Humble Bundle – Grab Games Dirt Cheap & Donate To Charity At The Same Time!

 

humble-bundleGames, they’re great.  They’re even more great, dare I say awesome for geeks!  And we always love a bargain.

If you anything like me, you see a game that you kind of want (but not a lot) and think, if I can get a deal on it, consider it sold!

However, there isn’t only now somewhere that you can get a great deal on selected games – but, you can also donate part (or in theory, all) of the money you pay for these games to a charity of your choosing – double win!

Get the games to quench your thirst, support a great organisation and donate some money to the charity that you choose – you can’t lose!

Who are they?

The name is Humble Bundle.  They’ve got a new ‘humble bundle’ each month.  There’s also subscriptions and a standard game e-store but we’re going to focus on the monthly Humble Bundle for now.

Essentially, this is a ‘pay what you want’ model (with some minimums – albeit very low minimums).  The more you donate, the more games you get.

And with prices starting at $1 (approximately £0.76), you really can’t grumble and it’s worth having a punt with almost any game at that price!

How does it work?

View the Humble Bundle on the website, there’s a new one every month.  Decide what you want to donate, and what split you want between the developers of the games in the bundle, the lovely people behind Humble Bundle itself and a charity of your choosing.  The you get the games delivered to you in super rapid (pretty much instant, according to the reports we’ve heard) to your inbox.

Games are provided as codes – i.e. Steam codes.  Pop them into your Steam client and the game will start to download and install.  Easy peasy – much better than in the good old days of waiting for the Royal Mail to deliver you games to you a few days later!

What’s in it?

The contents of the Humble Bundle change each month, so even if you don’t like anything that’s in it one month, make sure to head back their next – there could be a game that you’ve been waiting for at a knock down price.

Let’s have a look at what’s in it this month.

For the bargain price of $1 (£0.76 approx) we’ve got:

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OK, so Duke Nukem Forever is the game that took the developers a bazillion years and is critically panned, but for 25p, it’s worth a go!  The Darkness II and Special Ops: The Line are also included.

Willing to pay a little bit more?  Well the middle ‘band’ is interesting – it fluctuates between the lower and upper bands based on what people have been willing to pay.  Currently the middle band and next tier sit at $9.28 (£7.05 approx).  For that, you get the three games from tier one above and also:

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Now, you get your money’s worth out of this purely for the inclusion of the superb Civilization V.  For those who haven’t played the others (and for those that have even more), Civ V is well worth a play – great strategy game that can lead to hours and hours of fun as standard!

For the basketball fans we’ve also got NBA 2016.  Thrown in for good measure is Mafia II – Directors Cut and the Battleborn Start Skin Pack.  Followed by Freedom Force, Freedom Force vs The Third Reich, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified and the secret guilty pleasure of many a person out there (yes, you know you’ve played the demo!) Railroad Tycoon 3.

£0.64 per game so far – great value I hear you say.  Truly exceptional value in my book.

And if you’ve got a little more cash, it’ll get you some more goodies – pay $15 (£11.39 approx) and they’ll throw in more Battleborn games and add-ons:

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Still not enough?  I hear you.  They’ll also throw these in on top of the tier three bundle:

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Conclusion

Awesome games, unbelievable price and you get to help a chosen charity at the same time – all for one low price.  Now our gaming habits can help good causes as well as enabling us to get our fix and save a ton of money at the same time.

With a collective RRP of $360, all yours for as little as $15, this is a no-brainer.

What are you waiting for?!  Go out and grab your bundle now!

Football Manager 2013 (FM13) & Windows 10

football-manager-2013Now, I’m sure you’ve arrived here as an avid Footballer Manager 2013 fan (yes, it’s not strange – many of us are still playing this game despite us being a third of the way through 2016) whose immensely frustrated due to crazy issues going on with your Football Manager game.  You’re not alone, many of us have battled, some have won, a lot still have hope, and some have lost.  Already feels like a game of football doesn’t it?

What’s Wrong

Well basically, we can’t really blame FM2013 – I know that’ll come as a relief to many.

Windows 10 came along in the middle of 2015 and due to Microsoft’s very generous offer of a free upgrade for many users, including Windows 8 users, an awful lot of us took them up on this offer and upgraded our PC’s.

