Like a book club, but with video games.

The Great GLA Christmas Gift Giveaway

Heads up, it’s practically Christmas! And that means we’re going to give away a large number of video games (again)! For this Christmas I thought I’d do something a bit different, so here’s how it’s going to work: Invite your friends/family/coworkers/classmates/patients to the GLA! For every person who follows your link, you get an entry into a huge prize draw! If you win, you get to choose which games you want. You’ll get a bonus if the people you invite spend more time on the site.

How do I enter?
Easy – pick a link in the form
But obviously, replace the ‘yourusername’ part with your username. In the comments section for this post, tell me who you are and what your email it is, so that I can send you you games. Or, if you’d rather your entry was kept private, you can email as per usual. Then, send that link to people you know!

What can I win?
Here’s all the games on offer:

Puzzle Agent (x2)
Geneforge Saga
Mutant Storm Reloaded
The Sixth Humble bundle, containing Shatter, Rochard, SPAZ, Torchlight and Vessel, plus Dustforce, and the beat the average bonus (Wizorb, Bit Trip Runner, Gratuitous Space Battles and Jamestown) x2
Secret of the Magic Crystals
Cortex Command
Ironclads collection (American Civil War + Anglo Russian War + High Seas + Chincha Islands War + Schelswig War)
Making History: The Calm and the Storm
The Void (x2)
Dead Pixels
1000 Amps
The Fifth Humble Bundle, containing Super Meat Boy, Lone Survivor and Braid, plus the BTA (Amnesia, Limbo, Psychonauts and Swords and Sorcery)
The Ball
Noitu Love 2: Devolution
Sanctum + DLC (Aftermath, Aftershock, Violator)
Frozen Synapse
Fate of the World + DLC (Denail and Migration, plus the extras pack)
Pack: Oil Blue, Eets and Blackwell
World of Goo
Superbrothers: Swods and Sorcery EP
Harvest: Massive Encounter
Serious Sam 2
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
Humble Bundle: World of Goo, Anomaly, Osmos, EDGE
Humble Bundle: Fieldrunners, Bit Trip Beat, Spacechem and Uplink
The Ship, with four extra copies to give you your friends (x2)
To the Moon
Zombie Shooter
Hacker Evolution Duality
Zombie Shooter 2
The Indie Puzzle Pack (Cogs, Droplitz, Puzzle Dimension, Shatter and Tidalis)
Hacker Evolution Untold
Blackwell Trilogy
Oil Rush
Half-Life 2: Episode Two
Blackwell Deception
Garry’s Mod
Dino D-Day
Iron Grip: Warlord
Alien Breed
Syberia 2
Tiny Bang Story
Hydrophobia: Prophecy
Break Blocks (x3)
Sam and Max: The Devil’s Playhouse
Macguffin’s Curse
Deus Ex: Game of the Year Edition
Post Mortem
Cryostasis: Sleep of Reason
Drunken Robot Pornography (Alpha key!)
Crayon Physics Deluxe (x2)
Trine x2

How will my prize(s) be delivered?
Make sure you leave me a message with both your email address AND your invite link. When the time comes, I’ll email you! Your games will come in the form of either a steam key, a desura key, a humble bundle URL, DRM-free download from the developer, or a direct steam gift.

How many prizes will be given out, in total?
For every 300 visits the site gets, I’ll be giving out 1 game. There’s 80 prizes on offer, so if the site gets 24000 visits by the end if this promotion, I’ll be giving out well over 80 games!

The contest ends on Christmas Eve (that’s the 24th of December, for those with poor knowledge of seasonal holidays). I will be announcing the winners in a post on this blog. So good luck, and spread the love! I’d advise you share your invite link on Facebook, Tweet it, add it to your forum signature, blog it, even Google+ it (for the 5 people in the world who use Google+).

Love, Cats

PS: Please be respectful to other site owners and don’t endlessly spam links\use bots to post links (and make sure that posting links is okay in the site rules). If I get any complaints from website staff then your entries from that website will be discounted.

Next podcast will record on Nov 18th at 6:30PM GMT

Sorry! Not only do I not have enough time this weekend, I also don’t really have enough news, and the news I do have hasn’t been written up into a usable agenda. It will still record at 6:30PM this Sunday. If anyone’s particularly hankering to record one without me then I can send you the stories I’ve collected so far, but that’s about it. Sorry if you were looking forward to it tomorrow! I need to get back to streaming and recording on a properly regular basis, but I have lab reports due and practical examinations coming up late this month\early next month, so I really need to try and get ahead on those.

