“How About a Game of Thermonuclear War?” – DEFCON Steam Special

Steam Games has a mammoth two-week Christmas holiday sale with daily specials up to 75% off, and other sales ending January 1st 2012. Yes, you’ve missed the one day sales for 50% off strategy game of the year Shogun 2, and 33% off RPG game of the year Skyrim, but there is also a summer sale too.

The classic DEFCON is normally U$9.99, but is U$2.49 until January 1st [1pm EST Jan 2nd]. A Steam account is free, there are no monthly charges, and you can buy extra copies of DEFCON at the 75% off price and store them in your account inventory until you recruit other players or give them as birthday gifts later in the year.

DEFCON screenshot from Introversion Software

Remember the 1983 movie “WarGames,” in which a young hacker breaks into the central NORAD computer and is asked “How about a game of thermonuclear war?” DEFCON: Everyone Dies reproduces the look of the movie’s NORAD control room; NORAD’s comment was “their central command room looked better than ours.”

This is a fun and quick strategy game against the computer or up to 6 players allowed online, net or LAN, Mac and PC, and very accessible to non-hardcore gamers. Players of the Risk and Diplomacy board games would likely enjoy all the opportunities to betray your ephemeral alliances with other players. You can choose game variations and make many changes to the game conditions to enhance replay value.

DEFCON screenshot from Introversion Software

This is one of the most powerful antiwar games ever made, because after all, everyone dies …

DEFCON’s home page.

Read the Gamespot review and see many other favorable reviews at Introversion.

Wikipedia has the WarGames movie information.

WARNING: may be detrimental to friendships after playing!

This is an expanded version of my Steam online account recommendation.


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