DEAL EXPIRED - Age of Empires III Complete on PC - $.10 (10 CENTS) today only

By on November 21, 2010 3:44:34 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

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Thought I'd make a post in case any of you folks haven't seen this.  Games for Windows is having a 1 day sale for Age of Empires III Complete (original game + expansion(s)).  The price of the game is $.10 (10 cents).  If you are even remotely curious about age of empires III and haven't picked it up, I think now might be a good time. 

Deal ends today at 10PM PT

http://www.gamesforwindows.com/en-US/dailydeal/day7/

 

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November 21, 2010 3:44:41 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

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November 21, 2010 4:47:42 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Thanks for the post I have been meaning to get the expansions for a long time and 10 cents is a bargain.

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November 21, 2010 6:15:05 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

No prob - I had a buddy not from the US who indicated he couldn't get it in his region, so it might be a US only thing.  I purchased it and installed it without any issues. 

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November 21, 2010 6:39:32 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

I'll be checking this out when I get home from work.  If this is indicative of how Microsoft intends to compete with Steam, I'm happy to climb aboard.

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November 21, 2010 6:54:04 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Thanks for the heads up!  I'm not an RTS fan, but 10 cents is an amazing deal.

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November 21, 2010 7:24:11 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

I can confirm that this doesn't work for people outside of the United States.  As it seems, GWL doesn't work in it's new format for Australian's at all.

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November 21, 2010 7:48:36 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Thanks ! It also works in Canada

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November 22, 2010 12:04:43 AM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

thanks for the notices, a real deal... wonder what the actual angle is because they must be paying more for the credit card use then what the price was.

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November 22, 2010 12:24:47 AM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Quoting joempire,
thanks for the notices, a real deal... wonder what the actual angle is because they must be paying more for the credit card use then what the price was.

Well it got me to download their client, and 10 cents is about right. What a pain in the ass system. Why the hell do I need an xbox live account to play a pc game anyway?

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November 22, 2010 12:47:24 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting Nesrie,
Well it got me to download their client, and 10 cents is about right. What a pain in the ass system. Why the hell do I need an xbox live account to play a pc game anyway?

Microsoft are tying all of their 'Live' sites together.  Xbox Live, Windows Live, etc.  It's a centralisation thing.  Handy for people like me who use a lot of their services - annoying as shit for everyone else.

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November 22, 2010 1:24:02 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Works in China with a British credit card!  What a bargain!

Looking forward to playing it...never played any of the AOE games before!

 

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November 22, 2010 2:04:37 AM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Quoting ZehDon,



Quoting Nesrie,
reply 9
Well it got me to download their client, and 10 cents is about right. What a pain in the ass system. Why the hell do I need an xbox live account to play a pc game anyway?
Microsoft are tying all of their 'Live' sites together.  Xbox Live, Windows Live, etc.  It's a centralisation thing.  Handy for people like me who use a lot of their services - annoying as shit for everyone else.

Well I kind of understand. It's not like they're the first one to do this, but the system acts like it will take a Windows Live ID which I already had, as in actually say you can sign into it and get going, then it bumps you to an Xbox Live account which pushes you to a gamertag which then tells you to restart the client to log in again. Bah. I had to restart the client twice to get the game to download and install. My sister was about to kill me for getting her into it because she encountered problems too. I had to remind her it was a game for a dime.

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November 22, 2010 2:16:56 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

This sucks! Can't install the game!

"Due to the overwhelming success of the Age of Empires III sale, we have temporarily run out of keys to unlock the game. You can still buy the game at this amazing price and you will get/see a key in the next week. When new keys are added to the system you will be auto-assigned a key, there is no need to call support or take any other action from your end. We will post here on the forums when the keys are available and the next time you click 'View Game Keys' for the game you should be assigned one.

Thank you for your patience and we hope you enjoy the game."

http://forums.gamesforwindows.com/t/15687.aspx

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November 22, 2010 8:48:18 AM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Quoting Panda_Power,
This sucks! Can't install the game!

"Due to the overwhelming success of the Age of Empires III sale, we have temporarily run out of keys to unlock the game. You can still buy the game at this amazing price and you will get/see a key in the next week. When new keys are added to the system you will be auto-assigned a key, there is no need to call support or take any other action from your end. We will post here on the forums when the keys are available and the next time you click 'View Game Keys' for the game you should be assigned one.

Thank you for your patience and we hope you enjoy the game."

http://forums.gamesforwindows.com/t/15687.aspx

Yeah, but for $.10, waiting a week really won't be that bad... quite lousy that some folks can't play immediately, though.  Not exactly the best introduction to their "new/relaunched/rebranded" service. 

I've often wondered why Microsoft can't get a halfway decent product going on the games for windows side of things.  They've had about a week long sale going on with the age of empires deal being the only exceptional deal to come out of it... their games RARELY go on any sort of sale which means the only reason before to use the client was if you had to install the client for some other game.  I think tying all of their services together is a great idea though, but frankly, they will get a great spike in adoption rate because of this sale, and then NO ONE at Microsoft will consider doing anything to actually encourage ANYONE to keep their client installed by way of sales, etc. 

 

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November 22, 2010 9:13:00 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Too expensive.

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November 22, 2010 9:18:10 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Yeah, for 10 cents you can't really complain...I don't mind waiting.

Actually I think I got ripped off! I paid 9 pence plus 1 pence VAT, which works out as something like 16 cents.....that's like an extra 60%....outrageous!!  I do consider myself lucky though because it seems there's quite a few people in different countries that can't take up the offer.

I also read on other forums that people are just advising to install the game and then uninstall the client afterwards because it's not needed, so I'll probably do that when I get my key. Doesn't seem that intrusive though....doesn't even seem to run in the background....well there isn't an icon for it like Steam or Impulse on my tool bar and nothing showing on task manager.

 

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November 22, 2010 10:04:43 AM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

I also read on other forums that people are just advising to install the game and then uninstall the client afterwards because it's not needed, so I'll probably do that when I get my key.

Yeah - I'll likely hold onto it for a couple weeks just to see if Microsoft makes any logic effort or throws out another sale to encourage retention... I mean, they won't, but hey...

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November 22, 2010 10:09:36 AM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

I tried to get it.

THE DAILY DEAL HAS ENDED

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November 22, 2010 10:28:23 AM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Quoting ZombiesRus5,
I tried to get it.

THE DAILY DEAL HAS ENDED

Sorry you missed it - I'll update the OP so there isn't any more confusion. 

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November 22, 2010 2:04:44 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Yay....I got my key!!

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November 22, 2010 2:25:26 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Quoting Panda_Power,
Yay....I got my key!!

Great!  Well, at least M$ is making things right quickly for folks that didn't get a key.  Hope you enjoy the game!

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November 22, 2010 7:47:43 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Ah man, you sux.  No one told me.

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November 22, 2010 8:41:40 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Quoting uga-bugga,
Ah man, you sux.  No one told me.

 

Well it was on fatwallet, slickdeals, cheapassgamer, all over the place really.

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November 23, 2010 1:51:19 AM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

Well it was on fatwallet, slickdeals, cheapassgamer, all over the place really.

yeah - I think I stumbled across the deal on joystiq.com though I usually follow those sites.  Rediculously good deal. Oh, and from what I've read, I believe EVERYONE that could not get a CD key on day one got 1 today.  So, their service was far from perfect, but they stepped up and resolved their problem within 24 hours... now they just need to do something to keep me from uninstalling their client in about 7 days.  I'd bet against Microsoft here.  Someday they will hire someone that is good at this sort of thing...

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