Universe Sandbox Giveaway For Steam Gamers

Universe Sandbox Screenshot of our Solar System

You are gamer? Steam user? I recently wrote about two possibilities to win games that you can redeem on Steam. At the moment I do host a giveaway of Universe Sandbox on Steamgifts. So, if you are Steam user, take your chance to grab this game and queue to the giveaway to find out if the dice and luck is on your side.

Universe Sandbox is an interactive space simulator created by Dan Dixon. In this simulator you can explore our galaxy and mess around or experiment with planets, moons and stars. You can even mess around with the mass, gravity and many other values. It´s pretty much an experimental game and it´s kinda funny to create, destruct or discover the universe.

There is still one day left until a winner will be chosen randomly by the giveaway site. The winner will get a Humble Bundle key that they still had left over and that I don´t need anymore. If you are the winner, you will be able to redeem the key on Steam to enjoy this simulator as well. But you can find everything else out on my linked my giveaway entry at Steamgifts if you are interested…

In this case, good luck!

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Yet Another Garden Gnome


Found this guy in the garden of my mother and her husband. There are still some remains of the former garden owners. Although, it´s not unusual to find garden gnomes in a German garden, it would rather be a wonder if you wouldn´t find one in a Garden here. I posted already a photo of garden gnomes some time ago. My mother does have some garden gnomes on her balcony. Well, as said, they are everywhere in Germany. It´s a typical German phenomenon I believe, or let me say that I am at least not sure if they are so popular elsewhere. Are they?

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Two Legit Websites Where Gamers Can Win And Give Away Free Steam Games

I am not really a big fan of contests, raffles, sweepstakes, giveaways or how else you could name any possibilities to win something for free. But this is due to the fact that most of them don´t only give you the possibility to win something, they usually also demand something such as too much privacy data, access to any of your social media accounts or even permission to post there. Some go even so far to rip you off with contracts that are hidden in a text wall of general terms and conditions. But if I am very sure that one particular organizer does not demand too much of me or if they do not want to rip me off, I am ok with a giveaway. I am very careful at this point. But if I think that everything seems legit, I have no problem to join a giveaway.

Today I want to talk about game giveaways. More precisely about giveaways that give you the possibility to win games that you can redeem on the gaming platform Steam. I have found two websites where you can join giveaways and that give you especially give you the chance to win games that you activate on Steam. So, if you are Steam user anyway and if you don´t know both websites that I will mention soon, this might be interesting for you. I am on both websites active due to the fact that I try to win games there but recently I also started to give away game keys that I already own. Sometimes you buy Steam keys for friends but they never wanted to activate them and this is why I sometimes have multiple Steam keys. If you are not much different at this point, this might be interesting for you as well.

As you can see, my point is that you can not only win something on the websites, you can also give something away. This means the whole concept is based on an active community of gamers that either want to win something or want to give away keys they do not need. I think this is a very nice idea that could be described as “Gamers do something for gamers”. It mean that the both websites that I write about don´t give anything away (well, at times they put stuff into the raffle too), they just allow people to do that on their website. The websites have a big community of both, game sponsors and people would try their luck to get a game for free. But I´ll stop to bore you with more details and will show you both websites now…

My first place to go is usually the site called Steamgifts. I don´t know for sure but I have read that this site is already active since some time and this is the reason why you find a pretty huge community of gamers there. They also have a very nice collection of frequently asked question where you can learn how to become a member, how to sponsor giveaways or to try you luck to get free games and how to use Steamgifts in general. Don´t be afraid if you find out that they want you to link your Steam account to their site because in this case it is nothing bad, it´s rather to protect all the users who give away and who want to win something. The link to your account is mainly needed so that the community members can find your profile in case you won something or in case you need to contact the people who won a game of your giveaway. It´s also there to make it impossible that people try to win games that they have already redeemed on Steam, which would be unfair. So, it´s to protect the user base and to make it harder for scammers to use the site. It´s totally legit in my opinion and I didn´t experienced that this site comes with any problems. It works for me.

The next site I´d suggest is Steam Companion. I think I can explain it much faster as it is not a too much different site than the earlier mentioned Steam giveaway site. It works exactly the same way. It´s a site that provides people to host Steam giveaways or the possibility to win Steam games. My experience is that the community is maybe smaller there but this might just be an impression. I use them both anyway for both cases, to host Steam giveaways and to try my luck to get any free games. Also in this case, it´s the community that does all this. Also in this case it is not that difficult to get an account there and will need to link your Steam account to this site as well. I think I don´t have to explain why, because I did that already when I wrote about the earlier mentioned site. It´s to protect the users but in this case it´s also there to give you some nice data about your Steam account. It´s pretty much fun because they have a Steam calculator that shows you how much worth your whole list of Steam games is. It´s nothing that would harm you. I like that site too.

