Gam­ing

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11 Valve Steam

Fre­quent sales, a mas­sive in­die li­brary, and an early ac­cess pro­gramme that gets you into new games be­fore they’ve been of­fi­cially re­leased char­ac­terise Valve’s store – but it’s the lit­tle ex­tras, such as the vi­brant com­mu­nity, the Steam game over­lay, and the Steam Work­shop for mod con­tent, that re­ally make it. Steam has changed what gam­ing re­ally is on the PC. Keep an eye on the store to find reg­u­lar free week­ends of pop­u­lar games, which get you un­lim­ited ac­cess for a lim­ited time. http://steam­pow­ered.com

12 EA Ori­gin

Steam’s pub­lisher deals don’t ex­tend to ev­ery pro­ducer of AAA ti­tles, and if you want in on EA’s li­brary, you need to use Ori­gin. What­ever you might think about the gam­ing mono­lith’s prac­tices, Ori­gin is a con­ve­nient way to man­age your gam­ing, and get go­ing with mul­ti­player ac­tion. Check the ‘ On the House’ sec­tion for a reg­u­lar ro­tat­ing se­lec­tion of free­bies, which you can add to your li­brary for­ever, and take ad­van­tage of the tri­als to get time-lim­ited ac­cess to hot new games. www.ori­gin.com

13 GOG Galaxy

If you’re more in­clined to­ward the old-school end of the gam­ing spec­trum, GOG’s se­lec­tion of rigged-for-modern PC clas­sics and the oc­ca­sional new re­lease are rea­son­ably priced and al­most al­ways worth check­ing out. Galaxy is its desk­top client, which makes find­ing and in­stalling your fa­vorite DRM-free ti­tles quick and easy; if you’re on board with GOG’s phi­los­o­phy and tru­ely love old games, you should get on board with Galaxy. www.gog.com/galaxy

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