What do you do when you’re curled up in bed, feeling bloated after the previous day’s imposingly luxurious Thanksgiving festivities? For the frugal geeks amongst us, it’s time to stock up on apps and games. But what you don’t want to do is to spend more money than you have to. Thankfully, Black Friday is almost upon us, and with it comes more inexpensive games and software than you can shake a stick at. Here are some of the best (and none of the rest).
Bioshock Infinite – $20 (was $40)
Bioshock Infinite is one of the most successful video games of the past year. Loosely inspired by the scribblings of conservative wunderkind Ayn Rand, it places the player in a world of floating buildings and violent insurrection as you race to rescue Elizabeth, a mysterious woman with supernatural powers.
Don’t let its obvious political leanings put you off. Bioshock Infinite is a damn good game, with some of the very best video game writing I’ve ever seen. It’s also a visual masterpiece, of the likes not seen since Crysis burst onto the scene in 2007. Normally, this would set you back $40, but since it’s Black Friday, this game can be yours for a steal at $20.
The StackSocial Black Friday Mac Bundle – $50 ($419 value)
StackSocial is one of those sites with a speciality in bundling software and accessories and selling them at a highly discounted rate to the public. This year’s Black Friday bundle of Mac programs mixes in the entertaining with the useful and the esoteric.
Gamers with a penchant for the nostalgic will appreciate the inclusion of Lucas Arts’ seminal ‘Knights Of The Old Republic’, whilst the inclusion of Crazy Talk 7 (MacWorld Best Of Show 2012, apparently) and MotionComposer are sure to appeal to creatives. Likewise, productivity junkies will surely get a kick out of Pagico and Gemini. All this can be yours for $50, but hurry!
The Walking Dead (PC) – $6.24 (was $24.99)
The Walking Dead is a killer of a TV show. If you’ve not seen it, you’ve missed out. The same is also true of the video game. Few independently produced video games have quite achieved the acclaim that it garnered, earning praise from the likes of IGN, PC Gamer and earning over 90 ‘Game Of The Year’ awards. It brings to the table episodic, story driven content and more zombies than you can shake a pointy stick at.
Convinced? Fire up Steam and grab a copy of it at just $6.24. You won’t regret it.
Creative Kit: Intensify Pro + Snapheal Pro – $59.99 (was $99.98)
Macphun is a software shop based in California which produces software for the photography market. This Black Friday, they’re offering two of their most popular products with a massive 40% discount, and they’re even donating money to cystic fibrosis research with each sale.
You might not have heard of them before, but if you’re an aspiring Ansel Adams, you might benefit from having a look at their stuff. Intensify Pro makes it easy for you to fiddle with the color in your photos without ruining them or introducing all sorts of awful artifacts, whilst Snapheal makes it easy to remove objects (and people) from photos. You can get both of these products for very little cash, right here.
World Of Warcraft (PC) – $5 (was $20)
There are seven million people who subscribe to World of Warcraft (WoW). When you think about it, that’s an insane number. That’s more than the entire population of New Zealand. But what is it about World Of Warcraft that has hooked so many people, making it the most subscribed MMORPG on the planet?
For many, it’s the expansion packs, the communities that have sprung up around the game and the exciting camaraderie that comes with going on raids that makes it all worthwhile. Want a piece of the action? Get your copy of WOW here, with a massive 75% discount.
Adobe’s Photoshop Photography Program – $9.99/month
For a long time, Adobe’s products have been the last word in computer graphics design. Indeed, Photoshop has reached such levels of ubiquity that it has even became a verb. To Photoshop. Sadly, these products come with a hefty price tag that has ensured that they’re firmly out of the price range of most people.
Adobe has listened to these complaints, and now offers Photoshop as a monthly subscription, which is much more affordable for a great many people. However, there’s an even sweeter deal knocking about. Interested? If you sign up in the next few days, you can get Photoshop CC and Lightroom for only $10 per month. That’s chump change for what you’re getting. If you’re so inclined, you can sign up here.
You’ve seen some incredible Black Friday offers that you can get your hands on, and you won’t even have to stand in a queue at 5 in the morning. Seen better deals online? Got any other games you think we should have included? Let us know in the comments.