If you came here to find out about websites where you can regularly try your luck to win Steam games, you might like both of them too. Winning games is based on a point system there. You can collect points to a certain limit and you can spend those points on several game giveaways. Once your points are depleted, you´ll need to wait until you have new points, because they reload over time. The winner is by the way determined by a hidden random number that basically works like a dice. It´s a very well thought out system in my opinion. If you came here to find out about websites where you can win Steam games, you should now know two legit places with a very nice concept.

If you are here to find out where you can host Steam giveaways you might still have the question why you should do that generally. I can´t speak for you but I do this because both websites allow me to type some text into my giveaway description and it´s even allowed to place links to your own websites, YouTube accounts, social media accounts or what ever you might want to promote. It´s just that you shouldn´t do that too aggressively. I noticed that something like “You can win, if you click on my links” is not very welcomed by the community and probably also not by any moderators or admins. But something like “I give this game to one lucky winner to promote my sites” is working very well and accepted. I also mention that it´s not a must to visit my links. You don´t have to use the same text line, I just mean that you rather should promote your sites decently and you shouldn´t create any rules for the giveaways.

Everyone should have a chance to win, even if they wouldn´t visit your projects. This might look unfair but strange rules for a giveaway are equally unfair, I think. I mean, we talk about giveaways. Anyway, often people are really curious if you have a decent text message where you promote your sites. It all depends on your text message I think. It´s like everywhere, be creative and don´t expect too much. Host your giveaways mainly to share some gaming love, to make someone happy. What else should we do with Steam codes that we won´t need anymore? Someone else might need them. This is the idea about giveaways. Having a little promotion is then a nice side effect and as I experienced very welcomed by the community there.

I hope you got some ideas here. There are some other ways to give away games or to win them. Not only Steam games. But I might write about other variants sooner or later again.

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One Does Not Simply Conceal Delicious Treats From Cats

One does not simply conceal delicious treats from cats meme

I thought it is time to create a new cat meme for my meme collection. I found the image above on my computer and the image is just one or two months old. I wonder why I never uploaded it. Maybe because I have a gazillion of photos and I can´t and won´t upload them all at the same time.

This photo of Shyna is in my opinion pretty funny. I was holding her favorite cat treats in my hands but she realized this very fast. You know, animals have a nice scent ability. I thought I need to caption this image with the funny text “One does not simply conceal delicious treats from cats”. There are many memes in the internet that start with “One does not simply” but Shyna needs her own!

If you´re not a big fan of internet memes, I thought about you too. Here is the original image that I shot and a second photo that I took in the same moment…

Do you think my caption fits to the photo? How would you have captioned the photo? Or do you dislike captions on photos? Let me know if you like.

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New Black And White Kitty Photo

Black And White Cat And Black And White Photo

Didn´t upload photos of Shyna for a while. Found the image above in my folders. The photo must be two months old or so. I edited the image with Photoshop. I added lens blur around her and a vignette effect. I also did add a black and white gradient map to make the image look monochromatic. There are maybe too much highlights where the white fur is but other than that, I really like the image. What do you think?

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Optical Illusion In The Garden Pond

What do you see in the pond? All my family members and friends do think the same, something strange is happening in the garden. Can you see it too? What do you think?

Optical Illusion In The Garden Pond

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You Can Get The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection For Free…

Electronic Arts, the publisher of The Sims, announced on one of their blogs that you can grab The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection for free until July 31st, 2014 at 10AM PDT. So if you grab it for free before this date, you can keep this game forever. They explained very well how you can grab it for free to add it to your library:

1. Start by downloading and installing Origin. If you already have Origin you can skip to step 3.
2. Not an Origin member? Create a free Origin Account to get in the game.
3. Launch Origin and log into your Origin Account.
4. From the ‘Games’ tab in the Origin menu, select ‘Redeem Product Code’ and enter the code I-LOVE-THE-SIMS

This is all you need to do to grab this game for free and to keep it forever, if you are not to late to read this news!

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Daily Prompt: Musical Marker

The Daily Post came up with a nice Daily Prompt today that they call Musical Marker. If you listen and like music, it´s often that you get memories if you listen to song that you heard in a special period of your life. Today, the question is about the music that could remind us of the summer 2014 if we hear the song in the future.

I love this question because I love music and listen pretty much music. Usually I would say that it´s hard to answer because I have many favorite songs in certain periods and my taste can change often or I simply discover new songs that the list gets bigger and bigger. But for summer 2014 there is one song that I really heard pretty often and it´s a song that is currently in the German charts and they do play this song several times a day in the radio for example.