Also, a note on ‘drama’. I’d like to make it clear this A) harassing people over the GLA, B) lying about people and making false accusations to GLA chat, and C) Airing your personal problems with other GLA people over the GLA chat is makes you an enormous jerk. For the sake of both your own privacy and our peace of mind, please talk about this stuff in private because we don’t want to hear it. If you have issues with another user that you think I should know about then you can email me or send me a message on steam\skype. Sorry if it takes me a while to answer email messages but I do get round to all of them eventually. Please remember that, although there are no formal rules for users, there are expectations about how streamers should behave, and I have had to remove people in the past because they haven’t met those expectations. But I really hate doing it.

Small tangent: the spambots are getting craftier. They’re copy-pasting random comments from gaming websites in the hope that they’ll get whitelisted by our spam filter. I think that’s ingenious!

Love, Cats

Episode 13 – Destruction of Culture


This episode features Catsman, Doddski, Funk, Juju, N00blet, Reinbach, Rudebootie, Seanie and Xevrex, discussing Sony’s legal adventures, crooked game journalists, RE6, developer espionage, racism, and putting your John Thomas in a game console. Plus, in a special guest appearance, Daubi reads an erotic Pewdiepie fanfiction. Yeah, you read that right.

Special thanks to Jamie K for research. Sorry for the delay! To make up for it, this is an extra special extended director’s cut version.

New podcast recording time: 8PM GMT, Sunday!

That’s 3PM if you’re east coast US, 12 noon if you’re on the west coast, and 9-10 in europe (I think most of our Europeans are in GMT+1 territory though). And it records this Sunday, Sunday Sunday. Don’t want to come? Too bad. I’ll message you on steam and make you feel guilty until you do.

In other news: It’s mid-october, which means it’s practically christmas! I have abominable amounts of work to do but get on the GLA whenever I have time. I also have some stuff planned for later this year. Sorry if that’s too technical an explanation for you.

Anyone wanna come to leeds yet? I have food. My room is opposite from the flat next door’s kitchen, so they throw pasta at me through my window. Joke’s on them. I’m collecting it, and one day I’m going to cook it.

Love, Cats

Rethinking podcast recording times

This blog is now my diary. I AM HAVING A FABULOUS TIME AT UNI. But it’s probably not worth £27000 (approx 9000BD) over 3 years. Thanks, British voting public. You jerks. Special relativity still doesn’t make sense.

Anyway, yeah, podcast recording times. So last podcast, we essentially made a podcast about nothing. Why was it about nothing? Well, a few reasons. Firstly there wasn’t much news, and with no big releases around, not many of us had actually been playing anything interesting either. Secondly, I didn’t do enough preparation, I was too busy faffing around with vector transformations and mechanics problems. And not understanding special relativity. Normally I have a huge stack of news posts and I pick and choose from them based on who’s in and how long I think the podcast’s going to run for. I didn’t really have such a stack.

For next episode, I’m already starting to prepare earlier, and I’m hoping more interesting stuff happens over the next 2 weeks. Jamie actually did send a good deal of stuff to my email address a short while ago, so I’m also going to have a leaf through that.

The other big thing is time. Here’s the thing – time stops for no man (although if aforementioned man is travelling at a speed close to the speed of light c, it may slow down for observers outside of that man’s reference frame). And I can’t help but feel like our standard recording time is inconvenient for many of our regulars, particularly that it often clashes with work\mealtimes. It’s also not in GLA peaktime (between about 8 and 12PM, GMT), which just seems kinda odd.

To that end, there’s a new poll on the sidebar, so I would be most pleased if y’all could answer it.

Love, Cats

Episode 12 – Worst Episode Ever


This episode features Catsman, Debrel, Happyman, Juju, Seanie, Tacoman, Duuaaaah and Dickaok, awkwardly trying to fill silence due to this week’s lack of interesting news. Plus, Happyman reads a ‘very special’ Sonic fanfiction.

Edited by Tacoman. What a guy that guy is.

Episode X-2 – Boy Things


This episode features Catsman, Debrel, Doddski, Happyman, MD122, Reinbach, Seanie and Tacoman discussing Steam Greenlight, Black Mesa Source, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zero, and Richard Branson carrying women. Plus, Happyman reads Gay Lemons.

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