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The holiday season is usually rough on gamers' wallets. However, Steam and GOG.com are offering some freebies to PC gamers over the next few days.
Any Steam user will be able to download and play the following games for free starting at 10 am Pacific Time on Thursday:
These games will remain free to play throughout the weekend. These trials aren't limited in any way; you can access all of the games' features. Valve says that they will be on sale at a "tremendous" discount for the next few days as well. We'll have to wait until Thursday to see what the exact prices are, though.
If you want a permanent freebie, you should head over to GOG.com. They're giving away Alien Vs. Predator Classic 2000. This shooter allows players to take on the role of xenomorphs, colonial marines and predators in three separate campaigns. Each race plays very differently thanks to their unique set of weapons and abilities.
Classic 2000 updates the original release to work with Windows XP, Vista 7 and 8. This version also supports the Xbox 360 controller. It includes all post-launch content for the game, ranging from extra levels to the Skirmish mode. Skirmish mode pits players against infinite waves of xenomorphs.
Getting the free game is pretty easy. However, you won't have much time to get it.
"Simply sign up for the next stage of GOG Galaxy beta tests and an e-mail with your activation code will be sent to you within the next few days," GOG says. "You'll be helping us to analyze and improve the performance of the multiplayer component of GOG Galaxy, our DRM-free online gaming platform, by playing this acclaimed dynamic first person shooter! The game will be added to your account and yours to keep forever. Don't wait - you can only sign up until Friday, October 17, at 9:59AM GMT."
You'll get a DRM-free copy of AvP Classic 2000 for your trouble. It supports English, French, Dutch, German, and Spanish. You'll need a mere 453 MB of free space to download the game.