The song is by Lilly Wood & The Prick but it´s the remix by Robin Schulz and the song is called Prayer in C. To be honest, this is a song that forced me to instantly move some of my body parts because the beat works so well and the melody is beautiful. Here is the Robin Schulz remix on YouTube…

But even the original song is beautiful. Here is the original version of Lilly Wood & The Prick on stage and live…

This song works so well in my ears. For dancing and party I really prefer the beat of the remix but I even like the original version as said.
If I will hear this song years later, it will probably instantly remind me to the summer 2014 because I have heard this song everywhere this summer.

What is you song of the summer 2014?

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Random Garden And Dog Snapshots

Here are some more photos from the garden that I mentioned here and here. And there are also some photos of the dog Billy. My mother took all the photos with her smartphone and did send them to me via WhatsApp. This garden is really great for their dog.

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Back To The Roots of This Blog

This article here is mainly addressed to the friendly people who stop by regularly to read my blog. But this article is also there to write some things down for myself.

Some time ago I created another blog where I mainly wanted to write about technology and computer games related subjects. The reason was to try out niche blogging and to publish my future technology related articles there and not here anymore, because I thought too many subjects could confuse my readers.

I noticed pretty soon that it isn´t my thing to manage more than more blog at once. I did put the idea with the technology blog aside for a while but I came back to the idea with the niche blog later again. You can see there was a lot of flip-flopping going on.

Until today I didn´t like to care for more than one blog. And I thought a lot about all this over the last days.  Again I came to the thought that the new blog achieved just one thing, I was again annoyed to manage both blogs and I learned something about the way I want to blog and the reasons why I did set up this blog where you read the article right now.

In 2013 I gave myself some answers that were so clear that I don´t even know today why I created a second blog in the technology niche, when I already prefered to blog on my general blog here anyway. In February 2014 I noticed again why I dislike niche blogging, but I didn´t listen to myself and tried it again and again.

One thing is clear, I love this general and broad blog you read right now. And all the last weeks I was more and more thinking that I should export all the articles from my newer blog to this one here, to go back to the roots, to have a broad blog where I can put down all my thoughts about all my interests. This is how everything started here in 2011. I created the blog here to have a place where I can write about anything and all my interests, no matter if this blog will have tons of different subjects.

The intention with the newer technology blog was good. I thought it would be better for the readers if I don´t mix too many subjects here and created the other blog for the technology subjects, so that only photography and photo stories would be published here in the future. I got the idea and nobody suggested me to manage more than one blog. It was me who tried that. But over and over again I got the impression that this is not me. I am a private person and not a business that can pack out hundreds of articles a day to spread them all over to a network of blogs. I´m a single person and not a company that hires many writers. I got more and more the thoughts that I had to pull the plug.

Today I did that. I deleted and exported every article of my technology blog over to the blog here. I am passionate about many things and if I would create a niche blog for all my interests, I would end up with a hand full of different blogs if not even more. I simply want to write about things that I am interested in, no matter how mixed the subjects of this blog will be. This was the main intention I had when I created this blog in 2011. And this is how I want to blog again in the future, which is why I had to delete my other blog.

Some of you told me that you don´t see a problem if there are too many subjects on my blog as you would just skip the subjects that aren´t of you interest. And some of you were right, this is how it worked for a while when I published all my technology and computer game articles here with a hand full of other subjects like my photo stories. Not everyone liked this kind of variety but anyway I was able create a community around my content. It´s just that you skipped some subjects to come back later if there were your favorite topics.

So, I met already a dozen of pretty cool other bloggers and this community works even if you don´t write on a niche blog. It´s more than this here in the WordPress community. The blogs don´t have to be about certain subjects, they are often rather about personalities. I simply want the freedom to explore what ever topic goes through my head. This is how I started and how I should do it again in the future. This is why I will give up on the second blog that I had running additionally to the one you read right now. I don´t want to be stuck to something, I don´t want to limit myself to write about one specific topic only.

This is me, this really reflects how I do think. Then I did set up this blog for self-improvement. I wanted to improve my English, because it´s my second language apart from my native language German. I do believe there are proceedings when I compare my 2011 and 2014 articles. Self-improvement also because blogging is pretty much a thought process, and this process taught me a lot about myself. I can´t need any topic specific limits in this process. Writing in niche blogs, that is not me. Writing in a broad blog, that is me and that is where I feel fun.

To end this too long article, I just wanted to say that you will find technology related articles again on this blog in the future and in a mix with all the other subjects you saw anyway.

So, it won´t change much, it´s just that you might see more mixed subjects again, especially the technology articles that I published back then before I experimented with a niche blog. But I give up on the technology niche blog. I go back to the roots now with this blog here. Just wanted to write about my decision.

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