang, less buck!
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!