May 21st, 2009: Braid is a platforming puzzle game that came out last year to high acclaim, but I only played it yesterday when I realized the PC version was out! It's a fantastic game in which you manipulate time in a variety of ways to collect literal pieces of a puzzle. The art is done by David Hellman, who you may recall as the artist on the late great A Lesson Is Learned, But The Damage Is Irreversible, one of my all-time favourite comics. The game sings with David's art, which is perfectly matched to the story. The last level (unlocked when you solve all the puzzles) is the perfect coda to the game, and is the best ending to a game I've seen since Portal. Highly recommended! There's a free demo available on Steam and the full game is only $15. :0 To make sure the best gifts ever in time get to you when you want them, here are the HOLIDAY SHIPPING DEADLINES. Orders placed before these dates will get to you in time for Christmas! One year ago today: is the judge male or female? THAT depends on you, dear reader – Ryan
December 5th: All shipping methods except U.S.P.S. First-Class Package International Service™ are safe.
December 6th: International orders made not selecting U.S.P.S. Priority Mail Express International™ shipping will likely arrive in January.
December 11th: USPS FIRST CLASS and STANDARD may not make it in time and neither will USPS EXPRESS MAIL INTERNATIONAL.
December 16th: ALMOST NOTHING IS SAFE. USPS EXPRESS is the only safe USPS option.
December 19th: A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE (IF THINGS PLACED ON OR AFTER THIS DATE ARRIVE BY THE 24TH, THAT IS)
One year ago today: is the judge male or female? THAT depends on you, dear reader