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X Superbox Set Giveaway

October 14, 2011

Thanks to the kind folks over at Egosoft we have 5 copies of the X Collectors set to give away.  To win this game you must have Steam.  The winners of the contest will be given a key that they can activate on Steam.  This contest will go from 10/14/2011  until 10/28/2011.  This gives you two weeks to win yourself a copy of all of Egosofts

“The X Superbox contains the full catalog of EGOSOFT PC games; from the first X-series game, X- Beyond the Frontier, which chronicles the adventures of Kyle Brennan in the X Universe to the very latest version of X3: Terran Conflict, for which a new set of missions, entitled ‘Balance of Power’ has been specially developed.

All of the titles included in the X Superbox have been specially updated to ensure compatibility with Microsoft Windows XP (SP2), Windows Vista (SP1) and Windows 7 (32 and 64-bit). A comprehensive contents and features list can be found below.

In addition to all of the X-series titles, the X Superbox also contains an all-new and exclusive X Encyclopedia, written by Helge Kautz, the author of Farnham’s Legend and other X Universe books. This 300-page encyclopedia, which covers historic events and personalities in the X Universe, amongst many other items of interest, represents the ultimate reference for all avid fans of the X-series of games.

X Superbox features the full Superbox BONUS DVD, a plethora of bonus content, most of which has been created and developed by players and fans of the X games, as well some other previously-unreleased exclusive materials added by EGOSOFT.

The community-created content includes guides, artwork, music, videos and modding tools as well as many of the most popular scripts and mods for X2: The Threat, X3: Reunion and X3: Terran Conflict. The scope and scale of this content is testament to the loyal dedication and the passion of the EGOSOFT gaming community.”

To qualify for the contest you must do the following:

1.  Register for an account at www.thegamersblog.com (if you already have an account you need not worry about this)

2.  Under the contest article tell us what your favorite sci-fi movie or game is and why.  This can be anything from video games to anime.  We don’t care what it is we just want to know what you think!

3.  Please like us on Facebook ( you don’t have to do this if you don’t want to but it helps us bring you giveaways such as this)

Thats it!  No selling your soul, giving up your girlfriend or your firstborn child!  Go ahead and get in on the action!

The following games are included in the Superbox:

  • X:Beyond the Frontier 2.2
  • X:tension 2.2
  • X2: The Threat 2.5 incl. UPLINK
  • X3: Reunion 2.5 incl. “Bala Gi`s Research Missions”
  • X3: Terran Conflict 3.0 incl. “Balance of Power”



  1. CharcoalCoyote - October 26, 2011 1:33 pm

    @ArrenDusk You’ve definitely sold this game to me. I’ll give it a spin, and I’ll see if I can put up an article on it. Good luck in the competition!

  2. ArrenDusk - October 24, 2011 7:32 pm

    My favorite sci-fi experience has been, without a doubt, with the underrated gem Star Control II. Released in 1992 originally, it was this huge epic space exploration game, with dozens of star systems to explore, a lot of alien races to interact and/or battle with, with a great soundtrack, and addicting gameplay. Plus it had an amazing universe that future and indeed recent entries in the genre would draw huge inspiration from, namely Mass Effect. It did a lot of things ahead of its time.

    Let’s start with the plot: Earth is at war and mankind is at stake! As a member of the multiracial Alliance of Free Stars, they fight the powerful Ur-Quan, an alien species whose ambition is to either enslave or subjugate all sentient life in the galaxy. Leading their Hierarchy of Battle Thralls, both sides are locked in endless conflict, and no one knows who shall be victorious.

    In the middle of the war, a secret human expedition is sent far away to a faraway planet named Vela, where an underground factory is uncovered! Its builders were the mysterious Precursors, a powerful alien race that has disappeared long ago. Earth however, would not send any updates on the researchers, so they were forced to form a colony. 20 years pass by, and by using the last of their resources, the colonists manage to build a Precursor starship. You, the player, are in charge of commanding it and check up on Earth! But you might be surprised by what you find..

    I won’t say more, because the storyline is deep and awesome. You don’t get spoon-fed it though, no, you need to read between the lines to get slight hints as to where you need to go next. The game rarely gives the player any assistance, which may make your first playthroughs quite challenging.

    You’ll be exploring the galaxy in search of resources to upgrade your ship to be able to upgrade your parts at the shipyard or use them to trade with certain species. You’ll also need to locate special items which will aid you on your quest.

    Finding new allies is very important as you will be able to recruit new ships from alien species you may befriend. Which is highly helpful as the human vessels can’t fight every enemy efficiently. Some species may be friendly and inviting, but others, especially if they are battle thralls for the Ur-Quan, won’t look at you as kindly, and allying with said races may be either very difficult or impossible.

    There are many varied alien species in this game, from the religious evil zealot arachnid Ilwrath, the goofy powerful psychic birdlike Pkunk, the Scottish Space Pterodactlyl Yehat, the cowardly incompetent and hilarious Spathi, the enigmatic Arilou, right down to the attractive humanoid blue space babe Syreen. Yep, blue space babes that can reproduce with humans before Mass Effect. The amazing soundtrack together with the voice acting really help bring out the uniqueness in each race.

