Sid Meier's Civilization V was released recently, and although I'm not the world's biggest fan of the series, sometimes boredom causes you to make leaps of faith. I very, very nearly got the digital deluxe version, but I didn't see how I could justify spending an extra ten dollars on a game I wasn't sure I'd enjoy for very long just for an extra cultural leader character. And as convoluted as that sentence is, if you haven't played the game it'll be really hard for me to make it any clearer.
In any case, they've improved the game tremendously. I still feel like an idiot when I play, because it beats me every freaking time, but at least now I'm having some fun while all this is going on. Civilization IV was on sale while they were building up to the release date, so I gave IV a go (it was ridiculously low-priced, like $10) to guage what my interest in V would be, and I didn't like it very much. Four seemed boring. But for some reason, five is maintaining my interest. You're closer in on the action, for one thing, although you can pull back to get an overview if you want. It's amazing what that little difference can do.
I've also been slowly making my way through all the episodes of Left 4 Dead on the PC. Steam recently had a sale, selling both L4D and L4D2 at a ridiculously low package price, and although I've played through the first one on the Xbox 360, it was insane to spend $60 for the second one in the 360 format, when I could buy both L4D games for $10 on Steam. Yes, you read that price correctly. I don't know why people keep crying that consoles are going to kill PC gaming... with price differences as big as those for the content, consoles aren't taking over any time soon.