Yeah, it’s been a while since I’ve written. Bar studying got the best of me lately, as did a few new games. E3 happened, and while it was overall interesting, I don’t think there’s anything to be said that hasn’t already been said. My basic thoughts: Sony did what Sony does well, Microsoft finally learned that games matter, and Nintendo continues to blow our expectations by setting them so low for us in the first place. Seriously, Splatoon might be the first new IP from Nintendo since Animal Crossing.

But enough about consoles, it’s that magical time of year again: the SUMMER STEAM SALE!! That time of year when our wallets empty because some indie game from 2008 is $1.24 and WHY THE HELL NOT. This is the time to stock up on all of those indie games that everyone talks about. For the price of one night at the bar, you can have a quality library of games that will keep you occupied until the end of the year–or at least until the Autumn Steam Sale. Here’s what I’ve already bought:

Two Brothers
Recommended by James Portnow, this is an interesting concept. Watch his video for a better description, but the idea of bringing color to a monochromatic world seems very interesting. Still got that pretentious indie style, but now with Zelda-style gameplay!

Creeper World 3
I first heard about this game from Loading Ready Live, the streaming arm of the Internet media team Loading Ready Run. Paul streamed this a few times when his partner, Graham, could not join for their joint stream. It’s an RTS, nominally, where you try to fend off alien goo and retake planets. Looked like a lot of fun, and it’s on sale for the next few days.

Magical Diary
So, I love visual novels. I learned about this game from Pete Davison, formerly of GamesAreEvil and now of MoeGamer, and it’s a visual novel with a bit of a twist. A recent trend in visual novels these days is to add more “life sim” aspects. Here, you are a student at a magical school, and you spend time building up your magic and meeting characters. Again, I can’t do the game justice like Pete can, but if you’re into visual novels and want something with some non-reading gameplay, this might be worth checking out.

I will probably be spending more money over the next few days as other games go on sale (I’m looking at you, Walking Dead: Season 2). If there’s a game that came out in the last few years that you’ve been meaning to pick up, now’s the time to do it. Even if you don’t play it until the next Summer Steam Sale, you’ll have the satisfaction that you got it at a discount. Isn’t that why we buy during the Steam Sales in the first place?