    The gameplay is fast paced and engaging, with no ship being inherently the best or the weakest. Each unit can have the potential to obliterate a certain type of opponent but fail miserably against another. It’s all about practice and knowing their attacks so you can counter them using your knowledge of the enemy. Sun Tzu said it best: “If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.”

    The best part about it? It’s gone open source and is now free to play, under the name “The Ur-Quan Masters”. You have no excuse not to try this out. Do it.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. bargainsmarts - October 19, 2011 11:06 am

    This was an easy pick for me. I just read “Ready Player One” and loved it. It might be because I am a girl, but it was partly the romance of the book that hooked me. However, there was so much more. The rise of the underdog, the nostalgia from the 70’s and 80’s and the David and Goliath theme. Every time the author mentioned a video game I had played I felt at home. In particular, I became excited when the storyline walked me through part of the game “Zork”, I honestly suspected my brother and I were the only people on the planet who ever played that game. You have to remember there was no internet, so unless you knew someone else who played a game it could seem like you were a pioneer. All together an enjoyable read!

  4. RokDC - October 16, 2011 8:19 am

    I’m not sure I can pinpoint a single favourite among sci-fi, but the ones I tend to enjoy the most are those which are based on a novel or have a novel writer penning the screenplay. Such as Blade Runner (obvious choice) or 2001: A Space Odyssey (Although frankly that drops below “2010: The Year we Make Contact” in my opinion just by the outrageous ending, it’s the epitome of Stanley Kubrick’s style).

    This even seems to spread across to games like Metro 2033 or the Warhammer 40,000 series (Not really based on a Novel but they have a pre-defined and substantial Lore).

    I think this is because Novel Writers have a greater length and ability to express Lore and Emotions/Reactions, they’re not accustomed to cramming the whole experience into a 2 hour “Blockbuster” or trusting actors to do the work, so the effort put into avoiding this transfers well to the big screen.

  5. vmkids - October 15, 2011 7:56 am

    Favorite is star wars. It was just such a new way of thinking when it first came out. The story has been tight through out the movies and just as good.

  6. Billy - October 14, 2011 10:44 pm

    yay, i have many sci-fi favs.
    skyline(great movie from the start, but disappointing climax)
    tron, journey to centre of the earth, irobot, avatar etc.

  7. The Liztress - October 14, 2011 7:46 pm

    For me, it would be the anime Gundam Wing. The story of opposed colonists who send out five teenagers to take arms in giant mechas against the opposing Earth Alliance.

  8. JANNET81888 - October 14, 2011 3:18 pm

    My favorite is Tron2010 because it looks so futureistic.

  9. RAY16 - October 14, 2011 2:16 pm

    I find it hard to peg any one thing as an absolute favorite, but something that’s definitely high on my list of favorites is the movie Dark City. It isn’t perfect by any means as you definitely have to stop yourself from thinking too hard about some aspects of it or you’ll just end up ruining your suspension of disbelief by exposing yourself to its flaws in logic and other discrepancies. But if you can keep yourself immersed in the experience it’s quite a good watch.

    I love the pacing of the film, the retro-futuristic art design, the generally solid acting and the overall theme and tone of the movie. The question it poses isn’t original, but it’s a good one. Whether or not we are simply a collection of our life experiences—relationships, traumatic events, what information you’ve been exposed to—or if on a deeper level, the level of the “soul” we’re simply just destined to be a certain way. I don’t want to overstate it though, because that could run the risk of sounding a bit pretentious. It’s an interesting concept, but not necessarily going to inspire an epiphanic moment.

    If you haven’t seen the movie or if you’ve only seen the original cut I would highly recommend checking out the Director’s Cut. The most important change it makes is removing the opening narration from the theatrical cut, which was a studio-mandated addition that shouldn’t have been there in the first place as it gives away plot points right at the start and makes it feel redundant when those same points are revealed later in the film. In addition to that it also adds some minor but welcomed deleted scenes, cleans up the special effects a bit and gives Jennifer Connelly her voice back—which may not sound as good as the professional singer they dubbed over her with in the original cut but sounds far more natural coming out of her face.

  10. CharcoalCoyote - October 14, 2011 12:04 pm

    C’mon, guys and gals! Get the comments flowing! Plenty of sci-fi to go around! Being a writer, I have approximately zero chance of winning, but I’m going to throw my two cents in anyways.

    I’m a huge fan of sci-fi. I’m an avid roleplayer, and I’ve got nothing wrong with swords and sorceries, but there’s nothing quite like spaceships and lasers. One of the most intriguing and under-explored universes I’ve found is that of the Mass Effect series. It’s actually possible to draw quite a few comparisons to the Star Wars universe, but the depth and definition given to the races and world of Mass Effect make it really stand out as “not just another sci-fi game.” There’ve been talks of a Mass Effect movie, and I can really see that working quite well, assuming the producers attempt to appease the game community and don’t outright destroy what the story has already set in place.

    Good luck to all who enter the competition! This is a nice series of games, and you’re getting a LOT of material if you win!

  11. HoneybakedHam - October 14, 2011 2:25 am

    I would have to say my favorite would be the entire Babylon 5 series. The characters are well developed and the story it very engaging. I haven’t found another sci-fi series that comes close to it’s depth. Good luck to all who enter! I have been interested in these games for a while now they look great!


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