However, some of us are football fans – and some of us play Football Manager 2013 – and unfortunately Windows 10 doesn’t like FM2013.

There’s not a specific problem that’s happening on all PC’s – it depends to be dependent on local setup.

The kinds of problems reported are:

  • Game fails to start
  • Game starts but nothing is displayed
  • Match Preview screen goes fuzzy / has garbled graphics displayed.
  • Parts or all of the pitch appear black in 3D match day.

Here’s the Bad News…

Sports Interactive – the makers of Football Manager – say that Windows 10 is not a supported OS for this version of Football Manager, therefore they unfortunately will not be investigating this issue or issuing a patch.  In fact, any version except the current version of Football Manager (2016) is unsupported on Windows 10 – so it’s the same story for FM2014 and FM2015 too (well, I guess you were looking for an excuse to upgrade, right?).

So we’re on our own.  All is not quite lost yet though – we’ve got some things to try that may work for you.  However, it’s important to remember that any and all combinations of the below may be required and unfortunately, not everyone has managed to get FM2013 working properly on their Windows 10 PC (myself included 🙁 ).

Ways to Fix It

Give these a go – they won’t do any harm and may well restore your FM2013 experience to it’s former glory.

  • Delete the FM cache – In C:\Users\[your name]\App Data\Local\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2013 delete the ‘cache’ folder.  This will for a cache regenerate next time you start the game (make sure the game is not running whilst you do this!).
  • Go to Steam and verify the integrity of the game.
  • Ensure all the latest Windows Updates are installed – particularly the .net framework and Direct X ones.
  • Update your graphics card drivers to the latest version.
  • Use ‘Compatibility Mode’ when running the fm.exe file – select ‘Windows 8’.

If All Else Fails…

In the end, sometimes, we have to say goodbye to even the greatest of games.  This may well be the time that many of us have to say goodbye to Football Manager 2013.  The alternative is of course rolling back Windows 8 – which can only be done for around a month post Windows 10 installation (so I believe) although you are of course free to do a fresh install of Windows 8 from your disc.  However, you’re then not up-to-date with your OS – and given as it’s a freebie, it’s worth having.

Good news is, there’s some reasonable deals on (Windows 10 compatible!) Football Manager 2016 – available currently for around £23-30 depending on where you shop (it’s on Amazon too of course – if you’re a creature of habit!  Currently £28.99).  If you think you can wait around a month from now, there’s a good chance that there might be an even better offer directly on Steam – last year on the day of the Champions League Final, the price of FM2015 was slashed.

If you somehow have the willpower to wait a bit longer then you can always wait for approximately another 6 months when FM2017 is out – although, if you do, expect to pay a pretty penny for it near release date (£50ish quid maybe?).

The good news is Windows 10 is apparently going to be the last ‘major version’ of Windows released – Microsoft instead indicating that they are preferring to go down a more incremental update route.  This should mean that, if we like, we should probably (hopefully) have many stress free years of gaming from FM2016!

Don’t Forget!

Got any more tips?  Managed to get it working?  Frustrated at not getting it working?  Please leave us a comment below.  There’s a legion of Football Manager fans out here waiting to thank/help you!

CoM Players Anger Grows Over Major Bugs

Chronicles of Merlin logoPlayers of popular iOS game Chronicles of Merlin are becoming increasingly frustrated with the developers of the game after another release is made but major bugs have still not been rectified in the game.

One of the most complained about bugs is the ‘Alliance’ bug where the game will regularly crash after trying to perform any functions in the Alliance section of the game.  This evidently has caused frustration for many users with some also reporting that it is happening to them in other areas of the game.

Upon closer inspection by DPS Computing we have established that indeed the ‘Alliance’ bug remains in the latest version of the game.  Players have been assured that the developers are looking into this and hope to release a bug fix for it in the near future.

The impact of the ‘Alliance’ bug makes using any of the alliance features in the game very frustrating and with growing user tension it seems like the developers should be pulling out all the stops to fix this bug before it leads to a decline in the number of players.

If you are a Chronicles of Merlin player and have noticed any issues with the game, including the ever more infamous ‘Alliance’ bug, the please let us know in the comments below.